Simple Holiday Decorating – Front Porch & Entry Way Tour

The porch and entry way are ready for the holidays! Lots of greenery and a subtle French influence are what inspired this simple holiday decorating.

Hi friends and welcome to my final holiday tour of the season! Today I’m joining Krista of The Happy Housie for her annual Seasonal Simplicity Series and I’m excited to share my porch and entry with you. If you’ve landed here from Inspiration for Moms or any of the other ladies, welcome!

This year’s holiday decorating has been decidedly simple, inspired by a more French or European influence. A neutral palette with touches of nature and lots of greenery is what I used in the living room and kitchen. And now the outdoors feels as simple and elegant as the indoors!

My porch is one of my favorite things to dress for the holidays. I love that it sets the tone for the inside of my home. I mean, is there anything better than driving by a house with pretty wreaths and garland?!

gorgeous holiday front porch black doors wreaths garland classic christmas decor

It doesn’t take a lot to create a festive porch or front door! I added these gorgeous wreaths with dried oranges (continuing that Old World European feel I started in the family room), as well as fresh cedar garland from Lynch Creek Farms around the door. 

I love the warm and cozy feel it brings to the porch, and it sets the tone for the inside, too!


porch decorating ideas bucket with greens and logs and rustic lanterns

rustic vintage bucket with greens, pinecones and logs holiday porch decor

The vintage bucket holds some pine boughs, pinecones, white birch logs, and ornaments. I also added some frosted pinecones to the base of the boxwood topiary.


gorgeous and simple holiday decorating on the porch wreaths and garland


And now, come on in!

simple holiday decorating ideas French country entry way with mirror console table and wreath

The entry way continues the subtle French touches with paper whites in an urn and a simple wreath.  


gorgeous French country Christmas entry way Trumeau mirror with wreath

The wreath was plain cedar and I added the little pinecones and added a vintage velvet ribbon.


paper whites in French urn with wood candleholders Christmas decorating ideas

The paper whites are faux – and they look so real! I bought them last year and though they were a bit of an investment, I’ll be able to use them for years to come. I’ve forced real paper whites before but the timing is hard! One year they bloomed too early and they were dead by Christmas and another, they were not blooming until January, haha!

I’m excited to be able to use these at the perfect time every year!


gorgeous entry way with paper whites in French urn Christmas tree holiday decor

garland on stairwell in French country living room holiday decorating

The garland on the stairs is a mix of my favorite faux garland mixed with some live branches and faux and live eucalyptus.


wreath on mirror French country Christmas decorating ideas


And that completes my holiday tours for the year! If you missed any of them you can see the rest of them at the holiday tours link.

Also, I’ll be sharing a pretty and oh-so-different holiday table setting tomorrow so I hope you pop back for that!


Simple Holiday Decorating Resource List

*affiliate links have been added for your convenience*




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Now head on over to This is Simplicite and then onto the other fabulous Christmas decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image!


The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Maison de Cinq / This is Simplicite


Chrissy Marie Blog / Modern Glam / Nick & Alicia



Cassie Bustamante / Cuckoo4Design / Lemon Thistle / Love Create Celebrate


tatertots & jello / Jennifer Maune / She Gave it a Go / Clean & Scentsible



The Handmade Home / Finding Silver Pennies / Joanna Anastasia / Amber Tysl

The DIY Mommy / My Sweet Savannah / Dans le Lakehouse / Fynes Designs



Two Twenty One / Cherished Bliss / Life is Better at Home / All Things With Purpose


This is Our Bliss / Home Made Lovely / Place of My Taste



The Tattered Pew / Life is a Party / Rambling Renovators / House by Hoff


Deeply Southern Home / Grace in My Space /
Taryn Whiteaker Designs / Just a Girl and Her Blog


If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other holiday tours and posts below:

Holiday Porch with Touches of French Blue

Romantic French Holiday Entry Way

French Inspired Christmas Living Room with Touches of Blue



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  1. Your porch is stunning Sheila, and so is your photography!! Happy holidays and Merry Christmas:)

    1. Aww thanks so much Krista! Thanks for including me and happy holidays to you, too!


  2. Libbie@alifeunfolding says:


    This is beautiful! You truly have a gift for styling! Happy Christmas!

    1. Aww that’s so kind! Thanks so much Libbie!


  3. Your entry is stunning and that continues inside. I love your french influences and that mirror. I have always wanted to build one. Maybe I’ll use yours as an inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much Leslie – so appreciate that! And yes!! You should build one. I’ve seen people do this and sometimes they look really good! 😉


  4. Swoon! Your porch is wonderful! Do the squirrels bother the dried oranges. I’m using them inside this year but didn’t know if I could use them outside, too. That sweet vignette right inside is lovely, too. I can’t believe those are faux paperwhites. They look so real! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! xx

    1. Aww thanks so much Danielle! And no, the squirrels don’t bother them but their high, not sure that would be the case if they were lower!

      thanks for your sweet words and Merry Christmas to you too!


  5. Sheila, I am infatuated with your home always. I love it and am so grateful for your posts. Can you tell me something? The wreath you posted says Crate and Barrel but is that the one you actually have? Does your really have the lights? I like the wreath they offer but dont want lights and yours doesnt look like it has the lights. May I ask?
    Thank you Sheila,
    God Bless you and
    Merry Christmas!!!

    1. Hi Rose and thanks so much for your kind words! The wreath in side on the entry way mirror is not Crate and Barrel, it’s an old one from Target and no longer available. I linked the Crate and Barrel because it’s the closest I could come to the look (*they are very similar!) But no, mine doesn’t have lights. Sorry I couldn’t find one without lights that was similar!

      thanks for stopping by!


  6. Your home is so so elegant, Sheila I love the porch so much and those doors…. dreamy! It really shines right now!

    1. That’s so kind – thank you Cassie! And Merry Christmas to you!


  7. Sheila,
    I absolutely love your style! Your front porch and entry hall is stunning. I thoroughly enjoy your posts. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home. Happy holidays!

    1. What a lovely compliment! Thanks so much Renae – and happy holidays to you too!


  8. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Your front door is so pretty and the Christmas decor for it looks amazing. Merry Christmas

    1. Thanks so much Julia! Merry Christmas to you as well!


  9. Your home is lovely. I love the mirror in your entryway. Do you have a link for that? Have a Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks so much Paula! The mirror is an antique, but I’ve found VERY similar ones! Sorry I forgot to link them, but I’ve added them underneath the first mirror photo for you.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  10. Eugenia Annino Steger says:

    I love your porch! I decorate ours with lit garland, two wooden Swan decoys, one on on a chicken coop coffee table (with glass on top)….