12.07.2013

How to Decorate a Holiday Porch

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
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23 comments :

Beverly said...

It looks festive and inviting, Lynn. I love the look. Please come share your holiday posts with us at Pink Saturday.

chateau chic said...

Your festive porch decoration certainly sends a warm welcome to friends and family who stop by. Every attention to detail is beautiful, Lynn! Love the urn fill with fresh greens and the framed cherub.
Mary Alice

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Your front porch decorations look beautiful! I like what you said about it being "as charming as you are." Right now my front porch is looking pretty bland.... Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Jamie

Betsy Brock said...

Gorgeous and VERY festive!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Your porch is so pretty decorated for Christmas. Can you believe I don't have a single decoration up yet?
xx,Sherry

lessandragr said...

Very welcoming, indeed! I love your cherub in the frame with the red garland hat.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I just adore the red bells on the sled. I have my Dads sled I always decorate. And I guess I will leave my hedge apples in the planters on the front porch!

pballard said...

Lovely space. Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing. What is the weather like where you are. Very very very cold here. Staying in today.

Junkchiccottage said...

Lynn,
Your porch looks so beautiful and welcoming. I love that the little cherub looks like she is smiling since you crowned her. It is all gorgeous.
Kris

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Looks so pretty Lynn, hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful job, Lynn! Oh, how I wish we had a covered front porch!!! The winters here can be absolutely brutal in the wind and snow/ice departments, so that's really about the only way I could ever pull this off. You did a phenomenal job!!!

One of the American cities on my bucket list is Williamsburg. If we ever get our buns in gear to get there, I'll be sure to let you know so that we can hopefully meet!

Have a great week! Enjoy your gorgeous porch!

Beverly said...

Lynn, I am starting my holiday home tour. I hope you will come by to visit.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn... this is AMAZING. Just GORGEOUS. Each and every shot is great. What an inspiration this is!

XO,

Sheila

Jen said...

Lynn, I think your porch is just gorgeous and I love the "use what you have" mentality! So many people want to spend a fortune and it is just amazing what treasures you can find in your yard and home!! Love it!!!

Have a wonderful week, and keep warm!!

Art and Sand said...

Simply beautiful.

I have a small porch, but I decorated it yesterday and love the look of Christmas when we approach the house.

Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks Lynn for coming to the Creating Christmas Party and showing us your beautiful porch. Too gorgeous. I cannot wait to see more.
Kris

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

It looks beautiful, Lynn. xo Laura

Beverly said...

Day two of my holiday home tour is now posted.

I hope you will be able to come by for a visit.♥

thestonerabbit said...

I love every detail of your gorgeous porch decor!!! I use lots of fresh greenery on ours, too. Those a ancient bells just gave me an idea of how to repurpose some paper mâché type of pots. They are used for plants, but I'm thinking of painting three of them and attaching glass ornies as clappers! So sweet!! I love the pile of hedge apples too!!!

L, Dana

Kim Hood said...

Beautiful! I love the color of horse apples (we call them horse apples in this part of the country)and all your beautiful greenery. Thanks for sharing what you created. Lovely. :-)
Christmas blessings,
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Tania Rossouw said...

Oh Wow, Lynn! It looks so inviting, I wish I could just pop over for a lovely cup of tea or coffee, but alas! Enjoy this festive season!

Mitzi said...

What a lovely porch! I love the color of the osage oranges....a pop of non-traditional green brightens things up.

Town and Country Gals said...

Lynn,
love your porch, so inviting! Inside is just the way I love it, outside, not so much! Even though I have a ton of vintage stuff to decorate my porch with, it's the hardest thing for me to do! I never can seem to make it look like I want. After being inspired by yours, I guess I need to go out there and give it another shot!
Rebecca

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