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♪ ♫ ♩ It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ♪ ♫ ♩ Seriously, I’m singing this over and over again because in my home it’s finally time to decorate for Christmas! Now while you may think you’ve still got weeks left, I like to decorate early so that I can enjoy the beautiful sparkling lights and gorgeous Christmas tree for just a little bit longer. In fact, I would probably keep my home decorated for Christmas all year if the hubby would let me get away with it but since he won’t, early November is my time to turn my house into a winter wonderland.
But, as many of you know, this is my first year in a new home. And while that’s exciting in it’s own way, it also means that all the time I’ve spent perfecting the decorations for my old home are out the window and it’s time to discover how to make my new space truly magical. Ever since we moved in three months ago, I’ve been walking around envisioning where I want things to go. However, it never clicked into place for me. And this past weekend as I was standing in front of my home, I realized why. Where I have always decorated the inside of my home in the past, this new home with sweeping Southern style porches was calling for something different. Something warm. And elegant. And I knew right then and there that the true holiday transformation of my home was going to happen on my covered porch this year.
After taking a few measurements and honestly, getting way too excited, it was time to go shopping. You see once I had a vision in mind, I knew that the only thing I could do was turn it into a reality. And the only place to go was Big Lots in anticipation of their National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week.
I knew that inside these four walls I would be able to find everything I needed for the inside and more importantly the outside of my home this holiday season. And by starting early on my planning and decorating, I could ensure that I’d have less stress and more time to enjoy the things that matter most….like my beautiful Christmas decorations! Ready to turn my dream of an elegant Christmas porch into a reality, I headed into the store and was greeted by an amazing selection of high quality holiday decor.
The trees sparkled. The ornaments shone. And literally everywhere I looked I saw holiday cheer bursting from the shelves.
As I ran excitedly from aisle to aisle, the vision I had in my head began to grow. Where I had started out knowing that our covered porch needed a tree and some lights, I began to see an elegant space dripping with glitter and lights come together in my mind. After getting a little help with adding a few of the items to my buggy, I was feeling delighted by the amazing selection of decorations that I had added to my cart.
I excitedly hurried home to grab the hubby, rope in my mom and make turning our porch into the ultimate elegant Christmas location in our home a reality.
To start my transformation, of course I put up the tree. But this was where I ran into a little trouble (that was actually quite easily fixed). I had purchased a pencil tree from Big Lots thinking that I needed a skinny tree for the smaller space. And while it was stunning, it left the area next to my front door feeling naked.
But the fix was so simple! I quickly packed up my tree, headed back to Big Lots and explained my situation to an associate. She quickly and easily helped me return my tree and find the perfect tree for my space from their amazing selection! After that small crises was averted, I was back on my way to the porch of my dreams. I quickly assembled my new tree and sat it in the small alcove next to my door.
Since it was perfectly pre-lit, I didn’t have to worry about adding lights. I just placed the three pieces together and plugged it in! And as the glow of the lights lit up the area and carols streamed from my speakers, I saw that this was the first step in a truly stunning transformation. Once my tree was in place, it was time to pull out the ornaments.
I had found a stunning selection of ornaments at Big Lots that allowed me to pair plain with ornate to create the exact look I wanted. I even mixed in some sparkly foliage to ensure that no matter where where you were on the porch, when you look at the tree all you saw was sparkle!
With my tree perfectly decorated, it was time to move onto garland. Growing up in the South, I’ve just come to expect lighted garland on porches. But I hadn’t wanted to go with the classic green. Instead, I matched my beautiful gold theme with sparkling garland. After quickly combining my Big Lots outdoor lights with my garland strands, they were ready to use on the railing of my porch.
I simply added a small nail where I wanted each loop to start and then hung my lighted garland on the nail, continuing the length of the porch to create a glittering wonderland that immediately welcomes everyone who pulls up to our house.
With the big pieces in place, it was now time to move onto the finishing touches. After all, while my tree and garland were stunning, it was the little things that would truly make this transformation memorable.
Step one was completing the look of my tree with the addition of glimmering champagne presents. I had been so surprised to see these at Big Lots but they were just the perfect compliment to my gorgeous tree.
Behind those presents, a snow blanket went around the bottom of the tree topped with some beautiful pine cone garland that I had fallen in love with while in Big Lots.
Once my tree was absolutely complete, I moved on to my porch entrance. While it was already sparkling, I had found the cutest tear shaped holiday hanging decorations at Big Lots that matched perfectly with my gold, sparkly theme. I attached an arrantement to each of my posts leading up to the porch and wrapped the remainder of my holiday lights around them to make sure they sparkled to perfection.
Gorgeous red poinsettia’s went at the top of the steps for a splash of color and to balance out all the gold.
And a matching sparkly wreath adorned the front door to welcome all who come to our home during the holiday season.
I have to say that I could have stopped here and been completely happy but there had just been so much awesomeness at Big Lots that it was easy to take my design inspiration to the next level! The only area of my porch that felt neglected was our lounging area and while I didn’t want to do much to it so that everyone could still sit down and enjoy the decorations, I couldn’t stop myself from adding a stunning centerpiece to my large coffee table.
My final addition was a gold lantern to the smaller coffee table and just like that my area was complete!
What had started as just an ordinary porch was now a glistening holiday wonderland filled with beautiful high quality decor from Big Lots.
As I stepped back and looked at my work, I was overwhelmed with emotion because this transformation for my favorite time of the year had really and truly made my new house feel like a home.
I know that in the coming months, I’ll be entertaining, relaxing and simply enjoying my elegant winter wonderland. And I really love the idea that anyone who comes to my home during the holiday season will be greeted with lights, glitter and holiday cheer as they cross the threshold into my new home.
Now that I’ve shared how I’m enjoying my elegant Christmas porch makeover, I know you’re ready to do a little transforming in (or perhaps outside of) your own home. And I’m here to tell you that it’s never been easier! Because (surprise) my Elegant Christmas Porch Makeover was done as part of my participation in National Decorate Your Home for the holidays week. This challenge to decorate an area of my home with high quality decor available at my local Big Lots (Styles and assortment vary by store) inspired me to transform an area of my home in a way that I had never even imaged was possible.
And Big Lots wants to inspire you as well! To get started, Big Lots has declared the week of November 16th-22nd National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week. It’s a week where decor enthusiasts and Christmas lovers alike are using quality indoor and outdoor decorations from Big Lots to turn their home into Winter Wonderlands. To get started by sure to visit biglots.com/christmas for ideas, tips and inspiration. Then head to your local Big Lots to check out the amazing selection of quality seasonal decor at stunning prices! If you’re like me, you just might be amazed by the stunning transformation that Big Lots can help you achieve in even the most surprising areas of your home!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m transforming my porch into an Elegant Christmas Wonderland, tell me which Big Lots decorations you will use to transform your own home.