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Even a teeny-tiny space can be broken up into zones.
And that’s exactly how I knew I had to address my entryway.
I’ve tried over and over to decorate this space and up until now I was never quite happy with it. Yes, there were bits and pieces I liked from past attempts, but it never all fit together.
I suppose it’s possible, even likely, to overdo it when your space is so small. But that wasn’t my problem. Quite the contrary, I was completely under-doing it. Although I appreciate simplicity and understatement, I still want the disparate elements to present a cohesive front.
So this year I vowed to get it right.
Christmas Porch Decorations
You may remember, just last week, I said very much the same thing about my holiday mantel.
At the time I mentioned that there were two spaces I was determined to conquer this year, and when I finally achieved what I was after on the mantelscape, I turned my attention to this next frontier, my second goal for the season.
Now, I’ll also admit that half the battle was in photographing the space. The tiny platform in front of the door makes it extremely difficult to back up far enough to get a clear picture of what’s on the porch. And the 5 or 6 steps that lead down from the porch mean I’m way too low to get a full view from the walkway.
But since I really wanted to show the styling that I was ultimately satisfied with, I rigged up a setup including a table and step stool to get the right photos. And because I was dangling precariously from this makeshift vantage point, we’ll just ignore the imperfections (like the crooked doormat… ;-)).
So let’s look at the 4 zones I managed to divide up this tiny area into to achieve what I hope is a cohesive whole.
1. The Right Side of the Porch
To the right of our front door is a little area that’s actually the largest region on our tiny porch and it’s the only floor space to put anything decorative.
I had something very special in mind for this spot and it’s what gives the porch its cheerful character.
A vintage sled is something that’s fairly common in holiday decor, but what makes this one special to me is that I found it in my parents’ garage when I cleaned out their house last year. It’s the sled we used as kids and has obvious sentimental value.
I added some faux greenery and gold bells, and already felt I was ahead of the game from years past.
2. The Stairway
As tiny as the front porch is, the bigger problem is the placement of our stair railings.
Our steps are actually not that narrow, but the railings are placed in such a way as to narrow the walk space, and planters really need to be placed outside the railing where they can hardly be seen.
Because we rarely use this entrance to come and go, and even the mailman uses the mailbox that’s down by the street, I opted to put entrance trees inside the railings where they have more of an impact.
This helps encourage a cohesive relationship among all the greenery.
3. The Front Door
This is the one time of year when our forest green front door provides an inherent advantage and becomes the perfect host for a lush wreath.
I’ve used this lovely wreath before, but always stopped short of adding personal touches to it and I think the two key things that really set it apart this year are the red berry branches and the brass bell.
Like the repeated use of greenery, these two elements help tie the pieces of our entry together, with the bells mirroring the bells on the sleigh and the pop of red reflecting the red accents throughout.
4. The Left Side of the Porch
For a tiny porch we pack a lot into in.
On the left side of the porch we keep a painted garden bench, which tucks perfectly into this cozy space. It’s there for convenience as it’s a nice little perch to wait for friends. It’s also a great spot to place packages and other things.
For the holidays it’s fun to use classic textiles to dress up the bench and provide a touch of warmth. I used a mix of plaids in pillow and blanket and topped it off with a faux fur cushion.
The Persian rug adds a supportive note of tradition.
Stepping inside our door, I carried the same themes into our entry foyer, with assorted bits of greenery and festive pops of red highlighting our vintage pieces.
I used mostly things I already owned and put it all together in almost no time. It’s all faux and didn’t even involve a trip to the flower market.
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I did, however include 2 new items.
The first is the fabulous pair of red rose wreaths. I popped them over my sconces just to see how they looked and they fit there perfectly! No need to even hang them. 20 minute decorating turned into 20 second decorating!!
I also got this flocked tabletop tree, seen below, and I must say I’m loving using these diminutive trees. They make life so much easier!
I’m delighted with the way my entry turned out.
It took a few extra minutes personalizing the pieces and making sure they share a cohesive thread, characterized by the repeated use of greenery and little pops of red, adding flavor to my penchant for vintage home decor.
So with my two goals achieved, do I have a goal for next year?
Yep. Next year it’s all about the trees!
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