I did not marry a man who likes to fuss with Christmas lights. If I want lights, I typically have to do them myself. It’s not that Jeff won’t help but it’s just not his thing at all and I get that. He’s never going to suggest it or start untangling and testing lights on his own. He’s okay if the outside of our house looks just as it does the rest of the year. But, the style of this particular house makes decorating for the holidays pretty easy. I can just address the porch and it’s festive enough to leave the rest of the house alone. So, I focus on creating a casual Christmas porch that can transition nicely into winter.
This casual Christmas porch actually started with a freelance writing assignment for HGTV.com. My editor asked me to create a door decoration for the holidays that wasn’t a wreath. I immediately thought of a trapper basket and purchased a beautiful one from Etsy.
I didn’t want to leave the antique basket exposed to the elements, so I ended up moving it inside on the butler’s pantry, which I love even more! You can read more about that HERE.
But, I had fun styling it in a few different ways for the photoshoot.
The knitted mittens were my favorite, but I also liked these brass bird ornaments hung from ribbons…
To match the greens in the basket and fill out the empty concrete urns that flank the door, I added greens, dried hydrangea blooms, pine cones, sticks, and even some dried wild onion blooms. I combined fresh greens from the store with things that were foraged and free. I love the variety of textures created…
I keep the faux boxwood topiaries up year-round to add greenery and height on either side of the painted wooden bench. Even though they aren’t specific to Christmas, they still work with this casual winter porch.
I hung fresh garland around the windows and doors and wove some white lights into them to add some sparkle. I especially love them at night! I also hung two fresh wreaths on the windows with some black and white checked ribbon to match the pillows. You know I’m generally a blue girl, but black works much better with our pinky-beige siding and green front door.
It took me less than an hour from start to finish and I think it’s definitely worth the effort to have a welcoming, casual Christmas porch greet us each time we come home.
You can find more Christmas decorating ideas, crafts, and recipes HERE.