For the front porch of her new Rhode Island home, blogger Alison Vinciguerra of the blog Long Distance Loving used a wreath from The Home Depot that was pre-decorated with pinecones, holly leaves, gold feathers and fruit. She wove in white LED twinkle lights into the wreath and garland near a vintage-looking lantern.
For free patio and porch decor, use stones from your yard or a piece of driftwood from the beach or lake. "You would be surprised to learn that you already have plenty of decor options right in your own backyard," says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer.
This porch is sparkling with the holiday spirit. A chandelier made from mason jars, basic lumber and tree trimmings adds rustic ambience to the space. Accents of red in the white rocking chairs and topiary bring a pop of color to this cheerful outdoor dining area.
This porch is sparkling with the holiday spirit. A chandelier made from mason jars, basic lumber and tree trimmings adds rustic ambience to the space. By changing year-round bulbs with low-wattage bulbs, twinkle lights will overpower the yearlong fixtures and create a soft glow.
Highlight windows and balance negative space with bare garland and round wreaths. Keeping greenery bare adds just the right amount of texture and color. Don't worry — you'll pull in those classic holiday hues on the porch.
Outdoor living spaces and extra details such as ceiling fans are becoming even more important in home construction. This covered deck designed by Edward Andrews Homes in a new community in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, boasts a paneled ceiling with a ceiling fan, providing a breeze and illuminating the seating area.