Holiday Decorating ~ The Porch

Happy Holidays

Just as I remember from my younger days, when we partied hard from real door to door, blog hopping from one party to another is so much fun. And the best part is I get to do it in my jammies.  (One year I actually did go to a New Year's Eve party in my best silky p.j.'s but that's another story :) Today I am joining At the Picket Fence for the Doors & Porches Day of the Holiday Block Party and Jennifer Rizzo at the Holiday House Walk Party.  Our porch is where I love to incorporate the bright and happy reds and greens of the season.  We are blessed to have acres of fresh holly, cedar and pine to pick.  I hope you enjoy and maybe are struck with a tiny bit of inspiration from me to you today.   xoxo from The Vintage Nest.

 This deer, which I dearly love, was found years ago.  He is papier mache and really showing his age, having lost most of his paint.  He was part of a department store display at one time.  He was not one of my "got it for nothing buys" like I love to find but I loved him so much I was willing to pay. 

  The Santa on board behind the deer,  was another piece I was thrilled to find.  He is hand painted and stands about 5 feet tall.  He is a reproduction but I have had him so long, he's now vintage....good grief! :)
Looking at the other side of the porch,  you can see the white lanterns, now slightly rusty, from being outside since August.  They were bought for the wedding party, but since then I have discovered all kinds of uses for them.  Today they encase some of my Santas.

 Every year I show you my moss wrapped present, but I love it so, I have to repeat.  :)

 I just found this sweet old bottle brush wreath with the old mercury glass balls on it and silver foil leaves.  I was going to make a wreath to put around the sweet concrete dove's neck but this works just fine.  The Vintage Nest boutique found two of these charming old statuary birds and listed one in the boutique.

 Bobby G. gave me this life sized iron bicycle one year for Christmas.  I love decorating it for each season.  If we don't have too rough a winter the pansies will show their sweet faces early Spring.  The osage oranges (green orbs) are from a tree in the village out here.

Thanks to all the ladies hosting parties this week.  Please thank them when you visit, as it's hard work.  :)

The nitty gritty and the work behind the scenes.  Lynn! .... You could have combed your hair before this photo was snapped.  :)  Life as it really is........   :) 

Also joining these fabulous parties this week.  Thank you all for hosting these fun times.
 White Wednesday at Faded Charm,  Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style,  Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  

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LizlovesVintage said...

I love what you've done. What a great entry to your home. Would you believe I haven't even started!! Nope. I better get a move on. Thanks for inspiring :)
xxx Liz

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your front entry looks beautiful! I love that vintage Santa and all the greenery! Martina

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love the greenery around the door. So many special touches! Just wonderful.
We'd love to have you stop by our linky party and make some friends!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Lynn, I love your vintage deer and Santa...what a wonderful porch!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn...everything looks just beautiful! I love the Santa's in the lanterns!!

Unknown said...

New to your blog and this might be one of my favorites... Glad i found you..Happy Holidays

Barb said...

Wow, what a wonderful job you have done. It is lovely and so festive. I love it!

Barb ♥

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh what a beautiful porch you have Lynn!
I especially love that first picture and had to pin it on my White Vintage Christmas inspiration board on Pinterest. The Santa is beautiful and the deer too!
Sending you warmest wishes from stormy Germany

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

HI, popping over from At the Picket Fence party. Love your porch, but I really, really love that old deer! He is just full of character!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Simply charming! ~ Maureen

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

Enjoyed reading your post. Coming over from The Picket Fence party. Lovely entry.

the cape on the corner said...

a pj new years eve party? how fun is that?!?

i love those santas in those lanterns-fabulous idea.

and your comment on my blog made MY day! you are fabulous!

At The Picket Fence said...

This is amazing!! Seriously love all of the details...the moss present is on my list to try next year for sure! I kinda covet that reindeer but if he goes missing one night I promise it wasn't me. ;-) Thank you so much for linking up all of this beauty to my Doors and Porches Party!

Unknown said...

I love the deer tucked in and I specially love the lanterns.
Thanks for sharing.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so charming...and the wear on the deer just makes him better!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your porch looks beautiful, Lynn! How lucky you are to be able to get your fresh greenery from your own property! I just love that bottlebrush wreath ~ it looks perfect with your little bird.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your home looks a wonderful place to spend some time for Christmas:) I love your charming displays, the patina on your reindeer looks great too, as well as all the greenery!

Have a Happy Holiday!
I'd love to have you come by for visit!

Gina said...

I love all the fresh greenery and the Santas in the lanterns. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Your porch is beautiful..I especially love the idea of the Santas in the lanterns..
Merry Christmas..

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

Wow ... I am loving your country porch! So. Very. Charming.

Thank you ~

very merry vintage style said...

Such a pretty porch. Love that deer and the sweet wreath around the dove! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week!

Babs said...

Oh my! Your porch is so pretty and I love the Santa. Looking at your porch makes me realize just how awful mine is...bor-ring. Everything I started to do didn't work out so I put a fresh wreath on the door and called it quits. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to make a second attempt tomorrow.Wish me luck. :)

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Hi there! I love your big Santa. I have a similar one I think you would love to see. He is featured in my "Two Weeks Before Christmas Open House Highlights" post. Porch looks great!

Amber @junkaholicsunanimous.blogspot.com

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Loving your porch! I am your newest follower. Please top by and visit, sometime!

PAINTORDIG.blogspot.com said...

I love free greenery! Your porch is beautiful. Love the sweet little bird!

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