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I have always hung lighted garland around my front door at Christmas. Some years I’ve accented it with red, some years I’ve used burlap, but the garland is a staple in my decor. This year I have this beautiful potted ivy that has been trained to grow around my front door:
I thought that evergreen garland on top of that would be a little redundant, so the ivy is going to be pressed into service this year instead.
I headed to At Home to pick up a few supplies (you can check to see if you have a store near you here), and let me just tell you that if you’ve never been to their stores before, At Home Christmas Decor is pretty amazing. If you’re starting from scratch, they have fifteen different decorating themes–the only problem is picking which one–and they have the largest selection of Christmas Trees that I’ve seen anywhere in their Tree for Me section.
They even have trees that sport school colors, which is great since we LOVE our football down here in the south:
I came home with a cartload of glittery gold and evergreen; their prices are so low that I had to stock up. I was thrilled that the ornaments are shatter-proof since we move so often and our ornaments always seem to get broken.
I got to work wiring my ivy with twinkle lights, working in the larger gold balls at the base of the boxwoods and hanging the smaller ones in the ivy.
I filled my outdoor lantern with a few more gold baubles.
The gold ting ting is the perfect easy touch to work into garland or even Christmas trees; it adds a delicate bit of sparkle and color and is so inexpensive (one pack had about three dozen pieces in it and was only $2.99). I used one pack in the ivy but will use more on our big tree.
The birds’ nest is currently unoccupied but it’s so pretty that we leave it right where it is for the next batch of babies.
I had to snap a few photos at night; I love the way the light reflects off the gold glitter ornaments.
I crafted an easy gold bow for my evergreen “B” and the final touch was complete.
My front entry is ready to welcome guests now!
What’s the first thing you decorate? Porch, tree, or something else?
Thanks for stopping by–
Loveit B says
Can you tell me where you bought your house sign “Hounds Cottage”. Looking for something similar for my home. Thanks,
Love how it turned out. We have At Home here, formerly Garden Ridge. Great for Christmas decor.
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
How so very beautiful….Love how you embellished the garland and left the cute bird’s nest. You certainly got a great head start to your decorating for the Holidays!…Also love that monogramed door wreath!
Linda Pemberton says
What is the meaning of your plaque “Hounds Cottage”, and where did your get your scripted house address? I’ve found some online but I specifically like yours. Of course!
The house is named “Hounds Cottage” because the owner had two rescued pups (one of whom was a basset hound). Lots of the houses around this area have names as well as street addresses.
I made the house address; I’ve always wanted to hand-paint my address but my painting skills aren’t that good. I used outdoor vinyl that I cut on my Silhouette CAMEO. I don’t have the exact item in my Etsy shop, but you’re welcome to email me to discuss a custom order.
Have a good one–thanks for writing!