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 blog, Mr. 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.
Oversized chairs are great for long dinners, and so my painted wingback chairs came out of the living room and into the dining room. They were pretty easy to do. Read about how I painted the wingback chairs on my blog.
Setting the table for me is a mix of high end, mid level and inexpensive vintage pieces.
The gold flatware was picked up on just a random outing at one of my favorite second hand stores. (Read more about my gold flatware find on my blog.)
The napkins were an easy make from some remnant cotton fabric I picked up sometime ago.
The center piece is an oversize textured ornament that provided a great contrast to the brocade fabric tablecloth and the slick and shimmer place settings.
Whenever i am asked to style or decorate a space, I always try to find a starting point, something that will tie the entire scheme together.
When I saw this nutcracker, I was sold. It had a great whimsical appearance and an array of colors I knew I could duplicate throughout the space.
As you can tell from above, The Home Depot had sent over some amazing ornaments, and i went into the store to buy even more.
Ornaments are kind of like shoes– you cant have too many. After I used them as the center piece for the place setting, I decided to take a cue from my holiday space of last year and create a cluster of ornaments to hang from my chandelier. This low cost touch takes the decor of the dining room upwards.
Another very inexpensive DIY was the place settings for the guests.
I used paint chip cards, ribbon and a metallic pen. I simply punched a whole at the top of the paint chip card, stripped the ribbon through it and tied it in a bow.
Above, you see what you end up with. The metallic handwritten name really adds that extra touch to the table setting. The rest of the elements are pieces that I had on hand in my collection already. It’s really about making everything work… together. So I am ready to sit down to eat a hearty meal in a custom blazer… and velvet loafers, of course.
Now look at that this– I done went and saved you a nice comfy spot at the table. lol.
I hope you were inspired to head out to your local Home Depot and pick up a few things and start decorating your dining room for an intimate dinner with family and friends.
If not you can always come over here!
Rashon Carraway, also known as Mr. Goodwill Hunting, is a design expert in home decor and men’s fashion in Rock Hill, SC. He enjoys the thrill of the hunt, finding unique and timeless items, pairing them with statement pieces and creating a classic look. He blogs about design and fashion at Mr. Goodwill Hunting.
To style his dining room for Christmas, Rashon used these items from The Home Depot:
- Martha Stewart Living Jingle Brights Assorted Christmas Ornaments
- Martha Stewart Living Jingle Brights 3 in. Christmas Ornament Birds
- Silvered Glass Tealight Candle Set
- 20 ft. Pre-Lit Noble Fir Garland with Clear Lights