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A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour: Our Christmas Porch & Front Entry

I am sharing our Christmas porch and front entry for a Christmas tour of my home!

12 Days of Christmas Projects and Tours at thehappyhousie.com

Good morning!! Welcome to the first part of my Christmas home tour this holiday season -and Day 5 of my 12 days of Christmas Series.

Today I am super excited to be sharing our Christmas Front Porch and Entry Hall with you! I’m joining up with an amazing group of bloggers for the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour hosted by the lovely Carrie of Lovely Etc. today – so if you are new here, then welcome! My name is Krista, and I love to blog about our DIY and decorating adventures in my “spare” time from being a full-time primary teacher and Mom. I’m a born and bred “housie” (someone whose passion is all things house related – think “foodie”, but for houses) and I love sharing our house exploits on this little bit of the web.

A little history about our home: we have lived here for five years this coming spring and love our home for the fact that it is located on a beautiful lake in the center of Vancouver Island, BC. A newer build (1994), our home started out fairly builder basic, and we have been gradually adding our personal touch to it. We’ve painted and DIYed our way through nearly every room on the main floor {some twice!}, and I think we are ready to tackle the basement next!

Anyhow, let’s get down to the good stuff, right?!? It’s Christmas tour time!!

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We have a fairly small front porch, but at least there is a little bit of area to have some fun with. This year I went all natural with the beautiful boughs and garlands that I picked up at our local Home Depot, and I love the crisp contrast of the natural greenery with the red Christmas’y accents.

Aside from the vintage cross-country skis (which I found free on the side of the road!), I think my favourite piece has to be this year’s wreath. I bought it at the Home Depot and added some Martha Living LED Battery operated lights to it (see my full post about adding lights to my natural greenery display here).

The front porch decorated for Christmas with a wreath, skates and skis.

There is a basket filled with firewood and a small throw pillow.

A red throw pillow and a red blanket is on the front porch bench.

Up close picture of a flocked pine cone.

A wicker basket showing the weave.

There are skis leaning up agains the side of the house.

A Christmas wreath is hanging on the front door.

The Christmas wreath has a small red bird, berries, pinecones, and lights.

The white skates hanging up.

There is a chalkboard that says we wish you a Merry Christmas.

Up close picture of the chalkboard on the porch.

Come on into our Entry Hall!

Although not a grand space, I am thankful that it is wide enough to hold a table and a chair. We added the board and batten a year or so after moving in and it added a ton of character to this space. The upper walls are painted Colorado Gray {Benjamin Moore}- we are a big fan of that paint chip and have painted several things in our house with darker and lighter variations of it.

This Christmas I went with a more subdued and subtle feel in the Entry Hall. I wanted to highlight one of our most traditional Christmas decorations: our Willow Tree Nativity Set. This is the one decoration that we have had all the years that we have been married and that comes out year after year. Above the nativity scene I added a driftwood garland, and I rounded out the bottom shelf with some cedar boughs and natural elements like pinecones, birch logs, antlers, and the Faux Fur Mini Christmas Trees that I just made. The new neutral rug is from Ikea, and it is so cushy with the awesome rug pad I ordered from RugPadUSA. The little Christmas Trees are from Michaels.

There is a small entryway table with holiday decor on it.

There are small Christmas trees on the top of the small table and a banner hanging up.

A nativity scene and a star decorate the table.

The holiday Christmas theme on the table.

Up close of the nativity figurines.

More of the Joseph and Mary figurines.

Across from the table vignette is a wall of hooks that are perfect when we have guests – since we turned our front coat closet into a command closet, I don’t have any other hanging space for guest jackets.

A pretty wreath is on the wall in the entryway.

A flocked pinecone wreath on the wall.


There is an evergreen branch hanging from a hook.

From our entry hall you can head left into our living/dining room….

A Christmas tree is seen in the distance from the entryway.

Or go straight ahead into the newly renovated kitchen

Gorgeous Coastal Lake Style Kitchen decorated for Christmas at thehappyhousie.com-27


 Come on by to see our Christmas Kitchen 

The Kitchen Christmas Tour at thehappyhousie.com

And our Christmas Living and Dining Rooms!

Christmas Living and Dining Room Tour at thehappyhousie.com

Did you find a little inspiration for your own Christmas decor? Pin it to remember it!

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Creating a Welcoming Christmas Entry - A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour of our Front Porch and Entry Hall at thehappyhousie.com

And don’t forget! I have some amazing blogging friends who are sharing their own holiday home tours today as well – so the the eye candy isn’t over yet!

A little more inspiration

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.

A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour Poster.


Lovely Etc. / Thrifty and Chic / Bigger than the Three of Us



One Krieger Chick / All Things With Purpose / The Happy Housie / Blue I Style / Little Red Brick House



Southern State of Mind / Seeking Lavender Lane / Designing Vibes / The Tale of an Ugly House / Domicile 37



Like a Saturday / It All Started With Paint / Little House of Four / Boxy Colonial / The Turquoise Home



A House Full of Sunshine / Making it in the Mountains /  View from the Fridge /  Casa Watkins / Shabby Grace Blog


12 Days of Christmas Projects and Tours at thehappyhousie.com

As I mentioned at the beginning, I have undertaken the challenge of sharing Christmas DIY, Craft, and Decor project ideas for twelve straight days this holiday. In addition to today’s tour, here are all my holiday projects thus far for this Christmas Series: 

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I may link up at some of these fabulous places below, for more info check out housie partiesMonday Funday Inspiration MondayNifty Thrifty Tuesday, Project Inspire{d} , Inspire Me Tuesday, The Scoop, Hit Me With Your Best Shot,  Wow Me Wednesday, Whimsy Wednesday From Dream to Reality, The Inspiration Exchange, Wow Us Wednesday, Live Laugh Rowe Live Laugh Linky, Thursdays Are Your Days, Inspire Me Please, Catch as Catch CanFabulously Creative Friday, Party Junk,  Pinworthy Projects , Link Party Palooza,, Weekend Bloggy Reading, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Spotlight SaturdaySuburbs Mama , That DIY Party



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  1. Everything looks lovely! I especially love the front porch; I’m getting jealous seeing all these houses with covered front porches decked out for Christmas….ours is completely exposed, so there’s not a lot we can put there 🙁

  2. Krista, I love it! There are so many gorgeous details that it’s hard to pick a favourite, but I just adore your entry table vignette! The Willow Tree nativity is perfect, and I’m in love with your driftwood garland. Heart eyes for everything! Amazing work! xo

  3. Very pretty Krista I love the soothing blue you use on your walls and door. Everything is done so tastefully! Oh and I have the same scarf hanging on my entryway hooks to ; )

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