I am so excited to wrap up my Christmas tours today! So far, you’ve seen part 1 featuring my master bedroom, living room, and guest room; and part 2 featuring my kitchen, dining room, and entry hall. Today it’s time for my eclectic Christmas home tour part 3: cozy snowy porch & chicken coop. Our porch happens to be one of my favorite areas of our home. When weather is warmer, we eat many meals here, sit in the hammock and read, or just sip wine with friends. Although we don’t spend as much time on the porch in the colder winter months, it’s still a place that I love to make feel cozy and inviting. It’s the first thing people see when they drive up, and I want them to know that they are pulling up to a house full of love, animals, and most likely something baking in the oven. (Although I admit these days Emmy is responsible for that so much more than I am!) Basically, it’s a chance to let people know we are the type to welcome them into our warm home with smiles. Today, as you take our tour, I want you to get that happy nostalgic feeling…. think of childhoods spent sledding over and over on the same hill, and coming inside for hot cocoa to watch the TV specials of Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. This year’s porch was inspired exactly by that nostalgia…. we broke the news about Santa Claus to our kiddos this year, but it’s so important to me that they still feel the magic of the season. With that in mind, I went with a child’s view of happy Christmas memories in putting together this year’s porch. I hope you enjoy!
Sorry for the slightly pixelated photo… I had Sawyer snap it the other night because I was dressed to go to the talent show where Emmy was performing and I was sporting a Christmasy outfit with my favorite “Ima Deck Those Halls So Hard” shirt I wore last year in my tour. (Not an affiliate link- I just love these shirts so much and my friend Emily makes them and I’d love for you to support her! However, I do have affiliate links throughout this post. They come at no cost to you but I earn a small commission for purchases made through them. I’ve also created a shoppable gallery for you at the end of this post. I appreciate your support!) Of course, this year the shirt fits slightly differently as my 18 week bump is hanging out a bit.
That above photo was taken Friday evening, and we all went to bed that night after the show with the promise of snow in our future for Saturday! We woke to nothing, but as the day progressed, the snow started falling and we ended up with an inch or so. I waited until then to take photos of my porch so I could capture the snow falling and the snow in the background. Something about the snow makes it even more magical and cozier….
Anyhow, let’s get on with the real tour here! I want to start at our main entry, because it’s the space I began decorating and the rest of the porch came together after this vignette was put in place.
I was approached by a company via instagram to collaborate and they wanted to send me something from their Christmas collection. Because I wanted my kids to be involved, I asked them to choose for me, but of course they each chose something different… Emmy loved the vintage inspired Santa, and Sawyer was a fan of the “this home believes” sign. Lucky for us, they were kind enough to let us have each!
Emmy and I had a craft day a few weeks ago and she made the “Santa’s Workshop” sign which I thought was perfect here and having it front and center made her feel proud of her work. I stacked vintage trunks, filled the top one with firewood, and added some colored lights. I am generally a white lights kind of girl, but since this porch is dedicated to the magic of Christmas through children’s eyes, colored lights were the way to go.
On my window frame that usually stays in the same place, I hung the sign. I added some faux greenery (I truly prefer fresh greenery, but it wasn’t in the budget this year, so I worked with what I had on hand.), and a snowman bucket hanger my mom gave me years ago. In the bucket I placed a bundle of vintage look fuzzy candy canes. I thought about filling it will real ones as treats for visitors, but it’s rare that anyone actually comes to this door.
Just down the porch from this area, we have an industrial metal bin on legs that we use a a planter. Since nothing will grow in it a the moment and it’s a heavy beast to move, I put it to use. When we cut down our Christmas tree, I took all of the clippings home and placed them in this piece. I love the rusty texture it brings.
While it’s too cold to stay for too long, it’s very peaceful to sit here and watch the snow fall. The view from our porch is one of the best features of our home, and as the snow fell Saturday, it was awe-inspiring.
Also, I think it might be time to take down the hummingbird feeder. At least it’s red. 😉
Around the corner from the hammock sits our dining area. I’ve draped our table with a vintage plaid blanket in red and blue I bought from Steph, a fabulous farmhouse style vendor at Sweet Clover. It’s the piece that inspired the colors for my porch. With the entry sign and Santa, I knew red was essential, but I wasn’t sure what else would happen until I found this perfect blanket.
On top of the table and blanket, I placed a vintage sled as a centerpiece, and if I am being honest, to weigh the blanket down as we get a lot of wind on our hill.
On the sled I placed a vintage log cabin house a fellow vendor gave me when I sold Sweet Clover because I had admired it. It actually lights up, but in the middle of the porch, I couldn’t connect it to power. I also added a couple of miniature vintage deer to that scene.Behind the table sits a pale blue dresser I painted a couple of years ago.
I’ve placed a trunk and a vintage bamboo birdcage filled with vintage ornaments in red, silver, and blue.
To the right of the trunk I placed a vintage bucket my brother gave me years ago. It actually reads “Bright” which is perfect for this season. I filled it with huge pinecones I picked up from someone locally who was giving them away and draped in some shiny aqua beads.
On one side of the dresser sits a vintage red chair I painted years ago; on its seat corner it reads “God Jul.” My Christmas decor isn’t complete without a disco ball and a chicken. I kid… the disco ball, yes, but Sparkles the chicken was just hiding here from the snow.
On the other side of the dresser sits my silver moon phase tree I created last year. I placed it in a vintage half bushel wood bucket with brown wrapped faux presents.
You can’t see it in the above image, but I also placed it on Sawyer’s old radio flyer scooter from his toddlerhood- he loved this thing to death! We bring it out each Christmas and it always floods his memories. If you look in the image below, you can spy it there.
Moving towards the back of the porch, away from the dining area, is our seating area and our side entry, which is the one that is most commonly used.
Again, I wanted to keep the porch fun, vibrant and magical for the kids. About 4 years ago our town began doing Snowmen on Main St, and we decorated one that inaugural year. We kept him and I decided to use him as our door greeter. (Emmy and I created one this year as well and I am hoping to share it with you as we get closer to Christmas…. it was her idea and I helped her vision come to life with the use of some power tools.)
The snowman we painted that first year was inspired by the look of vintage snowmen. I placed him in our urn with a little green tree of his own and draped him in colored lights.
On the other side of the door I placed a small vintage sled and a pair of vintage skates, reminiscent of a childhood growing up in New England and skating on ponds. On my bull skull I hung a pair of vintage mittens with greenery.
On our door hang a set of jingle sleigh bells. Last year I found these before Christmas and I held onto them, knowing I would place them in the yard on Christmas eve as if the reindeer had lost them there. Emmy was so excited to find them outside and see the reindeer had indeed been at our house. Of course, now she knows that it was me, but she appreciates all of the effort I took in making the holiday special for her.
To the right of our door sits a small resin wicker loveseat, and I generally drape it with a blanket or cover of some sort…. because chickens. This time, I’ve placed my vintage persian rug on it to bring in some of the red, as well as a touch of boho. And as you can see, Sparkles came out of hiding to follow Squeakers into the back yard.
Our chickens are very special to us as well and I couldn’t disregard their spaces. We’ve had a tough fall with a hawk living nearby, so these fighters deserve a little Christmas cheer. On the gate that leads to the backyard (where they are supposed to stay, but don’t!), I’ve added a small grapevine wreath.
Their bright blue coop got a coordinating wreath on its door. The coop stays open during the day for them to get in and out easily, but I closed it so I could share the wreath with you. And as you can see, there’s this little chicken at the feeder…. a girl after my own heart, she’s not going to let a little snow get between her and a meal!
To the right of the coop there is a tall fence section that the hens love to roost on at night. We have to go collect the hens and tuck them in each night, which is always an adventure. On that fence, I created a snowman made also from grapevine wreaths. (And yeah, I need to pick up all of those terra cotta pots!)
That wraps up the last of my Christmas tours! As you can see from everything I’ve shared, our home is far from perfect, but it’s full of memories, love, pets and animals, and is made to make even more memories. I want my kids to look back and always remember not just the wonder of Christmas, but the coziness and magic that was home to them for many years. (And cue my tears…. I told Chris I was crying as I was writing this and he just laughed at me!)
If you’ve enjoyed the tour and are looking for any of the pieces I’ve used, I’ve put together a shoppable gallery for you.