My inspiration for our front porch came when I found a nutcracker at one of my favorite local shops, that was already hand painted in the prettiest colors! I knew I wanted the nutcracker to be the star, and accent with real evergreen trees and loads of fresh garland for a maximalist look.
You have probably seen this nutcracker in the original red form on social media. I walked into The Simple Nest and immediately asked the store owner, Aubrey if she would sell it and she was happy to! She did say it took her hours to paint him, I can imagine it was a BIG project.
Around the nutcracker we put evergreen trees, that will live all winter in the planters, and as they grow we can plant in the yard. We planted the trees in wicker planter baskets I had (similar HERE), I like how the wicker pulls in the colors she painted the nutcracker.
In the biggest pot we have a Buxus Semp Standard, we have had that for over a year and it is doing great! In the wicker basket on the left we have an Alberta Spruce. The wicker basket on the right a Leyland Cypress. Lastly in the small planter is a Mini Alberta Dwarf. They do well as long as we water like once a week even in the winter.
The nutcracker get’s lots of compliments from neighbors and friends, he is a great way to greet guests!
Also hung 4 strands of fresh garland from The Home Depot, that is 15′ long. We twisted in hooks (we just used these hooks we had leftover from mugs) into our wood and just hung the garland right from that.
For the wreaths I did fresh boxwood from Trader Joe’s. I really wanted giant bows on the wreaths but opted for long pieces of ribbon, cut up a checkered blanket for the black and white, and I cut this strand of bells in half, one for each door! I like that all the colors on the wreath reflect the colors that are inside our home.
I hung the wreaths with this hook that is a magnet, stuck well to our doors!
Really love how the wreaths turned out!
Welcome in!! PS- get all the details on our glass doors HERE including exterior info!