Monday, December 6, 2010

Before and After Party: Festive outdoors!

Hey all! Whew, we have Internet back! I actually started a different post last night for today’s Before and After Party, but when I drove up to our house this morning after running errands, I changed my mind.

I love love LOVE the front of our house at Christmas. I was so taken with it, especially with all the pretty snow, I wanted to share this instead today.

I usually have the same recipe to our outdoor decor every year, but I changed it up just a bit this year (that would be easier).  :)

I started with a couple $3 big honkin’ sparkly bows from Big Lots on our spray painted coach lights:

They’re a little droopy, but I LOVE the pop of red!

Our porch hasn’t changed much:

I showed you how I hang the greenery every year here. Last year I added the red ribbon and ornaments and I love that festive touch!

The wreath is a basic (fake) evergreen with the beautiful amaryllis wreath from Target wired on top:

I drooled over that red wreath for weeks and got it on clearance a couple seasons ago.  I love how layering them combines the green and red, makes it super full and gives some padow!! to the front porch. ;)

For years, I’ve hung lighted wreaths over our windows, but this year I was inspired by a picture in a magazine and wanted to try something new. I ADORE our shutters, so I wanted to play them up.

I took some simple small wreaths and just looped some basic red ribbon through to hang them from the top and bottom:

I just used one tack at the bottom and top to hold them on and they’ve held up great. (This spring I need to replace some of the wood on the shutters and repaint them – they’re starting to look a little worn!)

I usually put some greenery in the window boxes, but goodNESS it got cold fast. I’m just going to deal with the frozen kale. ;)

And that’s it! We feel all smooshy and googly when we drive up this time of year, especially with the lights on at night. :)

The snow totally completes the look, don’t you think?:

:)

So here’s my before and after for the month of December – our windows in the past (which I do love!)

And the slightly simpler version this year:

And our porch before, as it looked till two weeks ago:

And now:

Funny how the temp has dropped about 50 degrees in two weeks! I could barely stand to be outside long enough to take these pictures. YIKES. It sure does feel and look like Christmas around here! ;)

So what have you been up to? I can’t wait to see your Before and Afters! And don’t forget to link up to Kate’s crafty party tonight! I need to get busy!

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42 comments:

  1. You have done an excellent job! I love your blog and your ideas!

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  2. It is gorgeous! I love the ideas! I am about to make the Santa cones you did from last year! I can't wait! I have everything except the rhinestones, they were sold out so I am wondering how many other ladies in town are making them! ;)

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  3. Ok! I just linked up! I LOVE your parties! The front of your house is SWEEEEEET!!! I also love your brick. I just posted my Christmas tree post and I am ready to link up to your party! I can't wait to see your tree. You always do a great job! Have a great day!
    Bonnie :)

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  4. The shutters are STUNNING! My favorite part by far.

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  5. Looks beautiful Sarah!! Love those wreaths like that on the shutters. Awesomeness!

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  6. Hi Sarah,
    So glad to see your internet is working again. We can't have you write posts from your phone for too long now, can't we.
    I linked up. I guess technically it is just an 'after' post, but who really wants to see the before picture of a can of tomatoes on a blog anyway :-)
    See you over at Kate's later. And I'll be back here on Thursday.

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  7. Well done! Your winter doorway is gorgeous!

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  8. The red looks great on your house, Sarah! I have a bunch of wreaths I bought for my windows last year and I'm debating putting them up outside. It's been so windy here, but I wonder if the tacks would work.

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  9. Sarah,
    This is just beautiful! I love what you did with the shutters! Very chic.
    Sherry

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  10. Thanks for the link par-tay! This is awesome that you are doing this!

    Deb
    http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

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  11. Your home looks so festive for the season. The red really pops and gives a very elegant appearance to the exterior. Wonderful job....very inviting! ~Liz

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  12. You home looks so beautiful! I so love the shutters and brick - and you have dressed it all up so well for the holiday's! Love it!

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  13. Beautiful! The snow just makes it more festive. I LOVE the 'simple' window wreaths. Merry Christmas!

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  14. I discovered your site last night.
    I cannot stop reading. I'm addicted. This is a problem, as I have a ton of homework to do. Therefore, I have no time to read your block, much less start all of the projects you have inspired.

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  15. Absolutely stunning, Sarah! I love the touch the wreaths add, without being in the window. I bet it's nice to come home to all of those decorations! :)

    Thanks so much for hosting, I'm enjoying being able to par-tay while the kids are napping! ;)

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  16. Your home looks beautiful. I love the wreaths on the shutters. And the snow was just the right touch.

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  17. So beautiful, the wreathes on the shutters is definitely also my favorite part!

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  18. SUPER LOVE the wreaths on the shutters!!! I am so gonna "steal" this next year! I'm so finished this year! ;)
    Thank you for always sharing "the good stuff"!

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  19. Love the wreathes on the shutters, gorgeous.

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  20. we are huge fans TDC! thank you for your talent!! ♥ 7sisters

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  21. I love your outside decor! It's so fun. The red pops perfectly off your front door...Beautiful!

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  22. Love it all, especially the simplicity of the shutters :)

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  23. what a gorgeous front porch!!! I would LOVE to do something like that next year! one year I tried to hang fresh holly & evergreen & ended up w/a mess & being a 4y/o throwing a tempertantrum by the end LOL

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  24. Your house looks so warm and inviting. Good job! I read you daily.

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  25. I am completely in love with the wreaths on the shutters. The simple yet graphic effect of the red ribbon is very eyecatching and your front porch is so inviting. Great job!

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  26. So pretty!! Love how you did the shutters! I'm linking up.

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  27. I love it! You did such a great job! =)

    http://live-love-makeup.blogspot.com/

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  28. Thanks for hosting. Love your front door decor!

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  29. oh my gosh, your outside looks so great and festive! i love the porch and the red ribbon on the shutters! lovely!

    www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

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  30. I love it. Now I have shutter envy... I love simple decor for the holidays. I think it always seems to have more impact. Maybe thats just me though! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful !! I love what you did outside ... so, so welcoming and lovely !! Your shutters are beautiful, especially with the festive wreaths popping against them. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun party and allowing me to share my Christmas dining room. *Becca*

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  32. Hey Thrifty Chick! Im Kara...a bit of a NEWBIE in blogging..But NOT to your blog! Your Front porch Christmas-fied is BEYOND Gorgeous!!! I LUUUUUUUUUUUURVE the Red!!! I would ADORE it if you would come visit my 14 days of Christmas trees :) I have an Interior Design business, so its given me the opportunity to share 14 Clients trees! EEEEKKKK!
    xoxokara

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  33. Looks gorgeous, as your work usually does! The snow really helps make it look Christmas-y. Thanks for the party.

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  34. Oh I am totally heading to Big Lots to try to do the exact same thing to my lights.

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  35. Sarah, your entry is beautiful! I especially love the wreaths on the shutters! Merry Christmas!
    Susan

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  36. I love the shutters!!! Beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

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  37. I love the wreaths on the shutters, I think I'm going to have to copy you! :)

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  38. Oh it's so gorgeous Sarah! I love it! Those bows on the coach lights are adorable! :-)

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  39. love it! simple, inexpensive, and beautiful!

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  40. Just gorgeous! Love everything you did outside!

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