Christmas Decorating Ideas From the 2014 Holiday Style Challenge

Whitney Curtis

Article Posted By: Whitney Curtis

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We have plenty of terrific Christmas decorating ideas here on The Home Depot Blog, collected during the 2014 round of our Holiday Style Challenge.

We sent some of the most talented and creative bloggers on the internet mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. We then stepped back and let the designers and stylists do their magic. They decorated their fireplace mantels, living rooms, dining rooms and outdoor spaces for the holidays, and they shared DIY projects they came up with to add to the festive looks they achieved.

We’re pleased and proud to introduce the talented individuals who took part in this Holiday Style Challenge:

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Allison of Two Thirty~Five Designs decorated her fireplace mantel for her first Holiday Style Challenge. Expect lots of red set off by bold black patterns. Look for fun details and even a couple of clever gift wrapping ideas.

Amy Mikkelsen is known for the southern charm she brings to all her decorating and entertaining. Take a glance at her blog Your Southern Peach for great recipe ideas and tips on entertaining and decor. Amy shares tips for a family-friendly Christmas dinner, along with photos of her gorgeous Christmas decorations in traditional red and green with lots of fun vintage touches. Take a look at her front porch makeover to get a sense of her style.

Andrea Crawford is a busy interior designer who writes about style and design on her blog Couture House Interiors. For the Holiday Style Challenge, though, she dressed up her own gorgeous kitchen for holiday entertaining. Andrea also shared some simple Christmas decorating DIYs to add a bit of nature to the decor.

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Annette Joseph had a Nordic theme in mind for an outdoor holiday reception she’s styled. On her blog, Annette Joseph Style, you’ll see that she’s an expert on entertaining, styling and cooking– as well as a very talented professional photographer.

We’re looking forward to seeing the Christmas mantel in browns and golds by Bethany DeVore of Dwellings By DeVore. She’s a talented designer and a DIYer who knows how to create gorgeous and sophisticated decor on a budget.

Brandi of Don’t Disturb This Groove loves to share her tips for decorating on a budget. We’re impressed in particular with her many ideas for creating wreaths from such materials as thyme and corn husks. She applied her DIY skills to her dining room decorated in blue, gold, and silver, with neutral wood tones… and lots of lush greenery.

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We loved how Caitlin Moran gave her backyard a renter-friendly makeover in her recent Patio Style Challenge. She’s known for the stylish entertaining ideas she shares on Style Within Reach. Caitlin decorated her fireplace mantel in her elegant, fashionable style.

Camilla Pavone showed us how merely painting a front door can give curb appeal a giant boost. She’s a very talented and fearless DIYer. She shares her DIY adventures and tutorials on her blog Effortless Style. We can’t wait for you to see her take on Christmas decorating in her first Holiday Style Challenge.

Eden Passante writes about entertaining, cooking and decorating on her blog Sugar and Charm. Her Christmas celebrations often revolve around steaming mugs of hot cocoa, backed by charming traditional holiday decor. We hear that hot cocoa played a big role in her Style Challenge… along with a bit of fake snow.

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Eduardo Rodriguez describes his style as “modern, somewhat minimalist with clean lines.” The New York-based interior designer shares his design ideas and discoveries on The Designer Pad. He decorated his Scandinavian-style dining room for the holidays in this Holiday Style Challenge.

Emily Clark was among the first of our Holiday Style Challenge contributors with her beautiful and distinctive nature-inspired Christmas tree. Emily A. Clark: design. simplified is where she writes about simple style ideas. For this Style Challenge, she focused on holiday decorations for the front of her home.

When we last saw Gloribell Lebron here on The Home Depot Blog, she had created an amazingly lush decor for a tiny apartment patio. On her blog I Don’t Know How She Does It, Gloribell explains that she comes to decorating with a graphic designer’s eye. She shows us the Christmas mantel decorations in her home, with her signature bold, visual style.

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Jana Bek is an interior designer who writes about her latest finds and decorating ideas on her blog Jana Bek Design. She brings her fresh ideas for Christmas decorating to her family room. Look for some clever ideas on how to repurpose some Home Depot Christmas decorations.

Jen Woodhouse might be the first Nashville singer/songwriter we’ve featured in a Style Challenge. In Jen’s case, talent for singing comes with talent for DIY and decorating, as you’ll see on her blog The House of Wood. Jen is pretty down-to-earth, so she made sure her gold and glam Christmas decor was comfortable and homey. (Let Jen put you in the Christmas spirit with a song.)

The pergola Jennifer Stagg styled for our Patio Style Challenge was a big hit with Home Depot Blog readers. You can see her airy and glamorous style on display on her blog withHeart. She’s created a gorgeous Christmas brunch tablescape, along with a special DIY candelabra, for her Holiday Style Challenge.

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On her blog The Chronicles of Home, Jennifer Bridgman calls herself an “incurable do-it-yourselfer.” She’s not only a very talented stylist, she also makes and upholsters her own furniture! Check out her blog for her expert tutorials. She decorated her new living room for Christmas… complete with a new coffee table and a beaded light fixture she made herself.

Jessica Garvin is a mom of two cute little ones, so it’s no wonder she just loves holidays. Read about her darling family and her craft ideas on Little Baby Garvin. Jessica decorated for a Christmas party in her “modern farmhouse” style for the Holiday Style Challenge.

Katie Gavigan of Katie Gavigan Interiors has a remarkable ability to mix influences from many different cultures to create her own colorful eclectic look. She decked her small San Francisco apartment out for the holidays with lots of bold color and unexpected elements.

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Kelli Mullins is one half of the team (with her twin sister Kristi) that produces the DIY blog Lolly Jane. A look at the blog will show Kelli and Kristi favor an eclectic style with lots of whimsy and clever details. Expect some out-of-the-box Christmas decorating ideas with Kelli’s Holiday Style Challenge.

We were blown away by the vintage Americana look Kristin Cadwallader gave her outdoor Halloween decorations in her recent Halloween Style Challenge article. She’s back with her take on Christmas decorating. Kristin moved indoors to dress her fireplace mantel up for the holidays. Take a look at her blog Bliss at Home to marvel at her elegant decor style.

Interior Designer Kristin Jackson is the author of the very popular design and decor blog The Hunted Interior. She’s been contributing to our Holiday Style Challenge series since it began. She showed us her gorgeous dining room decorated for Christmas in a rich and sparkly blue palette. Then, she decorated her living room and Christmas tree in a totally glam black, gold and white theme. This year, she’s created a super stylish Christmas brunch setting.

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Krystine Edwards is an interior decorator and real estate agent, so she knows all about making a home look beautiful. She shares her DIY and decorating ideas and real estate tips on her blog Living Pretty Styled. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where Christmas can be an outdoor affair. She’s planned a nature-inspired look for a “rustic coastal” outdoor Christmas dinner.

We’ve seen how Lindsay Jackman styled a fall harvest dinner party, and just weeks later, she’s back with Christmas decorating ideas. On her blog The White Buffalo Styling Co. She describes her style as “Country Modern Bohemian,” but she’s added a slightly more luxurious edge to it with her Style Challenge Christmas tree.

Designer Melaine Thompson favors a vintage, rustic style that’s comfortable and livable. She shares her styling inspiration and a whole lot of clever DIY projects on My Sweet Savannah. She’s turned her studio space into a veritable Santa’s workshop in red and green with lots of vintage items to add to the holiday fun.

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Nya is such a talented crafter and DIYer (and humorous writer), who favors simplicity in her style, along with colors and textures from nature. Take a look at her blog Freckles Chick to see what we mean. She’s styled a Christmas tree with her unique holiday look.

Interior designer Sarah Dorsey writes about design, DIY and renovating her home on Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. For the Holiday Style Challenge, she’s styled a Christmas tree and decorated her home’s faux mantel. She also shares a holiday DIY project or two for Christmas decorating.

Shavonda Gardner is a veteran Style Challenge contributor. She created a colorful and comfortable patio refresh for our Patio Style Challenge. Now the author of A Home Full of Color is back to work her Christmas decorating magic. She told us that she had a “crazy cool” idea for her Christmas tree that she couldn’t wait to show us.

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Whitney Jones gives us some DIY projects she worked on to make her small apartment ready for Christmas. Whitney is an interior designer in the New Orleans area, and Whitney J Decor is where she dispenses very practical advice about design and decorating.

The multi-lingual and well-traveled Yana Puaca is the founder and editor of Nomad Luxuries. She writes about DIY, interior design and entertaining, all with an eclectic and very fashionable angle. We can’t wait for you to see how she’s decorated her dining room for Christmas.

Take a look at more Style Challenge articles here on The Home Depot Blog.

And browse The Home Depot’s Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.