Christmas Outdoors Home Tour 2019

December 18, 2019

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Can’t believe the holidays are almost upon us. I am so ready for SNOW and cold temps! We got a little bit of the white stuff this morning but I want a bunch of it! I know, I’m crazy! But my philosophy is, if it’s going to be cold, we might as well have snow! So much prettier to look at than the dying grass and bare trees. Anyone else with me?

If you’ve been with me very long, you know that this past summer I lime washed my brick. The before pictures of our house compared to now are truly mind-blowing! I have to say, decorating for Christmas outdoors this year was so much fun! The Christmas colors are so much more conducive to gray, black and white than orange and brown. I’m telling you, you need to check out the before picture here!! (Yep! I know! It’s hard to believe, but that is the same house!!)

exterior of home

My front porch Christmas outdoors decor came together in early November at IKEA. I found these white trash cans (yep, that’s actually what they are 🙂 – Fancy, huh!?) And it all started to play out in my mind..what I wanted it to look like. Picked up these Christmas trees from IKEA too. Can’t beat $25 a piece! IKEA for the win again!

two christmas trees in white buckets in foyer

Toned this little guy down, from this…

metal christmas tree painted rustic brown

To this…

metal christmas tree spray painted silver

Gotta love spray paint. 🙂 Also gave my lanterns (check out these easy DIY lanterns here) and this crate a fresh coat of spray paint too. Added some more greens and called it a day on the front porch….

front porch

Christmas outdoors decorating was also much more rewarding with our new front door. Just a quick look at last year’s front porch with the old door…

Christmas decor on the front porch

And this year’s front porch with the new door (Again: night and day difference!)…

christmas outdoors front porch new front door

So much fun to see the fruits of my work pay off from this past summer. Another add on from the warm summer days was this flower box. I have always wondered what to do with this faux window. I love it! But always felt like it needed something. Now, I feel like I can finally decorate it and draw attention to it! Loving the greens, red berry sprigs and wreath against the limewash brick and gray faux window….

flower box with wreath

Gave my barn wood Christmas sign a quick makeover too. Another super easy DIY-check it out here. The black definitely looks much better than the red with our new paint colors…

bench with easy diy wooden sign

I feel like our house shines (no pun intended) at night! I may or may not circle our cul-du-sac a couple times coming home some evenings, just to take it all in 🙂 …

home decorated for christmas exterior

Professional outdoor lighting is something I would love to eventually add to our home. Industrial spotlights to light up our entire house! At Christmas, we get away with the poor man’s lighting (cheap $10 spotlights from Walmart) and it looks good. Haha!

christmas outdoors house all decorated


front porch decorated for christmas

There’s just something about Christmas outdoors at night. So stunning!

front porch decorated for christmas

front porch with christmas tree, rug and sign

As I sign off for the year and enjoy the holidays with my family–

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

christmas outdoors diy wood sign at night



Until we meet again in 2020,

Happy Building!!

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