Have I ever mentioned my huge walk-in fridge/freezer here on the blog? Yep, I’ve got one. Every winter. It’s super handy for Thanksgiving leftovers.
OK, it’s really my front three-season porch.
There are three seasons when you can enjoy the porch as a porch, and in the 4th season it makes the perfect place to keep leftovers. Or on days like today, when the wind chill is supposed to be in the -20°F range, we can even make ice cubes out there.
I’m always surprised at how cold it gets on the porch despite being attached to the house, and filled with sunlight on a sunny day. It does face northwest though, so I suppose it would be slightly warmer on sunny days if it faced south. It also probably has zero insulation. It was never meant to actually be occupied in the winter.
I have to admit that in years past I’ve treated the entire space like cold storage in the winter. After putting up all of my Christmas decorations, I would leave the empty bins out on the porch. I’d also put newly thrifted items waiting to be painted out there. By spring it would be a big mess with piles of stuff to sort through.
But now that I have a little more time on my hands, I decided that I would put things away properly rather than shoving them out on the porch, and then I could decorate my walk-in fridge, a.k.a. the porch, for Christmas.
Part of the reason I made this decision was because I thought my silver tree and vintage ornament non-collection would look pretty out there with all of its pinks and aquas.
Over that past couple of years I’ve been paring down my vintage ornaments and keeping just the ones I really love, mainly in shades of silver, pink and aqua.
I have to admit that sometimes I feel a tiny twinge of regret for selling the gold ones.
Hmmmm. What was I thinking?
Well, water under the bridge now.
In addition to the tree, I also hung my ornament wreath on the cabinet out there.
I made that years ago. I started with a foam wreath form and just started attaching ornaments with hot glue. If you want to try this yourself, be forewarned, it takes A LOT of ornaments. I counted for you, there are about 75 of them. So make sure you have a big stash before you dive in.
I added a pop of pink to the chaise with a pretty Christmas package.
Some of you may remember the year I painted cardboard boxes with Fusion’s English Rose paint and then added graphics using their transfer gel.
I gave all of the boxes away except for one.
There are just a handful of other little touches of Christmas on the porch. I have a pair of old Ball jars filled with aqua and white light bulbs in the cupboard …
my Christmas tree truck filled with little ornaments …
and I added some evergreens to my French flower bucket.
I suppose it seems a bit excessive to decorate a space that isn’t even used in the winter (except as a walk in fridge), but you can see into the porch from our living room so it’s not a total waste.
Plus I do actually go out there a lot. I have a small table at the other end of the porch where I stage all of my close up photos in the winter.
The lighting is fantastic. Sometimes I throw on an extra sweater before heading out there, but I usually don’t. I have learned over the years that it’s wise to at least put shoes on first though. I tend to just snap my photos quickly and return to the warmth of my desk, which is handily situated right next to a radiator.
In the end, I really just enjoyed the process of decorating out there, even if no one will see it but me. I suspect I may not enjoy taking the decorations back down nearly as much though.
How about you? Do you have any spaces that you decorate for Christmas just for your own enjoyment? Leave a comment and let me know.