I am crazy excited and honored to be a part of the Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com Home for Christmas blog tour. Our back porch is decorated to be cozy and rustic, with natural and vintage elements. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and join us!
Before we start our tour, I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude to Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com for hosting this Christmas Blog Tour. I am honored to be included and just like you, I’m excited to see what all of the bloggers are up to for the holidays! Please be sure to share on social media and tag us at #HomeForChristmas
Rusted Wagon – Rustic Tree
We recently moved Hubby’s parents from their home in upstate New York to a house across town from us. After several trips back and forth helping them to clean out, Hubby shows up with his childhood wagon. Completely rusted, broken, missing pieces, and full of dirt and cobwebs. I knew it would be a perfect addition for the rustic tree on our back porch.
Hubby: “Are you sure you want this wagon?”
Hubby: “It’s going to take a long time to restore.”
Me: “It’s perfect just the way it is!” (I mean seriously… why would anyone want to mess with perfection here, right?!?!?)
We filled it with presents, a burlap sack, and parked it in front of the tree on our back porch.
A galvanized pail full of logs and branches is the wagon’s trusty companion.
Our friends call our back porch “The Adirondack Room” and for good reason – it’s rustic and cozy and the second you walk out there, you are in a world of peace and calm.
We had a major structural renovation on the porch this summer – one of those renovations that cost a lot of money, but you have nothing to show in return except it being safe and up to code. Grrrr…. anyhoo… as the porch was torn up, I asked our contractor to add a permanent, commercial-grade outdoor heater to the room. It’s great for cooler days, and especially when I was decorating the porch for Christmas!
We’ve had the vintage Pepsi crate forever, and fill it with seasonal forages. For Christmas, it’s nice to walk outside and collect all of the greens from our yard – magnolia leaves, holly leaves, and pine cones. The ornaments had fallen off the garland from the front porch, so I recycled them with this display.
Sometimes, it’s not always about the elaborate or “perfect” decorations… when you can use an old crate and some greens from your garden, the simplicity means so much more.
I had mentioned earlier about the in-laws recent move. I took MIL furniture shopping, and we walked away from Pottery Barn without any furniture for her, but with lots of Christmas goodies for me… including this adorable chalkboard style pillow cover.
My mother knitted this blanket years ago. We still use it, and when you stop by to visit us, feel free to grab a cup of hot chocolate, and snuggle up in the cozy blanket! The decorations are out, the heater is on, and we are ready for a warm and cozy rustic Christmas on our back porch.
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