CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR : A CLASSIC FRONT PORCH WITH FRESH GREENERY

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Twelve Days of Holiday Homes Home Tour! If you’re coming from Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane and you’re new to CitrineLIving, welcome! I’m Tamara, I’m so happy you’re here with me today and I’m even happier to be a part of this fabulous home tour that’s been running since December 1st! I want to extend a huge thank you to Amy and Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane as well as Jenny of Evolution of Style for hosting our tour. For the last two weeks, I’ve been sharing the different spaces in our home dressed for Christmas and today, I’ll be sharing our front porch. Each year I keep it rather classic and simple, and I don’t usually change it that much. However, this year, I’ve tweaked it a little bit and I have a beautiful, fresh wreath that was shipped over to me from Lynch Creek Farm , who are sponsoring our tour. I can’t wait to show you, please come and join me on our porch!
*Affiliate links are provided in this post for your shopping convenience – while I make a small commission on these items, it’s no extra cost to you!Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.I began taking my photos for this post in the afternoon, and it was a rather grey day, so please bare with me as I take you through! You’ll also notice the shift in the lighting as it started to get dark – I just love that blueish cast the washes over everything at the end of the daySet a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.We’ve had a few light snowfalls this year, but nothing that’s lasted more than a few days on the ground. I was hoping we’d get lucky and I’d be able to capture some for this post. It’s very common to have a lot of snow on the ground by now, but no luck today! Try to ignore the brown garden beds if you can ;) They aren’t the prettiest, but I think everything else on our porch makes up for it ;)Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.If you’re a regular visitor, then you’ll remember our porch last year, when we updated our lighting – the snow at that time was magical! There’s something about that soft white blanket that instantly turns everything into a fairytale. You can see it here.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.This year, to compliment our beautiful Blended Bay wreath, I decided to add two pencil trees flanking the front door. I wanted to draw your eye straight up to the the door and our lush, fresh wreath. This is the first time I’ve ever had a fresh wreath and I just love it. It’s so full and smells so delicious, and I just love the mix of different greenery.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Living in a wooded neighborhood surrounded by pines, this is the perfect addition to our front porch. It’s the perfect way to welcome guests into our home for the holidays. GET THE LOOK :
Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.
Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.I always get fresh cut pine from a local florist for our planters and this year, I decided to make them as large as I could. We added a few lights for more twinkle at night, and I always use some silver picks for added sparkle too.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.GET THE LOOK :
Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.I dressed up our wreath with a combination of ribbons : a 3″ blue grosgrain, a blue and white stripe, as well as a navy and green tartan. If you’ve seen my living room and dining room in previous posts, then you know I’ve carried this theme throughout our home this season. You can see both rooms here and here.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.I’ve also used them to dress up my gift wrap, which you’ll also see carried throughout our home.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.GET THE LOOK :
Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Here is where it started to get just a little bit darker out, it really is a magical time of year, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I’ve had Christmas music playing since November 1st or even before!Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.I love the glow of the lights on the door and how it shines all around the wreath.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.Here’s a few shots I was able to capture just this morning as the snow was starting to fall…so happy I got these!Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights. Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights. Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights. Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights. Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights.PIN THE IMAGE BELOW FOR LATER!Set a magical scene and welcome your guests on your Christmas front porch this year with fresh greenery and the twinkle of white lights. GET THE LOOK :
Thank you for joining me today on our front porch, I hope you enjoyed your stay. If you’d like, you can sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this post. I’m also sharing links to my other holiday posts, down below as well. I’d love for you to have a look around! A special thank you to Lynch Creek Farms for sponsoring our tour and providing all the beautiful greenery showcased throughout the homes. If you’ve missed any of the gorgeous homes on the tour, you can click the links below to visit them! There’s so much inspiration and beautiful holiday homes to see!
The 12 Days of Holiday Homes Tour
December 10th 11 Magnolia Lane (Christy) | Citrine Living
December 12th
SEE MY CLASSIC CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE HERE OR CLICK THE PHOTO BELOWSEE MY CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIPS HERE OR CLICK THE PHOTO BELOWSEE  MY CHRISTMAS TREE UP CLOSE HERE OR CLICK THE PHOTO BELOWSEE  MY LIVING ROOM TOUR HERE OR CLICK THE PHOTO BELOW

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30 Comments on CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR : A CLASSIC FRONT PORCH WITH FRESH GREENERY

  1. Vel
    December 10, 2017 at 8:14 AM (1 year ago)

    Your home is always so magazine-worthy Tamara! Simply majestic decor! I love the simple ribbons to make your garland stand out and the two pencil trees and gifts just makes me wanna come on in! As always, honored to share this home tour with you! Cheers!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 8:34 AM (1 year ago)

      Vel you are so kind!! Thank you so much for the very kind words! We all work so hard on these posts and the support we give one another makes it all so worth it! I’m so happy you stopped by! Merry Christmas! xo

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  2. Amy
    December 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM (1 year ago)

    Tam, it looks gorgeous. I love how the greenery compliments the grays in your stone and brick. It’s so cozy in the twilight! Thanks again or joining the tour and sharing your porch. XO, Amy

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 10:31 AM (1 year ago)

      Amy thank you so very much! I am so happy that you asked me to join your tour, thank you so much for inviting me along! I’m thrilled you like everything! Merry Christmas! xo

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    • Jessica Beyers
      May 24, 2018 at 12:32 PM (7 months ago)

      Tamara, I have your house pinned on my pinterest several times. We are in the process of builing and wondered if maybe you could give me a few more details about your house. I love stone and siding/shakes. Do you happen to know the brand and name of the stone, siding, and shakes? I would appreciate any help you can provide. Please email me if you can.

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      • tamaraanka
        May 24, 2018 at 7:18 PM (7 months ago)

        Hello Jessica! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Unfortunately I don’y know the name of any of the finishes it was all selected with through our builder about 9 years ago! I can tell you that the siding is vinyl and the shakes are as well, I believe. When we chose the stone, I went for a mix of warm and cool grey tones and we had the mortar filled flush with the stone, rather than recessed to have the stone stick out more. I’m sorry, that’s all the info I have! Good luck and congratulations on your build!

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  3. Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
    December 10, 2017 at 10:06 AM (1 year ago)

    It’s so gorgeous, Tam! I was sighing a bit to myself as I shot my front porch because we’re in a rental this year and it’s not beautiful on the outside, so it was nice to pop over here and see what my dream entry looks like! As always, your home is just splendid! We’re so glad you could join us on the tour–and Merry Christmas!
    XO, Christy

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM (1 year ago)

      Christy, thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I’m sad I didn’t get shots with snow the other day, but I literally just ran outside to snap a few this morning as the snow started coming down – so happy I was able to share them today! Thank you so much for having me join with you on this fabulous tour! Merry Christmas! xo

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  4. Lisa
    December 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM (1 year ago)

    Tamara your home is so pretty! I love what you did at the front door with all the lights and greenery, and how you tied your ribbon into your blue decor inside!! You do such a beautiful job capturing the joy of Christmas with your decor, so magical, especially with the snowfall!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 11:55 AM (1 year ago)

      Lisa you are so kind! Thank you so much…I’m so happy you like the blue ribbon! I’m really loving the preppy feel it brings to our home this Christmas! And I got super lucky with the snow today! Thank you for stopping by to say hi! xo

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  5. Sangeetha Selvaraj
    December 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM (1 year ago)

    Such a beautiful entrance. What a way to welcome people. The Christmas home tour was enchanting. I look forward to this series every year.

    The wreath looks lush and inviting and quite large. How is it actually hung on the door? Can you share.

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 4:42 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Sangeetha! I truly appreciate your kinds words, that makes all the hard work worth every second :) We use 3M hooks to hang it – they’re perfect for hanging wreaths, and they’re removable! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! xo

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  6. Shirley @Housepitality Designs
    December 10, 2017 at 8:25 PM (1 year ago)

    Just love your beautiful porch…from the gorgeous wreaths to the fabulous planters! The snow certainly made everything even more magical!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 11:18 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Shirley!! Isn’t it amazing how beautiful the snow makes everything?! I’m so happy you liked my tour today – thank you for taking the time to say hi!

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  7. Monica
    December 10, 2017 at 9:06 PM (1 year ago)

    I loved all your work on Christmas…you have a classic touch…the blue is so beautiful…I will see about next year incorporating blue in my Decor. The last photos of snow was beautiful!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 10, 2017 at 11:17 PM (1 year ago)

      Monica, thank you very much, I am thrilled that you like it all! I was so lucky to get those shots in today! So happy you liked them too!Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Julie
    December 11, 2017 at 6:32 PM (1 year ago)

    So gorgeous! Especially with the snow!! I chose the same wreath and I love how you styled yours with the blue! Merry Christmas!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 13, 2017 at 10:53 PM (1 year ago)

      Julie, thank you so much! Don’t you just love this wreath? I’m so happy with it! I love your double doors and beautiful black and white ribbon! Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  9. Jenny
    December 12, 2017 at 7:40 AM (1 year ago)

    Your front porch is stunning and I love it even more with the snow. Thanks so much for joining in on the tour – I love your style and have always been a big fan! :-)

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    • tamaraanka
      December 13, 2017 at 8:28 PM (1 year ago)

      Jenny thank you so much for having my join the tour, I’m so happy to be a part of such a fantastic group! I’m really happy you like my porch, thanks so much for stopping by! xox

      Reply
  10. Becky
    December 12, 2017 at 9:46 PM (1 year ago)

    Gorgeous! And even more stunning with the snowfall! Merry Christmas!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Becky, I’m happy you like it! I was so lucky to capture that snow at the last minute! I have to hop over to your blog to take in your tour!! Thank you for stopping by today! xox

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  11. cassie bustamante
    December 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM (1 year ago)

    i absolutely love your entry! those big planters are fantastic! we have two planters by our door that are too heavy to move each winter so i am always looking for ideas for them- love!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 13, 2017 at 2:50 PM (1 year ago)

      Cassie you are so sweet, thank you very much!! These are the easiest to do! We literally just stick branches in the dirt! So easy and festive :) O’m happy you liked it, thank you for stopping by! xo

      Reply
  12. Gayle Kowalchick
    December 24, 2017 at 1:19 PM (12 months ago)

    What kind of stone was used on your home? Arriscraft Citadel French Country?

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    • tamaraanka
      December 28, 2017 at 10:49 PM (12 months ago)

      Unfortunately I don’t know! It’s a mix of warm and cool grey tones, and the grout is flush with the stone so give it an ‘old’world’ appearance. I hope that helps!

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      • Gayle Kowalchick
        December 30, 2017 at 12:41 PM (12 months ago)

        Thank you!

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        • tamaraanka
          January 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM (12 months ago)

          You’re very welcome!

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  13. ANN C VAN METRE
    December 6, 2018 at 4:52 PM (2 weeks ago)

    Where did you buy the Pine Pencil Trees Flanking your front door?

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    • tamaraanka
      December 6, 2018 at 7:29 PM (2 weeks ago)

      Aren’t they gorgeous? They’re from Balsam Hill, and we put them in our existing urns :)

      Reply

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