Today we are celebrating and decorating outdoor spaces.
Hope you will join me, our fabulous host Amy from Atta Girl Says, and 11 more bloggers as we share our Festive Christmas Porches.
Cozy Christmas Outdoor Fireplace
During the busy holidays, a warm drink by the fire is the ultimate relaxation.
And one of our favorites is Bigelow’s Constant Comment tea with a secret ingredient….. fresh orange slices.
It’s the perfect blend of holiday spices and fresh citrus flavor.
We also love our super-comfy, all-weather wicker chairs (Home Depot) that can be dragged around the fireplace in any configuration we want.
And seat cushions that get their cozy on with 22 by 22 square pillow covers (Pottery Barn). No, the fabric isn’t indoor/outdoor and the pillow covers aren’t really meant as seat covers, but they are really GREAT seat covers. #bestkeptsecret
They fit a standard outdoor cushion a little loose so there’s no stress on the seams. And the covers zip on and off so easily that it’s a breeze to bring them in if needed.
Plus….gotta love all that rad Christmas plaid….
Then there’s the floor covering.
You know there’s a secret about this, too. LOL…. it wouldn’t be me…..or my post…..without some kind of back story. Right?
And I’ll spill….. if you promise not to tell…….
OK. So, just between you and me and the world wide web, it’s an upholstery remnant (about $12) that I sewed into a floor covering (about 54-inches wide by 72-inches long).
Then it is simply layered over a regular rug liner.
And waa-la…..the instant cozy floor secret is outta the bag.
For extra seating or to use as a low coffee or end table, here’s another well-kept secret.
Simply stack square outdoor cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric as high as needed. Watch for these covered cushions on close-out at the end of summer. I found these at Costco for a song (around $5 per cushion).
I love them because they are kinda like adult-sized Legos. Just stack them together and they do not easily slide apart. And then…. reconfigure as needed.
Add a couple of faux fur pillows and throws…..and all the cozy things are good to go.
And with this, you may be wondering why Christmas greens are adorning a rusty lantern (Hobby Lobby) against a backdrop of golden leaves. Well, this is just how we roll in the Deep South during the last week of November. Fall comes late and temperatures stay high. And this….my sweet friends….is really no secret. Trust me, LOL, it isn’t.
In fact, it’s so hot that one of our favorite Christmas-time visitors…..
….has to opt for a shirt and vest…..
….instead of his usual heavy red coat. 🙁
Poor fellow, I don’t know who’s going to tell him that he won’t be shredding snow around here any time soon.
But since that kind of news might just land us on the “naughty” list…..
…….maybe it’s best to just keep this bit of news between us……along with all of our other little secrets.
Thank you so much for stopping by….
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And for More Christmas Porch Inspiration…
Be sure to visit all of the participating bloggers for front porch, patio, sunroom and screened-in porch inspiration. Simply click the blog name under the photo you wish to visit.
And as you visit, don’t forget to give a special shout-out to host Amy from Atta Girl Says for organizing this fun event.
And again…..thanks so much for stopping by,