The holidays are fast approaching and the excitement is mounting. It’s now time to head to the attic or storage locker and pull out your outdoor decorations. Perhaps you are thinking that this year you really want your external space to really stand out, to surpass last year – to be unique, to be “that house” that brilliantly shines with inspirational and distinctive décor.
Christmas is the perfect time to throw caution to the wind and allow your personality to come out in all its glory. Let this holiday season be the one where you deck out your entryway, front yard or condo balcony with a spectacle that will be the envy of your neighbours and friends.
REW.ca spoke to Jennifer Scott, designer/owner at A Good Chick To Know Design Consultation, for her best tips.
“First off, don’t be shy. Then, start by looking at what you already have and experiment with how you can incorporate those items into a new design,” says Scott. “Going the personal route, where you also incorporate some homemade decorations is more fun and gives a warm feeling to your exterior, while saying a little bit about your personality.”
Scott’s Top Eight Outdoor Holiday Décor Ideas
1. Bring the indoors outdoors for holiday entertaining
With the use of cost-effective rattan outdoor blinds and an outdoor heater (I love the hanging ones that I found at Canadian Tire), winter weather can easily be blocked from patio spaces. It gives us the opportunity to extend our living spaces even during the cooler months, whether for personal relaxation or holiday soirees. Layering textured blankets and faux furs on the seating and rolling out an outdoor rug instantly warm up the area and create an inviting holiday appeal.
2. Fairy light strands for holiday lighting
If you’ve been putting your lights up the same way year after year, think about rearranging them or rethink where you place them. “You can add lights and ribbon onto your planters,” she adds. “Wrap the lights around the base to create a nice holiday glow at the front entrance.”
A modern approach to traditional Christmas lights, delicate fairy light strings on copper wire are an easy decor trick that looks chic all season, not just for the duration of the holidays. Try winding them through the backs of your outdoor seating (they look especially fabulous wound through Adirondack chairs) our up the base of outdoor planters for a fuller effect.
If you have a tangled mess of lights (and who hasn’t at some point, in the rush to put away your lights?) repurpose them. Take that scrambled web and place them with some twigs inside an old unused planter, and voila – a chic and trendy lighting piece.
3. DIY kids’ art holiday garland
A super-adorable approach to holiday decorating is to take a bundle of your favourite homemade artwork by the kiddies and have it laminated so it’s weatherproof; then, string them together on twine to make a personalized garland for your fence or front porch, or even around a front yard tree with lights for a true Christmas feel.
4. DIY door wreath
Rather than the traditional arbour wreath that sheds needles all over your entranceway, I'm really into the interior trend of woolen or rope wall hangings. For my door this year, I'm making an easy DIY macramé hanging mounted on a copper pipe; again putting the small twinkle lights to use, winding them through the weaving adds that extra festive sparkle.
5. Light cube presents for the yard
Used as both side tables and stools, the white plastic cubes with interior LED lights are safe for indoor and outdoor use. For the Christmas season, try wrapping ribbon around them and placing a grouping of them in the yard or on the patio as simulated presents.
6. Light filled jars to give glow to your entrance stairs
Line the stairs up to the front door with mason jars (or any vintage glass vessels) and put single tea lights in them for your next merry gathering to invite your guests up to the door. A fire-free alternative would be to gather and bundle a string of battery-operated lights and place them in the jars for the same effect. If you're keen to make the look a little more festive, you can add a layer of faux snow on the outside of it and some twine or ribbon of your choice around the tops of the vessels.
7. Driftwood “trees”
To create the illusion of a Christmas tree at the door or front of the house, gather sticks of driftwood in varying lengths and mount (from top down) sized small to large until you have a triangle shape mimicking the shape of the traditional tree.
8. Have fun!
Finally, don’t be too caught up in what looks cool and fashionable. “Whatever you do with your decor, have fun,” adds Scott. “The spirit of Christmas is about allowing your inner self to shine through.”