Cottage Journal

These Cottage Porches and Exteriors Glow with Holiday Charm

Image by @thevictorianfarmhouse on Instagram

Text by Bethany Adams

Whether you’re expecting guests or simply enjoying the view from your front porch swing, extending your home’s Christmas cheer to the outdoors is the best way to share the spirit of the season with the whole neighborhood! Tour these holiday-ready porches and home exteriors, then grab some greenery and deck your cottage with welcoming warmth for all!

A Love of Layers

Image and decorating by @gilliamhomestead on Instagram

This porch space spreads the cheer all around with a forest-inspired front door display and a cozy porch swing perfect for savoring that cup of cocoa! A vintage pretzel tin is the ideal vessel for displaying fresh greenery foraged from the yard.

Simple Sophistication

Image by Jim Bathie, Styling by Amy Wilson, Renovations by Long & Long Design

With elegant lines and classic features, this home’s exterior lends itself to an understated Christmas display. A palette of varied greens and wreaths on the thinner side perfectly complement the existing elements and welcome guests with subtle warmth.

A NOLA Christmas

Image by Alison Gootee, Styling by Suzonne Stirling

Magnolia leaves are the perfect garland filler on this New Orleans home! If you’re fortunate enough to have shutters this charming, highlight their beauty with a few fresh wreaths strung from silk ribbon!

Festive on the Farm

Image by Laura Wills, Decorating by PepperHarrow Farms

It’s not just your home that deserves a little Christmas cheer! This barn is a holiday dream with an abundance of greenery! From the wreaths to the window boxes, buffalo-check ribbon and red berries pop from the snowy white scene!

Let It Snow

Image by @homesweetlakehouse on Instagram

As charming as this sweet scene would be on its own, a dusting of fresh snow only makes it more enchanting! If your area is prone to snowy scenes, embracing those evergreens will set your home’s exterior up for magic!

The Coziest Corner

Image by @june_and_dot on Instagram

Don’t skimp on the throws and pillows when you’re cozying up your porch swing for the holidays! Here, they add both warmth and layered texture, and a container garden’s worth of greenery creates the ambience of a winter woodland.

Country Christmas Charm

Image by Mac Jamieson, Decorations by @blessedmommatobabygirls on Instagram

Another case for decorating the barn, this door display pulls in all the classic elements! Vintage touches like a sled and a French laundry basket piled with presents injects the scene with a fun, festive spirit, and the surrounding property provides enough fresh greenery for a garland that pairs perfectly with bright red ribbon.

A Twist on Tradition

Image by John O’Hagan, Decorating by Dorothy McDaniel

Feel like freshening up your Christmas décor? Try a color scheme that sits outside the traditional, like this pink palette! Accenting a classic exterior and paired with plenty of natural elements, it’s just enough of a change to keep things interesting.

Keep It Simple

Image by Nicole Du Bois, Styling by Amy Wilson, Built by Colt Byrom

When your cottage is worthy of a fairy tale, the best Christmas décor is often the simplest! A handful of classic wreaths on the windows and door only serves to highlight the details that make this home so inviting, promising an experience filled with holiday warmth.

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