7 Christmas Porches

Welcome to the 355th Metamorphosis Monday!

Ahoy Matey! As  you read this, I’m somewhere out floating in the Caribbean, hopefully NOT in the Bermuda Triangle!!! πŸ˜‰  I’m off sailing with the The Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott on their “Sailing With The Scotts, Ultimate Design Cruise.”

I have lots of posts ready for you this week. If I can find a Wifi connection, I’ll also share some photos from the design cruise this week. Be sure and follow Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram because that’s probably where I’ll be able to share photos the easiest while on this trip. You’ll find BNOTP on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch

I’m also going to try my hand at Snapchat, so if you’re on Snapchat, you’ll find me under the user name: susanbnotp. If I get the opportunity to use Snapshot, please bear with me while I figure it out. My snaps may be a bit wonky at first. lol

Sail With the Scott Brothers


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Tartan Charger Update…some good news!
Before we get into this week’s Met Monday post, just wanted to let those who are interested know (before they’re all gone again) it appears the Tartan Chargers I shared recently in THIS post, are back in stock, at least they are as I’m writing this on Saturday evening. You’ll find them here: Tartan Chargers

Williams-Sonoma Tartan Plaid Charger & Lenox Winter Greetings Dinner Plate

Decorating the Porch for Christmas

I have family coming home for Thanksgiving this year…YAY! So as soon as I get back home from this trip, I will be decorating the exterior of my home for Christmas. I used to always hang my wreaths the day after Thanksgiving but the time left to Christmas flew by so quickly, it seemed like I barely got them up before it was time to take them down.

Last year I hung them up about a week or two before Thanksgiving and loved seeing them from the inside as well as from the outside. Best of all, I really felt like I got a chance to enjoy them before it was time to take them down. I love seeing them from inside as much as from the outside. They may be my favorite Christmas decoration of all…in fact I know they are!

If you’ve been wondering what the best way is to hang wreaths on exterior windows, you’ll find a detailed tutorial here: Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows for the Holidays.

Hang Wreaths on Windows


The other thing I plan to work on as soon as I return is decorating the front porch. I’ve got a few ideas already in mind and can’t wait to share those with you! In the meantime, for this Met Monday I thought I’d share how I’ve decorated the porch for Christmas through the years. It’s kind of fun to see the changes and thankfully my photography improved! lol

Note: To see the full post for any of these Christmas porches, just click on the “year/date” and it will open that post where you can see all the details.

Christmas Porch, 2008

Porch Decorated for Christmas with Lit Garland and Sled


Christmas Porch, 2009 (Live garland and a different style live wreath…added skates to the sled.)

Christmas Porch With Snow Sled, Ice Skates and Lit Garland


Christmas Porch, 2010 (Created Pottery Barn inspired lit garland for the columns…link to tutorial in that post)

Christmas Porch, Magnolia Wreath, Magnolia Garland, Sled, Ice Skates, Lit Garland


Christmas Porch, 2011 (Went with triple wreaths. The triple wreaths were inspired by a GrandinRoad ad and the link to a tutorial explaining how to hang triple wreaths is in the post. This was the first year I used cedar garland.)

Front Porch Decorated for Christmas with Triple Wreaths on Door and Pottery Barn Knock-off Garland


Christmas Porch Decorations, Red Door, Sled, Ice Skates, Cedar Garland


Christmas Porch, 2012 (My favorite wreath of all time…a live snowflake wreath! Loved this wreath sooo much! Added a furry muff to the sled that year, along with a pail of natural greenery and a tall, black lantern. Garland around the door is cedar.)Christmas Porch with Snowflake Wreath, Sled, Ice Skates and Cedar Garland


Snowflake Wreath for Red Door for Christmas


Christmas Porch Decorations, Sled, Ice Skates, Muff, Greenery, Berries, Cedar Garland


Christmas Porch, 2013  (The stag who lives on the wall in my office came out to play. Went with triple wreaths again, this time using live boxwood wreaths.)

Red Front Door with Three Christmas Wreaths


Boxwood Wreath for a Christmas Door with Deer Head


Christmas Porch, 2014  (Added lit trees on either side of the door and used a wreath from Martha Stewart)

Christmas Porch with Sled, Lantern, Lit Trees and Garland


The hot cocoa is ready!

Vintage Red Plaid Thermos Picnic Bag


Christmas Porch, 2015…coming soon!  Update: See this year’s porch decorated for Christmas here: A Red Christmas Door and a second update I made here: Small Changes Can Have a Big Impact

Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!

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  1. Thanks for the party Susan! I’m so jealous you are on that dream cruise!! Love the Property Brothers~ you are certainly traveling a lot!! Your porch always looks great, I can’t chose a favorite, but I do love the sled and skates. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  2. I loved seeing all of your pretty porches again! Have fun on your cruise! Hugs…Debbie

  3. Susan, thanks for hosting! I’m a little bit jealous that you are cruising with the Property Brothers. Should be a great trip!

  4. You Lucky Duck, Susan! Hope you are having a splendid time on the cruise! Thanks for the party πŸ™‚

  5. Hope you’re having a wonderful time on the cruise! Never heard of a design cruise, but it sounds like an amazing trip! Your porch has been beautifully decorated over the years! Looking for to your 2015 design! ..thanks for hosting! ~Rhonda

  6. Ooh, lucky you- enjoy the trip! Your Christmas porch looks gorgeous, year after year. πŸ™‚

  7. Enjoy your cruise! That’s so awesome! Loved viewing your front porch this morning — they were all lovely! Thanks for the party, Cynthia

  8. Have a blast, and thanks for the WS tip!

  9. Hmmm, too many pretties to pick a favorite! πŸ™‚ How fun, enjoy the cruise…lucky lady!

  10. Give DREW AND JONATHON a HUGE HUG from me….as if I had to ask… πŸ™‚ EnJOY!! franki

  11. Well, you did get bitten by the traveling bug! Have a lovely time and thank you for hosting! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Hi Susan! I loved seeing all the changes to your Christmas Front Porch! I can’t wait to see this years:). Have fun on your cruise!!! Take care, Tara

  13. Lynda Cormier says

    Just Lovely!

    Susan, may I ask about your porch floor. Did you use the same brick that is on your house, or are these paver bricks? My house is also brick, and I’ve been looking at picture after picture, trying to decide what kind of flooring to use on my (cement) porch.

    • Hi Lynda, writing this on my cell before the ship leaves the port. My contractor gave me a choice of about six bricks and I chose the closest that matched my home. Its not that great a match but once I add more shrubs it should be better.

  14. Thank you Susan! Always fun to see what you are doing.

  15. I was in Michael’s last week and they also are carrying Tartan chargers this year. Enjoy your trip!

  16. Hi Susan: Love the Christmas Front Porches. Especially the skates and tartans! How I wish I still had my ice skates. I sold them when I left for California years ago never thinking I’d need them again! Rats!! Lesson learned. Never say never!! Anyway, the sled and ice skates brought back such great memories!! Hope you have a blast on your cruise. Sounds like fun! Jane xo P.S. I didn’t get the Post Card, and re-subscribed, but they say I’m already subscribed , and it was not in spam either. I’ll keep watching. Just thought you’d want to know. Thank you for the great post!!

  17. I’ve said it before. Your house always looks gorgeous at Christmastime. I enjoyed seeing how your porch has evolved from year-to-year. Every time I thought it couldn’t get better, it did! Hope you’re having a wonderful cruise. Thank you for hosting.

  18. Oh my gosh, I love them all!


  19. Susan ~ You have definitely mastered the art of doing up the front porch for Christmas! Have fun!!

  20. Marlene Stephenson says

    Your porches were great,and i also love your sled and skates,have a great time. Those guys are hunks, i maybe old but not dead!! lol.

  21. I love cruising! Beautiful photos. Thanks for hosting the party.

  22. One of my friends is actually working on that cruise! She asked me join her but I declined! Hope you have a wonderful time!

  23. Cyndi Raines says

    Whew – you go girl! You are doing your own version of “Around the World in 80 Days!” lol and I’m SO happy for you. I’ll be watching for your great pics on Instagram. Still enjoying my Thanksgiving decorations, but also starting to plan for Christmas. Here in MI we are having a wonderful Indian Summer and so we’ve put up the outdoor Christmas lights instead of doing it in freezing temps! Yes, I too saw and purchased the VERY reasonable Tartan chargers that Mary from Home Is Where The Boat Is told us about. Happy for the look at such a great price. You’ll have to check it out. Bon Voyage!

  24. Thanks for hosting Susan!

  25. Merry Christmas Susan. Hope you are enjoying family time.
    Looking at the photos, how long have we been together ? LOL I came after Max.

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