OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECOR AND NEW LIGHTING

The last time I shared my Christmas porch with you was for my recent Christmas home tour, and I happened to be lucky enough to capture a few photos after a fresh snowfall. If you haven’t had a chance to visit my tour, you can see it here. I promise, you’ll be happy you did! The snow has stuck around since that day (and it won’t be gone before March or April), and I’m happy that it has – well, really only since this post is dedicated to my outdoor Christmas decor and new lighting – which I’m so excited to share with you today! Otherwise, as soon as Christmas is over, I can definitely do without the snow and freezing temps we get here in Quebec. It does make for beautiful scenery though, don’t you think?

*I’ve partnered with Progress Lighting and King of Christmas for this post. While I’ve received product in exchange for writing this post, all opinions are my own, and I only feature products truly love. Affiliate links are provided throughout, or at the bottom of this post for your shopping convenience – see my full disclosure policy here.

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If you have seen my Christmas tour, and if you follow me on Instagram, you may remember getting a glimpse of my new porch pendant light too. I have to tell you, I am in love. I mean totally in love…completely smitten, in fact. The styling is exquisite and the scale is perfect (so MUCH better than our rinky dink light we had here before!) This is the Crestwood pendant from Progress Lighting. It’s a classic design with the look and feel of a traditional gas lantern and it suits our home perfectly. It’s exactly what I’ve envisioned here since the day we moved in…
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When we first built our home (you may already know this story as well), we built it with the intention of selling it within 2 years, and we made the conscious decision to invest as little money as possible in anything aesthetic, since many of those items would not yield a large return. Well, here we are, 6 and a half years later, and it was time to finally change our outdoor lights. I have a thing for lighting. Making the right lighting choices plays an enormous role in the look and feel of your home. It’s a very personal decision, and says more about your personality than you probably realize. We’ve slowly changed almost all of the lighting in our home…although I do still have a few more to go, and if you’d like to see some of the ones we have changed, have a look at these past posts: Dining RoomMaster BedroomKitchen pendant.grey-stone-house-gray-siding-new-england-coastal-architecture3

 

We’ve also changed the other lights on the rest of the exterior as well. I went with a different style for these ones, because they’re not on the same elevation as the porch light fixture, and quite far away from it, I didn’t feel it was necessary that they match. In fact, the porch light is an interior light (which I almost hung in our entryway instead because I love it so much!), and has no matching wall sconces. By the way, if you’re going to hang an interior light fixture you should make sure to check with the manufacturer that it can be hung outdoors. Our porch is covered, so it’s totally fine.
ourdoor-lighting-snow-christmas-swag2This light, also a classic design, has the same feeling of a traditional gas lantern, and it’s a perfect compliment to our porch lantern. This is from the Endorse Collection, which does have a matching pendant, if you prefer to have everything coordinate.ourdoor-lighting-winter-christmas-swag-silver-bowOne of the features of this light that I love, is the LED light it comes with – no need for a bulb and it shines through the glass at the top for a beautiful illuminating effect. Keep reading to see how pretty they look all lit up.ourdoor-lighting-winter-christmas-swagourdoor-lighting-snow-christmas-swag

Let’s have a look at the back porch where I chose to hang my new flocked wreath from King of Christmas right below it (we used a 3M removable hook to affix it to the siding). The wreath is prelit and has a timer, which is perfect for cold climates like ours.
outdoor-lighting-flocked-wreath-french-doors3And here’s our new light, shining bright a few hours later. The light quality is really pretty and together with our wreath, it gives a beautiful holiday glow. I love that you get a glimpse of our Christmas tree through the glass here too.outdoor-lighting-flocked-wreath-french-doors2outdoor-lighting-flocked-wreath-french-doors

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The light shines beautifully on the frosted swags and bows that we hung on the side elevation of the house.
ourdoor-lighting-winter-christmasI think next year, I will try flocking my wreaths that hang on the windows, for a more cohesive look.ourdoor-lighting-winter-christmas-swag-silver-bow3 I love these swags I found and that they blend perfectly with the color of our exterior. The glow of the lanterns are so beautiful too.
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Back to the front porch and my second King of Christmas wreath. When I started shooting for this post, I had our old wreath hanging up. I was going to use this wreath on the inside of our door and then decided to swap when I came back outside to continue shooting with the lights on. It’s just so pretty when it’s lit with all of the outdoor lights on as well. I wanted more contrast against the black door and it does exactly that. We decided to put up a tree out here for the first time this year, and I used some spray snow to give it a frosted look. It looked too dark in that corner as is and I’m much happier with it now.front-porch-christmas-lantern-pendant-lightI don’t change our decor that much from year to year, I truly love a classic look with our garland and potted fresh greenery. To create these pots, I head to my local florist who sells fish cut branches by the bundle. We leave the dirt in the pots all year, and I simple push the branches into the dirt one by one, until I get a shape that I like. Then, I use my silver decorative picks and intersperse them with the pine branches.

 

How stunning is this light? It’s so bright and casts such a gorgeous illuminating glow. I told you I was smitten!
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I picked up a coupe of new black lanterns and brought out my glass canisters from the kitchen to complete the look as well. CITRINELIVING -OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECOR AND NEW LIGHTING

That wraps up my tour of our outdoor Christmas decor and new lighting. I definitely think next year I’ll be flocking or spraying the darker greens of the garland and window wreaths for more of a frosted look. What do you think? Would you do the same or leave them the way they are? Thank you for reading with me, as always, I love to have you here!CITRINELIVING -OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECOR AND NEW LIGHTING

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36 Comments on OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECOR AND NEW LIGHTING

  1. Summer Adams
    December 16, 2016 at 8:05 AM (2 years ago)

    Tam, those lanterns are absolutely stunning! I love love love them! The swags are perfect and beautiful and I love the color of your home… Especially with the snowfall. So gorgeous!!

    Reply
    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM (2 years ago)

      Summer you are so good to me! Thank you for stopping in and I’m thrilled you love it all! Happy weekend my friend! xo

      Reply
  2. Linda
    December 16, 2016 at 9:45 AM (2 years ago)

    Beautiful! Love all the lanterns as well. Well done!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Happy weekend!

      Reply
  3. Sharon
    December 16, 2016 at 9:47 AM (2 years ago)

    Love your new lighting Tam!! The lantern lit front porch with those beautiful containers are beautiful and so inviting. Love it all! So jealous you have that beautiful snow!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 9:48 AM (2 years ago)

      Shar thank you so much love! I’m so happy you like it all, you know how much that means to me! Happy weekend sweets! xoxo

      Reply
  4. Haneen
    December 16, 2016 at 9:48 AM (2 years ago)

    Tam, everything is GORGEOUS!! Your lights are fabulous! I love the Christmas decor on them! Classic and beautiful! Great shots!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 9:52 AM (2 years ago)

      Haneen!! Thank you so much sweets!! I love that you love it and I’m always so happy to have you stop in! Happy weekend!! xoxo

      Reply
  5. Kelley Nan
    December 16, 2016 at 9:51 AM (2 years ago)

    If I were in Canada, I would come steal it all in the dark of night (grinch style). Absolutely amazing! 8 can’t get over those new lights. Now, I know mine aren’t acceptable haha

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 9:53 AM (2 years ago)

      Key you are crazy! Every detail of your home is perfection! I’ll be looking out for some Grinch-esque stealing haha. Thanks for the love my friend! Love u! xoxo

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  6. Kris {Driven by Decor}
    December 16, 2016 at 9:54 AM (2 years ago)

    Tam it was like deja vu reading your post because we have horribly dinky lighting flanking our front porch and by the garage and we haven’t swapped it out because we thought we’d only be here two years. Now that it’s going to be several more, swapping them out is on my 2017 to do list especially after seeing how amazing yours looks – love your choices so much!!! Your house looks fabulous!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM (2 years ago)

      Kris! You know my pain haha! I used to cringe every time I would look at our light before, I ALWAYS hated it! I am beyond thrilled with this lighting and am so happy you love it too, thank you for stopping by! Have a great a weekend!

      Reply
  7. Bree
    December 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM (2 years ago)

    Tamara!! I love the new lighting and really love how they resemble traditional gas lanterns!! You’ve done such a beautiful job of decorating the exterior of your home and the new lighting makes it feel even more warm and inviting!!!! Now invite me over already!! Xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Bree! I’m thrilled you like them and I couldn’t be happier with them myself :) I always love your kind words too, it means so much! And btw, you don’t need an invitation, our door is always open! xoxo

      Reply
  8. Isabel
    December 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM (2 years ago)

    Tam these are gorgeous! exactly what i need for my house. i loved them and will look them up for sure. Thanks for sharing… you are making my shopping experience a lot easier!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Izab! I love that you love them and they’re perfect for your house!! I’m always so grateful for your feedback, thanks for stopping by as always!! Love you! xoxo

      Reply
  9. Terry
    December 16, 2016 at 10:21 AM (2 years ago)

    Love it all Tam !
    Classic and timeless …
    Just like you !!
    xo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:19 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks TJ! So happy you like it! Love you!! xoxo

      Reply
  10. Annie
    December 16, 2016 at 10:27 AM (2 years ago)

    Tamara you decorated everything so beautifully and I LOVE the new lighting! I especially enjoyed how you dressed them up for Christmas – you are so talented!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM (2 years ago)

      Annie, thank you so much! I am so so happy you love our lighting! It’s amazing what a difference it makes on our home. You are so sweet, thank you so much for stopping by! xox

      Reply
  11. Maria
    December 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM (2 years ago)

    Love Love Love it all!! Your Christmas decor is perfect and your new lighting is gorgeous! I think flocking the rest of your greenery for next year would just be the icing on the cake.

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:17 PM (2 years ago)

      Maria thank you! I’m thrilled you like my decor and lighting! I can’t tell you how much I love our pendant light! And I think I definitely will be flocking next year!! Thank you for stopping by! xo

      Reply
  12. suzanne riviere
    December 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM (2 years ago)

    Tamara you decorated everything so tastefully and elegant. just what I love to see with greenery and light. beautiful!!!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi Suzanne, Thank you so much for your kind words, I truly appreciate it! I’m very happy you like it :) Happy Friday!

      Reply
  13. Deborah
    December 16, 2016 at 5:55 PM (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful and inviting entrance!!!! Gorgeous!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Deb!! Have a very Merry Christmas my friend! xo

      Reply
  14. Jennifer
    December 16, 2016 at 6:42 PM (2 years ago)

    Okay, now I want new lights! They are beautiful Tam! Gorgeous Christmas decor too. Timeless!

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    • tamaraanka
      December 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM (2 years ago)

      Jen, thank you so much! So happy you like it! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

      Reply
  15. Tracey
    December 16, 2016 at 10:11 PM (2 years ago)

    Tam
    I LOVE the lights and the front one sooo much…gorgeous. it continues with the dining room chandelier, as the next light you see after entering your home! They’re both similar!!
    You’re correct about having snow at Christmas, I too wouldn’t change it. That’s what makes Christmas beautiful here
    Look how perfect it makes your beautiful home glow xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      December 20, 2016 at 9:32 AM (2 years ago)

      Trace, I knew you’d love this! Love you! xoxo

      Reply
  16. Shannon
    January 4, 2017 at 6:23 PM (2 years ago)

    I love your lighting choices. Your entire home is beautiful!
    One question- Is the out door front porch crest wood pendant the 3 or 4 light size? It is hard to tell from the pictures..

    Thank you!!

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    • tamaraanka
      January 5, 2017 at 5:31 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, I truly appreciate it! This is the 4-light option, and I have it linked right here in my blog, if you want to purchase through my site :) Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m so happy to have you here!

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      • Shannon
        January 18, 2017 at 12:52 PM (2 years ago)

        I ordered the 4 light fixture. What a great find at a reasonable price. It is just what I wanted for my front porch.
        Thanks for sharing your design talents with all of us.

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        • tamaraanka
          January 19, 2017 at 7:28 AM (2 years ago)

          I’m so happy to hear that! I’m sure it will all look gorgeous with your home! Thank you so much for stopping by, I’m so happy you found some inspiration! xo

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  17. Wes
    December 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM (12 months ago)

    I’m particularly interested in the exterior stone on your house. You wouldn’t happen to know what it is would you? We’re doing exterior work next year and would love to use this stone in particular.

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    • tamaraanka
      December 28, 2017 at 10:47 PM (12 months ago)

      I wish I knew what it is! We chose everything through our builder many years ago! 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!

      Reply

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