Our Welcoming Home!
by Jolene Hanig-Jones
My goal was to achieve a cheerful, winter welcome to our home. To do this, I stayed with the indoor theme of black and white buffalo plaid, natural elements, and pops of red. I was delighted to find most of the materials for decorating in after Christmas sales and in what I already had. I invite you to take a look.
I enjoyed the real, mixed greens wreath that I hung on our front lamp post for the holidays, so much, that I decided I would make and hang another wreath for the January/February winter decor on the lamp post. The wreath and the cardinal in the rustic birdhouse were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics after Christmas sale at 85% off! As I said before, I don't think we have to put away all of the greens and natural elements we used for holiday decor in January. Finding the cardinal accents, at such a good price, was an added bonus. I just added the rustic birdhouse and cardinal to the wreath, made the black and white buffalo plaid check bow and the wreath was finished. (Directions for the wreath to follow in another post.)
I decided to keep my birch bark and greens in decorative log containers on display for our winter outdoor decor. I simply took out the sparkly fruit and berries from the holiday decor. Then, I moved the red birdhouse barn and frosted pine cones from another arrangement. I was pleased with this arrangement. (For added texture, I lined the log container with a burlap square. You might recognize the burlap from the autumn decor.)
I did a second arrangement to flank the walk to our front door. Once again, I simply removed the sparkly berries and fruit from the holiday arrangement and added a birdhouse and some pinecones. I placed the bunny sculpture and green birdhouse to round out the vignette. (The "Welcome" broke off of the sign. It is supposed to say "Welcome Birdies". I'm working on replacing it.)
I reworked our front door Christmas wreath with pine cones, a cardinal, some burlap wired leaf picks, and white and black plaid buffalo check. Many people think the appearance of a cardinal in your yard means angels are nearby. We are lucky enough to have cardinals in our yard and they always make me smile. I was curious to see how this cardinal would withstand the winter elements. It is doing just fine, and I think it will last more than one season.
The front flower bed is adorned with a large galvanized container that contains the remains of a fall mum. I like to leave some of the flowers from summer and autumn untouched. I think the dried elements add texture. I found a cardinal welcome flag, added more buffalo check ribbon to the galvanizes container, moved the cement acorns and birdhouse, and put another on a hook to finish the front bed.
The winter decor would not be complete without my red milk jug. Obviously, I added the buffalo plaid bow to the greens and dried grass arrangement.
The red milk jug brings some cheerful color, even on a cloudy day.
There you have it: Cardinals, pine cones, white and black buffalo plaid ribbon, and many things I already had available. I hadn't planned on using cardinals in the decor. I just kept my eyes open for "good deals" when shopping. I know that decorative items used outside, will be battered by the elements. I'm careful about how much I spend on these items. I often go shopping for ideas at an upscale shops and then come home and think about how I could achieve the same or similar look. Many times, the decor evolves, based upon what I find when I least expect it--like the cardinals for 85% off.
I hope you are inspired to make welcoming, outdoor, winter decor for your home.
Winter Deck Decor 2017
If you're interested in more winter outdoor decor, see the posting under "How-To" for Winter Swags. That post has a tutorial for making the winter swags above and photos on decorative, winter planters. CLICK for more.
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