Articles in: Style Challenge

A Classic Christmas Mantel: White Lights and Brass Accents

Posted by: on November 22nd, 2013 | 12 Comments

A Classic Christmas Mantel: White Lights and Brass Accents, by Whitney Curtis of The Curtis Casa

Classic doesn’t necessarily mean old-fashioned. Take for instance the shimmering Christmas mantel decorated by design blogger Whitney Curtis. It’s timeless. But she added a clever twist that makes it fun and completely up-to-date.

Whitney writes the popular design blog The Curtis Casa. She’s is one of the several top design bloggers who took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each of these creative people a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We wanted to see how they’d use the decorations in their own homes. 

Whitney took lots of holiday greenery and lights and combined them with shiny gold and brass finishes for her holiday mantel. The twist? In a clever DIY project, she used rope lights to spell out a holiday message… though the spelling itself is a matter of perception, as you’ll see. 

My husband and I have spent four Christmases in our home in Atlanta, but with a little bittersweet twist, this year’s Christmas decorating is our last in this house. My mantle is one of my favorite areas of the house, (painted brick!) so I was excited to give it an appropriate sendoff, for one last Christmas together.

I love love love white lights for the holidays. When we were growing up, we always had two trees – a colored light tree for us kids and the fancy white light tree with all the fancy ornaments. My traditional side is just so drawn to the white lights, I had to do classic white!

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Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas: Lush and Luxurious in Blue

Posted by: on November 21st, 2013 | 6 Comments

Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas: Lush and Luxurious in Blue, by Mr. Goodwill Hunting
Rashon Carraway has quite an eye for design. And he’s a master of mixing the old and the new to create sumptuous decor. He completely dazzled us with the dining room decorating ideas for Christmas he offered up in our Holiday Style Challenge.

You might be more familiar with Rashon under his nom de blogMr. Goodwill Hunting. He was among the design bloggers who took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each blogger a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, and challenged them to come up with unique new Christmas decorating ideas.

Rashon’s Christmas dining room decor is lush and luxurious, and as you’ll see, fairly inexpensive to pull off. And take a look at his easy DIY for colorful place cards for dinner guests.

I was quite excited The Home Depot asked me to participate in their Style Challenge (and a challenge it was). A few months ago I was sent a few boxes with amazing stuff inside. The color scheme of my space is typical bachelor: black, white and grey. So when the boxes were filled with colored little items I had to immediately get creative, and here is what happened.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Girly, Pink and Blue

Posted by: on November 21st, 2013 | 9 Comments

 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Girly, Pink and Blue, by Naomi Stein of Design Manifest


Your Christmas tree makes a statement about who you are. But what if you like Christmas, but you’re not really a dyed in the wool Holiday Person? No worries. That only opens up the possibilities, as interior designer Naomi Stein shows us.

Naomi is the author of the design and decor blog Design Manifesto. She took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we sent some of the top design bloggers on the internet each a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We challenged them to come up with fresh and unique Christmas decorating ideas and tips.  

Naomi’s charming and slightly non-traditional Christmas decor has tons of personality, with lovely textures and unexpected colors. She also shares some practical Christmas tree decorating ideas, including her DIY method of adding a snow effect to her tree. Plus, she has something to say about who NOT to rely on for decorating help. 


I’m just going to come out and admit that I’m not the Holiday type. I don’t gleefully hum Christmas carols while baking dozens of cookies. Forget shopping months ahead of time or crafting thoughtful handmade gifts. I have never once made a Christmas card, even though I love receiving them. (Maybe next year?) I find the holidays to be a little stressful and I struggle to balance all the extra Ho Ho Ho with life’s regular responsibilities.

That being said, I’m not a total Scrooge. I love spending time with my family, giving back to the community and dousing my home with just a little bit of Christmas spirit. I just prefer to do it in my own flava.

I celebrate the holidays at my parents abode, so my own tree could be a little more “fun.” I didn’t need to go the traditional route. I could choose a ridiculously fabulous tree topper and get a little girly if I wanted. I also wanted to go easy on the ornaments; something that’s easy to put up and take down works best for me. I opted to decorate with my favorite colors; blue, pink and gold. It complements the rest of the decor in my living room, and I’m pretty pleased.

This Un-Holiday type may just be a convert.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Traditional Christmas Made Fresh

Posted by: on November 20th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas: A Traditional Christmas Made Fresh, by Jewel Hazelton of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love


You don’t have to be traditional to love the traditions of Christmas. Lifestyle blogger Jewel Hazelton shows us here some easy ways to give traditional Christmas decorating an updated, modern look. 

Jewel is the author of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. She’s among the gold star bloggers who agreed to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent a mystery box of Christmas decorations to each of these creative people to use in their homes. They came up with glorious holiday displays and some very practical Christmas decorating ideas.

Take a look at the clever ways Jewel makes the traditional red and green color scheme look fresh for Christmas. 


I’m looking forward to celebrating my first Christmas in my new home this year. My inspiration behind decorating my living areas was tapping into the classic Christmas. I wanted to incorporate traditional elements with an upscale modern flair.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Turquoise, Blue and Bronze

Posted by: on November 19th, 2013 | 12 Comments

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Turquoise, Blue and Bronze Display by Dayka Robinson


Interior designer Dayka Robinson created gorgeous blue and gold Christmas tree for our Holiday Style Challenge. In the process, though, she admits to committing an interior design sin… and liking it.

Dayka writes about interior design on her blog Dayka Robinson Designs. She was among the several top-drawer bloggers who agree to participate in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each of these designers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and stepped back to let them create dazzling Christmas displays to share with you.

Read on for Dayka’s Christmas tree decorating ideas and tips, and see how she was enlightened about lights. 

Christmas is seriously, my FAVORITE holiday so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when the Home Depot approached me to be a part of their Holiday Style Challenge this year!

“What…you want me to decorate my house for Christmas with Home Depot and Martha Stewart Living products??”

Uh, yeah…you had me at hello.

For me, the a big part of the joy of the holiday season is always about beautifully decorated spaces and specifically, gorgeous Christmas trees. Those who know me well know I love a well-designed tree, and luckily I don’t have kids (yet), so I don’t have to be concerned about little hands pulling off all of my sparklies. These days my motto is the more the shine, the better!

Every year I try to do something different, so I was ecstatic when I opened my secret delivery box and found (among other things) blue ornaments! Blue is a color I’ve never tackled before on my tree, so this made me a very happy girl.

With a combination of blue, gold, bronze, and glitter ornaments, I set about trying to figure out how to incorporate as many of my goodies into my design as possible.

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Decorating a Small Apartment for Christmas Breakfast

Posted by: on November 18th, 2013 | 8 Comments

Decorating a Small Apartment for Christmas, by Lindsay B of everything LEB

Apartment dwellers often feel left out of the fun of decorating for Christmas. Sure, you might put up a small Christmas tree and perhaps string some lights on a wall. But what about decorating a small apartment for Christmas breakfast? Or hosting guests for a holiday dinner? That might seem a bit much to ask of an apartment kitchen.

Design blogger Lindsay B of everything LEB is here to show that even in a small apartment space, there are lots of ways to make a holiday meal something special.

Lindsay is one of the several DIY and design writers who agreed to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each participant a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let them come up with their own unique Christmas decorating ideas.

Lindsay B’s Christmas tablescape is cute and festive– perfect for entertaining guests or having Christmas pancakes in your jammies. And with the clever DIY tricks she shows us, it’s very doable, even on a budget. 


Living in an apartment space is often at a premium. While I don’t have a dedicated dining room, I feel lucky there is enough room to put a small kitchen table in my kitchen. The table usually lives against the wall, but for certain occasions, like Christmas morning, I pull out the table leaves and set that baby up! Christmas is pretty special in my house; I like to make a REALLY big deal of it. So it’s only natural the day has to start out spectacular. With a little help from Home Depot this year, my Christmas morning is sure to be out of this world.

Welcome to my Christmas morning table!

I wanted to make it casual, yet something that I normally wouldn’t do everyday. I started with the tablecloth to set the scene, and I made it by dyeing a large drop cloth red. I love drop clothes because they are all cotton and take color like a breeze, perfect for making a custom inexpensive tablecloth.

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Decorating for Christmas is Easy When You Follow These Three Tips

Posted by: on November 18th, 2013 | 23 Comments

Decorating for Christmas is Easy When You Follow These Three Tips, by Brittany of brittanyMakes


We are simply blown away by the gorgeous holiday decor photos and Christmas decorating ideas our Holiday Style Challenge contributors are sending us. It’s all so inspirational, and there are a lot of great decorating tips in our ongoing series. But here, we get three easy tips that will make decorating for Christmas like a pro pretty simple.

These tips come from Brittany of the design blog brittanyMakes. She is among the several creative bloggers taking part in our Style Challenge. We sent each of them a mystery package of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. They then used those materials to astonish us with their outstanding holiday decorating.

We’ve seen Christmas decor for the living room, fireplace mantel, dining room and front door. But Brittany is the first of our contributors to decorate this particular room. 


Of all the holidays and celebrations throughout the year, Christmas is our THING. I should say my husband’s thing, considering he starts blasting Christmas music as early as August. But let’s be honest, we all know who decorates around these parts! But honestly, I think we make a nice team.

I’m absolutely ecstatic to be included in this year’s Holiday Style Challenge! I decided with this challenge to focus on how to incorporate what matters most to my husband and me during the holidays; what we enjoy most about our home during Christmas, and how the holidays represent us and fits into our home.

With this in mind I’ve developed a fool proof  ”decorator’s recipe”, if you will, that helped me, and will certainly help all of you to create the perfect space in your home for the holidays.

My husband and I have pretty much the same conversation every year about how we should decorate for the holidays, and let’s be honest, when it comes time to bring out the Christmas cheer, our decor is FAR from “magazine worthy”. He loves the “classical Christmas” complete with old school multi-colored string lights, dancing Santas, LED icicles, blow up lawn accessories, Christmas ballads from the 50s, and the like. I prefer what my husband calls “fancy Christmas”, and he’s convinced I’m out to squash Christmas cheer. As you can see, folks, my man is serious about his Christmas :) .

But let’s dive into this decorator’s recipe, shall we?

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Christmas Party Decorations: A Jewel Tone Holiday Tablescape

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 7 Comments

The hor d’oeuvre table at a Christmas party is one spot that everyone at the party will linger at some point. It’s where your guests make new acquaintances and conversations get started. 

So it makes sense you’d want your Christmas party to have an especially attractive holiday tablescape. Mandy Pellegrin has some amazing ideas on creating Christmas party decorations for the snack table that will truly impress.

Mandy writes about design, crafts and entertaining on her blog, Fabric, Paper Glue. We’re thrilled she took part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Mandy, and several other design bloggers, mystery boxes of Christmas decorations, and stood back to let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.

Mandy shows us how she transformed her entryway table into a gorgeous hor d’oeuvre table with color-matched decorations and garland made from paint chips.


Just a few short months ago, my husband and I moved from a 600-square-foot condo in DC to a legit 3-bedroom house in Nashville, affording me all kinds of new spaces to decorate. After my mother-in-law offered us a gorgeous antique Eastlake-style Victorian mirror that she didn’t have a spot for, I knew that I wanted to use it to create  an entry launching/landing pad — a convenient place to do a last minute hair check on the way out and a little spot to wrangle the keys, hats, gloves, etc. on the way in.

Like most of the spaces in our new-to-us 1935 house, I married old with new by pairing the antique mirror with this modern Parsons-style console table and added loads of functionality with storage baskets and a refurbished old dining chair for quick shoe changes.


Christmas Party Decorations: Mandy's Entryway Table She Decorated


What may excite me more than having new areas to decorate is having more space in which to entertain, and with both of our families nearby to boot, I suspect we’ll be doing more entertaining than ever this holiday season. So, with party planning on my mind and boxes full of gorgeous jewel-tone holiday decorations from The Home Depot — the perfect compliment to my navy blue walls, I was ready to turn my new entryway into a festive hor d’oeuvre table.


Christmas Party Decorations: A Jewel Tone Holiday Tablescape by Many Pellegrin of Fabric, Paper, Glue


I mean, can you think of a better way to invite guests right in than with cheese, meat, and bread?!  …Or is that just the key to my heart?

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Simple and Elegant Christmas Mantel Decorations

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 15 Comments

Simple and Elegant Christmas Mantel Decorations by Angela Flournoy of boutique la bohème


When it comes to decorating for Christmas, you have two basic paths to follow. You can go all out– with abundant shiny holiday figurines, heaps of garland and sparkles everywhere you look. In our Holiday Style Challenge series, we’ve seen some spectacular examples of that method. But there’s also a lot to be said for simplicity and balance.

Simple elegance is certainly the tack Angela Flournoy took in her Christmas mantel decorations for the Holiday Style Challenge. She writes about design and style on her blog boutique la bohème. She was among the top design bloggers who received mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot. We asked her to use the materials any way she wanted to decorate her mantel for the holidays.

Angela created a festive, yet cozy space in her living room combing metallics with greenery, fresh flowers and fluffy rugs. It’s an inviting, warm space for entertaining guests or just enjoying a fire during the holiday season. And it’s so simple and elegant! Calming, even. Best of all, she explains how she created the look so you can include some of her Christmas decorating ideas in your home.


The holidays are my favorite time of the year. I love to decorate and entertain, so  My apartment decor is very colorful so I was delighted to find Martha Stewart Living Merry Metallic Ornaments in my Home Depot boxes. Who doesn’t love a little sparkle during the holidays? The touch of shimmer complements my interior perfectly.

I first chose to balance my fireplace with 4-foot pre-lit potted trees on both sides. The pots were originally bronze, but needed to stand out more, so I used Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter spray paint to make them pop. The spray paint worked even better than I had imagined by giving the pots a gilded, antique look.

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Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch

Posted by: on November 15th, 2013 | 13 Comments

You don’t have to have a grand veranda to have an impressive Christmas display on your front steps. That’s the message Kelly Marzka has for anyone who’s been neglecting the front door at Christmas time.

Kelly is an intrepid DIYer who writes about fixing up her home at View Along the Way. We were thrilled she agreed to participate in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Kelly and several other terrific bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations. We asked them to show us the amazing holiday decorating ideas they came up with.

Kelly’s holiday door decorating ideas are perfect for anyone who feels like his or her front porch just isn’t worthy of Christmas love. She shows us how she took some simple garland, Christmas lights and poinsettias, and turned her home into a holiday showcase. Along the way, she shares some clever tips on making the most from your garland and how to make a unique holiday wreath.


Just like Santa, The Home Depot brought Christmas to our front door this year!

When I heard we were assigned to decorate our front door for the Holiday Style Challenge this year, I was a little skeptical. We don’t have much going on in the way of front porches, or even any overhead awning for shade. Just a tiny stoop. Our front door is Tiny Tim, a Christmas underdog who just wants to celebrate the season despite not having much to offer.

But The Home Depot sent us some fun Christmas-y delight and we got to work dressing up Tiny-Tim-the-front-stoop with garlands and greenery and a DIY monogram wreath.

Here’s how it looks all dressed up for the season:

Holiday Door Decorating Ideas for Your Small Porch, by Kelly Marzka of View Along the Way

I have “a thing” for fresh greenery, can you tell?

It looks beautiful and smells like Christmas to me!

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