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 (although 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?
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…
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 Room, Master Bedroom, Kitchen pendant.
We’ve also changed the other lights on the rest of the exterior as well. I went with a different style for these ones and 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.
This 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.One 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.I also have one on our side entrance door (to our laundry | mudroom), but unfortunately I could not get a nice enough shot of that doorway, so I’m sharing only a closeup. I think you can get the picture though!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.
And 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.
The light shines beautifully on the frosted swags and bows that we hung on the side elevation of the house.
I think next year, I will try flocking my wreaths that hang on the windows, for a more cohesive look. 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.
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 (did you catch that I changed it?!). 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 appearance. It looked too dark in that corner as is and I’m much happier with it now…I think I’m addicted to greens that are flocked or sprayed!I don’t change our decor that much from year to year, I truly love a classic look with our garland and potted fresh greenery.
How stunning is this light? It’s so bright and casts such a gorgeous illuminating glow. I told you I was smitten!I picked up a coupe of new black lanterns and brought out my glass canisters from the kitchen to complete the look as well. That wraps up my tour of our Christmas exterior. 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? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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