I spruced up our porch for the Christmas season using fresh garland, pine wreaths and other natural elements for a traditional, old fashioned Christmas porch.
I’m excited to show you some more images from our Old Fashioned Christmas this year, inspired largely from what I saw while watching Little Women – the 1990’s film.
Although, our porch is still a wee bit unfinished, I can’t help myself when it comes to decorating the gorgeous long porch, with stunning double dutch French doors.
I’ve got big plans this Spring when it comes to finishing our porch, but in the meantime, I can still enjoy highlighting the beautiful features for the Holidays.
Like the doors, of course! I simply added some fresh cedar garland from Lynch Creek Farms and draped it around the doors. I soaked all our garland in the tub for 72 hours before hanging it all over the house. I feel like that really helps it stay fresh longer – even though it will inevitably begin to go dry and crunchy. I still enjoy it so much!
I grabbed 2 fresh pine wreaths from Home Depot, and opted to cut off all the fake berries, pinecones and wired bows. Then I simply hung a sweet little linen ribbon bow in the color Black Cherry, from my TIDBITS Linen shop.
If you watch Little Women, you’ll notice they had plenty of fresh greenery with bows, just about everywhere at Christmas time. It is a sweet and festive touch, that doesn’t cost much.
What I really like is that using fresh and so little else means I don’t have to store hardly anything! I think I could get used to this, and get rid of all the excess bins and bins of Christmas stuff hogging up our precious storage space.
As for the planters, if you’ll remember in my Fall Front Porch post, I was trying to create a transitional planter look that would carry me through the Holiday season, from fall all through winter.
So I found these gorgeous large Terracotta pots at an antique store and planted in a green bush (I am sorry, I can’t remember the name!) that I hoped would last until we plant them in the ground in Spring. They have lasted perfectly since before Halloween, and I love the longevity of this style. For Fall, I had place some pumpkins around the pot, and for Christmas and Winter, I’ll just keep a pile of pinecones tucked in there.
The red mat is actually a bath mat I picked up from Walmart while I was there. It was inexpensive and brought the pop of color I was hoping for.
Then I just added a box load of chopped wood – something I am sure they had in the “Little Women” days, when firewood was a necessity for most homes. The hubs and son leave their muddy boots out anyway – so I embraced them as decor! I added a throw and a pillow – and I called the Old Fashioned front porch done!
Unless you consider my garland cutting and arranging station decorated – then that’s an unintended bonus!
Thanks for touring my porch with me today! To see more of our Old Fashioned Christmas, you may enjoy these posts, and more coming!
TOUR THE REST OF OUR OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
- Cutting down a Christmas Tree for our Old Fashioned Christmas