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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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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 10 Comments

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color by Michelle Rothmeier of Ten June


There are a few fairly standard color palettes for Christmas– red and green, blue and white, perhaps, along with silver or gold. But there’s no reason to fear such non-traditional Christmas colors as purple or lime green, as Michelle Rothmeier will show us.

Michelle is the creative mind behind the DIY and design blog Ten June. We’re thrilled she agreed to take us up on our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Michelle and several other top bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations, and told them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

Michelle focused on the Christmas tree for her Style Challenge. She came up with a delightfully whimsical Christmas display with fun shapes and textures guaranteed to catch the eye of a certain little guy in her family. She also expertly mixed some non-traditional colors in with the reds and greens. Add some DIY mantel decorations, and her living room is ready for the holidays. Read on for Michelle’s Christmas tree decorating ideas.


This year, my family and I opted for colorful, whimsical Christmas decorations. Typically, we decorate with more classic themes, like traditional red, green and silver. For my son’s second Christmas (and likely the first he’ll actually enjoy at sixteen months!), we were inspired to decorate for this holiday season with bright colors, sparkling elements and fun shapes. I think it’s the perfect holiday décor for a toddler with developing senses.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: Inside Out for the Holidays

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments

Sometimes, even crafty, creative, visual people just aren’t sure how to decorate the front door for Christmas. There’s certainly nothing wrong with hanging a wreath on the door, and turning your attention indoors for the real show. But Chris and Julia of the aptly named DIY blog Chris Loves Julia wanted to do something more than the ordinary with their front door this Christmas.

We know this because we invited them to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent out mystery boxes of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot to some of the best DIY and design bloggers we could find. Then we wait for them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

They came up with an idea that’s pure holiday decorating genius. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Julia shares with us, in a most entertaining way, how they made their front door something special for Christmas.

As DIYers, you’d think going overboard on holiday décor is a given for us. Sad to say, it’s never really been that way. We’ve hung lights on the roof, and decorated our tree different ways each year, but outside that, we’ve been pretty bland. That’s why we were so stoked when The Home Depot asked us to be involved with their Holiday Style Challenge. It was the motivation we needed to focus on making one area of the home extra special. And, to top it off, they asked us to do the front door. I mean, if you’re gonna go all out, the front door is the place to do it. It’s like an open invitation to all passersby to join you in celebrating the undisputed champion of most wonderful times of the year.

We moved into this home not long ago, and are still making friends with our neighbors. We not only wanted our front door to be an invitation to be of good cheer, but a warm welcome to all of our holiday visitors. Because our front door before this challenge? Dang.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: The Door Before Decorating

Booooooriiiiing. I think that may even be our dog, Charly (she makes a lot of appearances), in the window, yawning from all the ho-humness. Don’t you worry, pup. We’ll get those sleigh bells ringling and ting-ting-tingling in no time.

So as part of our mystery box, The Home Depot sent us a bunch of globe lights, made by GE. ["Super Sphere Lights," to be precise. -ed.]

Let me tell ya, those things are awesome. We immediately knew we wanted to use them, but weren’t sure where they’d fit best. I think they are designed to hang as a sort of outdoor light garland, but either way, they’re definite attention grabbers, which is awesome.

Our front window expands about eight more feet to the right in the photo above, and that’s where we were planning on putting our Christmas tree, inside the house. But we didn’t want the lights to take away from the Christmas tree, do we?

Of course not!

Well, what if we take the globe lights inside and hang them on the tree? Still visible from outside, and really adding to the tree. Maybe like so, shown below?


Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Front Door: "Super Sphere" Christmas Light

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas: A Patina Christmas Tablescape by Courtney Lake

Posted by: on November 13th, 2013 | 11 Comments

Holiday Entertaining Ideas: Designer Courtney Lake and his door at their front door decorated for Christmas


The key to truly remarkable decorating for holiday entertaining is knowing a few interior design tricks and having a bit of inspiration. That’s exactly what we have here, with Christmas decorating ideas from Courtney Lake, the creative mind behind Courtney Out Loud.

We are thrilled that Courtney took us up on our Holiday Style Challenge. That’s where we send some of the best design and lifestyle bloggers on the internet a mystery box of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot, and then stand back as they work their holiday decorating magic.

Courtney gives us a mini-course in interior design for holiday entertaining, and he lets us in on the very unusual source of inspiration for his stunning golden brown Christmas tablescapes.


Nostalgic is not a word that most of my friends and family would use to describe me. I don’t really hang on to things for sentimental reasons, but as I get older, I find myself holding onto things a little longer than usual. Letters get tucked into drawers for “safe keeping”. Photos are double backed up.

So it didn’t strike me as strange that I fell in love with a vintage portrait of a young man while at auction. “Marc,” as I call him, struck a cord with me and was the inspiration for my holiday tablescape. The patina of the actual portrait is what really struck me as beautiful – the slight golden quality of the paper, the soft amber and dark bronzes the artist used to sketch Marc were translated into a palette of white, gold and bronze with touches of white to lighten the overall mood.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room

Posted by: on November 7th, 2013 | 45 Comments

Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Family Room by Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style


A lot goes into creating a warm, cozy family room decorated for Christmas. It takes colors, textures, finishes, and as we’ll see, even the right smells.

Grace Mitchell is the author of the interior design and DIY blog A Storied Style. She accepted our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send our favorite design mavens mystery boxes of holiday decorations from The Home Depot. We then stand back while they come up with their impressive and practical Christmas decorating ideas. 

The Christmas decor Grace put together for her family room is breathtaking. It’s elegant, yet comfortable. It’s also the perfect comfy place for a family with little ones to create new Christmas memories. Grace shows us how she pulled it all together, and she shares some of her DIY Christmas decorating ideas.

(And look for photos of her adorable family, too!) 


Christmas is going to be really fun for my husband and I this year as all four of our children are past the infant stage (this is our first holiday season in a long time to not have a little baby), and they can understand and appreciate holidays a little more. All four of them are now toddler age and up (they are all a year apart), so they have been super enthusiastic about the holidays and the fun and excitement they bring.

For this Home Depot Style Challenge, I decided to choose the newest space in our 1921 home, a one-room addition we have just completed. It has been a long fourteen month road to get it done, so I was thrilled to start decorating it. (finally!) 

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