Friends, it is a momentous day here at Just a Girl and Her Blog! For the first time in nearly four years of blogging, I get to post about outdoor decor… and I’m more than a little excited about it!!!
You see, our townhouse was tucked back away from the road, and no one ever saw the front of it– not even us because we always entered through the garage! So beyond a wreath on the door, I never bothered decorating the front of the house.
But then this summer we moved into Orchard House and finally… FINALLY I had an outdoor space to decorate, and today you get to see it decked out for Christmas!
Since I am a novice outdoor decorator, I decided to keep it simple and classic this year, and I’m loving the result.
I knew I wanted to frame our door in greenery, so I snagged two pinecone & berry outdoor garlands from Pier 1. I loved that they came with LED lights already integrated into the design– I just had to hang them up, and they were ready to go!
When they arrived, I was giddy over how beautiful they were… and then I realized I had no idea how to hang them because I was such an outdoor decor newbie! 😬 So I called my mother-in-law who always has the most gorgeous Christmas porch, and she recommended screwing little hooks into the door frame and then using thick floral wire to tie the garland to the hooks. It worked like a charm, and the green floral wire stays nicely hidden within the garland!
Pier 1 also had matching mini trees to go with the garland, so I grabbed two of those as well! Technically they are pathway trees that stick in the ground… I had originally planned to use them on either side of the steps. When I decided to use them by the door instead, I just took two planter pots that I had picked up at the home improvement store, filled them with dirt to add some weight and give the trees something to ground them, and placed the trees inside. So easy!
Our porch is not huge, but we had room for a small seating area in front of the window…
I had been eyeing Pier 1’s Coco Cove armchairs (in Honey) for a while, so this was the perfect excuse to snatch them up! I paired them with these cozy outdoor cushions in Draper Bisque, and they created the best little spot to snuggle up with a blanket and some hot chocolate!
I placed little round table I already had between the chairs, poured some pinecone and birch bowl filler into a festive red bowl, and my simple Christmas porch was complete!
I love that it has a festive holiday feel without being too fussy or overdone.
And though I really like how the porch looks during the day, I think it is even more enchanting at night with the lit garland and mini trees!
I now smile every time I pull up to the house and see our Christmas porch!
We are so thrilled to have a welcoming entrance for guests to pass through as we host various holiday events in our home and are super excited to spend our first holiday season in the new house!
Do you have any tips and tricks for decorating outdoor areas for the holidays? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Have a wonderful week!
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