Saturday, November 22, 2008

"Simply Rustic" - Christmas on our Sunporch

This is the first year that I've had our sunporch to decorate. It was all torn apart last year at this time being remodeled from a dull room that was an eyesore (to me) since we walk through here everytime we come into the a now favorite place. It serves as a transition from the outdoors to the indoors into our kitchen, so it was important that it be a happy place as we walked in from the carport into our home.

I've been really excited about having this room, to say the least. We also have it insulated with a heater out here so it can be used during the colder months if we want. Although, we don't keep it heated out here all the time, because of obvious reasons of saving money, at least we do have the option of doing so and leaving the kitchen door open and this area flows naturally into the kitchen. I am looking forward to having this extra space when we have our ladies Christmas party here and when we have our Christmas day dinner with family and sometimes....just because. And if we EVER have snow, I can just imagine sitting out there watching the snowflakes with all those windows! (Thanks, Kath, for the cyber snow!) lol!

Just like our outdoor decor, it's very simple, with a rustic flavor. I love natural things to decorate with....I love pinecones, pine needles, grapevine wreaths.....anything you might find outdoors is what I wanted to embillish with out here...and with a primitive touch (and on a very tight budget, I might add).

The slim alpine tree out here is adorned with pinecones, snowflakes (from Dollar Tree), a garland (of stars, twigs and pinecones), berries, and birdhouses. The birdhouses beneath the tree were made by Jason and my dad.

And here it is aglow with the twinkling lights.

Here's a cozy table for two. On the center of the table is the birch bark tree that I bought last year. I could just picture it out on the sunporch (when I could finally decorate it)! I bought it at Walmart the day after Christmas.

Topping the birch bark tree, is a "stick" star I found last year too. I do believe this tree is one my favorite things this year! I have visions of standing inside a log cabin looking out of the window and seeing snow covered trees like this! Oh...and sipping on a cup of hot chocolate (Shelley...I guess that's reality for're living my dream!) :)

Over in this corner is a large piece of driftwood my dad brought home for me. I remember my mom having that stool when I was still at home. I found the wooden Christmas angel for .50 at a yard sale last year. The birdhouse lamp came from ebay.

The chippy paint birdhouse perched on top of the driftwood was another .50 yard sale find. Remember the snowflake from the ornament swap? I thought this was the perfect spot for it! It's one way to see a snowflake! :)

There's absolutely no added decorations here on the bench except pinecones, pinecones, and more pinecones (in the tool box and under the bench in the pinecone basket). Our late night family excursion picking up pinecones in the freezing cold paid off I guess....brrrr!

Remember the potting bench Jason made me from the $18 Lowes door? Here it is with a few Christmas decorations...the Santa came from a win playing "Dirty Santa", the snowman shelf sitter, the wooden birdhouse stand underneath, and greenery and surprise....pinecones in the garden box.

There's not much added to the old-window-turned-coffee-table that Jason made me except pinecones, candles, and baskets. The sleigh was given to me by my friend, Betty, a few years ago.

Isn't this little snowman pillow the cutest thing? I found it at a yard sale too...$1.00. He found a home out here on the sunporch loveseat. He makes me smile! I don't mind sharing this seat with him at all!

And don't you just love it when you find something that you forgot you bought? I found this sign put away in a closet upstairs that I bought last year after the season for $2.00. It's really the only thing I added to the shelves above the windows except for greenery...........and pinecones! :)

And here's a couple of pictures of the sunporch my favorite way....lights off...aglow with lamplight and twinkling Christmas lights! It feels cozy this way!

That's it. I told you it would be simple.....and rustic....(with pinecones)! :) It seems like I'm doing simple more these days. Besides, I also wanted you to see how a room could be decorated for Christmas with nature's free decorations and very inexpensive thrift store and yard sale finds.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit our sunporch for Christmas! I'm so glad you did. And a very BIG thank you for all the nice comments on the exterior of our home. I was really overwhelmed with the kindness! You all are wonderful! You just don't know how much it means to me! You really know how to make a girl's day!

And I know everyone loves giveaways, so be sure to click over to Beth's and sign up for Gracie! Beth is drawing out a name on Sunday evening and sending her to a new might just be yours (or mine). I'll take really good care of her, Beth! :)

I'm not really sure which room will be next on the Christmas tour....I guess the next one will just have to be a surprise. But you're definitely invited! And have a great weekend! :)


basketsnprims said...

Tammy, I love your porch and you have decorated it just lovely. Your tree is so pretty. We have a very small porch and I started working on it yesterday & will finish it up today. Ours is not insulated so we don't use it in the winter but I like it to look festive to great our guests that use that door. Have a great weekend.

~ Pam ~

Cindy B said...

Great job in decor..I love it! Tammy...this is better than anything I would see in a home interiors are a natural at knowing how to put things together! I really enjoyed your porch today...thank you!!

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Love it Tammy!

Renata said...

What a great job you did with that porch! I have one in the making.. it looks like your's might have looked last year...can't wait it finish it and I so love how you did yours inexpensively..I too have been collecting things from yard sale, dumpster diving and just imagining how it would look. Your room has given me ideas.

angie said...

love it all tammy~it looks great! i wanted to do some stuff outside today, but it's freezing here right now!

Anonymous said...

Tammy. I just had to post. I just love what you have done to your sunporch. It's looks so warm and cozy, just beautiful!!! Janie

Jenn said...


I absolutely LOVE how you have this decorated. I could curl up with a fuzzy blanket and be happy ALL day there.

I have that same angel:)

marnie said...

Thanks for letting me take a tour of your warm, cozy home. It's beautifully decorated.

Kindra said...

Love your sunroom all lit up in the last picture! It looks so warm and inviting. You have such a lovely home.

CozyCoops Corner said...

Wow Tammy, What a wonderfully cozy room ! It must be so nice to walk into that room when you get home. I love the little cedar tree, your big tree, all the neat pieces your husband made, Oh I love it all ! Have you ever been to Big Cedar Lodge near Branson , MO ? We go there often as my parents have a time share there. We stay in the cabins and the view is beautiful. We stayed one time when it was snowing and it was like that little tree of yours everywhere. I loved it !Can't wait to see the next room on your Christmas tour ! ;-) Have a wonderful weekend !

Mom in Sahuaritaville said...

I just love being invited into your home to see your wonderful Christmas decorations.

Your sunroom looks so cozy.

Anonymous said...

Tammy it's and I absolutely loved the simpleness of it. I also loved the little wooden tree it goes perfectly with the theme of your sunporch. It's so inviting with just the lights. I could almost hear the Christmas music in the background. :) Thanks again for sharing your beautiful home with us. As I said before the ladies are in for such a treat. I can't wait to see the next room.


Sandy said...

Hi Tammy,

Thank You for yet another wonderful tour :) I love how simple your decorated but it looks so calming and inviting. I would so love to have a room like that...someday.

I can not wait to see which room will be next...


Shellmo said...

I would love to sit in this sun porch! You have some of my most favorite things - pinecones & birdhouses! I wish I could borrow you next week to help me w/ decorating the log cabin - you truly have the touch!!

Terry said...

Oh, it's so cozy and just perfect! I could see me sitting there with a hot cup of cocoa and enjoying all of the serenity you've accomplished. You've done an outstanding job Tammy! I love everything.


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hey Tammy besure to stop by my blog for your award...I love your sunporch...especially all did a fantastic job decorating..wish I was one of your friends coming for your party...have a great time.:>)

Sue said...

I love how you have decorated your sunporch....especially showing us with just the lights from the decorations! BEAUTIFUL! Have fun in Florence. We're about 2 1/2hrs. south of there.

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Hi Tammy,
I abosolutely love your sun porch...what a great space. I really like how you have it decorated. Love the window table...very neat.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Kath said...

It's done-up just perfectly, Tammy! :)

Your home is so beautiful-
Can't wait to see more.......

Enjoy your weekend,

Michelle said...

I love porches the best! In fact, I will be getting out to decorate ours today!!! Yours is simply cute and cozy!!

Raggedy Angel said...

Oh Tammy I just love it...I would love to have a sunroom like yors! Oh and the pinecones too! Thank you for posting Gracie! Beth

AnnaSam said...

Everything looks wonderful! I showed my husband the idea of no lights on the house and I think he is excited about that. But I told him he would have to wait until next year! LOL Have a blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures of the sun porch. It all looks so warm and cozy. Looks like a perfect place to read or listen to music in the early morning or early evening hours with just the Christmas lights on. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Love your sunporch! The color on the wall is so pretty. My living room is painted a mustard yellow color. You did a great job decorating. Have a great day!


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Everything is beautiful...m...

lindanuts said...

it is very inviting. I know your ladies luncheon will be well received.

Janene said...

Your sunroom looks so warm and comfy!
I can just imagine sitting there watching the snowflakes fall outside! I could spend all day in there...LOL
You have a beautiful place.


Farmchick said...

Everything looks just beautiful!!! I am going to start my decorating this afternoon. I am a little behind with all my craftshow preperations!! Hope you have a lovely day.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Oh, I love it all! I knew I would before I even looked! Simple and natural are truly wonderful ways to decorate anytime. But especially fitting at this glorious time of the year. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Colleen said...

Now that room was definitely worth the wait, Tammy! It looks warm, inviting, and ready for fun. Enjoy it every chance you get, my friend!

Sue said...

YOU ARE MY WINNER!! Please email me your address at and I will get your prize in the mail. Congratulations!

Mo' said...

amazing! I love this style in decorations :-) In Italy we are used to do the Classic Christmas Tree, lights at the windows and Santa Clauses that climbes the walls... always the same!! :)
I love country and primitives stile! Your home is great!! :)

Tammy said...

Oh, Tammy...your Christmas decorated sun porch is just wonderful!
You are really turning me into a fan of simple, rustic style decor because every time I see yours I just love it! :)

I'm going to go see now what I missed on your post below...(I'm so behind this week!)

Hope to see you Tuesday for Open House! :)

Wendi said...

I love the potting bench your dh made out of the door! I showed my dh and am hoping he will make one for our back porch.

Everything looks wonderful!

Adin said...

What a beautiful house….. completely ready for Christmas celebration.

Leslie said...

I love it! Everything looks great and I especially love it the way you do....the lights off and just the Christmas lights on. I love doing that during the holiday season :)

Have a great day!


Luckiest Girl... said...

Oh my goodness, when can I move in? Your home is so beautiful!
Again thank you for sharing your holiday spirit!
Have a great Thanksgiving week!
Take Care.

Jenn said...

OMG OMG OMG! I dont know how you were able to handle that being pregnant! I went 5 days without pain pills and I thought I was dying, seriously! My pain isnt as intense today so Im wondering if they moved, thank goodness.

I cant believe you had them THAT MANY times, you poor thing! Youre right tho, the pain is way worse than childbirth!!

Leslie said...

Thanks, Tammy for the compliment on my snowy road photo. I have really learned to take the camera everywhere and if I think it looks good, I snap a photo. Some of the photos turn out better than I expected.

My friend was talking about buying a new digital camera, like a really expensive one, so she could take better pictures and maybe just do her own family photos. She was asking my opinion and I really can't tell her because my camera is just a cheapy Olympus. I love the thing, though. It was defintely worth the price!


Julie said...

How beautiful!! It looks so cozy and has that great Christmas feel. You asked about which of my girls has the personality of Jo---it's Jessica, my oldest. I was amazed at how the Little Women are like my Little Women. It even made the movie more enjoyable to watch. Have a great day. Julie

Homespun Simplicity said...

Thank you, Tammy~~I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Blessings to you~

Bobbi Jo said...

Tammy that is just beautiful! Great job and at night time just makes me want to come over and have a cup of hot cocoa with you. he he Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Oh I love all your fabulous Christmas decorations. How do you keep your house so neat!?! I love it. Can't wait to see your daughters shabby pink tree. This year we are going traditional, but I have a 3 ft. white feather tree that will either go in my sewing studio or the second floor landing. Have a blessed night. hugs, Ellen

Deb said...

Hi Tammy! I love your cozy Christmas sun porch, you have decorated it lovely. I know you're *were* happy to find you sleigh ride sign that's something I would love to have.♥ Deb

Anonymous said...

Your sunporch just fabulous and Cute. You did a beautiful job....It'[s look so cozy and warm with your christmas light on...what a wonderful tour....By the way you have been tagged..come on over to check it out...You can post it later date if you want to..or you don't have to do it. You have been so faithful visiting my blog and aprreciated so much...You have a wonderful week...I going to start my decorating this weekends...sigh..lots of work..Lol..Katherinllen

Jo-Anne said...

Oh! It's just so cozy! It looks wonderful, Tammy.
Best wishes~

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh wow! This is the most awesome Sun Room. I love it! It has to be a favorite for sure of mine! You have it decorated just lovely! Hugs and Blessings,

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I remember viewing your porch as it was being refinished back when I first found your blog. What a long way it has come! I love the way it looks with the accent lighting. And that little tree is darling! I am hoping to get one too after Christmas this year when they are on clearance.

I also love hearing about your thrifty finds. It is so exciting to be able to make a house cozy on a tight budget, isn't it?

Sure have enjoyed my visit as I always do.


Prasad Kumar said...

Wow! What terrific inspiration you provide. Love those rustic Christmas decorations. Happy Holidays!