Monday, December 11, 2017

North Carolina farmhouse Christmas porch

I was super excited to find out we were going to get snow before Christmas! It seems like forever that we actually had snow during the season. 

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The porch this year is a mix of vintage and antique farm things from the property here, ribbons made from torn fabric strips and lots of greenery. It is -- I feel, an authentic expression of vintage North Carolina farmhouse:-)

I pulled up another of these little hemlock trees and put it on my grandfather's sled.  Simple gingham fabric forms the skirt.

Wool tartan scarves, faux fur and black and white patterned pillow covers add more color and texture. 

I made a very simple, rustic wreath from grapevine and added a bow made from coordinating strips of fabric.

These antique railroad lanterns are from Southern Railroad. Balsam gap is still the highest gauge railroad east of the Rocky Mountains, and this little community was once a bustling railroad town.

Some of you remember for years I have been filling out my faux wreaths with real greenery, but honestly I was not feeling like going through all that this year, so I found these wreaths at Big Lots and decided they were just fine. 

This little hand painted sign was a gift many years ago from my cousin, also a musician. 

I covered the table with faux fur and added a tray with pine cones and some pine clippings. 

I used colored C 7 LED lights around the railings and down the steps. I love that look so much, and it reminds me of my childhood. 

My grandmother always gathered greenery and made these sprays then tied them with a strip of red cloth. That's probably why I prefer to use strips of cloth instead of ribbon because it hangs limp, and I just love that look. 

I mixed up the bows using gingham, red dot and a green check to keep things interesting. 

I was definitely feeling very nostalgic this year and really wanted my porch to reflect this area, the history and culture and my own family here. I was excited to do red again, then instead of using plaid like I planned, I ended up with strips of cotton fabric, and that really made it unique and personal for me. My grandmother would have done that, and that's what it's all about for me.

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  1. Cassie BustamanteDecember 12, 2017 at 2:11 AM

    you are a master of layers! love it all- those fabric ribbons on the stairs, and the stockings are my favorites- such a cozy happy home you have!

  2. All of is is stunningly beautiful! i love it.

  3. One word - WOW!

  4. Shirley@Housepitality DesignsDecember 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    I always look forward to your Christmas porch Anita. You certainly put your most creative talents to work when you dress your porch with so many beautiful and fun those fabric streamers/bows!!! What a most wonderful and festive way to greet your family and friends to your most beautiful Christmas home! Merry Christmas to you and your family Anita!

  5. Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLizDecember 12, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    You have such a wonderful porch. I really like how you decorated it. Love the little hemlocks. This all should be in a magazine!

  6. Beautiful and so cozy!! Makes me want to hang out with a book and some hot cider!

  7. Anita, I have a word for you, WOW! I love it all. The greenery is beautiful, who cares where it came from. You have arranged everything just beautiful. I love the cloth ribbons too, my grandmother would have done the same thing. The railroad lanterns really caught my eyes when I saw them. I love antiques! The wagon wheel, bed spring, skates, the whole porch, would love to sit there with you and have coffee. The snow made it perfect! It is all awesome! Regina xo

  8. What a gorgeous Christmassy porch! LOVE it!

  9. Wow.... Absolutely Christmas cozy... beautiful... Love your personal touches that are family reminders of Christmas' past..... thank you for sharing Merry Christmas

  10. So beautiful! I miss snow when I see these pictures. Merry Christmas

  11. Your porch is so great. It's the quintessential farmhouse porch-- so welcoming and charming. I love the way you dressed it for Christmas with all the ribbons.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Marty@A Stroll Thru LifeDecember 19, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    Your porch is gorgeous. I love how you decorate it for each season. It looks so pretty and so inviting.