If you have an outdoor space you love, cold weather can make you want to stay inside instead of enjoying it. Here I’m sharing how to warm up your outdoor space and I’m also sharing my back porch decorated for the Christmas season
When we first saw this house and I opened up the front door, I could see straight to the back porch and saw a swing. That was it. I didn’t need to see anything else. This was our house. I’ve always loved a back porch, and to have it screened in was even better. That means I could be outside in the spring and summer without getting eaten alive by mosquitos.
As far as Christmas decor outside goes, this was a doozy. I knew I wanted it. I knew what I wanted it to feel like, but for some reason, I could not figure out what I wanted it to look like. When you think porch and outdoor spaces, you typically think spring or summer, warm weather and bright colors. For colder months, I wanted to find the best way to add warmth to the space. I feel like I actually accomplished that after 2,383,890,435 trips to Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Dollar Tree.Ta da! I’ll take you on a little tour of this space, but I gotta say, I am IN LOVE with it. It’s not perfect, but for me, I decorated around what was already here, adding a bit of DIY things and stuff from the Target dollar spot and stuff that I already had so for the most part, this was very budget friendly! I’ll have links to all sources that I can!*Some affiliate links provided
Our fun little doormat is from Target. I liked it because it was neutral and since I wasn’t sure the color scheme I wanted at the time, I figured grey, gold and white would be neutral enough. Walking straight out the door is this gorgeous flocked Christmas tree from At Home. I got it when it was on flash sale for half off. SCORE! Then of course, the view of my favorite part of this porch – the swing. We strung some lights on the chains, used a blanket we got as a gift last year from Target, and threw on a garland I got for 60% off. And those faux fur pillows? WALMART GUYS! I couldn’t believe it! Not only that, the fur matched perfectly with the pillows on our outdoor conversation set. See what I mean with those faux fur trimmed pillows? Saw those at At Home too when I went to pick up the tree and they just screamed cozy outdoors to me.
I love adding elements of real greenery, even though I’m terrible at keeping things alive. These plants on our side tables are actually rosemary! My husband found them at Home Depot and I told him to snag me some ASAP. Plus they smell really great.This may sound strange, but this is absolutely my favorite part of this whole porch. I don’t even know why. Maybe because all of of this was an accident? Who knows? I made those little yarn balls with a styrofoam ball from the Dollar Tree, some yarn from Michaels, and hot glue. I love how they turned out. The 2 wreaths on the smaller windows are from Walmart that I got last year that I think were around $10 a piece. The one in the middle is from TJ Maxx.The painting is from Kirkland’s and we got it last year, but it looks like it’s available again this year as well! Even though we don’t have a fire pit out here and nothing to keep you warm except blankets, I always feel like wood in a bucket makes you think about a fire. And fire equals WARM! It’s all about brain tricks when you’re outside in the cold. I stuck some real greenery in the bucket along with the wood and strung some lights in there to add some extra lighting at night time.
I’ll be sharing a Christmas lights tour where I’ll be showcasing all my Christmas decor inside and out at night so that should be fun, so make sure you join our little email family so you can see that when it’s posted!
I also loved the little touch of adding the tree collar from Hearth and Hand and the JOY letters that I got after Christmas at Michaels last year. It just encompasses the entire feeling of this porch which, to me, is absolute pure joy! If you need me the rest of the season, I’ll be out here (until I feel like I’m about to get frostbitten)
SHOP ANY LOOK FROM OUR PORCH:
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To see what the rest of my friends did this week, check them out below: