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Welcoming Winter Porch

Follow these steps to create an inviting display that draws attention to your home’s entrance.

Welcoming Winter Porch
Photographed and Styled by BlackstoneEdge.com
  1.  Select a Theme or Palette. Pick a color scheme to build your display around. Perhaps you want to go with traditional reds and greens for Christmas, or you could try a signature pairing to last all season, such as navy blue and silver, black and white, or plum and copper. You might take your palette inspiration from a pretty ribbon that you can carry through your display. Or, you might have a particular theme in mind, such as rustic ski lodge or vintage holiday. Head to your local crafts store or nursery to pick out berries, greenery, branches and other fillers.

  2.  Stagger Decor. Rather than simply stationing two greens-filled planters alongside your front door, position items of graduated sizes to lead the eye toward the door and create depth and connection, as homeowner Linda Balta did on her front porch, which is pictured here. A metal container filled with foliage and red berries sits at the top of the steps on the right, while galvanized pails filled with greens are settled on a wicker chair a little farther back on the left. Opposite that, and closer to the door, a drop-leaf table hosts a berry-draped window frame and a spindly Charlie Brown–style tree in a shallow crate.

  3.  Highlight the Front Door. Frame the front door with garland. Measure your door ahead of time to determine the length you’ll need, and don’t forget to allow for sidelights, depending on where you plan to position your garland. If you are buying fresh greenery, you can likely buy it by the foot, but premade artificial garlands typically come in 6- and 9-foot lengths. The average door will require about 18 feet of garland. If you are using lighted garlands, check cord lengths and make sure you have an accessible electrical outlet. Add a wreath or other embellishment to the door to finish the look. Alternatives to wreaths include arrangements in metal or woven wall pockets, baskets and planters and decorated frames or initials.

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