Illustrious: glorious, brilliant, remarkable, bright. We’ve always had something of a love affair with words. We’re attracted to them, and easily distracted by them. The same can be said for porches. Expansive, welcoming porches have been on our must-have list forever, and now that wish has come true.
A neglected porch is a little sad. It’s hard to enjoy a porch when you’re so busy thinking about everything it lacks. We tend to think of a neglected porch the way we think of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree: it could be really sweet with a little TLC. A well-decorated porch, on the other hand, is more than just eye candy. It pulls you in and offers the comfort and respite we all need in these harried, unpredictable times. A front porch need not be fancy or expensive. It simply needs to welcome you home.
Yes, porches keep the rain off your head, but in addition to practicality, they offer endless possibilities to improve your mood by creating atmosphere. You can decorate a porch for different seasons and different holidays. Think of your porch as an extension of your home and decorate it as you would decorate a room…more on this later.
HOW TO CREATE AN ILLUSTRIOUS CHRISTMAS PORCH
Step 1: Consider your style and establish your color scheme.
Do you like warm neutrals? Earthy taupes? Fresh greens? Cool blues?
Christmas colors don’t have to be just red and green! Again, treat your porch as an extension of your home, and consider taking your color cues from your interior. This will ensure a lovely transition from indoor to outdoor. Popular color combinations include: blue and white, creams and taupes with lots of natural and wood accents, pink and white, silver and white, silver and gold, and even jewel tones, to name a few.
Step 2: Decide on an area of focus
This could be the door, swing, steps, chair, etc. Once you determine that, make it your starting point. Don’t forget the details! Little details make all the difference.
Step 3: Gather all of your decor
Step 4: Craft any necessary items
If you can’t find it or can’t afford it, make it yourself! We purchased all of our front porch items from Michaels and made our own arrangements using tins, faux Christmas flowers, greenery, and artificial snow.
Step 5: Assemble and decorate
We spent an entire afternoon crafting, assembling the trees, and styling the porch together. Don’t forget to take photos so you can recreate your Christmas porch next year.
Step 6: Relax and Enjoy
Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. We love 4 tablespoons of Nestle Nesquik with 8-10 oz. of steamed milk.
HOW DID WE CREATE OUR CHRISTMAS PORCH?
We’re glad you asked! It all started with our blue front door. Practicing what we preach, we chose our door because it reflects the tone of our interior colors. Since our farmhouse has a blue and white color palette with a silver galvanized roof and galvanized exterior light fixtures, an illustrious blue and white Christmas porch with touches of silver made perfect sense.
At Michaels, our flocked trees were our very first purchase. Back in the summer, we painted our flower boxes the same blue as our door (it’s important to repeat colors and elements to tie them together), and we knew that a pair of small flocked trees would look perfect (be careful to protect from rain and wind. We covered ours with a tarp when we had a storm.). We selected a tall thin tree to fill the corner by the porch swing. We then added a variety of miniature trees and a profusion of glitter-bombed white flowers in galvanized tins to tie into the roof and light fixtures. For symmetry, we placed pairs of matching arrangements on each step. Boo-boo alert: one mistake we made was forgetting to add weight to the containers. We learned that the hard way when we had to collect our arrangements and reassemble the next day. The wind knocked them right over. A few handfuls of gravel under the floral foam did the trick.
We already had coordinating blue pillows on our porch swing, rockers, and loveseat, so we simply added white Christmas pillows from Michaels. Finishing touches (remember, it’s all about the details) included: a tin “H” to top our tree, a white dove on a pedestal, faux snow in all flower boxes and tins, a galvanized tree collar for our fluffy tree, a furry white tree skirt for our skinny tree, and beautiful white wreaths, which we sprayed with white glitter for the double front doors. Happy decorating! And remember, a home without glitter is like a cupcake without frosting.
Please join us again soon for more Christmas inspiration and how-to’s!
From the HartLand with love,
Monica, Brittany & Cheyenne