It’s time for our Christmas porch – part two!
Just a few weeks ago I revealed our Kitchen Porch’s Christmas look, and this time around, I’m sharing our main front porch! (The one you might be more used to seeing here on the blog!)
Sometimes I finish a design and I love it all – but this time around I’m feeling a little less certain about what I pulled together!
Something I noticed with the Kitchen porch, and that I’m also seeing in my dining room (reveal coming soon) and on this main front porch is that I’ve used a lot of RED.
I typically don’t use it much at all in my regular decorating, and even in my seasonal decorating it has previously been in much smaller doses.
I consider it to be a bit more bold than the look I’m usually going for, within my style which is much more soft and French inspired.
Anyway, I think the extra red might be what’s kind of throwing me off!
I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Getting the Porch Ready for Christmas:
As I do whenever I am swapping out my decor for a new season, I gave the area a good deep clean and de-cluttered and put away my previous decor.
Then I gathered up the pieces I had in mind and got to work styling them in the main areas of the porch.
I swapped out my previous wall decor for my DIY O Holy Night that I made a few years back. It usually hangs near our wood stove – but I liked the idea of having it out on the porch for this year!
On the other side of the window I swapped our vintage mailbox out for a cute red “North Pole Post” mailbox that always feels perfectly Christmas to me.
Some of my favorite door items (the white ice skates) were used on the Kitchen Porch this year, so for the main porch I hung up a small faux greenery bough and my DIY Vintage Christmas Bells.
In front of the door I have my newly made DIY Leaf Garland Welcome Mat – I think the different shades of green look perfect with the other Christmas decor!
For seating I styled the bench with lots of green and cream pillows, with loads of texture and layering for depth.
On the edge I draped a pretty plaid wool blanket.
Then for either side of the door I added two smaller wooden chairs.
One a vintage green garage sale find, and the other, a bright red children’s chair that used to be in our school room. (I’ve held on to it for years because I love adding it in my Christmas and Fourth of July decor!)
On top of both of those chairs I added festive green hat boxes from IKEA. (They’re from a previous season and don’t appear to be in stock anymore.)
And beside the chairs on one side I have a cute galvanized tin from the “tree farm” with a tiny $5 flocked tree from Target inside.
And on the other side near the red chair I added in pop of white in the form of a cute crocheted table runner, and added a small green garden decoration on the ground near the chair- but I’m not sure how I feel about it now looking at it after the fact.
I think sometimes it’s easy to tell others that saying something like, “I’m not really sure if I like that there” can be a pretty good sign that you can and probably should do without it – but it’s harder to take my own advice!
The final piece of the puzzle was adding some seasonal touches to the garden cabinet I painted this summer. You might remember it from the semi-controversial post “When to Paint Antique Wood“.
I love that the white exterior and the green interior work so well already with my theme! I just needed to add some red elements (yes – it was as shocking to type that as I would have thought it might be).
I added a cute vignette up on top with some plaid pots, faux flowers and green and red vintage books.
Inside I added a few more red pops, and finished it off with a flocked wreath.
And That’s That!
I’m thinking the overall design might grow on me after a few days – as I adjust to the bits of red that are over and above what I’m used to.
I’ll be unveiling some more of our Christmas decor inside the house in the coming weeks!
In the mean time, I’m excited to offer this short e-book I wrote called 10 Steps for a Peaceful Christmas. It’s so easy at Christmas time (and maybe even more so in Christmas time 2020) to get caught up in so many things about Christmas that don’t bring joy or peace.
Things like worrying about traditions, worrying about where and how to spend money, when to say yes to things and when to say no, and on and on.
I hope these ten steps help point you toward a more Peaceful Christmas for you and your family!
And as a fun treat, if you get the ebook mentioned above, you’ll also receive a coupon for my Printable Holiday Planner!
It’s not too late to put this into use if you’re navigating some extra coordination this season as things certainly are looking a bit different for most families!
For less than $15 (with the coupon) you get tons of great content for planning menus, gifts, Christmas cards and much more!
I hope these references bless you this holiday season!
Looking for More Christmas Inspiration:
Here are some of my favorite Christmas blog posts over the years:
- Styling a Christmas Mantle
- 15 Inexpensive Christmas Decor Ideas
- 10 Ways to Reinvent Your Christmas Decor
- Clay Gingerbread House Tutorial
- Hot Chocolate Bar Essentials
- Simple Sweater Pillow Tutorial
- How to Write Anything on a Chalk Board
- Best Farmhouse Christmas Decor on Amazon
- Decorating with Evergreens
And I also have an entire board dedicated to Farmhouse Winters over on Pinterest that is chalk full of inspiration!
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