Can you spot the differences?
The top picture is how my front porch looks today and the bottom, how it was styled for Christmas.
I love creating welcoming, seasonal “displays” but didn’t want to be That Neighbor who keeps their Christmas decorations up all year so I removed all obvious Christmas references and kept the rest. I’d like to think it’s “Rustic Ski-Lodge Cabin Glam” which is a fancy name for stuff I had in my garage that my kids won’t use to play in the snow.
You too, can create this look. I bet in your garage you have an old sled, skates, or maybe even skiis. The best would be snow shoes. I found a pair at a local antique store, the Apple Wagon Antique Mall, but they were $200! Yikes. So I guess if you find snow shoes in your garage, you should hug them. They are valuable.
If you don’t have room for a bench like I have, you can still add some winter welcome to your front door. I asked my neighbor if I could style her door to show you some examples. Again, I am using items that most of you already have — who wants to spend money when we’re all saving up to buy snow shoes?
I used a wicker basket, some firewood and my sled for Look #1. I also used a plaid scarf I have to add some warmth (in case the sled gets cold!) and some texture. If you don’t have a plaid scarf, a big, woolly scarf would look amazing too. If you don’t have a stack of firewood in your backyard, my local hardware store sells wood by the bundle and it’s really reasonable. Plus, you could burn it in the summer for a campfire!
For Look #2, I removed the sled, but kept the basket, the wood, and the scarf and added a lantern. I love this look too! If you don’t have a lantern, placing a candle in a mason jar would work too. Both of these would look even better with a wreath on the door, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to style a winter “look” with everyday items.
I hope this weekend you give it a try. If you do, be sure to send me a picture. I’d love to see it! And if you find snow shoes…well, feel free to brag! I will be jealous.
*Thanks to my neighbor for sharing her beautiful blue front door. I know you’re dying to know — it’s Sherwin Williams Royal. Also, isn’t her rug awesome?
This made me laugh out loud. It was worth reading just for that along but now I also know a little more about styling my porch! I’m kind of freaked out by my porch because because I know there’s lead paint on it. So I spend a lot of time wishing it didn’t exist. Maybe I should show it some love! Is it nuts that I love old chippy things but when I see them I just wonder if there’s lead paint on it?! So instead of thinking “How can I use that!?” I’m thinking “How can I keep my kids from licking that/I hope no one buys that and eats off it.”