While most people were out shopping or at family gatherings this weekend, my crew was out starting the holiday decorations that I had planned months ago for my clients. In addition to my regular projects I decorate approximately eight houses a year for Christmas and it’s so much fun. My son’s birthday is this weekend so I will start my own house Monday (with no crew LOL) and outside is where I like to begin.
Start out by evaluating the exterior of the house deciding where lights, garland, wreaths and focal points will be. I find we all get in a rut when it comes to outdoor decorations, re-creating exactly what we did the year before. Don’t be afraid to change things up, using what you have in a new way. Re-purpose those decorations, you will be amazed at how creative you can be. The options are endless at Christmas and so are the color schemes.
The front door is a great place to start; decide if you want to place objects next to the door becoming a focal point, drape garland, lights or ornaments around it or adorn with a wreath. Vintage winter items are always a fun touch even if your home is more modern. Below, simple and classic holiday. Garland above doors and on railings in fresh evergreen, magnolia or holly is just lovely. I found some fabulous pre-lit green river spruce garland from Bethlehem lighting for around my front door, view here.
These are some of my favorite ideas when deciding where your wow factor will be. Window boxes and potted greens with ornaments are a nice option and can be created in any color scheme that you are loving that year. A hint of turquoise is really hot this season and I love the pine cone and silver accents. A simple chair on your porch with a sprig of evergreen and a custom pillow, sweet and simple. Fresh wreaths this season welcome guests right at the door and I just love the idea of a monogram in the center. Vintage signs are whimsical and fun providing instant holiday curb appeal.
If you are lucky enough to have a fabulous color on your front door like this periwinkle blue above or brilliant red below it is always a good idea to work with what you have to develop the color scheme. Holiday decorating is so much fun because you can go all out with details or stay simple and chic like below, its all good.