Fresh Colonial Christmas: The Entryway


Welcome to the second stop in our holiday home.  On Monday, we showcased our porch, complete with some primitive, rustic touches that were inspired by a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg and the theme continues as you enter the house.  The entryway is really the most decorated place in our home (besides the tree) because it’s visible from the kitchen, the bar, the living room, and the stairs.

The open white bannister offers the perfect place to really go wild and that’s exactly what I did.


I begun the entire transformation with loads of greenery.  This was important because our stairwell doesn’t have an electricity source, so usually my garlands aren’t lit, but this year they are!  The Martha Stewart LED garland (available at the Home Depot) is battery operated!  I really lucked out finding it.  It’s a bit pricey, but if you (like me) had been wanting to light up a certain spot in you house, you’re gonna love it!

Deep, generous swags on the garlands makes the whole stairway look lush and plentiful.  Magnolia leaves, dried whole oranges, faux apples, and real pomegranates punctuate the peaks of the greenery.  A cinnamon and dried orange garland swags between the greens and adds a wonderful smell!

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A few changes to my regular gallery wall – adding in winter photos and draping a sheepskin over my usually polka dotted chair add a touch of coziness.


The monogram wreath was one of my favorite (and easiest!) projects I did in the entryway.  The full tutorial will be up next week!  Keep reading for tons (literally, there are 16) more photos that show all of the detail and feelings I was trying to evoke in this room.  

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Up in the stairway landing I also added in a beautiful pre lit tree.  It’s the first time I’ve ever put a tree up there, but it came with berries and pinecones, so it didn’t need any other decor to fit into my theme which made it an easy set up.  Plus, I don’t think you can have a bay window in a house and not use it to display a Christmas tree.


It’s my favorite room in the house right now, hands down.  The decor is totally a throwback, but I love how Christmasy it makes me feel.  I’m inspired to start singing carols as soon as I walk into the house.

Like the porch, it’s certainly a spin on the classic colonial, but I love the way it turned out!


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