Christmas is here! Well, not really, but the long awaited outdoor home tour is! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
But luckily, even with the milder temperatures, there can still be a chill in the air after the sun goes down.
And because of this, I am thrilled to share how I cozy-up the patio in a way that is done quickly and easily.
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.
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.
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.
The first layer is a jute area rug that is then topped with thick, over-sized floor pillows covered in heavy fabrics.
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.
This is especially true during Christmas — regardless of the temperature.
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.
It slows down life’s crazy-fast pace, warms our hearts, and nourishes our souls.
For our family, this is what the holidays are all about.
And what we like to do when it’s not-so cold outside. 🙂
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
If you enjoyed these ideas, please don’t forget to pin…
And now, time to check out more outdoor decor…
A big thanks to my co-host Barb from The Everyday Home.
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