Hi, Friends! How’s your week going? It’s already Thursday…a week away from Christmas Day exactly~YIKES and can you believe it? I feel like I say this every year, but man, it sneaks up quicker and quicker each year, doesn’t it? I sort of secretly despise those people that think it’s fun to tell you how many Thursdays you have ’til Christmas….grrrrrr! haha!
Although I really love a house beautifully decorated for the holidays, I love the idea of one day getting away to Santa Fe or Aspen for Christmas…ya know, when my boys are all in college. I think it would be fun to do it a little differently one day. I’ll decorate clients’ houses for Christmas and then we’ll all hop on a plane as a family to celebrate Christmas in a cozy little ski resort town. Sounds much more relaxing than the stereotypical ” shop-til-you-drop-decorate-bake-stress- til- Christmas-day-then-it’s-all-over-clean-it-up” saga. Yeah, I think that’s my future plan. Simple and without much fuss. But I do want twinkly white lights and maybe a White Christmas wherever we go one of these days. And a roaring fire in a big fireplace….
I’m doing my Christmas House Tour in 2 parts again this year: Part 1- Christmas Porch Tour and Part 2- Christmas House Tour. Today is the Porch Tour, and I hope to have the House Tour on the blog in a few days. This is the first Christmas with the new porch floor color and it made everything look so much better! ( To read about our porch update, click here.) The front door also got a new paint job in August, and the new color has worked great with the different seasons. ( for a before and after of the front door paint update, click here ) I kept the exterior colors for Christmas neutral again this year, very similar to last year’s colors on the house exterior and on the porch. ( Christmas Porch Tour 2013 ) This year, I added some linen French script ribbon to the top of the exterior window wreaths, a burlap bow, a pine garland, and a silver orb pick for a bit of color and shine. Each window also has an electric candle in it, garland is draped around the wrap around porch railing with white lights and burlap ribbons, and I added fresh greenery, berries, & pinecones around the porch. I like it because it’s rustic, elegant, & simple!
This is a little area outside the garage that we added a little flagstone step area to many years ago. Because the siding looked so plain and boring, I added a planter and an antique oval iron wall piece years ago, too. It adds interest and I change the planter seasonally. The lettuce and cabbage were growing so well, so I just added greenery, pinecones, and a few silver & gold ornaments to the planter.
I didn’t get a good picture of it, but the front window on the first floor has a Christmas tree in the window with white lights, thus, no wreaths on those windows. There are also 2 gold grapevine deer with white lights in the front yard. We got slack this year and didn’t put lights on the 2 Arborvitaes in the front flower bed. It looked really good the past few years when we did, but nobody wanted to climb 9 feet on a ladder to fuss with a bunch of lights, so…… it didn’t happen this year. :-/ ( oh, and College Boy did the lights last year and wasn’t around this year for those fun festivities 🙂
I was going to change the Pellegrino bottles from this Summer for something else, but then I realized I really liked the way the green, red, and pale aqua blue looked with the Christmas greenery and berries. The Ballard’s giant clamshell planter, crusty urn, and lantern have worked really well from season to season, too.
The weather was so nice Sunday when I was working on the porch. Mid 60’s and sunshine. It made decorating the porch and cutting greenery much more enjoyable. I used Leyland cypress, Arborvitae, Boxwood, Gardenia, and Burning Bush berries to decorate this year. The Burning Bush berries are in the crusty urn on the driftwood table ( pictured above ) and were a real surprise for me. I have had those bushes for almost 13 years and have never noticed the berries until this year! Aren’t they so pretty? Last year, I tried using less conventional greenery for Christmas like Anise shrub leaves, which have more of an apple green hue to them. They add nice interest for a change, and they are plentiful in my front yard. ( To see them on my 2013 Christmas mantle, click here ) But my favorite greenery to use at Christmas is probably Leyland Cypress and Arborvitae. I have several of these types of trees in my yard, but one of my good friends in my neighborhood has plenty and so generously shares her trees with me!
I hope you have all your decorating & shopping done so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the Season a bit before it’s over. I still just want to sit down in front of the fire, watch a good Christmas movie, and drink Hot Toddies. I’m pretty sure the reality is that most of us are rushing around doing last minute things, our kids are getting out of school, and the craziness is in full force, right?!! Thank you for stopping by today…always appreciate y’all!
‘Tis the Season!! xoxo