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Christmas Decorating: Christmas Trees and Coffee Cups

Posted by: on November 6th, 2013 | 23 Comments

Christmas Decorating by Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY

Designer Carrie Waller understands the importance of caffeine on Christmas morning. Santa goes to a lot of trouble to fill your stockings, so you at least ought to be fully alert when you start the Christmas morning fun. That’s why she had the ingenious idea of including a coffee station among her Christmas decorating ideas for us. 

Carrie writes about DIY and design at Dream Green DIY. Carrie took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorating goodies, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decor styling.

Carrie’s blue and gold Christmas tree is a masterpiece, and it looks so comfortable in her teal and yellow living room. We love the way she very cleverly put her own spin on a couple of Christmas decorating ideas she found on Pinterest, too. And with freshly brewed coffee on hand, how could this be a better place for opening presents? 

Read on to see how she worked her magic.

I admit it…I’m a little design obsessed. Whether for myself or for a client, chances are that you’ll find me juggling table lamps, brass animals and accessory pillows just about any day of the week. That said, I have never been all that keen on holiday styling. Call it laziness, call it whatever you like, but my strength has (sadly) never been in seasonal decor. This year though, with the support of The Home Depot, I was determined to break my reverie and indulge in all things Christmas. I am proud to say that I am an official holiday styling convert!

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

Posted by: on November 5th, 2013 | 9 Comments
Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room: Gold, Silver and Greenery

“Lots of greenery to tie it all together”

 

Feasting is a big part of Christmas celebrations, which makes your dining table an important focus for holiday decorating. Anna Liesemeyer of the lifestyle blog In Honor of Design makes decorating the dining room for Christmas seem effortless.

Anna took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorating goodies, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.

She shares with us some gorgeous and inspiration photos of her warm and elegant traditional Christmas dining room. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how she created her beautiful Christmas place settings and table runner.

 

Five giant boxes of Christmas decor delivered to my front door. Dream come true.

The Assignment: Make Christmas happen in my dining room.

I knew this was a perfect match for me since food and dining is my favorite way to bring people together. I see it as a fun challenge to work with your space to make it an inviting and appealing atmosphere for guests.

Based on the decorations I received from The Home Depot and the color of our more classic style table, I chose golds, creams, silver, minimal red, and lots of greenery to tie it all together.

 

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room: Golds, Creams, Silver and Minimal Red

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Front Door Decorations for Christmas: Holiday Ready in an Afternoon

Posted by: on November 4th, 2013 | 6 Comments

Front Door Decorations for Christmas: Holiday Ready in an Afternoon

 

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, do you start on the inside and work your way out? Or the other way round? Interior designer Erika Ward of the BluLabel Bungalow blog had some great reasons to defy family tradition and start with the front door decorations this year.

Erika took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite design bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.

With a few Home Depot Christmas decorations, some holiday lights, and a few clever modifications, she came up with a holiday display for her front door that’s bright, brilliant and welcoming. And you’ll see how she accomplished this holiday magic in no time at all.

(And you HAVE to scroll down to see her littlest one posing on the front porch. He’s adorable!) 

 

I remember my grandmother pulling out all the bells and whistles, literally, when she decked our halls from top to bottom. Our family home was exquisitely decorated, both inside and out, for her most favorite holiday of the year. After having a family of my own I started to wonder, “How did she do it? How did she find the time?”

As I recalled my participation in the holiday decorating process, I remembered that we started from the inside out. The dining room was first, then the living room, followed by the rest of the house. The interior was completely done before we started on the exterior.

We are a family of six, with four kids under the age of 7, so it’s more than a notion to start a new decorating project in the midst of all the household chaos. Honestly, Rudolph would be without an antler or two and the lower half of our tree would be missing ornaments well before Santa made it down the chimney.

Therefore, I decided to create my own tradition. We would start from the outside then work our way in starting with our front door. Thanks to the smart selection of holiday goodies at The Home Depot, we managed to finish this project in an afternoon! Take a look.

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Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas

Posted by: on November 4th, 2013 | 24 Comments

Dining Room Decorating Ideas for Christmas

The dining room is where a lot of the action is  during Christmas celebrations. But coming up with dining room decorating ideas for Christmas isn’t always easy. That is, except for Monica Benavidez of the Monica Wants It blog. 

Monica took us up on our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite design bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorating goodies, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.

Monica blew us away with how she transformed her dining room into a gorgeous space for entertaining holiday guests. She shares with us the clever and easy ways she incorporated Christmas decorations into her beautiful blue dining room decor. Plus, she even offers a few tips on how to make the most of your next chalkboard paint project. Read on for Monica’s terrific dining room decorating ideas for Christmas. 

 

When I got my assignment for the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge, I was stoked! My dining room is my absolute favorite room of my house. It serves as a dining, entertaining, office, and lounging space. [Take a look at her shimmering blue dining room before the Christmas makeover. It's beautiful! -ed.]

My box full of goodies from The Home Depot contained the Merry Metallics collection by Martha Stewart. The colors are gorgeous hues of gold, copper, and bronze. I added in silver and burlap for some extra texture and contrast.

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New Holiday Decorating Ideas Coming in our Style Challenge

Posted by: on October 21st, 2013 | 4 Comments

Bloggers offering holiday decorating ideas in The Home Depot's 2013 Holiday Style Challenge

It’s only October, but we are already gearing up for the Holiday season. We’ve asked 23 of our favorite DIY and design bloggers to decorate a space in their home for Christmas, and most importantly, show us how they did it. It’s our 2013 Holiday Style Challenge. Using a mystery collection of The Home Depot’s 2013 holiday products, each designer has only four weeks to bring some festive cheer to their home. Beginning in November, we will be sharing with you photos of their holiday decorating ideas with tips and tricks for creating the look yourself!

We are proud to introduce the very talented participants of our 2013 Holiday Style Challenge:

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Closet Organization Ideas for a Nursery

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
Nursery closet makeover

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

We were thrilled to hear that graphic designer and friend of The Home Depot blog Tobe Reed was expecting a baby. We were even more thrilled when she agreed to show us the closet organization ideas she came up with for the darling nursery she set up in her home.     

Late last year, my husband and I were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting our first little bundle of love. It wasn’t long before this interior decor enthusiast could be caught daydreaming about decorating a nursery! As we settled on the right room in our home to transform, we knew that while a good size, the room’s closet was definitely lacking in efficiency…and style.

Yikes.

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Amazing DIY Halloween Yard Decorations From The Shadow Farm

Posted by: on September 27th, 2013 | 11 Comments

DIY Halloween yard decorations

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

David Schilling pulls out all the stops every October to create the Shadow Farm, an amazing Halloween yard display in front of his home. In this Halloween Style Challenge, he shows us how he created some impressive DIY Halloween yard decorations with the Home Depot products we sent him. His simple decorating ideas will inspire you to take your own Halloween yard display to a new level. 

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I remember being spooked as a kid by the cool jointed paper decorations my grandpa would hang in his house, along with the bright plastic lanterns he would put up in his windows. There has always been something magical about the season, with the burst of color in the leaves and the sapphire blue skies, the crisp mornings and early nightfall. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.

When asked to participate in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge, I was honored and immediately responded with an eager “YES!” I love decorating my yard for Halloween, and have become know as “the scary man” by the neighborhood kids. Out of context, that might not be a good thing, but as an homage to my haunted yard, I consider it a high honor. As I anxiously awaited the arrival of my box of secret goodies, I began to doubt myself. Our yard and house were in pretty bad shape; with overgrown flower beds, bare shrubs from an extreme trimming last fall, and fading paint on the trim.

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Simple Halloween Decorations for the Fireplace Mantel

Posted by: on September 26th, 2013 | 7 Comments

Spooky Halloween decorations for the fireplace mantel

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Los Angeles resident Johnny Love has a growing following of fans for his annual Love Manor Halloween display. He transforms his home into a an amazingly elaborate tribute to the macabre. Earlier, he showed us how he created some simple haunted house paintings for our Halloween Style Challenge.

Here he transforms his fireplace mantel into a classic, gloomy, but fun Halloween tableau that would work in any haunted house or horror movie. He shares with us his DIY Halloween decorating ideas, demonstrating that that the best Halloween decorations don’t always come from the holiday decor department.

Nothing quite compares to relaxing next to a roaring fire on a brisk autumn day, especially one in front of a mantel that evokes the Halloween spirit in both an elegant and macabre way. For this challenge I wanted to create a setting that used muted earthy tones with a pop of orange. So utilizing the foam pumpkins The Home Depot sent me was a must. The color was great and nothing says Halloween like pumpkins. However, I still needed to push my creativity.

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Halloween Haunted House Ideas from Love Manor

Posted by: on September 26th, 2013 | 10 Comments

Haunted House Ideas: Spooky DIY paintings from John of Love Manor

 

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Every Halloween, Los Angeles-resident Johnny Love transforms his home into Love Manor. It features a spooky swamp-like graveyard and terrifying inside decor. This year for our Halloween Style Challenge, Johnny is incorporating some Home Depot Halloween decorations into Love Manor. Elsewhere, he shows how to create Halloween decorations for the fireplace.

Here, he shares with us some of his haunted house ideas, including how to create special lighting and macabre paintings. 

Halloween to me is the one time of year where you can let your creativity run wild. I was so thrilled when The Home Depot contacted me and gave me a bit of a challenge. In the past, I would spend most of my time at The Home Depot spending more money on making my home look more macabre than well-kept, of course all for this wondrous holiday. However, this time I knew I wanted to think as far outside the box as I possibly could. In years past I would use PVC pipe and wood to create faux wrought-iron fences and foam for tombstones, so this year my idea came to life when looking at some old classic Halloween cartoons.

I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate these images and have them make sense until I was wandering around the paint section at The Home Depot. I saw the canvas drop cloth, paint brushes and vast selection of paint colors and knew for my first project I had to create some sinister pieces of art.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard

Posted by: on September 25th, 2013 | 22 Comments

Spooky halloween display with purple lights, fog, and a grim reaper

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

Scott Stoll is an award-winning papier-mâché artist who specializes in Halloween decorations. With his Halloween Style Challenge, he pulled out all the stops with his outdoor Halloween decorating ideas. He shares with us some of his techniques, too, with links to tutorials for some of the papier-mâché creations he used in his amazing Halloween display. Take a look to be impressed and inspired…

 

Halloween has always been a big deal at our house, for many years we have transformed our yard into a fun and creepy experience suitable for both kids and adults.

The sights and sounds of Halloween always make an appearance every October, and with the help of The Home Depot, our backyard was transformed into a magical Halloween experience that can be enjoyed while sitting around a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

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