The boxes from our recent move may not be fully unpacked, but I didn’t want the holiday season to pass by in our new house without decorating. There’s something special about the Christmas season that makes you want to be festive. Believe it or not- decorating the exterior of our home only took Emmett and I about 45 minutes. It was incredibly easy to drop some wreaths out the windows, fill a couple planters, and hang garland at the front entry. It turns out, our new home exterior is a pretty perfect backdrop for classic exterior Christmas decor and greenery. I wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass- even amongst the hustle, bustle, a snowstorm, and a busy move. Click through to see how it turned out and to shop the sources!
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I promise to do an interior home tour ASAP… hopefully this Thursday, but in the meantime- I hope you’ll enjoy the exterior as much as I do. It was actually what sold me on this place! I really love having a covered porch to decorate. In the quick timeframe of throwing this together, I seriously had the best time styling the greenery.
Believe it or not- the trees in the pedestal planters are faux! I pulled them out of storage and added some fresh pine garland around the perimeter to make them look even more stylized. It’s an easy hack for creating outdoor arrangements- or making faux plants appear more realistic.
I am seriously smitten with this place. I can’t even believe we live here! Not the mention- the snowfall couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Moving was a little stressful, but after adding our holiday decor and seeing the house under a blanket of snow, this place just felt like ours. Even if the inside is a dated 90’s mess filled with half emptied boxes, at least the exterior looks like we have it together… thanks goodness, for the sake of the neighbors.
You guys already know my front door theory… a wreath or greenery is mandatory during the holiday season. I just love a cheerful front entrance! I picked up a bunch of fresh pine from Lowe’s that smells as good as it looks.
I’m not going to lie… the front door is super dented in real life. I worked a little Photoshop magic to de-dent the door for the sake of a pretty holiday photo (I rarely do that, but it was throwing everything off)– and the garland helps to disguise the 90’s sidelights. This whole situation will get replaced someday, but in the meantime- it works and I’m fine with it.
The longer I stood outside shooting, the harder it began to snow. I’m pretty sure our new neighbors thought I was crazy standing in the road with my full camera set up… all while trying to shield the lens with my coat, in an effort to keep it from getting wet. I do think the snow totally makes the images though- it was well with the struggle! Do you feel like you’re looking into a snow globe? I hope so!
We also added indoor / outdoor wreaths to every window on the front of the house. They’re actually the same ones I installed on our previous living room built-ins. I just swapped the ribbon for a classic red look.
I’m tagging all of the sources below. Everything is from Lowe’s and is very affordable! You know me… I’m a classic Christmas type of gal. I don’t do anything too trendy or difficult for the holidays. Maybe someday I’ll go crazy, but for now I’m content with tradition.
01: vickerman artificial wreath // 02: holiday living red ribbon // 03: nearly natural artificial silk tree // 04: allen + roth fiberglass urn // 05: melrose international lanterns // 06: fresh pine garland
Lastly, I added a few lanterns to the back entry- just because it felt naked in comparison to the front… and they needed unpacked from a moving box. I think exterior lanterns with candles are great for entertaining or holiday parties. Nothing says “welcome” quite like the warm glow of a lantern on a cold, snowy night. I dream of lighting these and hosting a holiday dinner party someday. Maybe next year though? We don’t even have a dining table right now. Haha!
There you have it- easy exterior holiday decor… I wish the snow was included! I seriously can’t wait to share more of our new house. Even though we’ll be renovating every square inch, it’s nice to be in a home that’s livable and clean. Our last couple home renovations were terrible in comparison. I didn’t feel bummed to move like I usually do, so I’m calling that a win. This one just feels right. I might even wager that we’ll get attached and stay. Who knows. Happy holidays, my friends!