For people who celebrate Christmas and Chanukah, it is a festive time of year. At our house, decorating usually starts with the front porch….and goes from there. Those of you who read my blog regularly, however, know that I’m a simple girl and I don’t like fussiness of any kind…..in design…in clothing….in food….in people. But that’s just me. A giant undecorated wreath and some pine bows are perfect for me.
If you’re lucky enough to have double doors, hang a beribboned wreath on each one. Notice the two smaller wreaths tucked in up above.
A wreath with fruit suggests food and hospitality. Check out Etsy for wreaths to buy.
Brass bells on a traditional wreath create a neutral theme.
French wired ribbon is fun to work with and winds around wreaths and tress so easily. Get it at a large craft store, like Michaels (in the Seattle area). Is this doorway overly decorated or do you like it’s lushness? Leave a comment below.
Your front door sets the tone and the color palette for your entire house (that is, if you’re a Design Junkie like me). If your front door is purple / green and silver…carry that throughout your house. To your tree. To your wrappings.
An understated front door is a design choice and has its definite charm! It does NOT say “I don’t have any decorating ideas.” It says you like a simple style.
On the other hand, a fully lighted front porch is magical and says”I love you and Christmas THIS MUCH!”
Look how pretty these lighted hanging lanterns are.
Anywhere you place the little white fairy lights you bring cheer and friendliness. Isn’t this sweet? Too stark for you?
Lighted balls look great even when just hung randomly on a tree.
This mass of extra large red glass balls are really eye catching and seem alive somehow.
A string of lights under a glass cloche makes decorative use of a concrete birdbath. If you don’t have a cloche, an extra large glass vase would work just as well.
Don’t forget outbuildings, freestanding garages, well houses.
Don’t forget the garden gate
A group of three mercury glass balls give subtle bling to a front entry.
Grapevine makes great wreaths and decorative spheres to put lights on.
The bench arrangement couldn’t be more casual….but it works.
Pinecones and pods have so-o-o much texture….even the fake ones. Here are some oversized glitter ones from Pottery Barn
Pile some logs and pinecones in a galvanized bucket or wicker basket. Then tuck Christmas lights in and you’ve got yourself the perfect porch display.
Consider decorating your mailbox…..what an unexpected touch to bring a smile to the lips of passersby.
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Wherever you put long needle pine and large deciduous leaves, it says Christmas. Not sure if these are magnolia leaves or something else. Leave a comment below if you know.
Simple red bows say it all.
Who knows, maybe we’ll have a white Christmas here in the Northwest. White or not….I hope you have a wonderful one!
Walk in beauty….It will change your life.