There is no better time to create a beautiful entry than during the holidays! This year I went for classic neutral Christmas theme for our front porch decor and today I’m excited to share it with you! Grab yourself an eggnog latte and enjoy while I share ALL the details.
Last summer we painted the exterior of our house white and one of the things I was most excited about was decorating our front porch for the holidays.
I love this classic holiday look. Lots of simple greenery and a few little touches was precisely what I envisioned. The contrast with our black door, and matte black smart lock + handle pop so nicely. We’ve been really impressed with the door lock system especially after having a little incident with one of our children. I’ll save that story for another day. Installing this smart lock system was a good move and a easy weekend DIY. Aside from the benefits of how the smart lock functions, I absolutely love the black on black with the door and handle.
Over the last number of years I have collected some beautiful, realistic pieces of holiday decor that lasts year after year. Last year we picked up these beautiful 4 foot porch trees from Kent Building Supplies. They are very natural and realistic looking. They are prelit and give off a nice warm glow which make the porch very inviting. They run in batteries with a timer so it is very convenient since it is pitch black at 5pm. Last year we used them indoors and decided to get two more. I was very pleased to see they were stocked again this year. The whisky barrel base is the quintessential Christmas tree look.
Adding a wreath to your front door is a simple and classic way to decorate for the holidays! I like to add something a little more to make a simple wreath unique and extra festive. It is so hard to find the exact wreath that I had in mind, so I created my own.
To create this wreath, I used my go to technique. Start with a simple basic faux wreath, this one is 24″ and only $9.99. The faux wreath is a great base and starting point, it’s sturdy and already has the perfect shape. Then add fresh boughs. By adding fresh boughs, it elevates a simple wreath.
I spray painted some bells with my favourite gold spray paint by krylon and tied the bells together. I like to go in groupings of threes’s because odd numbers work well visually. I was aiming for the Studio McGee look. After adding some gold bells, I tied on a white ribbon that I had saved off an old package. In my opinion the white ribbon ties everything together. It is the simple touch that really does it for me:)
And voila! An elevated wreath with a few easy steps. Just little bit of work and a tiny bit of creativity, I made the perfect wreath I had envisioned.
My Garland on our front porch is my favourite. It is simple and classic and is everything I was wanting in my decor this year. I love the pop of holiday cheer that this brings our front area. So festive and fun!
I did the same technique as I did with my mantle Garland from last year. It was incredible simple to do. I started with an 9 foot faux garland that was only $4.99. This is a great workable base for the garland that will hold everything together. Next I added fresh boughs to the faux garland to make it fuller and so the colour is more natural. When placing the boughs, I placed them going in the same direction and I wasn’t focused on perfectionism, I prefer the undone look where there are some straggler branches poking out.
I picked up bundles of real pine + fur boughs at Kent for $5.99, but you could forage some from your property. I had the same problem this year as last year – I don’t have any pine I’m willing to cut so I grabbed them at Kent, although I used mostly pine for this project. To secure the garland to the house I used outdoor command hooks. Another reason I prefer using the faux garland as a base is because it is lighter than using all real boughs for the entire garland.
Using the faux garland as a base is a simple hack. It is the anchor and a great starting point, I also use the wire within the faux garland to wrap around the real greens to help them stay in place. To secure most of the larger branches I used these reusable decorating ties. When I was almost done, I stepped back a few feet to look where the garland seemed thin, then I placed shorter pieces to fill it in.
I try not to be too fussy with the garland and the placement as I love a natural *not too perfect* look.
At the bottom of our steps, I took two planters and literally threw in all of the boughs I didn’t need for this project. It turned out to be a lovely way to frame in our steps and the overall decor of our steps. Next Spring we are hoping to replace the deck with composite so will not need to repaint our deck each year:) YAHOOO!!
For additional styling pieces, I used a few lanterns I used outdoors in the summer. This Hoop Log Stand is also perfect for keeping on the front porch all winter long.
I am waiting on a new doormat from a local company that creates custom doormats. When choosing, I was extremely indecisive, wanting to select something ORIGINAL and witty for the holidays but in the end I went with a classic saying. Hoping it is ready soon!
I don’t think I could be any happier with how our Classic Holiday Front Porch turned out. I’m extremely optimistic that we will be able to welcome friends and family into our home this holiday season.
I hope this post inspires you to have some fun with your holiday decor this year!