Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Snippets--Adding Sparkle to What You Already Have

 Since I have pops of holiday decor inside and out,  I'll share some sneaky peeks of how I add Christmas outside.  My mantra is to work with what I have and sparkle it up.

I have a tall planter topped with an iron garden sphere next to my garage doors.  In the summer, a fern explodes through its curves, but for the holidays, I fill it with clippings from our Christmas tree, my cedar tree, my neighbor's magnolia and add my very favorite accessory, spheres.
To see the post and how I did it, go here.

I usually make wreaths with a mix of the greens from my yard and Christmas tree clippings, but I'm really liking the look of just boxwood.  It's a stand alone no frills wreath.

Boxwood and Berries Close Up
On the side of my garage I have some ornamental ironwork.  In the summer it supports climbing vines and in the winter it's a backdrop for a wreath.

Boxwood Wreath on the Side of My Garage

One of the features I like about my house is that the chimney is on the front of the house and faces the street.
 I have a matching iron grill on the chimney and added a second wreath there.
The berries on the tall nandina add some holiday color.

Wreath On My Chimney
I can't forget the lamp post that my awesome Dad built for us.  It sports a burlap and a peacock feather ribbon that gather together the clippings from my nandina.

Lamp Post with Holiday Decor
Here's a closer look at the dangling greenery.

The chinoiserie bench is always on the front porch.  In the summer my porch is all about blues and oranges.  For the holiday, I removed the cushions and rug, added a sequined table runner, and draped some branches that we cut from the base of our Christmas tree.

My Front Porch
I tied the branches onto the bench with some burlap, added a few ornaments, a silver garland, and placed my sequined deer into the greenery.  Of course my disco ball had to participate.
I've had these sequined deer for a long time.  They always make an appearance this time of year.

I can't forget the front door.  I love that it faces to the side.


To see my holiday mantel go here.


  1. Gorgeous. I adore those fabulous glitter deer, how stunning are they and of course I am totally into mirror balls.

  2. Thanks Marty. Ditto on those mirrored balls. I have them around all year.

  3. I love the boxwood wreath with the simple bulap bow on your orange door...fabulous!!

    1. Thanks Cindy. Boxwood is my favorite greenery. Simple and beautiful.

  4. Beautiful, Kathy! I love seeing your porch decorated for the different seasons.
    Merry Christmas