Creating a Welcoming Christmas

by | Holidays, Home

If you’ve been following me for more than a minute, you know I love my neutral colors.  As trends come and go, I’ve been decorating with primarily neutrals for MANY years.  (Though there was that French Country yellow sponge painted wall about 15 years ago!  It’s true!  But we will see about discussing that at a later time!)  When it comes to our Christmas porch, however, I love to spread some Christmas color.  When we pull into our driveway, I want to see all the festive vibes, even in a simple way

For years, I’ve been saying I was going to finally splurge and buy the tall Nutcrackers to flank our doors.  Alas, every time they would finally go on sale, I couldn’t find two matching.  So when an early Black Friday sale at Michaels rolled around, I grabbed these handsome guys!  My little handsome guy at home is so excited and his big smile was confirmation that this was a splurge worth taking.  Adding Christmas cheer and magic is always a good thing, but this year it just seemed extra important.  I love how the colors of the Nutcrackers pop against our white home and simple exterior.

I sprinkled in some additional farmhouse style décor with plaid pillows, a vintage sleigh, battery operated candles, wreaths, and a fresh holiday welcome mat.  Simple elements that are inviting, festive, and low maintenance were my goal!  Hopefully next year, we will be able to add clear panels over the pergola area, but for now, it gets all the rain and sun, so I have to choose décor carefully!

Our DIY outdoor lanterns from the fall got a fresh look too!  You can find the details of how we made these here.  They would make fun homemade Christmas gifts this year too!

Our double swings were vintage finds from a flea market and a local friend built the cedar coffee table for us a couple of years ago.  The perfect spot on a Florida winter day to sit with a book and cup of hot cocoa…in a vintage Santa mug of course!

Dressing the outside of your home, even in a simple, farmhouse way, lets your family and friends know that you are ready for the season and welcoming in festive, good cheer!  But it’s good to just do it for your own enjoyment too.  That’s what home should be after all.

Comfort & Joy, remember?




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