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Simple & Natural Front Porch Decorating

Have I mentioned that I am a natural kind of girl?

Natural textures talk to me.
 Pinecones & fresh clippings for Christmas.
Fresh cedar on shelves, birch logs, gathered pinecones in baskets by the fireplace- love it all- and out on the front porch- those natural Christmas touches continue.

I shared a peek of our front door in our home tour- and today it is all about the details.

Like that lantern that hangs from the pergola
and the fresh greens around the doorway.

Our front door entry area is mostly several steps and a landing.
But though we have just a small step area for decorating by the front door-
that doesn't stop me from adding a few bits to the  cast iron urns
and the steps.

One of my favorite looks each year is gathering the lanterns on the steps and on the landing
and using led candles in them to light them up.

This year, I used those chunky wax melt candles - which were perfect-
 (except for the small lanterns which are regular candles.)
I love the little bit of rustic charm they add.

The old cast iron urns get a sprinkle of Christmas.
An easy tip?
Grab a $6 garland from Traders and loop it on top of the urns and call it good.
Seriously- so easy, inexpensive and it works perfectly.
I decorate the urns on both sides of the door with the clippings 
and then added my favorite touch- a few oranges and tangerines for a pop of color
and traditional meaning for the season.

Around the door- a garland of fresh cedar - and this wreath is a fresh wreath that was a custom order
and that  completely knocked my socks off when I picked it up at the flower market.

I am obsessed with the blue thistle added to it.

At the bottom of the first set of steps, 
I added a couple of faux trees in pots for a bit of charm
and at night...
they twinkle as guests approach.  

The best part? 
The led candles and those little topiary trees can be set to be on timers
which makes it easy to add ambiance outdoors while you enjoy being next to the fire at night.

So even though this area is small, 
it is easy to add an abundance of charm that is welcoming and 
full of Christmas cheer.

I am sharing all the sources for getting the look at the bottom of my post-
and you won't want to miss my friends who are sharing 
their entry areas  today as well.

Emily eleven gables
Dimple and Tangles
Dear Lillie Blog


You can shop the look here:

See you soon for more sprinkles of Christmas.

Happy Monday everyone

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  1. Courtney I am in love with all of your natural Christmas decorations, and quite jealous! Everything is so fresh and beautiful. Everything fresh dies over night in Arizona! I will be back visiting this post to enjoy all of the beauty! Have a merry Christmas my friend! xo

  2. Nothing better than a porch full of lanterns and pretty greenery! This looks so charming and inviting!

    1. Thank you - and I am obsessed with those lanterns and fresh greens. :)

  3. Courtney, how elegant and natural! The wreath on your door is absolutely stunning and I'm in love with the black cast iron urn with the Trader Joe's greenery. Thank you for touring with us!

    1. Thank you Jennifer! It is a small front door area- but so fun to decorate simple and natural.

  4. Courtney, your fresh greenery and lanterns set the perfect welcoming touch to your beautiful home! So gorgeous!

  5. Like a beautiful winter cottage in the setting of an enchanted forest! Beautiful!

  6. Oh I just love the use of fresh greenery outdoors! Beautiful entry! xox