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Christmas 2018 Home Tour: The Exterior and Porch

by - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas colonial house with wreaths in windows and decorated cozy Canadiana porch

Our Christmas Home Tour continues today. I've shown you the living room, the craft room, and the dining room. Now it's time to put your coat on, and join me outside for a tour of the exterior and our Christmas porch.

Christmas colonial house with wreaths in windows and decorated cozy Canadiana porch

I love having this covered porch. It's a fun area to decorate and it really brings some curb appeal to the front of our house. I've dressed this area with a cozy, nostalgic feel. I've used many of the same things I used last year, like the wood sled and ski poles and added a few new touches, like the tree in the ceramic crock. The twinkle of lights on the tree brings warmth to this area.

We had planned on painting the porch floor this fall (you can see the worn paint in front of the pillars), but the weather turned cold on us too quickly. It'll be the first of our spring projects.


Christmas colonial house with wreaths in windows and decorated cozy Canadiana porch

Christmas colonial house with wreaths in windows and DIY outdoor planter

The rest of the porch is dressed simply. Two faux garlands line the sides of the doorway and I've used some leftover live garland to make a rustic wreath for the front door. Our Ikea rug hack adds a bit of fun pattern. My DIY outdoor planters bring pretty texture too.

Christmas colonial house with garland on white fence

Christmas colonial house with garland on white fence

I was excited to get a garland up on the 'new' fence. We only have a primer coat of paint on the fence, hence, it's not a bright white, but it looks great nonetheless.

Christmas colonial house with garland on white fence
Christmas colonial house with garland on white fence

The white fence really ties the front of our house together and makes our property look twice as large.



Christmas colonial house with wreaths with candles in windows. Large wreath on chimney.

Just as we did last year, we've put wreaths with red bows in each of the windows and a giant wreath on the chimney. Its a traditional classic look and I just love it. We did add something new though... each of the wreaths has an electric candle in it. Can you see them? We can turn them on and off from inside using the remote control. It creates a very pretty Victorian-esque glow at night.

Christmas colonial house with wreaths with candles in windows. Large wreath on chimney.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I know it doesn't look drastically different from last year's decor, but there is something comforting about keeping traditions at Christmas.

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