Living near Williamsburg, Va., I have always loved natural decor for decorating the front porch and door and utilizing what you have nearby in your surroundings. I did my front porch yesterday and would love to share with you the basics of how it was created. Your front door cast the first impression of what's to come on the inside. It should totally reflect what you love, there by certain to be as charming as you are. :)
I messed up and deleted my before photos so you will have to use the written word, :) Just like re-organizing a room in your home, I removed everything off the porch to have a clean slate. The garden chair and table were put back in its exact position as before. It's a grounding piece for the porch. Then the background, if you will, was added. :) My house is gray and white, so I chose the traditional red, green and white colors of the season . I always have a general idea of what I want to do, but as I start to decorate more ideas pop into my head and I am off and running. :)
A simple fresh green garland of cedar and pine surround the front door and a fresh hand made wreath of spruce and red berries grace the front door. This wreath I purchased at The Vintage Home Market last weekend. But in years past, I buy the inexpensive fraser fir wreaths at Lowe's but I double them up and even triple them to make a nice full lush wreath. It's a bit more expensive, but so beautiful. I keep my wreath up until Valentine's so I think it's worth the expense. Making your own even better. :)
I also buy enough roping or garland to use on the holiday buffet table as a runner....an easy, simple and very pretty addition to the table.
I am a big fan of decorating in three's or five's or odd numbers. So the porch is divided in three's. The greenery of the roping and wreath on the front door is one third. A large urn with fresh green cedar boughs to resemble a small tree as much as possible, is one third.
And an old white sled with a spray of more fresh greenery is the last third.
And then the FUN begins of adding your own personality to the scene. In my case, vintage items add charm and whimsy. And this is also where I add more red to the vignettes. Next to the "tree", I have used the old cast metal flower stand, now filled with a moss covered "present" and tied with a red bow and berries.
The sweet old red card board bells and gold mercury glass bell clappers say joy and welcome
I bet you have at least one or two old frames stashed somewhere. This old stacked frame has been painted shabby white along with a papier mache angel. I gave her a crown in the form of a vintage worn red wreath, ringed with tiny little mercury glass orbs. To make the frame stand out from the gray siding, a bit of greenery did the trick.
This chartreuse green is my new color love this year. These hedge apples are just the thing to give the entire scene an extra special pop.....free gatherings from the village osage orange tree.
With more sprays of greenery on the newel post, we are finished. This method can easily adopt to your porch, using your favorite colors, fresh greenery from your yard and objects you love.
I hope those in the way of this frightful weather stay safe and warm. xoxo
I have some wonderful vintage items just listed at The Vintage Nest, with more to come tomorrow. Take a peek.
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