Monday, December 6, 2010

My Christmas Porch...

Well, I survived the Christmas Home Tour yesterday - actually - I had a great time. We had many many people and it was all for a great cause. So I was tickled to be asked to be a part of it. Now, I thought I'd show you a few pics of our home this week. And I'll tell ya like I always do - nothing fancy here - just HOME. And as you all know - this Christmas will be extra special because this will be our last one here 'till we move across the way. So I want to treasure this season for many reasons.
To start you out - these are some pics of our back porch - which is really the main entry to our home (especially since I have a Christmas tree right smack in front of the FRONT door-hehe).
I usually do more rustic/natural back here BUT this year I was inspired by some color. I had these blue and red toile place mats and napkins I had never used and also a wooden box in red and blue gifted to me by my friend Audrey. So that is where it all began.
All the silver balls were leftovers from years past and I thought they added a lil' "bling" if you will to the outside.
Those pretty clear snowflakes - .50 cents from the Dollar Tree (on clearance last year) - they look just like ice. Love them - thank you Mamaw Cleo.
My blue box with red polka dot ribbon - thanks Audrey - was the perfect container for one of my lil' Charlie Brown trees.

My "Basket window box" which is one of my favorite things - got dressed up with some garland, magnolias, snowflakes, balls and a "winter" garland I made. Stole that idea from my friend, Cindy, over at Cottage Instincts - thank you.

Best part about it - it can stay up till February - let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

My Christmas tree pillows my sweet mamaw made for me years ago - not a great match but I love 'em still. You can see we had a lil' skiff of snow today - LOOOOOOVE it!

Here is another tree I placed in a wicker sleigh I have. Pretty much decorated the same - ribbons, balls and some great white wire open balls I had for sale at the store. I have used them everywhere - I really like them alot. I'm gonna use them after Christmas as well.

My pretty fresh Frasier Fur wreath in the back corner as well as my white pine garland draped all around the outside of the porch came from my favorite local feed store, Central Farmers Supply - which is another post all together - and I'll tell ya that great news another day.

Love my watering cans...

Cute lil' wreath I picked up at Big Lots...

My window box filled with ornamental cabbages and kale we grew, sticks, magnolia, some nandina stems and berries and some silver balls.

And last but not least, my pots outside the back door - just dressed up a little bit.

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside the back door - I'll take you inside a lil' later. Hope you have a great start to your week!
Merry CHRISTmas!


lgasper said...

To Cute! You did a great job

Unknown said...

This all looks so festive! Beautiful colors. I'm glad you had a good turnout. Wish I could have come.
Becky C

cindy said...

Wow! What a beautiful space, and I am digging the happy blue and red combo. Your 'winter' garland is perfect :) What fun! Can't wait to see the inside....always so many great ideas and eye candy 'round here. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cathy,
I love your first Christmas of my favorites.
How pretty! everything looks..I love the blue and red very much and the window box is so charming. How wonderful to open your home for a great cause. I would too!
You have such a warm heart.
Merry Christmas to you and your two best guys!
hugs, Elizabeth

Becca's Dirt said...

Everything is beautiful Cathy. Love all of the trees big and little. Very festive.

Anonymous said...

Cathy, everything looks awesome..Love how you used different items to make your displays..Simply Beautiful..Can't wait to see the inside pictures..

NanaDiana said...

Cathy- It looks great- homey and lovely. I love the song that is playing when your blog first opens. I don't think I ever heard it before! hugs-Diana

Country Gal said...

Really pretty love it ! I like your blog setup ! Have a great day !

Melinda said...

What a happy little area--I wouldn't want to leave it.
Love the snow you have on the ground!! Too much fun.


Jean said...

Your porch is wonderful and I love the colors. I can't wait to see more! Have a wonderful evening.
Jean in Virginia

tincanlily said...

Love the winter wonderland, very pretty. I like the red and blue together. Very festive!

Kim said...

Love the colors and the blues with the red I really like all of it very nice.
Merry Chistmas,
Kim in OK

Verde Farm said...

Cathy, you are just gifted lady. I absolutely love the blue and red. I would NEVER have thought to use those colors for Christmas like you did. I am so “in the box” about things like this. After I see them--then I get to thinking but I just don’t have the great original idea like this. It is so pretty and I love it all. The big snowflakes from the dollar store? Wow-what a find, they are awesome. I love the winter garland. I have been looking for something like that on ETSY and found nothing I liked. Yours is wonderful Great post :)

Unknown said...

Oh Cathy, Your home looked wonderful. So warm and inviting.

Tardevil said...

Your home is always so 'purdy'! :) Love the Carolina? blue combined w/ the silver & red. lol Merry Christmas!

Jackie said...

So many pretties! I'm sure everyone enjoyed their tour of your home.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Congratulations on the Home Tour! I bet the visitors took their time trying to catch all the eye candy you served up. Those blues n reds are soooo cheerful and the window basket just perfect!
EnJoY your Christmas,

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Wow! I love it all, really love the color choices! Your blog is such wonderful inspiration, just a joy to visit!