Front Porch Makeover

by Chris on December 19, 2011

So Thanksgiving came and went. And with that went my mums, kale, and petunias. Right now, I’m feeling a little guilty that I never showed you those. Oops. Of course, winter tears through up here and leaves my porch looking a little less…uhhh…welcoming.

front porch

Don’t worry (you aren’t worried, are you?). I’ve got a remedy for that. This is my backyard, remember? And yes, I am totally showin’ off m’deer. We don’t see a ton of buck, but this guy paid us a visit recently. Back to my point (Get it, point? I was just talking about a buck?)—the trees. Lots of ‘em.


So I ventured into the forest and cut off a bunch of varying branches.Who knew there were so many evergreen species back there? I just kind of stuck them in the dirt in random directions until I liked the way it looked.

winter urns

I found some red branches (with a bunch of life-ending thorns, mind you) for some height, but I bought some red glittery picks at Hobby Lobby to bring in a little more color. I’d say it cost me $8.00. Not bad.

diy evergreen urns

The outside decorating is coming along nicely. I wanted to save a couple dollars this year and bought a different fresh garland. NEVER again. I’m so displeased with it. Bummer.

fresh garland

I’m not gonna lie. I was pretty much banking on some snow for the whole house pictures, but we don’t have any. In Michigan. In December. Write that down, Farmer’s Almanac.  Hopefully, I can get some this week.

Christmas entry



Jennifer December 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

I really love the porch pots! I also miss my fall pots….but I worked my green and white cabbage into my winter pots and I like the texture it adds. You can see it here I wish I had a bunch of evergreens to cut from!! I’m hoping to pick up some cheap pine pieces on sale this week for mine…right now I have fake greenery in mine. Well done!

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

It looks beautiful, Jennifer! Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny December 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

It looks so pretty! I love all the greens with the bright red ribbon. So festive!

tricia December 19, 2011 at 7:55 am

It’s beautiful! I love it : o )

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks so much, Tricia!

Barb December 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

Did you get that garland at Home Depot, by any chance? I bought some there for $5 a coil, felt like I was getting a great deal…and yeah, it was terrible. I ended up buying more at a Christmas tree farm down the road. (BTW, I’m also in W. Michigan and it does feel strange not having any snow. Oh well. We’ll get plenty before it’s all over. But it is nicer to have it for Christmas.)

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I bought it at Sam’s Club. I saved $10, but it wasn’t worth it. Do you go to Hart’s Farms? They have beautiful stuff!

Barb December 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

Another comment. I hit send too soon. Is your wreath battery operated? How long before you have to change out the batteries?

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

It’s not, Barb. It’s rigged. :) I’ll write up a post on that soon. It’s not the prettiest from the inside, but the outside looks great. :)

Lisa December 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

So pretty! I love the height of the branches and picks! Your entry looks just perfect for this happy season.

Maury @ Life on Mars December 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

Everything looks beautiful! I love all the greenery!

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thank you, Maury! Happy Holidays!

Melissa @ Life on Prairie Creek December 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

No snow in Minnesota either. In fact it was 45 degrees yesterday. Crazy but I am kind of liking it.

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

It was 57 degrees here on Thursday! I’m not really complaining, but it is throwing me off just a bit! ;)

polly dove December 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

That is all SO gorgeous! Lucky you to have that resource so handy!!!! (Great picture of the buck too … wow, love it!)

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I guess living up north has its perks, eh? Thanks Polly Dove!

Melissa December 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Disappointed with the garland that is on the porch columns? I think it looks lovely! Very natural and fresh. I prefer it over the super thick and bushy garland you see everywhere!

Chris December 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I always use fresh garland, Melissa, it just wasn’t bundled properly,and it looks quite snarly. :) I appreciate your comment though. Maybe it’s not as bad I think?

Claudia December 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love before and after pictures! Also the buck, wow! Awesome!

Shaunna December 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Chris! It looks like a postcard!! Absolutely gorgeous!! And we get a lot em deer, here, too.
:-) xoxo,

Julie December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hi there! Merry Christmas! I wouldn’t think on it too much. Your home is beautiful and when I look at it, I think Christmas. Out where I live, we’ve had Thanksgivings that were up to 100 degrees. Needless to say, we never have the Christmas feel, that I feel when I look at the pics you posted. Take Care!

Chris December 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thank you, Julie. Well said!

Bonnie December 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Love love love it! So natural and beautiful!

Christina December 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Look amazing!
Great job!

kristin December 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I just love your porch and your garland from the other post! Your home is gorgeous :) Merry Christmas.

Cindy December 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

Love your decor — I’m in Michigan, too and could really use some snow to go with my decorations (at least for the weekend?)

Lyndsey December 20, 2011 at 4:29 am

First I must comment on the nice buck. Next I shall comment on the nice transition of the front porch, it looks wonderful. I am from Michigan and I am completely amazed by the fact that there is no snow on the ground (and in a few weeks when there is lots of snow on the ground I will regret saying that.)

Chris December 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

Ha! Exactly, Lyndsey. We should be careful how much we complain, but it sure doesn’t feel like Christmas without snow. I don’t know how Southerners do it! :) Thank you for stopping by!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hi Chris,

That greenery is amazing and best of all free. I do like the variety you selected. I hope your friend Bucky in the woods doesn’t come up and eat it!

melinda December 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Looks lovely!
We didn’t get much outdoor decor done this year. I
do have wreaths on chairs I like and our house has lights on it.
Maybe more can get done next year.


Chris December 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

There’s always next year, Melinda! Happy Holidays!

Lauren McP December 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

Love, love, love what you’ve done. The porch pots are my fave. Your house has such a classic exterior, perfect for holiday decorating!

Jennie Larsen December 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

gorg. I am sharing this lovely link on my CraftOManiac FB page. xo jen and Merry Christmas

Jamya Overbey January 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

I value the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Wonderful.

Kathy May 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

I so appreciate another “thrifty” decorating gal! It’s the Michigander in us!! I have thoroughly enjoyed your pics and posts. Keep them coming – creative, clever and cheap (in the good sense of course!)

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thank you so much, Kathy!! Glad to find a fellow Michigander out there! There’s not a lot of us in blogland.

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