Sparkle and Berry Front Porch Christmas

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.  Just keep going. No feeling is final.” Rainier Rilke

2015 has been a difficult, tragedy-filled year and I am struggling to find the Christmas spirit.  It even seems trivial to post the décor of the front porch although it is my readers’ favorite.  Then I stumbled upon this quote by Norman Vincent Peale, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” and thought, if I can brighten even one person’s world, I should.

The wreath was created by wiring a red berry wreath over a tig one, adding glittery pinecones, a glitter star ornament, sleigh bells and a red ribbon bow with glittery silver snowflakes. This set the theme for the rest of the proch décor.

The wreath was created by layering a red berry wreath over a twig one, adding glittery pinecones, white berry sprays, clusters of silver mini ornaments on florist pics, suspending a glitter star ornament in the center and crowning the wreath with a cascading red ribbon bow sparkling with  silver snowflakes and a cheerful pair of silver sleighbells on a velvet ribbon. The wreath set the theme for the rest of the porch décor.  The wreath was repurposed from what was in the Christmas closet and is probably my favorite wreath ever.  It really shimmers when the light catches the glittery bits.

Black urns flank the door and are filled half way with soil then topped with pinecones collected from the yard. I placed another red berry wreath on the top then inserted 5 kinds of branches: silver, snow-flocked, red twigs I painted myself, sparkly finer red filaments and curly natural willow. I nestled a silvery bird ornament on top of each. The pictures don't do justice to these urns. They are restrained but so beautiful especially as the light catches the glittery bits.

Black urns flank the door and are filled half way with soil then topped to overflow with pinecones collected from the yard. I placed another red berry wreath on the top of the urn then inserted 5 kinds of branches: silver spraypainted, snow-flocked, red twigs painted red, red glitter sticks and curly natural willow. I nestled a silvery bird/dove ornament on top of each urn with a few more clusters of silver mini ornaments. The pictures don’t do justice to these urns. They are restrained but so beautiful especially as the light catches them just right and they sparkle.

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In a large elevated planter which is always on our porch I created a story corner.  Our sons have all been away at college and a mother is never complete again until all her children return home.  The planter showcases a twig tree topped by a red star layered with a heart.  On a blanket of snow, I created a village with our family’s narrative:  a university building, a village clock tower and a little house. Above this I hung an old frame recently painted red in which I framed a chalkboard message for my sons.  Waiting nearby for the boys’ return in a red wicker chair is our family’s first and favorite Santa, nestled on a faux fur throw with fresh greens and red velvet cushions.   Elements of this natural-red and spakle theme continue throughout.

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Wishing you a season of warmth, peace and joy.

Wishing you a season of warmth, peace and joy.

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Bringing some Christmas spirit to Fiesta Friday, Share It One More Time, Stonegable and Throwback Thursday.

42 thoughts on “Sparkle and Berry Front Porch Christmas

  1. Beautifully done Johanne!!!! This will be sure to brighten MORE than one persons’ World. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  2. You know Johanne I do at times just think why? Why do we do it all? Your post is a good reminder of how good it is for us all to keep up traditions and simply continue to add good in any way we can to this world. Lovely images.

    • I just came home from a gathering of the International Women’s Club of Philly where the hostess’ home was decorated top to bottom and it was so joyous and uplifting. I guess that’s why we all do it. But I do a lot less now and try to spend quality time with loved ones more.

      Johanne Lamarche

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  3. Rilke is one of my favorite poets. Thank you for that quote, and the sentiments about Christmas spirit. I can relate to how you feel, and I appreciate your words and beautiful decorations.

  4. Lovely! I especially like the subtle dove theme, too, but that droll little Santa caught my eye! There’s still time to bring this to Throwback Thursday – check my blog, second post down – we’d love to have you! 🙂

  5. Your porch is absolutely lovely! I also sometimes wonder why we go to all the trouble. A friend recently wrote a blog piece thanking her neighbors for their beautiful gardens (even thought the neighbors may only see the weeds in their own garden). You never know how you might brighten the day for a total stranger. Your love for your sons shines through, what a lovely homecoming for them.

    • Thanks so much Liz. Your words brightened my day, I have been known to write notes and leave them in mailboxes thanking a homeowner for the beauty of their gardens. I always have my name and address so they don’t think I am a weirdo and I have gotten back the most beautiful responses, as I did with yours this morning.

      Johanne Lamarche

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  6. Merry Christmas Johanne,
    You are amazing in making your entrance outstanding ,for all of us to enjoy, even those far away like me. We get to enjoy your lovely photos and posts. Everything you touch turns gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. You sure know how to get us in the mood. Enjoy the holidays.
    Marlene

    • Good morning Marlene! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comments. I always love to hear from you! And it’s often when Dona and I are getting together which we are doing tonight for a Christmas concert. Wish you could join us!! bet you are baking up a storm of your gorgeous cookies! Regards to John. Love Johanne xo Johanne Lamarche

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