It’s that time of the year again to get started decorating your front porch and front door for Christmas, welcoming your guests into your holiday home. With plenty of festivities over the winter holidays, you want to make sure your home looks its best, and the best way to get started is with your entrance. There are numerous ways to decorate your front porch and spread a festive atmosphere and holiday joy all around. Either done by yourself or with family, we are providing you with creative ideas of Christmas porch decorations to help you get inspired. Porch decorations usually include garlands, staircases, wreaths and any other suitable items for the place around your homestead. Even if you’re living in a narrow place where you don’t have much of a porch, you can create a bright look on your doorway with the simplest homemade ornaments.
For the best looks, always begin your work with wreaths and some garlands. They are the simplest ornaments and they can provide you with some sudden ideas while fixing them. Try buying garlands with fine ornaments or making them at home with glitter Christmas balls, organza flowers and glitter pinecones. Use artificial greenery and spray some Christmas scents to generate a stunning impact for anyone entering into your house. Light displays can be the most important thing to include within your arrangements; they give a wonderful look, and showcase many bright colors to highlight your holiday home.
Once you sweep away all those fall leaves and put away the fall decor, how will you dress your front door for the holidays? Have a look at all of the inspiration we have gathered together for you. Once you are done, get inspired to decorate indoors, have a look at some of our past articles to help get you started, Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home and Brilliant Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas. Enjoy and happy holidays!
Urn planters could play a good role too. Bring some wide red ribbon and make a huge bow tie around the urn then place on top some pinecones and colorful balls; use artificial Christmas branches if you wish. Wrap the long garlands around your front porch pillars and hang the smaller ones with small bow-ribbons over your homestead fences. Use the same ideas with your front door to hang the garlands from the ceiling and fix them all around the door. Display much light on the same positions to enhance the look.
A bright red door means you’re halfway there without any decorations. This one uses a star in lieu of a wreath, while a long swag and lighted potted trees frame the door.
Celebrate the holidays with fresh greenery around your front door. You may have to drag your family and guests in as they linger on your front porch surrounded in the wonderful scent of cedar and pine.
Celebrate winter with ice skates and a vintage sled. Monogrammed stockings are a whimsical touch and look great filled with greenery.
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Scandinavian Christmas decorating can create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in your holiday home. We all have some typical style for decorating our homes for Christmas each year, but why not try something totally new this holiday season? In the past we have featured Scandinavian style Christmas homes such as, Beautiful Scandinavian Christmas home, Beautiful Norway home with Scandinavian interiors and School house converted into fabulous family home, where you can find some additional inspiration. We have gathered together for you a vast collection of an assortment of Scandinavian-inspired holiday interiors that will help you to emulate your own Nordic Christmas.
For a classic holiday with a fresh twist, go Scandinavian with homespun touches in red, white and wheat. Create a pleasing mix of creams, whites, silver, gold and reds, which offers such a clean approach to holiday decorating. It feels fresh, yet comfortable in a way that simply modern style can struggle with. Scandinavia is comprised of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (and usually Finland and Iceland) and thus has a wonderful European flair intertwined with deep-rooted history. There is a definite focus on nature and the use of greenery, candle light and handmade treasures. Where it differs from homespun decorating is, again, the use of light colors and keeping accessories to a minimum. Simplicity is the key to carrying off a true Scandinavian decor scheme, nothing too flashy or glitzy.
Deck the table with sprigs of green. Looking for supersimple table decoration ideas? Try this: Snip branch tips from your Christmas tree (or use rosemary branches) and place one in a clear glass votive at each place. Sprinkle a handful of small vintage ornaments in silver and gold randomly down the center of the table, and ground the arrangement with a few tall candles.
Decorate a mini Christmas tree. When you put up the big tree, snip off a piece of branch (from a place that won’t be noticeable) and place it in water to create a pint-size Christmas tree for the tabletop. It could be placed in the guest room to welcome holiday visitors.
Create this playful reindeer project with a couple of corrugated cardboard boxes and a handy template that can be found here.
Make a scrap-wood Advent calendar. Feeling crafty? Try creating a Nordic-style tree out of small wood scraps. It would look beautiful on its own, either painted or left bare, but you can also attach small packages to turn it into an Advent calendar.
Embellish branches. Another way to bring in a touch of the woods is with an armful of bare branches. Simply plunk them in a nice big vase (no water needed) and attach ornaments, holiday cards, or any embellishments you wish.
Dress the table in red and white. If you already have a set of basic white dishes and table linens, all you need to re-create this look are a few red accents. If you use items that are not too holiday-specific, you can reuse most of the items throughout the year.
Hang delicate window wreaths. Welcome visitors in from the cold with candlelight and simple green wreaths hung from each window. You can create these quite easily using wreath forms from a local crafts supply shop and greenery snipped from the trees outside.
Set the scene with a smorgasbord of cool, crisp trimmings — from store-bought straw stars to mock “cross-stitched” ornaments (get the how-tos). Completing the look: a tree skirt of sheepskin and gifts in solid-hued paper.
A row of sweater stockings — stitched up quickly from secondhand cable knits — are ready to be stuffed with presents, while silver glass holders glow on the mantel (for safety, use LED candles). Store-bought and homemade wheat wreaths, staggered on the wall above. To make these clever stockings, use old sweaters from your basement or a consignment shop.
Plant paperwhites. Any sort of blooming flowers are most welcome in winter, and the delicate white blooms of paperwhites look especially fitting alongside natural holiday decor. Cluster pots full of the blooming bulbs in the center of the dining table or along a buffet or entry table. Just be aware that paperwhites have a strong fragrance once in full bloom, so if you are sensitive to flower fragrances, you might want to choose a different plant.
To make this no-fuss natural centerpiece, loosely cinch craft-store wheat stalks with red and white ribbon. Place faux snow inside clear glass vases and nestle stalks on top. Surround with almonds in the shell and evergreen cuttings for easy organic elegance.
Use twinkle lights liberally. Don’t limit yourself to the tree — white Christmas lights (with white cords) can be draped on shelves and mantels, coiled inside glass vessels or wooden birdcages, or hung vertically in the corner of a room. Covered twinkle lights make lovely accents, too, so keep an eye out for interesting versions.
Bring in the woods with potted tree cuttings. Cluster a group of vintage containers and fill them with fresh tree cuttings for a display that will last for months when cared for properly.
Throw a Scandinavian-inspired holiday fete. Looking for something different to spice up your holiday party this year? Get inspired by Scandinavian traditions and serve spiced cookies along with warm glogg instead of eggnog, or light real candles on the tree — just be sure to use a fresh tree and have someone standing by to douse flames if need be!
When in doubt, add a sheepskin. Whether you choose faux or the real deal, sheepskins are incredibly effective at cozifying any space. Place one where you can sink your toes into it upon waking in the morning, drape one over your sofa or place one at every seat around the dining table. Just looking at them will make you feel warmer.
Stick with a simple palette. Much of the appeal of the Scandinavian approach to decorating comes from the pared-down, neutral palette. Putty gray, natural wood and white plus a metallic hue create a peaceful mood; red, white and wood are cheery and fun.
Decorate with cut wood. Wood in all its forms is an essential element of Scandinavian decorating at all times of year, and even more so during winter. f you have a working fireplace or woodstove, you can make an attractive and useful display with the logs you plan to use, such as placing them in a large basket.
Make an ice wreath. This unique Scandinavian tradition would be the perfect project for a snowy day, and it would look splendid outside at a holiday party. Just fill a container with water, then place a second smaller container inside it. Use a few rocks in the smaller container to displace water until the top is roughly at water level, then gently arrange leaves, berries and acorns in the water below. Set the containers outdoors to freeze overnight, then unmold.
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This stunning Christmas decorated home was originally an old dairy built in 1750, now a family home for a couple with four children in Nordsjælland, Denmark. The 4,036 square foot (375 square meters) two level wood-paneled villa features a a unique fireplace where all the magic starts for the holiday season. Christmas starts in early November, decorating to the tunes of Ella Fitzgeralds beautiful versions of American Christmas carols. The family celebrates in the traditional way with family, always starting with an Old Fashion, a special Christmas drink of freshly squeezed orange juice, brown sugar and various strong alcohol that livens the Christmas mood. Also, in fact, a drink that is served at the Manor House of Broløkke during the Christmas month. As much as the family loves tradition, up until last year, there will never be silver tinsel on the Christmas tree!
Christmas decorating your home should be all about bringing the spirit of Christmas into the spaces throughout your interiors. As we get closer to the holiday season and it is time to start thinking about how you are going to decorate your home. It’s time to turn your home into a miniature festival of joy, get into the holiday spirit! We have gathered together a vast assortment of beautiful holiday interiors featuring charming decor for every room in your home. If you would like to see more, be sure to check out a few of our past inspiring homes that feature Christmas decorating ideas, such as Beautifully decorated Christmas home in Norway and School house converted into fabulous family home.
Transforming your home into any style that you desire can create a warm, cozy and colorful interior, creating lots of holiday cheer. Each of the spaces presented in this article exudes a happy feeling and seems ready to entertain many cheerful guests. Whether it is a fireplace with stockings that brings warmth to an interior, a decorated Christmas tree, a colorful lighting installation, or creating DIY snowflakes hanging from the ceiling or your mantel, we have something that will help to inspire you to create the perfect holiday look. Have a look through the photos and get inspired and please share with us your holiday decorating ideas.
Craft stick snowflakes
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Discovered on Mi Casa, a complete reform was undertaken in this Barcelona, Spain home to provide planning according to its new owners, a young couple with two small children. He is a photographer, and she is passionate about decoration, both wanted to preserve its original structure, with high ceilings, ornamental moldings and large windows. Its retro doors are also maintained, although access to the bathrooms was changed by sliding doors to optimize space. They chose to paint the walls white and thus enhance the light in the space; but also, to not subtract from the colorful flooring that has an incredible visual impact in decoration.
The open floor plan has visual continuity created through the environments: on one side, living area with a work corner, and in the opposite, kitchen and dining room. In the master bedroom next to the fireplace and vintage decor, evokes the leisurely and serene pace of times past. Concrete was chosen for the bathroom walls and floors which were completely renovated, a material which by its texture and natural appearance, fit into the style of the house. A world apart is the child’s bedroom, with wood flooring and decorated in white and slate, a chromatic palette used infrequently in baby’s rooms.
The furnishings and the spatial conception of this house spotted on Mi Casa are the reflection of the tastes and customs of their owners, a Spaniard who has spent half a lifetime in United States and Great Britain and her husband, of Swedish origin. After a long search, the couple found their ideal space to live in the heart of Madrid, two small cottages, which have been transformed into a luminous and comfortable house with the help of architect Luis Ester Butragueño.
The two residences were joined together to create larger more spacious rooms. The ground floor consists of the lounge, library, kitchen and dining room that communicate with each other by way of sliding and accordion doors. On the first level, a corridor leads to the guest room and the rest of the family bedrooms.
In terms of decoration, the owners personally chose the furnishings, upholstery and accessories with a British accent. The idea was to infuse brightness into all the rooms with a base of neutral tones, which is an influence of the Nordic countries. Sculptures and pictures become more important in the interior due to the hobby and the direct contact that the owner has in his work with the art world. The result is a home that exudes personality.
Moss Mountain Farm is a country estate overlooked the Arkansas River, located near Little Rock, Arkansas and can only be described as the ‘garden home for the holidays’. The Greek Revival-style home was decorated by homeowner and designer P. Allen Smith. The owner has holiday open houses every year; anyone can stop by and see the farm completely decorated for the season. The designer also has smaller gatherings with friends and family for dinner parties. The designer has an important decorating philosophy that he likes to abide by when decorating for the holidays, which is that the holiday decor must work with the existing décor in the home. It is about celebrating the spirit of the season and traditional colors do not necessarily need to be used. The designer instead likes to looks for colors and ideas that will work harmoniously with the interior of the home.
The color palette he uses is mixing dark chocolate browns with chartreuse greens, which pops against natural greens. He gathers together natural items from around the farm to incorporate into his decorating scheme, which are earthy browns and greens as well as other more subtle colors, such as Eastern Red Cedar, which has blue berries, as well as magnolia branches, brown leaves of bracken, mosses and lichens, assorted sizes of pine cones and native deciduous holly with red berries. He also mixes fruits and vegetables into the décor, some grown on the farm and others picked up from the grocery store, such as artichokes, kumquats and pomegranates. Last year he used Satsuma oranges added with a few camellia leaves to a grouping, which resembles the foliage of an orange. After the holidays, he uses the oranges to make marmalade so nothing goes to waste.
His holiday decorating always encompasses using items he already has and adding what he can collect and gather together on the farm. Anything additional he needs he seeks out at a craft or discount store, or even a second-hand shop. He prefers the juxtaposition of something earthy and natural alongside something that is shiny and glamorous. The hardware throughout the home is polished nickel, so he tends to utilize silver as the metallic accent rather than brass or gold. Those small details create harmony, which is an element that cannot be identified, only felt. The designer warms up rooms with family traditions of by switching out pillows, slipcovers and some art. Via
A twelve foot fresh cut tree lies in the parlor, one where you can see the trunk, and where the limbs are open and layered so ornaments are visible, as well as a more natural, unclipped look, rather than one that has been shaped. His hope is that visitors will be inspired to re-create some of the decorating ideas in their own homes and gardens, that they have an experience that inspires and instructs.
Photos: Nancy Nolan
A few steps away from Madrid, Spain’s Retiro Park is this special house featuring beautiful interior details, spotted on Mi Casa. The original structure has been historically preserved, which highlights the emphatic presence of a solid platform of great beauty and staggered openings of some large windows decorated with mouldings. The quaint home features antique and vintage finds creating a unique decoration designed by the owner of the home.
His passion for travel coupled with the attraction of flea market finds creates a special environment. With a classic taste and his love of the collections, each piece of furniture, seat or embellishment creates an ideal setting. Mixing styles creates this retro-chic style, where eclecticism becomes a conductive thread between spaces. Solid wood, chairs metal, aged leather, methacrylate, crystal, etc., dominate equally in interior design. A passion for furniture and objects of the past is evident, where even new furnishings were chosen with an antiqued finish.
The bedrooms are also infused by the charm of the markets mixed with pieces from distant countries. The kitchen and the bathroom, on the other hand, are the most modern rooms of the house, with new fittings, updated appliances and current furnishings of straight lines and simple appearance as well as easy maintenance. Currently this property can be rented through www.ivoryescapes.com.
This beautiful three-story home stands on a hill with stunning views of the Oslo fjord in the small town of Drøbak, Norway. Owned and designed by Francisca Vegara, the home is comprised of 3,659 square feet (340 square meters) of living space featuring a living room, three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two rooms to work. With a fresh coat of paint and a woman’s touch, the renovated of the home was finished just before Christmas. Decorated for Christmas, the home features silver, grey and white with a cozy and welcoming ambiance. Via
Designer and calligrapher Ylva Sharp has renovated a former school from 1901 in Hjortnäs outside of Leksand, Sweden. The talented designer sells her letter arts on everything from pillows to ceramics with dealers all over the world. The family’s old 3,336 square foot (310 square meters) school house at Lake Siljan is the personal adornment of the designer. Purchased back in 2003, the family of four moved to the country to renovate this fabulous family home. The designer stated that the school was in used up to the 1940s but when the family bought the farm in no longer had the charm of the last century. It was not love at first sight, all the rooms were dark but the designer saw the potential the school house had.
During the renovation, a few walls were demolished to generate a spacious open floor plan kitchen and dining room with generous visiting surfaces as well as newly renovated bathrooms. The school hall has become a cozy living room; a beautiful window has become a fine room divider with a television cover half a step up. Big windows create views towards Lake Silijan and makes the home brighter where nature outside feels present from inside the home. Starting from the pleasant entrance, heading on to the front hall stairway to the kitchen, dining room, office, living room, games room, guest rooms, bathrooms and laundry room, the home feels very spacious.
Upstairs brings you to the two children’s rooms, the parent’s bedroom and the master bathroom. The decor is currently in calm hues of white, gray and black as a base. The designer likes to change and renew her home with the seasons, replacing textiles, paint on a piece of furniture and take in the season’s crops. Christmas starts early for this family, the designer has a small Christmas collection of cards, labels, gift wrap, Christmas pendants in plexi-glass, all decorated with beautiful letter art. The family decorates with decorations from nature such as spruce, cones and twigs, grouping adornments and decorations to give a quieter impression. The designer’s studio and shop are on her conveniently on her property. Via
Coffee tables on wheels are made of pallets, the old Triplex lamp came with the house.
The old wood stove with fireplace was set during the renovation and has become the heart of the kitchen.
The front door is matte black on the outside and high gloss black on the inside. Lamps light up and creates the atmosphere.