Today I’m sharing a classic Christmas front porch adorned with fresh cedar, plenty of sparkly lights, and the traditional colors of red and green.
I teamed up with my friend Marynn (pronounced Mah-RINN) from Wild Flower Home Blog today, today as we are both sharing our front porches dressed up for the holiday season. Marynn is a friend of mine I met through Instagram, who has a beautiful, classic, traditional style with simple modern elements. She recently bought her home and is slowly fixing it up, but she reminds me that the ‘in-between’ stages can be very beautiful when we give them some love and attention.
I was inspired by old town St Charles, Missouri. If you have ever been there during the holiday season and or attended their Santa Parade, you will have noticed the wreaths on every door and light post, cedar garland draped around windows and doors, wrapping posts, and pretty red ribbon and bows amongst it all. It feels like you are being transported back to a simpler time, and it always makes me feel nostalgic.
I started with a cedar garland from Costco for $18 (but I’ve seen them at Home Depot and Lowe’s too!), and draped them from vinyl siding clips. I used another garland over the garage which I will show in a minute.
Then I picked up a couple large grapevine orbs at a wholesale flower market and wrapped them with lights. I opted for these instead of topiary trees because I always forget about watering things outside in the winter and they end up dying. This way, the planters aren’t empty and still look festive.
I have had this brass horn for years, I found at a thrift store, but I saw a few at some antique malls around town a couple weeks ago! I just used some of the cedar clippings, secured them with floral wire, and use the wire to secure a bow in front as well.
Instead of putting more bows in the corners, I just secured some ribbon tied in a knot and let it drape down.
I picked up a few cheap fraser fir wreaths from Home Depot for $7.50 each, removed their felt bow and hung them on my windows using my own red ribbon. I have the type of window that both the top and bottom slide up/down, so I just opened the window, pushed the wreath out, and shut it.
Since I recently painted my bench that used to be out here and moved it into my entry, I pulled out this little bistro set I had stored away. I know it’s not exactly practical for the winter, and while I would have loved to buy a couple of rocking chairs or new bench, I was trying to use mostly what I had. Something is better than nothing!
Everything here I already owned: the beaded wreath pillow, the tartan scarf/wrap, the red lanterns, and and red and white striped scarf.
I ever hung some pretty garland above the garage!
I hope you enjoyed my little front porch all decked out for Christmas, and while it’s simple and sorta make-shift, I hope you see what fun you can create using what you already own and a few fresh garlands and wreaths!
Thanks for taking the time to visit! We both will be back next week sharing our home tours on Wednesday, so please come back for that! I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve been working on!
Here is a sneak peek of Marynn’s front porch… check it out HERE.
See my past posts of my Christmas front porch here: