Happy Monday! I’m so excited to have you join me today at FrenchGardenHouse. Last week I showed you a little peek into our living room all decked out for Christmas, and today I’d love to share a bit more. Welcome! I hope you will stay a while and enjoy this post, maybe get some decorating inspiration, too.


I’m so honored to have you here today!  I am starting at the beginning, the entry walkway, covered porch and our front door. Because  w e l c o m e  begins there, doesn’t it?  I’m partnering with Tree Classics – a division of Balsam Hill -today, so we both welcome you.


french country holiday



Chances are, if you visit me at FrenchGardenHouse, you will be greeted by my assistant Bentley.




He gets so very excited to have people come over for a visit. I hope you love dog kisses, because he is more a “people” lover than of other dogs, and he loves to give kisses.





Your front walkway is a beautiful way to light up your neighborhood and spread Christmas joy! Since it’s the first things your neighbors and guests see, you want to have warm welcoming holiday decor out there.


Here in Southern California, fresh greenery last about a week, if that. So for the front walkway which gets full sun, I used pre-lit garlands as my first choice to make a statement in front of our home. I {and by “I” I mean Mr. FrenchGardenHouse} swagged 4 of the Rustic Holiday Garlands with clear lights on our picket fence. The foliage gives a classic Christmas look with a mix of artificial greenery decorated with an array of pinecones, red berries, bells, and ribbons, and it’s battery powered, so you can use it everywhere!


I planted our black urns with bright green conifer trees, and a ring of white winter pansies. I love how the white flowers really bring the pops of red berries on the garlands into focus.



The natural pinecones mimic the real pinecones in the garlands, and the brown jingle bells!





The natural colors of the Rustic Holiday Garlands complement our home’s French Country fences.  I love how they add a soft, welcoming look to our entrance.


I typically go for very simple, traditional and classic on the front porch, but this year, I wanted our little covered front entrance to feel a bit like the French florist shops dotted all over the French country side.



I added some lit trees from, they come in the elegant urns, and they already have pinecones and red berries. Because the garlands over the door and the wreaths have a battery pack I  think John was able to run the trees on one extension cord!







I think my front entry is a perfect example of how a bit of greenery, berries, and white lights add a welcoming touch.


It’s amazing how the Christmas decor made me love my black front doors all over again!








I hope our front entry walk way and porch have given you some inspiration for your own, if you haven’t decorated quite yet!




PS. There is still plenty of time to order favorite ways to gift people you love from our  Winter Gift Collection.


Wonderful candles, beautiful linen towels, hand made lavender sachets, and much more!  Each and every one a welcoming, personal little gift to say “I love you” to someone special.


If you’d like to purchase a gift for someone special {or yourself!} just pop over HERE to order.





à bientôt