When it comes to decorating for Christmas, do you start on the inside and work your way out? Or the other way round? Interior designer Erika Ward of the BluLabel Bungalow blog had some great reasons to defy family tradition and start with the front door decorations this year.
Erika took part in our Holiday Style Challenge, in which we send some of our favorite design bloggers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and let them amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas.
With a few Home Depot Christmas decorations, some holiday lights, and some clever modifications, she came up with a holiday display for her front door that’s bright, brilliant and welcoming. And you’ll see how she accomplished this holiday magic in no time at all.
(And you HAVE to scroll down to see her littlest one posing on the front porch. He’s adorable!)
I remember my grandmother pulling out all the bells and whistles, literally, when she decked our halls from top to bottom. Our family home was exquisitely decorated, both inside and out, for her most favorite holiday of the year. After having a family of my own I started to wonder, “How did she do it? How did she find the time?”
As I recalled my participation in the holiday decorating process, I remembered that we started from the inside out. The dining room was first, then the living room, followed by the rest of the house. The interior was completely done before we started on the exterior.
We are a family of six, with four kids under the age of 7, so it’s more than a notion to start a new decorating project in the midst of all the household chaos. Honestly, Rudolph would be without an antler or two and the lower half of our tree would still be missing ornaments when Santa made it down the chimney.
Therefore, I decided to create my own tradition. We would start from the outside, then work our way in, starting with our front door. Thanks to the smart selection of holiday goodies at The Home Depot, we managed to finish this project in an afternoon! Take a look.
The attractive potted trees below were the first items I placed on the porch. Although they are no longer available, The Home Depot does offer these 3.5-ft Pre-Lit Artificial Porch Christmas Trees, which come in elegant, urn-style pots. Their clear lights, red berries, and pinecones are the perfect foundation for any design. These trees could stand alone or be accented with ornaments, like we did here.
Next came the two door wreaths. They were beautiful as-is, however there was room to customize them to our liking.
Don’t forget the wreath hooks! They are sold separately.
Lastly it was time to bathe the entire porch with glorious light. What better way to create a winter wonderland than with garland and more lights!
One 20 ft. Garland with Clear Lights was all it took to frame our double door entry. In the corners and at the center of the door we bundled ornaments using ribbon and cable ties. One hundred and one of the prettiest ornaments ranging from shiny, to matte, to glittery finish played a huge supporting role producing our enchanting entry.
On the railings leading up to the entry, we used two 6 ft. Red Poinsettia Garlands from Martha Stewart Living. We found that we preferred the garland without the poinsettias that came attached, but they were very easy to remove. If we ever wanted to add them back, we’d simply reattach the using sandwich bag ties.
After taking a step back to admire our work, we couldn’t resist popping our youngest member of the family into our newly designed front porch. It seemed fitting considering the fact he is our December baby and has managed to keep his name off the naughty list.
So there you have it. In just a few hours we produced a captivating entryway that lights up our block like a shining star.
Now it’s your turn.
Erika Ward is an interior designer, writer and philanthropist who lives in Atlanta. Read her decorating tips, ideas and practical advice on her blog, BluLabel Bungalow.
Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Erika received a selection of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot and a gift card to support her project, but The Home Depot provided no cash compensation. The opinions and ideas Erika expressed are her own.