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Cozy Christmas Out By the Fire

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Hello Friends,

Christmas is here!  Well, not really, but the long awaited outdoor home tour is!  πŸ™‚

Welcome to the 2016 “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Christmas Home Tour.  This post will feature an array of talented bloggers going live on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, each sharing her own special outdoor home decor edition.  Direct links to each of their blogs are located at the end of this post. 

Cozy Christmas Out By the Fire

To get the ball rolling, let’s take a peek at my back patio.

It's time for a gathering by a cozy outdoor fire | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Disclosure: The fireplace mantel was milled and installed by Outback Deck, Inc. All opinions are 100% my own.

And the fact that it is supposed to be a cozy warm-up on a cold and blustery day.

Fal intersects with winter | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Well, the cozy warm-up, I can handle. But the cold and blustery? Huuuum, not so much.

Ok. I’ll admit that, in the beginning, I was annoyed that I couldn’t figure out how to fake a totally amazing, stop-you-in-your-tracks winter wonderland. I mean, I had fake Christmas trees — because the real ones weren’t for sale yet —and fake snow –because it’s 75-degrees here. You know, the kind of snow that comes in bags?

Yea. Talk about desperate.

In the South, Fall slowly transitions into winter | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But then I realized there is just no faking it.

Because as long as the trees keep singing this concert in color, it’s really not Winter around here. At best, it’s a crazy transition point where Fall intersects Winter.

And so —like Elsa in the movie, Frozen —I had to let go of “all-of-my-high-hopes-for-a-winter-wonderland” — and simply embrace the fabulous weather and view.

A clock with red letters --instead of a wreath-- transitions the outdoors from Fall to Winter | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But luckily, even with the milder temperatures, there can still be a chill in the air after the sun goes down. 

Soft, comfortable pillows are cozy by the fire | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And because of this, I am thrilled to share how I cozy-up the patio in a way that is done quickly and easily.

Lightweight throws and soft pillows warn up up a chilly night outdoors | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

To stay warm, chairs nearest the fire are draped with lightweight throws and filled with super-soft pillows. I always use comfortable, but lightweight chairs that can be easily dragged around to accomodate any number of seating arrangements and proximities to the fire.

Lightweight chairs that can be dragged to form multiple seating arrangements help make outdoor living easy and fun | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The throws and pillow covers are an acrylic/wool blend and are machine washable. So no worries if they get soiled or pick up a smokey smell from the fireplace. Simply rinse out the linens and air the pillow fillers in the sun.

Washable throws and pillow covers are a smart choice for outdoor use | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

But for the gamers, who prefer to gather around a low table, a series of layers are needed to insulate them from the cool, hard concrete.

Warm up the cold, hard concrete by layering thick fabrics | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The first layer is a jute area rug that is then topped with thick, over-sized floor pillows covered in heavy fabrics. 

Gamers can cozy up to the fire on comfy, over-sized pillows | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

These coverings, which include machine washable faux furs, are extremely warm. Actually –amazingly warm.

In fact, my guys say that, although they are really comfortable to sit on, they are way too thick to be wrapped in near the fire.

I, of course, totally disagree. But then again, I’m all about the snuggly —and the cozy —and being a little bit cold-natured.

Old-fashioned games that require little skill are easy for any age group to play | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

This is especially true during Christmas — regardless of the temperature.

Old-fashioned games that are easy to play allow gamers to concentrate on conversation instead of game rules | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And so we gather in this special space to disconnect from the world and to reconnect with each other. We play the same board games that we played when the boy was itty bitty.

Layers of thick fabrics insulate gamers from the cold, hard concrete floor | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

It slows down life’s crazy-fast pace, warms our hearts, and nourishes our souls.

When cozying up to an outdoor fire, fabrics in a variety of weights and finishes provide the right choice for everyone | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

For our family, this is what the holidays are all about.

And what we like to do when it’s not-so cold outside. πŸ™‚

A cozy fire with lots of comfy pillows and wraps never goes out of style | Christmas Home Tour 2016 | #spon Outback Deck, Inc. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

If you enjoyed these ideas, please don’t forget to pin…

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" 2016 Christmas Home Tour - 14 Bloggers share tips and tricks for cozy outdoor decor when it's cold outside | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

14 Bloggers share tips and tricks for cozy outdoor decor when it's cold outside |"Baby, It's Cold Outside" 2016 Christmas Home Tour | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And now, time to check out more outdoor decor…

Baby It's Cold Outside Christmas Home Tour 2016 | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

A big thanks to my co-host Barb from The Everyday Home.

~Monday~

The Chelsea Project  ||  Worthing Court  ||  In My Own Style  ||  Duke Manor Farm 

~Tuesday~

**(Tuesday posts go live at 6am EST)

  Happy Happy Nester
  Jen Rizzo Designs  ||  Cedar Hill Farmhouse

~Wednesday~

**(Wed posts go live at 6am EST)

   Atta Girl Says  ||  Hymns & Verses 

  Sondra Lyn at Home  ||  On Sutton Place

 

 

 

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42 Comments

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  • Reply gina December 5, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Want a beautiful area! I want an outdoor fireplace so badly……yours is gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Hi Gina! Thanks so much for your kind words. There are 4 more posts on the blog that include the fireplace if you’d like to take a look. I will be writing up a post about how to choose an outdoor mantel for publication around the first of the year. At that point, I hope to include some tips to consider (based on my experience) when having a fireplace built. Please let me know if you have any questions. Hind sight is always 20-20 and I’m happy to share. Happy Holidays ~ Susie

  • Reply Diane@InMyOwnStyle December 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Hi Susie – Your back patio fireplace is beautiful. What a grand place to be able to go and snuggle and hang out with family. I agree with you about the faux fur throws. They are the best, nice and warm…perfect! Merry Christmas

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Hi Diane! Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by. I only bought two faux fur throws, but think I will have to get more. Now that there’s a bit of a chill, I’m finding the throws dragged all over the house. LOL… They are definitely snuggly. Happy Holidays ~ Susie

  • Reply laura janning December 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    susie- your outdoor fireplace and sitting area is fabulous! love that mantel. we are such outdoor people and love hanging by the fire and connecting as well. happy holidays to you and your family. thanks for hosting this fun event!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much, Laura! I have to admit that the mantel added more to the look of the space than I thought it would. We are truly loving it. Thanks so much for stopping by! And thanks so much for joining us on this fun Outdoor Tour. Your porch is one of my all-time favorite spaces. I’m so happy it is now shared with lots of new viewers. All the best to you and yours this blessed holiday season. ~ Susie

  • Reply Carolann December 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Hi Susie! All I needed was a hot cup of coco to put me right in the holiday spirit. I adore your outdoor space and you decorated it with all of the festive cheer anyone can hope for. It goes to show you don’t need cold weather to be full of holiday cheer. Wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed holiday season. xoxo

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thanks so much, Carolann! You are always so kind and encouraging. Appreciate much. All the best to you and yours this holiday season. ~Susie

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  • Reply doodletllc December 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Susie: Your outdoor Christmas setting is lovely…the clock with those red numbers says “North Pole” to me. So cute.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      LOL.. thanks so much! And yes, yes they do! The North Pole it is! Happy Holidays ~Susie

  • Reply barbgarrettnc December 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    No matter what is or isn’t in the trees, that is am amazing fireplace and cozy in every way. I love all the plaids and the little trees. That clock is amazing!!! So pretty. Thanks for sharing. xxoo

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks Barb. Another reader said the clock looked like the North Pole. LOL.. Wish I had thought of that angle. I was expecting you to say it looked like your beloved Big Ben. LOL…. Thanks for being a great co-host!! What a great home tour series! Happy, happy holidays! ~Susie

  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista December 6, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Your outdoor fireplace area is so cozy and inviting at the best of times but ever so much cozier dressed for the holidays. That winter wonderland you so desperately wanted to create…would you like to trade? I have it in abundance over here except along with it are frigid temperatures. Would you believe it was -29C with windchill today – no sitting outdoors in this neck of the woods. I could spend many hours in front of your fireplace with a hot mug of blueberry tea.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2016 at 6:58 am

      My dearest Marie, you have no idea how much I’d love to have you out by that fireplace. Thanks so much for stopping by and for such kind and encouraging words. Happy Holidays ~ Susie

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  • Reply Suzy Handgraaf December 6, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Oh, I LOVE your fireplace! I would so love to have one! The way that you styled it makes it so inviting and cozy. Love the mix of plaids and fur!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Suzy! That fireplace has surely been a reader favorite this year. And I have to admit, it has been fun reinventing its look with the changing seasons. Thanks so much for stopping by —and for joining us on the outdoor tour! Happy Holidays ~~ Susie

  • Reply Sue December 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Everyone is loving your outdoor cozy Christmas and I can see why. You know I just love your fireplace and the clock is so unique. Red and black buffalo check is a big favorite of mine too. Your pillows and table and just everything are things made of dreams come true. Merry Christmas.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Sue. You are the most kind person. And I am so lucky to have you as my friend. Happy Holidays

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  • Reply Richella Parham December 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous outdoor space you have! Thank you so much for the inspiration. My front porch is decked out for Christmas, but I need to do something festive to my back porches. Your post came just in time! πŸ™‚

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Thanks so much Richella! I felt much the same when I saw your georgous inside photos. Happy Holidays! ~~Susie

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul December 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Susie, all of it is so so lovely. I love all the red and the plaids, they are so inviting. And that clock on the mantle is crazy cool. You have such an easy way of pulling a space together. Just beautiful friend!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much, Toni! You are so kind and encouraging. Thank you sweet friend. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 December 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I adore your outdoor space and always enjoy seeing how you will decorate it for each season. It is absolutely beautiful.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Debra. The fireplace has been a favorite for many reasons, but I’m trying to get some rooms finsihed to share in 2017. Wish me luck with that ~~LOL… Happy Holidays! ~~Susie

  • Reply Lisa December 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Susie, everything is so colorful and cozy looking. I have to admit those pillows made my heart go pitter-patter!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Lisa! Those pillows are snuggly! Come over and give them a try!! Happy Holidays ~~Susie

  • Reply Cristina December 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, what a dreamy and cozy space you’ve created! That’s the perfect timing for me to enjoy outdoor entertainment, too cold is not fun!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Christina! Fall is our favorite time of the year and this year was truly wonderful. Happy Holidays ~~Susie

  • Reply Florence December 7, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Love the cozy look of your firepit and all the plaids! Oh that Monopoly game brings back memories too! You perfectly captured the feeling of “winter wonderland” even though it is 75 degrees! That I can totally relate to, though it has cooled off considerably in my neck of the woods. I like your writing style, and your whole post Susie.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Florence! The Monopoly game was a gift from a friend. When we were in college, she did a rotation in London. This is the British version. I made a note in the lid of the game that it was from Cat in 1988. Rediscovering things like these are so special. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Holidays ~~Susie

  • Reply Janine December 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Susie,
    What a great outdoor room you have! I want to just drop in and hangout there with your fun games, warm blankets, and lovely fireplace! Such a post full of inspirations!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Janine! Come on over! Great hopping with you this week! Happy Holidays! ~~Susie

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