Happy December dear friends! The Christmas season has officially arrived and I know we have all been busy decorating our homes inside and out for the most wonderful time of the year! Today I am excited to be hosting the Christmas Porches and Holiday Door Decor Blog Hop and to join 20 blogging friends as we share how we are adding festive touches to our doors and porches for the holidays!
At the end of my post you can find the links to each blogger’s beautiful porch posts. For this hop I am sharing my Christmas door decor inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols from the nineteenth century, The Holly and The Ivy.
A couple of years ago I found this shabby-farmhouse style treble clef and it could not be more perfect for our front door, since I have taught music and directed choirs for over twenty years and I still give private lessons at home. Of course I also love chippy-shabby white decor! When I decided to use it as door decor I knew I wanted to be able to make it into some kind of wreath or swag so it could be changed for the seasons. I attached the treble clef to a simple grapevine and boxwood swag which works year round and is also a neutral base for seasonal additions.
For fall and the holidays I just add seasonal floral picks to the swag. Last Christmas I used faux eucalyptus and juniper with blue berries, and I really loved the simplicity. This year I wanted to do something more for Christmas, so I added a large, beautiful faux Fraser fir and pine cone garland behind it.
I thought I just wanted the simple look of the pine garland, boxwood and grapevine, but as I stepped back and looked I realized it looked a little plain next to the Christmas tree in the corner with all the red bulbs, plaid ribbon and red wooden bead garland. Since it was one day before this hop when I finally got around to working on the swag, I had to use what I had on hand.
I didn’t have any faux red berries that I wasn’t using elsewhere, so I came up with the idea to use fresh holly sprigs from any of the six holly bushes in front of our porch. This year the bushes are full of beautiful red berries!
Because I am always thinking in song, I started singing “The Holly and The Ivy” as I was gathering the sprigs. All of the sudden I realized I could also use some of the beautiful fresh ivy growing up our porch wall behind the holly bushes. Just like that, my holly and ivy Christmas swag came together!
The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown
Oh, the rising of the sun, and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir
Click the link to listen to The Holly and the Ivy performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England.
After gathering my cuttings I simply stuck them in the grapevine here and there. I have been wanting to use live greenery somehow on the porch this year, so I am really loving this impromptu swag. The berries and ivy will only last a few days, but there’s plenty more to use between now and Christmas. How’s that for “use what you have decor?” I am so OVER spending money on Christmas decorations (and having to find storage space for it all!) This year I really tried to use what I have in new ways.
I also dressed up my vintage ice skates and sled with some pine, holly and ivy clippings.
Just a few days ago I found the perfect basket for the top of my vintage sewing machine and filled it with a mix of different kinds of faux greenery and berries. I will be keeping this basket in this spot year round and filling it with pretty seasonal florals.
I just shared this cute primitive-vintage Santa in my Merry and Bright Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen post. He was taking up a seat in the breakfast nook so I brought him out to the porch to wish a Merry Christmas to family and guests.
Our Christmas porch wasn’t finished in time to share a full porch tour for this blog hop, but it’s coming along! I just have a few little things to add and change around. I plan to share more “plaid tidings” on the porch tomorrow for the Festival Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Kendra of Joy In Our Home, so you can see more then.
Next week I will also be sharing some fun DIY Christmas craft posts including how to make cute, faux French grain stripe pillow covers like this one for around $5.oo! As I was decorating the porch things just weren’t looking right until I added the pillow, then everything just started to come together. It’s amazing what one good decorative accessory can do for a space!
Thank you so much for “visiting our porch” today! I hope you will stop back by tomorrow to see more of our porch. I will also be sharing two home tours this week featuring different areas of our home decorated for Christmas. If you love vintage, French Country, farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor, be sure to check out the tours.
Now it’s time to continue on with more Christmas porches and holiday door decor inspiration. Next up is sweet Christy of Our Southern Home. She always shares awesome ideas! You can also visit all of the blogs via the thumbnails below.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!