Christmas decorations often lean toward the warmer end of the color spectrum, which makes sense given the time of year. But cooler colors can work wonderfully during the holidays, too! Take a look at how designer Camila Pavone decked out her dining room for Christmas in teal and candy red with a bit of frosty mint green and champagne mixed in.
Camila is the author of the design blog Effortless Style, and she’s one of the very talented stylists taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Camila and the other participants mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations. The bloggers then share with us their Christmas decorating ideas and tips using these holiday items.
Camila focused on her dining room, turning it into a bright and lively place for holiday entertaining. Read on for holiday inspiration and plenty of holiday decorating ideas you can use in your own home.
Christmas came early this year when boxes arrived from Home Depot with goodies to use for the latest Holiday Style Challenge. Excitement quickly turned to panic when I remembered that I’m not a big decorator for holidays. Decorate my house? No problem! Decorate with garland and lights? Big problem.
I love the holidays, but I never seem to have enough hours to do most of my to-do list in a day, so adding holiday decorations never seem to happen. This dry run though got me excited for the holidays, and I will make sure to make the time to add a little holiday sparkle to my house this season.
Unlike a lot of people, I actually use my formal dining room for dining. I have lots of family who live near by, and I enjoy hosting meals. So, my pick for holiday decorating was actually very easy for me. Dining room it is!
I have a very colorful house that doesn’t tend to work really well with the traditional red, green and gold color story of the holidays. I was happily surprised though that the color story this season looked like it was made for my home!
Cool, Frosty Colors
I received oodles and oodles of no-break ornaments from the Frosted Traditions Collection by Martha Stewart Living that are amazing when you have a very curious almost three-year-old. I decided to think of my fifth wall, a.k.a. my ceiling, when deciding what to do with these ornaments. My pretty multi-arm chandelier and some clear fishing wire mean a beautiful focal point in my room that won’t interfere with diners’ point of vision.
For my tablescape I knew I wanted something that gave off a winter wonderland feel. I wanted the table to sparkle and feel glamorous, but not cheesy. I think I was able to do just that. Being a decorator has its perks because I found a pale pink fabric with a metallic sheen that gave me the perfect amount of sparkle.
For my table runner I used faux sheepskin to add the touch of glamour and winter that I wanted for the space.
Baby’s Breath Centerpiece
I believe that fresh flowers are always a must in a home, especially for a centerpiece. I wanted to keep things low so that diners could look at each other and chat without having to move around flowers.
Keeping with the winter theme, I picked out baby’s breath because it reminded me of little snow flurries. Even better is that they are inexpensive, so you can pick up a bunch to make an impact and they are hearty and last a long time.
We made little wooden boxes for our flowers out of pine common board from The Home Depot. Simply cut them to size and nail them together. Leave as is or stain them to your liking. Add floral foam and some sisal string and add flowers.
I flanked the boxes with battery powered candles that came in my mystery box that gave the room a nice glow.
Teal Chargers and Red Acrylic Menus
I hit the “oops paint” stash at The Home Depot and found the prettiest shade of teal blue that someone didn’t want and brought it home to give my old gold chargers a new lease on life. Such a simple project that made quite an impact!
The Ornament Wreath
Typically, the main focal point in my dining room is the window seat, which is flanked by curtain panels encased in DIY cornice boards complete with fretwork trim.
I shopped around my house a little and swapped out my pillows for a color story that was better fitting for the space. Instead of recovering the cushion, I simply draped over some teal fabric and then tied everything together by gracing the center window with the stunning ornament wreath from my mystery box.
The Buffet Decorated for Christmas
The last area of my dining room that got a little dose of holiday cheer was my buffet.
At the beginning of the meal, I had it set up with a mini-bar so that guests could help themselves. To add a little sparkle to this area, I flanked the buffet with 2 ft. white mini Christmas trees that light up. Instead of ornaments, I tossed in some peppermint candies to add a little color.
After the main meal, it was time to set up dessert, and the perfect sweet ending to the evening was a s’mores station on the buffet.
This was extremely easy to tackle and made a huge wow factor! I picked up some river stones from Home Depot’s gardening area and placed them in white bowls that each contained a sterno. Light them up, and you are ready for action. I placed a mix of dark and milk chocolate along with fudge-covered graham crackers and plain graham crackers, plus the essential marshmallows and skewers.
It was such fun to be part of the Holiday Style Challenge and get into the holiday spirit a bit early! I wasn’t the only one that enjoyed the dining room. The next day, I found Hudson helping himself to the s’mores station. The day before he had loved walking in and grabbing a marshmallow or two, but the next day I found that he had pulled out a chair and sat at a place setting with his chocolate and marshmallows! He wasn’t amused that he was caught. :)
Camila Pavone believes that good design shouldn’t be a luxury and that everyone should be able to enjoy a space that reflects their true self.Effortless Style is her daily design journal with DIY projects, decorating ideas and tips on how to decorate on a budget.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.