The Best of Christmas Decorating: Fresh Magnolia

 

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Tis’ The Season

Last Tuesday I posted about our trip to The Magnolia Company Farm, I shared a behind the scenes peek at the Christmas magic they create (see here) there during the holiday season, and quite frankly all year round.  Today I’m so excited to share with you how we used a few pieces from The Magnolia Company to truly transform our home into a little Christmas dollhouse.

I’ve been dying to share this post with you because never is our house cuter than during Christmas. At least that’s how I feel about it!  It’s that magical vision I had in my head when we bought the house years ago.  We may have zero storage and tiny closets, but what we do have is a red door and columns…Together they really make up our number one asset.  So I like to play them up as much as possible, especially during the holidays.

 

Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

 

Each year Ryan and I hang five wreaths on the windows and door, but this year we really wanted to step up our game, yet not in the ‘can be seen from space’ Griswold Family Christmas way.  I love twinkle lights and think they look lovely on homes during the holidays, but I’ve always been really into the sweet and Southern style of fresh garland and wreaths. So this year we traded in our faux wreaths & lights for fresh magnolia wreaths and garland. I can honestly say our house has never, EVER looked better. It even smells HEAVENLY!

Ryan and I spent hours pouring over The Magnolia Company’s website in search for the perfect wreaths, garland, and sprigs…we eventually just ended up back where we started with their Classic Magnolia Wreaths and English Estate Garland. They have so many to choose from so whatever your style, I can promise you’ll find something you will love.

I also wanted thick, red ribbon that would match our door, so I went ahead and ordered some from Amazon and had it delivered on the day the wreaths came in. Everything from The Magnolia Company arrives fresh (they ship the same day they’re made) so you don’t want to leave the live wreaths or garland in their boxes for long.  I’m really glad I timed the ribbon just right.  The one thing I didn’t think through was buying command hooks to hang the wreaths.  Thankfully, Ryan did and I was thrilled to see those get delivered with the ribbon. It’s really true what they say, that two heads are better than one!

 

How We Achieved The Look:

Hanging the wreaths is fairly simple.  It’s the tying of the bows so they match perfectly that’s the hard part! The whole idea is to make it look like the wreath is hanging in front of the window and suspended by just the ribbon.  To do this we hang each wreath on its respective window with a command hook, then take the ribbon and use mounting tape to adhere it to the tops of the windows, easy-peasy! 

For the garland, we zip-tied two 10 ft. of lines of garland together.  Next, we made little zip-tie loops on the back of the garland. Ryan then hammered in 3 nails (center, left, and right) and we hug the zip ties on the nails… it turned out perfectly. 

 

Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor
Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

 

For the porch steps, we took Grecian urns we already owned and lined the insides of them with heavy-duty contractor bags. We did this to ensure they would hold water. We then filled urns with water and arranged the fresh magnolia branches and sprigs! We’ve had the whole thing up for a few weeks now. They’ve stayed fresh and it still smells divine!

 

Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor
Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

 

Finally, we picked up a few poinsettias from our local nursery to add a little color and match the red door.

That really pulled it all together and completed the decorating!

Note: If I were to do the whole thing over again, and trust me I will, I might order the lacquered magnolia wreaths instead of the live ones. They look almost exactly the same as the live ones, but they won’t brown. We’ve had our live ones for a few weeks and they have recently begun to dry.  That’s ok though because that’s what all fresh things do after a while. Although, the garland is still green, and look lovely. If you are wanting to re-use the wreaths over multiple seasons, I’d highly recommend the lacquered ones… but let’s be real, you can’ make a wrong decision. The fresh ones usually ship same-day and last for several weeks. 

 

A New Christmas Tradition

If you’ve been following along you know that Ryan and I are having fun living it up this Christmas season (We’ll be posting our holiday bucket list really soon!). Decorating our home in lovely magnolia’s is already one of the highlights and something we’d like to continue.  In the end, I absolutely adore the way the whole thing came together.  It’s better than I could have imagined. It really feels like something straight out of a Christmas movie!

 

Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

 

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Blogger Ashley Brooke's 4 Steps to Fresh Front Door Holiday Decor | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com | Featuring: The Magnolia Company Holiday Decor

2 Comments

  1. December 4, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Your house is too cute for words. Feels like Christmas, even though we in Florida and the weather says otherwise!

    • Ashley Brooke
      December 4, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Ah! Thanks Vicky! It’s so much fun to decorate this time of year! xo

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