Porch House // Holiday Decor (and Sneak Peeks)
THE PORCH HOUSE Garrett and I hardly need an excuse to throw a party (see: birthdays, holidays, seasons, babies, work parties, Wednesdays...), so to celebrate the completion of the Porch House we, naturally, threw a party. We invited friends, family, neighbors, community members, and blog readers over for a "finish party" so they could see the house before it sold. And since it's December, we added a little holiday cheer to the decor in the form of wreaths, garlands, and pops of red, green, and gold.
pssst: I've rounded up a few last minute gift ideas based on the Porch House holiday decor at the bottom of this post!
Last weekend, I got back over to the Porch House to clean up from the party and shoot a few of the spaces before taking all the decor back down in preparation for sale (eeech!). You may notice that some of the decorations are in a couple of the rooms, which I did purely for styling the photos, something I try not to do in my own home, but was a necessity since this house is currently almost empty.
In complete honestly, I'm not a big seasonal decorator. I often find it to be too labor some and expensive to seasonally decorate. Plus too much clutter makes me feel claustrophobic at home. But I do love making our homes feel welcoming and festive with natural elements, which at the holidays means wreaths, garlands, and a live Christmas tree. I'm a 'live' fan because natural foliage is beautiful, inexpensive (most of the time), and smells amazing. The Porch House has a crab apple tree in the back yard (at least I think that's what it is), which still has some small red apples on it's leafless branches, so I clipped a few and put them in vases all over the house.
The kitchen at the Porch House is definitely the gathering space of this home. It's open to the sunroom and has plenty of seating plus it gets the best natural daylight. Even at the party, this is where 90% of the adults hung out (the kids were given free reign of the upstairs). Of course, this is also where the keg was, so that could have had something to do with it ;) Decorating the kitchen's open shelves is always fun, but it can be a trick to make them look interesting without feeling cluttered. I kept to white, glass, and wood elements and then layered holiday cheer in the form of greenery, pops of red, and vintage brass.
In the dining room, a space you haven't seen on the blog since the 'before' photos, I filled the built-in hutch with entertaining basics like plates, bowls, wine glasses, platters, and vases and moved the vintage table and patio couch into this room from the sunroom. I added branches of red crab apples and the green velvet pillow (that Rejuvenation sent me last year) for a little festive-ness.
The living room fireplace was a natural place to add a garland and a little holiday cheer. This fireplace, which looks so historic, is actually half new. It originally had a 70s wood insert and a faux surround, which we removed and then repaired the brick, replaced the mantle, redid the hearth, and finally added a gas insert. I can't wait to show you the DIY transformation!
The living room is pretty bare these days since the built-ins are empty, but it's one of my favorite spaces in the house. It's hard to believe, but that built-in bench is 100% new, although the cabinets are original.
As promised, here are a few last minute gift ideas, all of which I love, and some of which I already own. A few of these items are from Anthropologie, which is offering free shipping and 25% off, but check shipping dates, since things are selling out fast and going on back order!
I haven't formally revealed the Porch House living room, dining room, or kitchen on the blog yet (I'm waiting for our HGTV pilot to air first), so consider these sneak peeks. I'll be sharing more in 2018! In the meantime, I'd love to hear how you decorate for the holidays!