Emily Clark always has distinctive Christmas decorating ideas. We were so impressed with her woodland-inspired Christmas theme that she showed us previously here on the Home Depot Blog. She’s the author of Emily A. Clark: design. simplified., and she’s back with more creative ideas for Christmas decorating. This time she moves outdoors to create a cozy winter patio for the holidays. Of course, not everyone lives where sitting on the patio is much of an option in December. But take a look and you’ll see these decorating ideas are easily at home, too, indoors.
This is Emily’s second contribution to our Holiday Style Challenge series, a Christmas tradition here. We pack up mystery boxes of Home Depot holiday decorations to send to some of our favorite stylists and designers, and then leave the rest to them.
Read on to see Emily’s very clever modifications to some of the decorations we sent her to give her Christmas decor her own unique look.
Here in the Carolinas, the winter months are fairly mild well into December. And, truthfully, I’m always a little sad when we “close” our patio late in the fall. So, for the Holiday Style Challenge, I dreamed up a cozy Christmas outdoor space where we could light candles, snuggle under blankets and sip hot chocolate.
First, I decided on a color scheme. Although we don’t have a lot of it in our house, I don’t think you can beat traditional red for outdoor Christmas decorating. I started by choosing a (non-traditional) red, white and black fabric for new pillows and bought several cans of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in gloss apple red.
Quick tip: Have holiday decorations you’re ready to kick to the curb? Update almost anything with spray paint. For this project, I spray painted purple ornaments that didn’t fit into my color scheme, the bases of these pre-lit trees to make them brighter, a pair of garden stools and even artificial apples I found at a discount store.
Another easy tip: I added some white spray paint to the branches of the trees to make them look a little more “real.” (Basic white spray paint works just as well as the faux snow spray, is cheaper and is less messy!)
A new addition this year was this snowy tree. I’ve always wanted one for the patio, and a tree covered with “freshly fallen snow” seems natural for outdoor decorating, right? Instead of a tree skirt, I put it in a big wicker basket that I already had. I love a simple tree and decided to keep everything more natural by going light on the decorations, just using these little discount store red cardinals.
I also ordered a new outdoor rug from Home Decorators Collection. The rug is a classic stripe that will work for any season.
The mirror was a quick and easy DIY project. I had it stored away in the attic from our last house and decided to give it a simple antiquing treatment using a mixture of water and vinegar and then following up with a little black spray paint and some textured glass spray paint.
I draped it with pre-lit garland and tied the artificial apples to it for more color.
Emily Clark is a wife, mom of five, and author of the blog Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. She writes about the never-ending adventure of making her house a home, and shares affordable and achievable decorating ideas for real people. Read about how she turned an upstairs closet into a new bathroom here on The Home Depot Blog.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.