Sunday, December 13, 2009

The countdown to Christmas continues...

Wow, it's already been 5 days since I last blogged. Between work, Christmas shopping, an office Christmas party, and attending two college graduations, this past week has been a blur!

I've been meaning to post a few pics of our front porch holiday decor. It won't exactly win any awards, but ya gotta start somewhere! Here's a look from the sidewalk - as you can tell, it was starting to snow a bit. Just adds to the festive look, right?

Our porch is very deep, which is nice, but you can imagine how empty and lonely it looks when it's NOT decorated for the holidays. Oy. We still need to get some chairs and a little table out there! Perhaps I'll hit up craigslist next spring to see what treasures I can find. But I digress.

We bought this wreath for 50% off last year after Christmas, and I was so excited to pull it out and finally be able to show it off! We couldn't find a wreath hanger that would work over our front door, so we ended up buying a $2 clear suction cup hanger at Wal-Mart, and it does a dandy job. I really like our wreath! The snow-tipped needles add just enough sparkle, but not so much that it's overwhelming.

And this is why I adore our big picture window around this time of year!
Ooooh, ahhhhh!
So there you have it, folks. If you have any [economical] tips or ideas on how to dress up our porch a little more, do share! There is an outlet outside, so we could add some lighted decorations, too (but I'll probably wait to snag something on sale post-Christmas).

On another note, I managed to get some more Christmas shopping done today, so I feel a little less stressed. Only a few more gifts to go. My idea of making creative DIY gifts for everyone didn't really pan out, due to the fact that I procrastinated this month, as usual. Thank goodness for Bed Bath & Beyond and 20% off coupons, am I right??


micah @ the yellow front door said...

Me likey. Your wreath looks fantastic and the tree in the window is beeeautiful!

design_aholic said...

Love the tree too! I try to keep our front window shutters open so people can see the tree. :)

Too bad we're not neighbors or something, because you sound like a good shopping partner for the after Christmas sales!

I plan to hit up: Target (multiple times, as the prices drop, which is key), Pier 1, HomeGoods & TJ Maxx, Pottery Barn + Restoration Hardware (the outlets are great too), Michael's & Joann's... The lists are endless! I hope you eventually post what you're able to find at the great sales :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Party on your front porch! I think you've done a great job. Also, I always have no less than 5 Bed Bath and Beyond coupons in my purse. I can't ever pay full price there!

Danielle and Clint said... looks so warm and cozy. Great job!

Mrs. Chic said...

I love yuor front porch! What a great space for morning coffee :) I like how deep and private it is.

The wreath your bough is so pretty, and love the tree in your front window very nice!!

Amanda said...

design_aholic - Yes, I am definitely a bargain hunter by nature! I hope I'll find lots of deals to blog about! Good luck to you too!

Mrs. Chic - You're right, it would be perfect for morning coffee if we were coffee drinkers! :) But once we get some seating, I would totally eat some cereal out there on a nice morning :)


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