With two-ish weeks to Thanksgiving, I am already anticipating the pulling out of Christmas crap I use to decorate my home for the holidays each year (and I mean “crap” in the nicest way.) But really, it’s a collection of ornaments, towels, lights and much more that I have accumulated on the way to being a grown up – some items even belonged to my long deceased grandparents once upon a time.
But like all the rooms in my house, I’m itching to just blow them up and start over with a more thoughtfully curated collection of holiday paraphernalia.
That brings me to the Target holiday aisle…the one they put closest to the large aisle that takes me to the part of the store where I actually buy things we need. How on earth can I not stop for a peek at all the fun new things that have been out for the holidays since before Halloween… because that’s necessary.
This year I’m loving all the turquoise, metallics and cream that is being shown for the holidays. My tree has been decorated in turquoise for years so it’s nice to see that Target is finally catching up with me!
As you’ve probably guessed, I adore the color. And love the shabby-chic thing it has going on too. What’s more, the adorable “holiday” pillows in pale pinks and blues are so unexpected for Santa Season.
But at almost a grand, this little bench won’t be gracing my front porch. Instead, I’ll search out a vintage one for about 1/20 of the price in one of my nearby antique markets.
Front porch decor compliments of Pottery Barn, porch not for sale.
Some time ago, my then three-year-old commented on a picture of a very posh little home office space in the Pottery Barn Catalog. He said matter of factly, “I wish we lived there.” Funny, I thought and decided that I too wished we lived there.
Well, now I’m wishing this was the front of my home as it would look for the holidays… again compliments of Pottery Barn. While my home has wonderful curb appeal in the spring, summer and early fall – it looks barren and dead by the time Christmas rolls around. Columns for wrapping green boughs around? Sadly a cold, brick porch with a wrought iron railing…. Window boxes for stacking greenery, big bulbs or other holiday gimcracks? No window boxes… only chocolate brown trim on our one asymmetrical window. Loads of windows for adorable little white glowing candles? Again the asymmetry of this home makes it very hard to decorate as lights, candles, decorations would all be located on one side.
I realize this is probably a fake front porch but I do sometimes wish I had grand old home with columns or a huge front porch so that I could decorate ’til my hearts content. But who are we kidding? I’ve barely managed to get out the decorations for the space that I do have!