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Front Door Christmas Decor

Last year I purchased this flocked garland from Pier 1 and I added some flocked picks and pine picks to a wreath I had made a couple of years ago. I did not add any color, keeping it neutral. It was boring, so as my mother suggested, this year I added color. I found some red berry picks and red velvet ribbon. I had planned to drape two strands of the red ribbon on the garland but it was too wide, so I just tied a strand on each side. I also had two little black planters with mini Christmas trees beside the door last year but I decided the planters were too small. I thought about bringing out my blue and white fish bowl planters and putting mini Christmas trees in them with red bows but since I have the little juniper trees right by the door, I think the garland and wreath will do. Mailbox Christmas Decor Inspiration Last year I wanted to decorate the mailbox but I did not do it. This …

Christmas Patio

During past holiday seasons, I purchased burlap and rustic Christmas decor to use along with my collections of pinecones, acorns, cotton stems, galvanized buckets, and magnolia stems. Last year I used my rustic Christmas decor on the back patio. But this year, with all my black and cream decor, I just added a few touches of Christmas. I found a cute doormat to layer over the tan woven rug at Pier 1 last year. I found this cute sign at Kirklands this year. It matches the pillow cover I used in the rocking chair. I hung the magnolia wreath on the garage door. I also found a cute Christmas garden flag last year on Amazon. I will be decorating the front of the house next. I am adding red ribbon and red berry picks to everything since last year the front looked a little plain. SHOP THIS POST

Front Yard Landscaping

In addition to some updates (removing the window blinds that frame the door, replacing the front porch light and door knob, painting the door and frame and cleaning up the trim), we started using a lawn care service that performs routine seasonal maintenance, which has really helped the grass and hopefully made the mole go away. We also finally finished (for now) the front landscaping. This has been a project we tackled little by little. We moved into this house in the fall of 2018 and the landscaping was not a priority. We have a certain style and prefer a particular kind of landscaping using particular materials and plants. But we did not want to tear everything out, haul it all away, and build it all back. We also did not want to pay for a landscaping company to do it. So I took my mother’s and grandmother’s advice; I lived with it for a while and saw what grew well and decide what I liked. I came to realize that I prefer partial sun/shade …