Winter Wonderland Welcome

My favorite area to decorate in our home is actually outside our home!  You guessed it.  It’s our front door!  The front door is the focal point of a house, which makes it the most important part.  Ever since I painted our door this beautiful pop of aqua (Benjamin Moore St. Lucia teal) a few years ago, it tends to get a little extra attention.  It always makes me smile whenever I pull up to our home.  Out of  all the seasons, I have to say this time of year is my favorite to decorate for.  Year round I typically have a simple wreath and a couple lanterns or potted plants but this time of year I like to got ALL. OUT.   This year I wanted to go with a farmhouse feel and also a very winter feel with a little Christmas cheer. I love that this look is not sooooooo Christmas-y that I will want to take it down on 12/26.    I started by sketching out some ideas… this always helps me get some different ideas going.  I actually had my friends over on Instagram vote on these designs, which helped me narrow down my ideas.  The inspiration started when I found this wreath at TJ MAXX I loved the snowy look with pine cones, it just felt like something I’d leave up through February!  However I love dressing up simple wreaths to make them even more festive.  So you can see what I added further down.

 

 

Of course a front entrance isn’t complete with out a door mat.  I love when they have fun sayings like this one below.

 

 

Here I took three long garlands from Michael’s (they were 50% off ) and created a draped look around the door, buffalo check ribbon also from Michaels.  The black/silver/red theme started to emerge and I went with it.  This color theme is a bit different for me as I tend to go with more traditional reds/greens in the past.  I added the bows in the corners of the garland to dress it up a little bit.  I added these wood ice skates I got at Target dollar spot last year to my winter-y wreath which gives it that extra something.   I incorporated that buffalo check ribbon to that as well.  My lanterns are from Pier One and I’ve had them for awhile.  I added some ornaments to the base to raise up the faux candles and add some color.

 

The top part looked a little bare…So I double stuck tape these giant ornaments on the ledge.   I was going to hang ornaments down from the ledge  but it didn’t seem to work out. I’m going to leave it as is for now.  However, I may still tweak.    I’d still like to find a larger outdoor mat to go under my “merry and bright” because I really love the layered mat look.  I think I may put some more ornaments in the lanterns and add some twinkle lights.

I hope you guys like the start of my outdoor holiday decorating!! Nothing like a winter wonderland to welcome your guests in from the cold.  How do you like it so far?

 

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