I love decorating for Christmastime- but I will confess- I HATE outdoor decorations. I mean, I LOVE them- but I hate the decorating part. My sweet husband has somehow made it clear he is shirking ladder duty for Christmas lights- so I am pretty on my own if I’d like to hang twinkling beauties every year. I’m fine with this arrangement- I am the daughter of someone who used to (seriously) use a level when hanging Christmas lights to ensure every light was stationed perfectly straight. So I am quick to judge hastily strung lights- and I don’t have the patience to do them myself. This year I was thrilled to be asked to try out some of the Martha Stewart’s Holiday line from Home Depot, and I am totally smitten with how lovely my outdoor decor looks!
This mini Christmas Home Tour- with our Entryway Decor- is our little Christmas-y paradise. My kids love the festive look- and it took me less than a half an hour to completely decorate, all by myself. The entire range from Martha Stewart is available in Home Depot stores and Home Depot’s website- and there are picks that fit every budget. I also used the same decorations for some of our awkward spaces inside in a post you’ll see tomorrow!
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you’ll know I have a large whiskey barrel on our front step. One of the local breweries in town had a post a few years ago selling these beauties that once held Kentucky Bourbon- and I knew I needed one for our home decor! I also set out a pair of my husband’s Grandfather’s old skis. They are red and blue, have amazingly gorgeous vintage bindings, and are 100% wood. They perfectly set the stage for some additional Christmas charm!
First off, I placed a small tree on top of the barrel. I was going to decorate it- but I opted to leave them plain because I love the look of plain lit trees- and our front porch gets some wicked wind gusts that would quickly disperse and baubles I placed on the trees.
I then hung some pine garland- with pinecones and berries- over the front door. I added two tall potted trees- one in front of the barrel and one on the other side of the front door.
I then hung a matching pinecone and berry wreath over our front window, and added garlands to the porch columns.
To finish off the look, I hung an unlit wreath on the front door and strung a “welcome” chalkboard banner. I absolutely love how whimsical and inviting the decorations turned out. My husband jokes we’re suddenly in a nordic wonderland. It’s perfect- and the martha stewart garlands, wreaths, and trees were so easy! All I had to do was fluff them and plug them in, and they looked perfect. To muss, no fuss! They were so thick it was easy to hide the staples and hooks I used to hang them- and up close, there are many sprigs that look real.
Isn’t it charming? I can’t wait to use them next year at the farm we’re moving to!