Ella kept saying last week “I mom just don’t decorate for Christmas outside yet”. She is 10 and a little concerned with people thinking her mom is crazy for Christmas decorating. She felt it was kind-of acceptable to decorate this week. So here we go! Christmas on our front porch 2018! And this is the first year living in this home (it will be 4 years December 31st) that we put up Christmas lights on the house. It was pretty exciting to see! And Kevin was even more thankful for our small home now then ever before, lights were up in less than an hour.
Well Ella…here are your mom and dad having too much fun embarrassing you…. (ps- she actually loves how it looks!).
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Christmas Exterior Ideas-
It isn’t going to look as shiny and new as our painted cement steps did when we painted them in the spring. But I think it is good for you to see how the look at the end of the season. We will re-paint them again come spring. Also we left the front door pink!
Front Door Paint Color- Coral Perfection from Sherwin Williams
I always like to start with an inspiration idea before I start decorating any space. This year my inspiration were THESE mini pre-lit trees. In years past I used real trees and thought I would save myself the stress of taking care of them (we travel a lot in December) to do faux trees that are pre-lit and also we can re-use again and again! They even looked cute inside our home (and super affordable). ** Those trees say in-door use. I recommend using on a covered porch. And changing the lights to outdoor lights, since the price is so good! I just love these trees for inside too.
I also like to mix in a couple real plants with the faux to bring the space to life. I used THESE planters that I had for over a year now. I was going to use THESE Galvanized Barrels but decided to use what I had, I think I will use those barrels in the girls room.
In the past I have also used real garland. While I love the look, it is pretty messy and hard to keep looking nice when I decorate so early in the season. I found THESE pre-lite flocked garlands that worked perfect. They are nine feet long and I used two. Just did two nails in each corner of the door frame and wired the garland to the nails. Love the soft white with our pink door too.
I have had that door basket, which is out of stock but I found similar HERE. Rather then doing too much greenery I did a bundle of birch logs! I have to say I REALLY love how this turned out. You can find a bundle of birch logs HERE and HERE. Kevin cut ours to varied sizes. Oh and that pineapple door knocker was original to our 1950’s home, but guess what I found one that is pretty identical HERE from Walmart!
With our gold door knocker I like to pull that finish in somewhere else. Thrilled to have found THESE gold lanterns for under $20! I added THESE battery operated candles to them. They come with a remote so I can just turn them on and off from my front door.
We found some pinecones (find some HERE) and spray painted them in my favorite gold spray paint to pull in the gold accents on the porch! They also pop more now. Those topiaries are Dwarf Alberta’s that we have had for 3 years now!
I have always wanted wreaths hanging from our windows. I found THESE flocked pre-lit wreaths at Walmart.com too. I love that Walmart has really great home decor items that do not cost a lot and they are stylish! If you haven’t noticed Walmart has become my spot to go for decor decor items lately. I just ordered two beds for different projects that I can’t wait to share, both were delivered within the week of ordering. And free shipping on orders over $35 – no membership required!
I was so impressed with all of my finds on Walmart.com you can even shop Home Decor by style! I loved that they even mixed in some Christmas Decor ideas in by style. Very helpful! I even considered THESE tree dusted with gold that they featured in their Mid-Century collection. You can shop that collection HERE.
And it started to SNOW!!! ❄️ ❄️ ❄️ Had to snap some more pics to share!
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