Thank you for all the sweet comments yesterday on our home at Christmas! If you missed it and want to catch up, you can find it here. It was so much fun to share and I’m so grateful that I was able to be a part of Just a Girl’s Tour. You can find today’s lineup for the tour here.
Living in the south means that winter weather can be unpredictable… just last Friday, our high was 77 degrees and the boys were in tshirts and shorts. By Sunday, there was a fire roaring in the fireplace and we were snuggled under blankets in front of the Christmas tree.
But in general, our winters tend to be fairly mild… and that means that we’re able to enjoy our outside areas for much of the year. In fact, we’re hosting our supper club holiday party group on Friday, and with the help of our firepit and a couple of space heaters on the porch, our outside living areas will be ready and waiting for guests!
Our screened porch is a favorite place of mine all year round and it got a little (no cost) makeover for the holidays. The table was dressed with burlap runner from a roll I bought a couple of years back (best purchase ever!) and a bit of jute upholstery webbing that I had left over from a Storywood Designs project. My parents brought a rosemary plant along during their last visit and it’s enjoying the winter season as the centerpiece on the table. It’s flanked by a couple of flameless pillars that I’ve had for a while and leftover cuttings from a few projects inside.
This year, I’ve moved several decorations that I’m not using in the house this year out onto the porch. I’m not ready to send them off to Goodwill, but didn’t have a place for them in the house… so off to the porch they went and I have to admit that I love them out there! A little grapevine reindeer sits between the loveseat and outdoor bar/log holder/all purpose cart. A wreath that used to sit above the fireplace has been repurposed over the screened porch mirror and I ran an extra strand of lights around it for a little more sparkle. Years ago, in our first house, I bought an alpine tree from Michaels and used it in our den. Since we moved into this house six Christmases ago, it’s been on the screened porch, the side porch, the playroom and this year, it’s back to the screened porch. In years past, I’ve always decorated it with extra ornaments we’ve had. This year, it’s happy on the porch, simply adorned with lights and a wood bead garland. It’s tall, thin profile doesn’t take up too much space so it’s perfect for the porch because it doesn’t involve any rearranging of furniture.
My beloved little kitchen garden doesn’t have a lot growing in it these days except for a few weeds and my oregano that keeps going and going. So, for the holidays, the fence was decked in a cedar garland and simple wreath. I used more of the jute webbing to create a bow for the wreath and tied the garland to the fence using twine. The garden obelisk has peas climbing it during the summer months, but during this Christmas season, it has tiny white lights decorating it instead.
Right after Thanksgiving, I made a couple of very simple plaid throws cut from fleece bought at Joann’s on sale months and months ago. Just cut them, no sewing, and they’re perfect for outside because they wash and dry beautifully. The throws are perfect for snuggling in and enjoying the lights on the porch and the firepit. As much as I love the enjoying our outside areas during the holidays, the one thing I can’t stand is being out there and being cold… warm blankets and throws to snuggle up in are a must!
I don’t have much of a green thumb… I’m learning but still have a long way to go. We have 2 window boxes that face the backyard patio and while I struggle with them through the growing season, I love filling them with cuttings during the holidays. This year, they’re filled with Fraser Fir clippings, holly berries and pinecones stuck directly into the dirt that fills the baskets. Easy to accomplish and impossible for me to kill!
And that wraps up my little tour of our house at Christmas this year! Now that the house is decorated, the backyard is ready and my work for the year is winding down, I’m ready to settle down for the holidays and enjoy it! I’m making the effort this year to soak up every moment with the boys, spend time with friends and family and relax, take my time and savor each moment. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you, my friends!