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?