I am honored to be participating in the “Welcome Home” blog tour hosted by Chris from Just a Girl, where throughout the week a group of amazing bloggers (and also me) will be sharing their porches and entryways all decked out for the holidays. (You can see this week’s full lineup at the end of this post.) If you’re visiting from Decor Gold, welcome! I’m Erin, a mom of 3 sweet little boys living in the suburbs of Atlanta and figuring out this whole DIY thing as I go along. Sadly, we usually don’t do a whole lot to the outside of our house for Christmas. We just toss a fresh wreath on the front door and call it a day. (Also, ignore the moss. We should probably do something about that.)
I actually love our wreath. Every year our church preschool has a fundraiser selling fresh greenery, and I always buy the same wreath (even the years that I don’t have a child attending the school). This year, I decided to add two little pre-lit mini trees flanking the front door. They’re much more attractive than the pots of dead mums that had been there since late summer. (#BlackThumbsUnite).
Since our porch is small and we don’t have a whole lot going on, I thought I would share a peek inside too. Our entryway (or foyer) is one of my favorite spots to decorate for Christmas since it’s the first thing our guests see when they arrive. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Living in Georgia, Magnolia trees are plentiful and we are lucky enough to have a couple of large ones in our yard. I cut a few branches to display on the console table.
I built the bench a couple years ago when I was 8 months pregnant and nesting like crazy. I decided we were going to have lots of guests visiting the new baby and our entryway was empty, and therefore needed a bench right this second. So out to the garage I waddled and threw together a very simple-to-build bench using scrap wood. I also built the coat rack on the wall above it.
I always include a mirror shot in my holiday tours because they’re my favorite.
I like to snag a couple of fresh boxwood wreaths from Trader Joe’s at the beginning of the season. I’m not great at keeping them looking fresh, but I do love them and they’re inexpensive! I know the preserved boxwoods are quite pricey, so I’m happy to go this route instead.
I love fresh garland too (also from Trader Joe’s). Since we have artificial Christmas trees (3 of them, actually!), this is how we get our fresh greenery fix. I usually add battery-powered LED string lights, and do the same on the banister. I used floral wire from the craft store to attach it. I actually use it for a lot of things—it’s a handy craft supply to keep in your stash.
If you glance to the right when you walk in the front door, you’ll see my “mom cave” where we have one of our 3 Christmas trees (this year, it’s colorful!).
SHOP THE ENTRYWAY:
If you missed my other tours, here are a couple of shots from those.
Here’s the mom cave all decked out in colorful Christmas decor.
SHOP THE MOM CAVE:
And here’s a shot of our family room, where it’s all about a “Blue Christmas.”
SHOP THE FAMILY ROOM:
Be sure to head over to Honey We’re Home next, and you can find the entire week’s lineup below!
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