I absolutely love an outdoor Christmas tree.
They're just fun. And inviting. And the perfect way to welcome family and guests to your front door.
So no surprise, when December rolls around, you'll always find a fully decked-out fir on my front porch. But this year, for a fresh touch of local flavor, I've switched things up and totally gone coastal!
A seaside-shore inspired tree loaded with colors and textures that reflect our beachy Lake Michigan-vibe and lifestyle? Hey, why not? It's a perfect fit for celebrating the holidays here on the Third Coast!
So bye-bye red bows. Hello to shimmery hues, a hint of sparkle and charming water-inspired elements that say Merry Christmas in a refreshing North Shore coastal kind of way.
Christmas may be right around the corner, but It's never too late to add a seaside twist to your holiday decor. Try these quick, budget friendly ideas to bring coastal to your front porch.......
add sparkle with warm, welcoming lights
Soft, twinkly lights create the ideal backdrop for a coastal tree. I found this darling string of lights at a local home store and love the extra bit of personality they add.
add shimmer with seaside-inspired ribbon and trim
Make your tree shimmer like sunshine on water: Weave wired-ribbon--in coastal palettes of silver, pale golds, blues and greens--throughout the branches or intertwine burlap or natural textures to add the feel of the shore and sand. Scatter metallic ornaments in silver and platinum under branches to catch the light.
Trim and accents from home stores are the perfect accessory for an outdoor tree. They're durable and withstand the elements, even here in Chicago! (Home Depot, Lowes, Costco and Home Goods can not be beat for gorgeous wired-ribbons, ornaments and accessories at unbeatable prices).
add beach-themed ornaments and details...just for the fun of it!
Look for ornaments that tell your story----then top it off with a bit of whimsy. Here along the Great Lakes, that means crayfish, shells and nautical flavor. But I have to admit, I can't resist adding a touch of the ocean to finish it off...so don't be surprised to find a mermaid or two...just for fun!
Here's wishing your phase three home the best of this holiday season. And the perfect coastal Christmas tree for your front door!