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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Christmas Front Porch

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 

Everywhere we go... 
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be 
On your own front door. 

Or in your own front yard...  

One holly tree is near the front porch,  

One is at the corner of the house and driveway. 

Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with  
French touches in my front entry. 

With Christmas just a little more than a week away, 
it is none too soon for the fresh boxwood wreath 
from Trader Joe's ($10) on the front door.  

 Fresh greenery trimmed from the yard and 
from the bottom of the indoor Christmas tree 
dress the front porch ... 

Bois d'Arc tree fruit commonly known as horse apples in Texas 
add bright color and texture to Fraser fir branches. 
Bois d'Arc trees, native to Texas, drop the inedible fruit 
in November and provide excellent outside greenery at Christmas. 
 There are many Bois d'Arc trees in our area, 
and the fruit adds a French touch to my front porch decorations. 

Bois d'Arc means wood of the bow, and is from Louisiana French. 
You may know it as bodark, the Anglicized version of Bois d'Arc. 

The lighted iron topiary topped with a fleur-de-lis was made by my 
brother-in-law several years ago. 

Just this fall I found the 
large fleur-de-lis garden stake on half-price sale at Hobby Lobby. 

It is so easy to dress up the low round planter for Christmas 
by adding fresh cut greens, mostly from the yard, 
to the base of the fleur-de-lis topiary. 

The little green metal tree adds another touch of Christmas 
to the lighted iron topiary. 

The live conical evergreen topiary lives outside in a new urn 
found at a super winter sale at a Houston nursery. 
Keeping my fingers crossed that the evergreen lives through the winter... 

I leave the globe lights up year round because 
they add so much light to the porch at night. 
Since I live in the country with few streetlights, 
the extra light is very welcome.   

All the fresh greenery fits right in with my simple natural greenery 
theme for this Christmas and adds Christmas to the porch. 

The green moss on the brick steps and porch add to the look, 
but deceivingly make it look like we have lots of rain. 
You might say, "All I want for Christmas is rain," 
since our rainfall amount is so low this year. 
It was drizzling light rain as I took these photos, 
and a few raindrops are visible as white dots 
since the shutter speed was slow in the low light. 

Blue Doors in France were the inspiration for my front door


Are you finished decorating or do you still have more to do? 
I still have more rooms to show, my tree to share, 
my Christmas dining table to share, and 
a couple of more Christmas Beautiful Ideas to share. 
Christmas is just around the corner. 

Lots to pack into a little more than a week... 
keep checking back for the latest Christmas inspiration. 

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  1. oooh, es sieht sooo schön aus, tolle dekoration!!! liebe grüße von angie

  2. So Nice...!...i love it Ria...x!

  3. Judith, your front porch is a beautiful, welcoming sight. It's been years since I've found some horse apples to use in our decor. The tree that was down the street was removed. I need to find another source. '-)
    Eager to see more of your holiday decor. Merry, Merry!

  4. You had me at your blue door and then I saw those French blue doors. We have a red door, one neighbor has and aqua door and another a yellow door, but I don't think anyone on the lane has a blue door.

  5. Ahhhh....there is just so much beauty to be had and I just love that periwinkle blue. My garden or rather, the garage door and windows that face the garden are painted in this color, and with the years, has faded a bit, but all the better! With your Christmas décor, it fits beautifully Judith!

    Joyeux Noël mon amie! Anita

  6. Very beautiful and welcoming, Judith! I adore the blue door! Have a blessed Christmas!

  7. Judith, the door is a beautiful French Bleu, a welcoming sight. As for your moss stained brick steps this is what I miss so dearly about areas that are damp and shaded to as they can take on a aged moss look. We here in Southern Ca. desert miss out on little touches that add the beauty of nature to ones home.

    It's such a beautiful French porch.
    A Joyeux Noël to you and yours.



  8. Oh what a lovely post! So warm and welcoming at your place...

  9. Your door is beautiful and your decor sets it off so nicely. Love the simplicity of using found naturals and the use of hedge apples is ingenious. Love it all. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


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