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A Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Welcome to my Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch!  I hope you find some inspiration to decorate your front porch or entryway for spring.

Today I’ve joined a group of blogger friends, and we are sharing our spring porches with you!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing this Seasonal Simplicity series.  Make sure to check out all of the pretty porches in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo

In case you missed my other posts in this Seasonal Simplicity series, hop on over to see my Simple Spring Vignette with Cacti, my Spring Living Room, my  Simple Succulent Wreath for Spring, as well as a quick DIY on How To Grow Plants from Cuttings.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

This year my spring porch is all about colour. Bright, cheery, happy spring colours.  After a long winter, this is actually so necessary!  And dare I say, that spring has finally arrived?  Well, at least for today it has…we all know that we’re going to get at least one more blast of winter before it’s completely done with us.  But for now, it’s spring…especially on my porch!  So I say, Hello Spring!

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

I really enjoyed decorating my porch for spring this year.  After we painted my door at Christmas, I just knew that I was going to have some fun decorating with it all year round.  The green is especially cheery for spring.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

With the green door as the starting point, I began gathering colourful accents to go on my spring porch.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

I didn’t buy many new things for this space, but when I saw this fun and colourful mat at Michaels, I just knew that I had to have it against my green door.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Then I ‘shopped’ around my home for more accent pieces.  As you may already know about me, I like to start by collecting things at home to decorate with.  I think sometimes we forget how many pieces we already have that we can use to decorate.  It’s nice to buy a few new items to complement everything, but if I can use what I already have, I love that.  It’s a great way to breathe new life into decorations.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Then I created a little vignette on my porch…I really love vignettes out here.  They’re a great way to display a collection of items to make a porch a nice space to visit or even hang out.  I used a barnwood bench as the base for this vignette, then I layered together some birdhouses and nests with my farmhouse window and added a pretty green stained glass art piece that I bought years ago.  These are all things I already had and they all match perfectly!

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

I love this little springy collection.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Now the only thing that was missing was a wreath for the door.  You all know of my love of wreaths…it’s just not a welcome without a wreath to greet you!  So I made this spring forsythia wreath that I think is absolutely perfect against the green.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

I love the way the green makes everything that’s put against it pop…especially yellow.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

Is there any more cheery spring colour combination than green and yellow?  I don’t think so.

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

I’m really happy with the way this space turned out…it feels so fresh and cheery out here now and that’s exactly what I was hoping for!  Thank you for stopping by to see my spring porch.  I hope you leave inspired to decorate your entryway!

Bright and Cheery Simple Spring Porch

More Spring Porches to check out:

Make sure to check out all of these pretty spring porches…I hope you’ll leave inspired to decorate your home.  Happy spring!

The Happy Housie // Lolly Jane // Blesser House // Modern Glam

A Pretty Life // Southern State of Mind // Taryn Whiteaker Designs // Zevy Joy

My Sweet Savannah // Life is a Party // Amber Tysl // Hallstrom Home

Have an inspired day!

5 Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips!

Embrace the coldest season of the year by making your home cozy!  Here are 5 Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips to get you warm and cozy indoors.

With Christmas all put away, my home feels like a fresh start. But it’s also a big shock to go from a fully festive decorated home, to one that’s an empty slate…it just feels a little cold and stark.  And when it’s January here in northern Canada, the last thing I want is to feel cold and stark indoors!  So I embrace the opportunity and decorate to make my home feel cozy and warm inside.  It doesn’t have to cost much, or be complicated.  In fact, decorating for winter is really easy!  I’m sharing 5 winter decorating ideas to make your home cozy for winter.

5 Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips

All the Lights and Candles!

When the days are short and the nights are long, candles and soft lighting are a must!  I especially love to use fairy lights with timers…I string them along my mantel, add them to cloches and hang them along railings.  This year I also added a few little pre-lit trees I found in the clearance section at Chapters.  They cast the most soft and gentle light at night…and are so pretty during an overcast dreary day too.

Choose Light and Bright Colours

I like to decorate for winter using bright and fresh winter colours like white and and icy shades of blue.  These colours create such a cheery and light space.

5 Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips

Layer on Pillows and Blankets

My favourite thing about our winter living room is our couches all loaded up with soft blankets and tonnes of pillows.  It can get really cold and dreary where I live so having a cozy space to snuggle into is a necessity!  Tip! I like to make sure there’s a blanket available for each member of our family, so there’s no fighting over blankets!

Recycle your Christmas Decorations

Many Christmas decorations also work well for winter decorating.  Things like white snowflakes, white trees, fairy lights and anything that’s neutral.  I also like to use natural elements like pine cones, birch branches and logs that I had out for Christmas…they’re perfect winter decor and add a nice cozy touch.

 

5 Winter Decorating Ideas and Tips

 

Hang a Winter Wreath

Greet your family and friends at the door with a winter wreath.  I especially love to hang yarn wreaths because the yarn just seems cozy and appropriate for this time of year.  This Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Wreath and this Cozy Yarn Winter Wreath are 2 really easy to make options.

Nothing left now to do but make a batch of Iced Winter Sugar Cookies, pour a cup of tea and settle into your home for a cozy winter.

More Winter Decorating Inspiration:

Have an inspired day!

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch complete with strings of white lights, tree lot signage, flocked trees,  and snow…all of it classically Christmas.

Welcome to my Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch, part of the Canadian Holiday Home Tour!  This blog hop is hosted by the lovely Shannon of Home Made Lovely and Christina of The DIY Mommy, and includes 25 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…all of the links are at the bottom of this post. xo

I’m so happy to have you here today!  I have been pretty excited to share my Christmas porch with you…I painted our front door and couldn’t wait for you to see it!  But before I get to that, come see what I’ve put together.

A Tree Lot Inspired Christmas Front Porch

This year I was inspired by Christmas tree lots when I decided to put my Tree Lot porch together…the strings of white lights, the signage, the trees, the trucks hauling trees, the snow…all of it classically Christmas.  There’s something magical about a Christmas tree lot, I think it’s because they hold so much nostalgia.

I thought it would be fun to capture even a little bit of a tree lot feeling on my porch…so I got busy planning.  I gathered together more white lights to hang from the porch ceiling.  I found some mini flocked trees at Winners and brought out a lot of decor that I already had in storage.  Bottle brush trees, plaid ribbon, flocked garland and my Vintage Truck Wreath.

Strung some cutie pie mitten lights.

Then I completed the look with this rug that I found at Simon’s…it’s actually what got my train of tree lot thinking going, and inspired the green of my door.  That’s a lot of responsibility on one rug hahahaha

So let’s get back to my door.  After I had everything decorated I took one look at my yellow door and decided it was time to paint it.  I loved my yellow door for a lot years, but I have been wanting to change the paint colour for a long time, and what better time to do that than now?

Anyway, the green.  I love it.  It’s a crazy colour, but where I live it’s winter for a lot of months and the bright cheery colour is a welcome view when skies are cold and grey.  Admittedly though, it is a little brighter green than I thought it would be, but that’s fine…it’s actually not as bright in real life as it appears here in pictures.  But I don’t stress about these things.  I think it’s a fun addition to my Christmas porch!

I hope you enjoyed my little porch tour!  If you want to see the rest of my holiday home, click here and come inside!

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

Now it’s time to tour all of the other beautiful homes in the Christmas Canadian Bloggers Home Tour hop! Just click on the links below to get beautiful Christmas decor inspiration from my Canadian blogging friends. Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Home Made Lovely | The Creek Line House | Lemon Thistle | Love Create Celebrate | So Much Better With Age

Woman in Real Life | Clean and Scentsible | A Pop of Pretty | Making it in the Mountains | The Learner Observer

PMQ for Two | Joy in Our Home | Amidst the Chaos | One House 2 Barns | The Dreamhouse Project

The DIY Mommy | Life is a Party | Satori Design for Living | Rambling Renovators | This Mamas Dance

Fynes Designs | A Pretty Life | Emmett’s ABCs | Harlow & Thistle | Northern Style Exposure

Happy Holidays!

Decorating For Christmas

Let’s get decorating for Christmas! I’m sharing some tips and things I’ve learned over many years of holiday decorating. Come take a tour of my home, all decked out for the happiest season of all!

Today I’m once again joining Krista of The Happy Housie, as well as more amazing bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series.  There has been all kinds of Christmas inspiration shared over the last few weeks, including handmade gift ideas, and today our holiday home tours!  If you’re coming over from House by Hoff, welcome, I’m so happy to have you here!  We all hope that you leave inspired for your own holiday decorating!  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful homes at the bottom of this post! xo

DIY Christmas Grapevine Evergreen Wreath

My DIY Evergreen Grapevine Wreath

Happy holidays, and welcome to my home!  I’m so happy to have you here…it means a lot to me.  I always get a little nervous about my holiday home tours because I don’t change much over here each year.  I just add a few new things here and there, so I feel a little weird sharing. But I also know that this is relatable…this is real life.  We love our traditions and heartfelt ornaments.  If the skate stockings don’t get hung, the kids get sad.  And so do I.  Christmas is about tradition, and this is ours.

Come on in, it’s cold out there!

See more of my Christmas Tree Lot Inspired front porch here

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

As you will see as you tour around my home, I’ve embraced everything plaid and cozy once again this year.  I just haven’t tired of it. In fact, I wonder if I ever will.  If you follow along you probably already know about my undying love of plaid.  Plaid pillows, plaid bedding, plaid ribbon…I am seriously IN LOVE with it.  I have to hold myself back from buying everything I see that has a plaid or buffalo check pattern.  I’ve even carried the plaid theme over on to my staircase this year…

Decorating for Christmas

Decorating the Staircase for Christmas

I have always hung garland on my staircase for the holidays, but this year I did something a little different.  I hung my regular faux fir garland, but this year I also added some fresh greenery to it.  I just love the way the fresh greens fill it all in.  I used mostly cedar sprigs because they tend to hold their shape and colour even when they dry out.  If they start to brown, they’re also really inexpensive and easy to switch out.  Then I finished everything off with 2 simple bows of plaid ribbon.

Decorating for Christmas

Plaid ribbon with fresh greenery?  I can’t even.  It’s the perfect combination.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas in the Kitchen

Now come on into my kitchen…this is where all the delicious of Christmas happens!  I have to keep things really simple in my kitchen because I’m always in it.  I can’t have a cluttered work space with tchotchkes everywhere, but at the same time I want some Christmas magic in here.  So I just added a simple wreath over my stove, and some fairy lights along my glass canisters.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Then I decorated my eating nook with a few simple decorations.  I keep a small stock of fresh greenery around for crafts and decorating throughout the season, and I usually keep it outside, but this year I decided to keep it inside because it looks so pretty!  Pretty and practical.

DIY Fairy Light Cloche

Turn a simple cloche into a pretty light fixture

My favourite thing in my eating nook though, is this really simple little light I put together in just a few minutes. All I did was add a string of fairy lights and a few bottle brush trees to the inside a cloche (just make sure to leave the battery pack outside the glass so you can turn it on and off easily).  It looks so pretty at night.

Decorating the Kitchen for Christmas

Put a Wreath On It

I love wreaths…that is no secret.  But a wreath tied to a dining chair?  My heart skips a beat.  There’s just something so lovely about a little wreath tied with ribbon to dining chairs.  And it’s such a simple and festive touch, not to mention inexpensive.  You can make these, or buy  them…I chose to buy them because I saw them at Michaels on sale for $5 a piece!  All I did was tie each wreath to the chair with some buffalo plaid ribbon I already had at home.  Such a pretty way to decorate for Christmas.

Decorating the Kitchen for Christmas

Now all that’s left to do in here is set the table for the holidays, so stay tuned for that!  Now let’s head into the living room…

Decorating For Christmas in the Living Room

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

I didn’t really change much in my living room this year.  I love all the decorations I already have for this space, so I didn’t feel the need to reinvent things.  I actually couldn’t wait to pull out all of my plaid pillows!  As you can see, I *may* also have a love affair with pillows.

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many pillows.  Especially on cold winter nights…you can just get right in there and snuggle with ’em.  No one complains.  We live in a liveable home.  Move the pillows, toss them on the floor, really just get comfortable, that’s what’s important.

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

A pretty plaid themed living room for Christmas

I decided to hang my Christmas Evergreen Wreath over my mantel this year.  I love it so much that I want to look at it everyday.  I think it matches perfectly with our tree!

Decorating for Christmas in the Living Room

We went with a real tree again this year…there’s just nothing like them!  I love the smell, I don’t mind the needles, I think they’re perfect.  Perfectly imperfect.  And full of love…it may not stand up straight, and the ornaments don’t match, but there are a lot of sentimental ornaments on that tree and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Pretty rustic and plaid decorated Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Lighting Tip

This is where I should also tell you that we added over 100 feet of white lights to our tree this year!  Every year I say that we need more lights on the tree, so this year we made that happen. If you want your tree to glow and really twinkle, add more lights than you think you need.  We like to wrap a couple of strands on the inside of the tree so it glows from the inside out.  All.  The.  Lights.  So pretty.  I love white lights…I actually snuck the white lights on this year and my kids didn’t even notice haha!  They usually insist on coloured lights.

Decorating for Christmas

Now there’s nothing left to do but put the Shortbread Cookies out for Santa.  I hope you enjoyed my holiday home tour, and are inspired to decorate for the holidays in your own home!

More Christmas Home Inspiration

Now head over to visit Ashley of Modern Glam, I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful farmhouse style. Then take a tour through all these amazing and festive Christmas homes throughout this week.  You’ll be sure to leave inspired for your own space…there is something for everyone here!

Wednesday

Lemon Thistle
So Much Better With Age
Taryn Whiteaker
Love Create Celebrate
Rambling Renovators


Clean and Scentsible
House by Hoff
A Pretty Life
Modern Glam

And the sharing is happening all week long!

Monday

The Happy Housie
House of Wood
Inspiration for Moms
Town and Country Living
In My Own Style

The Turquoise Home
Amber Tysl
Deeply Southern Home
Tauni Everett

Tuesday

Sincerely, Marie Designs
Satori Design for Living
Finding Silver Pennies
Willow Street Interiors
Confessions of a Serial DIYer


Happy Happy Nester
Life is a Party
Two Twenty One
Tatertots and Jello

Thursday

Rooms FOR Rent
Shabbyfufu
Stacy Risenmay
Jenna Kate at Home


Sand & Sisal
Paint Me Pink
Place of My Taste
Maison de Cinq

Friday

The Happy Housie
Home Made Lovely
Maison de Pax
Just a Girl and Her Blog
Hallstrom Home


Jamie Costiglio
Sawdust 2 Stitches
The DIY Mommy
Summer Adams
All Things With Purpose

Merry Christmas!

Decorating for Winter

Embrace the winter season by making your home cozy!  Here are some ideas for Decorating for Winter.

I have always loved decorating the inside of my home for winter, because I love winter…the snow, the cold, cozy nights by the fire, hot chocolate, comforting dinners, not to mention all the skiing, snowshoeing and skating.  And don’t even get me started on winter clothes…I love them.  I’ll take a toque, sweaters and cozy socks any day of the year.

So it just seems like a natural thing for me, to transition my Christmas decor, right into winter decor.  It feels nice to get the tree and decorations down, clean the house, then add some cozy new elements to my space.  Not only does it feel fresh, but it’s nice not to have a complete empty space after a month of Christmas overload.

Last year I decorated for winter in my living room with very neutral colours, and I was just going to pull out all the same things again for this year.  But then, I saw some pillows and blankets at Chapters that were on sale, and I had to have them.  Honestly, these are my most favourite pillows EVERRRRR.  They are everything I love…they’re cozy, I love the colours, and they remind me of a ski chalet.  And they were on sale for $13.65 each!  How could I NOT buy them?  Chapters always has the best sales right after Christmas.

Decorating for Winter

Anyway, come on in and take a little tour of my winter living space…

Decorating for Winter

I bought 2 blankets and 6 pillows for my couch.  I’m a firm believer in all the blankets and pillows.  We just shove them aside to make room for ourselves…they’re so cozy you just want to dive into them anyway!

Decorating for Winter

Aren’t they great?  I feel like I’m sitting in a cozy chalet when I’m here…the great thing about these pillows is that they feel like a cozy knit sweater!

Decorating for Winter

The pillows have kind of become the focal point in my living room, so I decided that I wanted to keep the rest of the space really neutral.  The only extra colour I added back in were the 2 ice blue glass vases on my mantel.  Other than that, everything is shades of white, brown and cream…all reminiscent of my winters here in Alberta.

Decorating for Winter

My mantel is really simple…I reused a few things from my Christmas home…the candles, the birch sticks and the chunky knit garland.

Decorating for Winter

This chunky knit garland was one of my favourite purchases from the holiday season…I found them at Crate and Barrel back in November.  When I saw them I knew they would be great for my Christmas decorating, but I what I really envisioned was to have them in my space for winter decor after the holidays.  They’re so cozy and pretty.  And because I was missing all my twinkly Christmas lights, I decided to wrap a string of fairy lights around the knitted garland…I love fairy lights because they don’t get hot at all, so I don’t need to worry about them.

Decorating for Winter

I also tied a garland around the birch logs.  In hindsight, I wish I had bought a few more of these.  I guess I’ll have to learn how to do some chunky knitting…it’s been on my to-learn list for years!  Maybe this winter is the time.

Decorating for Winter

I really love this space right now…it feels cozy, comfortable and makes winter time feel great!  My Miss Molly loves it in here too…I had to include a picture of her…she’s my fave 😉  I actually thought she would destroy the pompoms on these pillows because she’s obsessed with pompoms on toques, but she hasn’t touched them!

Decorating for Winter

Thank you for coming on a little tour of my living room all decorated for winter!  Do you decorate for winter?

Looking for more Winter Decorating Ideas?

Have an inspired day!

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

A Classic Canadian Christmas Home all decked out for the holidays!

Welcome to my Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  My home tour is 1 of 27 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Shannon of AKA Design and Christina of The DIY Mommy!  27 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…they’re all at bottom of my post.

Today is my day to share, and I’m really happy to have you here!  I was hoping that it would have snowed before you came so you could have the ultimate Canadian Christmas experience.  But the weather, and our chinooks, had something else in mind.  I’m just hoping with all my heart that we have a white Christmas this year!  Anyway, the weather won’t stop me from decorating for my favourite season.  So come on in…I’m thrilled to have you here in my home all decked out for the holidays.

Let’s start here at my front door.  I really enjoy decorating my front porch.  I love being greeted by a cheery porch when I come home.  Most of the time I actually don’t think too hard about how I’m going to decorate.  I just start by gathering things from around my home and let things naturally progress from there.  I’m a big fan of ‘shopping’ around my home first…it’s surprising what you can find from things you’ve already got.

If I don’t have to buy things, I won’t. But if something catches my eye I’ll scoop it up!  That Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign was one of those things that I had to buy…it’s actually what inspired the theme of my porch this year.  Just a simple sign, and my vision was created.  If you want to see more details of my porch, visit my porch tour here.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now come on inside, and let’s have some tea and snacks by the fire.  Don’t worry, Molly doesn’t bite.  😉

So if you haven’t noticed, I kind of have this thing with plaid and buffalo check.  I can’t get enough.  If I see something in these patterns, I have to buy it…you don’t even want to know how many stores I drove around to track down that buffalo check ribbon (ok, 7…shhhh), and I still couldn’t find it.  My mom eventually found it in Edmonton, then shipped it to me and saved the day!  Yes, I wanted it that bad hahahaha!

But seriously though…can you see why?!  It’s perfect.  And so Canadian with the snowy tree, woodland animals, lumberjack jackets, moose, beavers, skis…  Sigh. I just love this theme.  Red is very outside my every day decorating theme, but come Christmas I embrace it fully!

Because we spend so much time in this space, I really wanted it to be cozy and festive, but still real and functional.  I wanted to us to be able to cozy up on the couch with snacks to watch Christmas movies in the most Christmas-y space possible. And I think that’s what I created in here.

And real it is.  Dog on the couch and all.  But don’t be fooled by how tidy everything looks…once these pictures were taken, it was back to real life.  Kids live here.  A family lives here.  Our coffee table is filled with X-Box remotes, coffee cups, plates, books, crayons and Lego.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Speaking of kids…do you Elf on the Shelf?  Our Christmas season officially kicks off when our elf, Ed arrives…I know that this guy is polarizing, but we don’t mind him…he just moves around each night, and every morning my littlest flies out of bed to see where he is.  I can’t not love him.

Now come on into my kitchen…

Aside from my living room, I actually toned down the number of decorations I used this year.  I kept things really simple in my kitchen and eating nook, and only hung a wreath and added a few things to my counter space.  I’m trying to simplify things…admittedly it’s hard, but I had to start somewhere.

I made this Vintage Truck Wreath last year, and still love it so much.  It’s a nice pop of festive colour in our eating nook.

And the only other thing I did in my kitchen was dress up the counter…how cute are the little bottle brush trees in the flour.  SO cute.  They’re easy enough to take out when I need the flour for Christmas cookie baking too.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now up to my room.  I only started decorating for Christmas in our bedroom in the last couple of years.  One year I kept things really neutral, then last year I went all out with the buffalo plaid…and because I’m still obsessed with buffalo plaid, I brought it back for this year.  Who can resist buffalo plaid flannel sheets?  Not this gal.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

And a tree in the bedroom?  Yes.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

So there you have it…that’s my holiday home.  Now it’s time to sit down and enjoy it.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

If you’re looking for more decorating inspiration, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Monday

The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer

Tuesday

PMQ for two | Amidst the Chaos | Clean and Scentsible | A Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators

Wednesday

Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry Bush | Sustain My Craft Habit | House by the Bay

Thursday

VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate

Friday

AKA Design | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

Have a very merry day!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

A classic Christmas front porch with loads of classic holiday colours, patterns, natural elements, plaids and fun!

Welcome to the holiday season over here at ‘A Pretty Life’!  Today I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers, and we’re sharing our Christmas porches with you to get you inspired for your own decorating! Make sure you check them out at the bottom of this post. A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this Christmas porch blog hop!

Come take a tour of my Classic Christmas Porch!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

I really wanted to share my Christmas porch all covered in freshly fallen snow.  But our Calgary weather had other plans.  Right now it’s all wind and warm temperatures as we’ve been under chinook conditions for several days.  The beginning of November was cold and snowy and I loved every minute of it, but chinooks are a fact of life here in my part of the world, and they can melt away winter in 2 seconds flat.  Sounds dreamy, but I don’t love them at all…my daughter and I get headaches with the wind, and everything turns brown and mushy…I’ll take 2 feet of snow and cold temperatures in winter, any day! But when the snow does finally come back, I’ll make sure to pop back in here and post another photo.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So if you’ve seen my handmade ornaments or Christmas mantel from this year yet, you already know that I have a classic Christmas theme going on.  Red, greens, plaids, fresh greens…I love it all. Over the years I’ve gone from bright colours, right back to classic, traditional Christmas colours. I’ve learned that I really, really love the classics the most.  I think it takes me back to Christmas when I was a kid…my Mom used to decorate in traditional colours too.  Isn’t it funny how we find ourselves doing what our Mom’s did?  I wonder if one day my kids will decorate the same as I do…who knows!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

For my porch this year, I bought a few new things at Michaels that really inspired the theme of my Christmas porch…but it was this Tree Farm sign that really drew me in.  From here my theme was born…I knew I wanted a rustic, yet classic holiday front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So I gathered quite a few things I had at home, like the benches, the white window, the boxes and lanterns.  Then I shopped my friend Kathy’s place and borrowed the red window, the sled and the joy sign…all perfect elements for my Christmas front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Then I went in search of some small fresh Christmas trees like the ones I found last year and put in my Christmas bedroom.  I was so happy to find them!  So I scooped up two and placed them on my porch.  I dressed one up with a chunky knit garland and some twinkly lights, and made a little chunky knit tree skirt for the other tree.  So cute. I’m going to leave these up all winter as well…

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Also…peek-a-boo!  Can you see my Molly?  She is always where I am.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

And no porch of mine is complete without a wreath!  I made this wreath to match the theme of my Christmas porch…I’ll share the tutorial with you soon.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So there you have it, my Classic Christmas Porch.  I love how it all came together…it’s a classic Christmas over here this year.  Now all we need is some snow…any day now Mother Nature, any day.

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Here are some of the things I used to decorate my mantel. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I chose something similar.  These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

 

Looking for more Christmas porch inspiration?  Visit these bloggers beautiful porches!

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Have a very merry day!