Sunday, December 19, 2010

Prettifying My Winter Entry


A recent cold snap left my urns on the front porch looking like this - not exactly the warm welcome I was looking for.  I really wanted something a little nicer looking both for the holidays and the days following, but didn't want to invest in plants at the moment. Here is a solution that has worked in the past and will work for you if you have an assortment of plant materials in your yard.

The soil was literally frozen the day that I did this so I used a dowel to make holes for the greenery.

Visually, three textures mixed together make a nice arrangement.   So I started with Leland Cypress branches.  I cut them in lengths of about 15" and used around 5 per pot.  A trick, odd numbers work better in arrangements.

The next layer consists of branches from our Christmas tree.  I tucked them in around the bottom of the cypress.  Now all of the ugly stuff in the pot is covered.


Next, I used Nandina sprigs to give the arrangement a smooth, waxy texture.


Finally for a splash of color, I used Nandina berries and a sprig from another Nandina that happens to have red foilage.  The birds beat me to the berries or I would have used 3 clusters per pot instead of one. 
I'm so happy with they way the reds all work together.







Just a little reminder about the 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes that begins tomorrow.
Cottage and Vine

30 comments :

  1. rene, it looks sooo pretty! i love the natural greenery. and i still am in love with the color of your door.

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  2. Rene,
    Your urns look beautiful! I love the greenery with the red berries!
    Have e wonderful, merry afternoon.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. Very pretty! Perfect for the season!
    I saw something similar to this on HGTV last weekend from Sarah Richardson of Sarah's House.

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  4. Thanks ya'll. Oooh Allison, I'm sorry to miss that. HGTV is always about real estate when I try to watch.

    -Rene

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  5. Looks great! I rescued a similar urn from someone's trash not long ago. I was saving it for warmer weather, but you've inspired me to fancy it up for winter!

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  6. Rene, your entrance is very pretty for the season. The urns look awesome.

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  7. That turned out really nice. I especially like the container. I should consider planting my containers for Christmas. Hmmmmmmm, now you have me thinking. My husband always says that can be dangerous. lol.
    Debbie

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  8. Beautiful Rene! I love that you were able to get everything from your yard. Your entry is very welcoming!

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  9. Looking good! I love greenery every where!
    Merry Christmas!

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  10. Great idea. I need to do something in the pots between our garage doors. You've inspired me! Dropping by from Met Monday.
    Allison
    Atticmag

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  11. Such a great idea....I have 2 terra cotta pots that have tulip bulbs but need something for the winter. I'm definately heading out front tomorrow to snip some greenery & try this out. Thanks for sharing & inspiring....visiting from Met Monday

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  12. What a great solution! It really looks wonderful. I'm getting my post ready for tomorrow. :)

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  13. LOVE your entry!So beautiful and inviting!! Hugs~Rachel

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  14. It looks beautiful with the greenery and love your entry-the color of your door is gorgeous!

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  15. Rene your urns look so pretty! I never thought about using Leyland Cypress and I have several big ones in my side yard...thanks for the tip!

    Kat :)

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  16. This is so beautiful. Love your entrance.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. I love the seasonal touches you added to your entry. I really need to do something with mine. I didn't even put up lights this year. I was planning on it - then it snowed -- alot!

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  18. Rene, it looks amazing. I need to do this! My planters are filled with ice, so I'll need to take them in to thaw and drain. And then I'll have to scavenge in the woods, I think, for some greenery!

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  19. Your porch look beautiful - I love the fact that you can 'de-holiday' the urns by removing the red berries and you're set till spring!

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  20. Very pretty and very welcoming! I love the different textures of greenery!

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  21. Great finished look. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

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  22. So lovely!

    Can you please tell me the paint color for your front door? It is absolutely perfect!

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  23. Thanks everybody! Jenmyall, the door color is BM Wythe Blue. I have used it as accents inside as well and love it.

    -Rene

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  24. Rene, thanks for sharing this at my party. I hope you have a wonderful and joyful Christmas!

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  25. Wonderful job on your outdoor urns! They look great, so fresh and welcoming. This year I made my first attempt at arranging my own outdoor decor as well. The gal at the greenhouse said to cut the greens and start sticking them in. That's what I did...turned out better than I expected, cheaper than I would have paid to have them made and it was fun! :)

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  26. This looks amazing! Where did you get your lion door knocker!?

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  27. Thank you! Found the door knocker on EBAY.

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