Decorating for the holidays has always been something I loved to do. I remember my first Christmas “hosting” I went crazy at Michael’s and proceeded to cover the house in any sort of holiday decor I could get my hands on. There was so much greenery it was starting to look like Jemanji. Over the years I’ve thinned things out and determined that any piece of Christmas decor bought has to fit a longer term plan and work with decor that I’m going to want to see around from at least middle of November to middle of January.
So this year outside, I decided to plant some “Winter” pots for the front door. They consist of Medium-Hardy plants that could last throughout the winter until end of March- April and keep some colour on the expanse of front porch. Because I never got around to painting out the front door this year, I thought some pops of red and green were required to break up the monochromatic feel. For a festive sparkle I added some glitter branches and pinecones in gold, silver and red.
From my homemade wreath, I added a burlap string of bells and accent pieces like the Scandinavian Style lanterns from Canadian Tire and a pair of 55 year old skis. The great part about the lanterns are the fact you can put them on a timer and they light up the entire porch when you arrive home. And it wouldn’t be complete without some Buffalo Check- the front mat is from Simons. For the remainder of the yard, other than lights around the house, I let the natural snowy beauty take over and when we host the annual bonfire, we’ll bring the decor outside for the day, but until then we’ll enjoy au natural!