Elegant Christmas Decorating Ideas

Enjoy the Season's Splendor

Looking for elegant Christmas decorating ideas to create something special for your home this year? We invite you to get in the spirit of the season by decorating your home with stylish holiday ornaments, plush garland, fancy ribbons, and floral arrangements.

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Mary and I are so pleased to share exterior Christmas decorating ideas from Denise and Audra, a mother-daughter team from the Rusty Heart Designs blog.

Their gorgeous front porch decor will inspire you.

Not only do they share their beautiful photos but also offer Christmas decorating tips to make your front porch elegant as well!


An Exquisite Christmas Porch

exquisite exterior christmas decorations on front porch
Denise and Audra's Beautiful Front Porch Christmas Decorations
All photos generously shared by The Rusty Heart



Elegant Christmas Decorating Ideas from The Rusty Heart

Each year, Denise and Audra try to create something different and unique. For Christmas they decorate with rustic elements to create a porch that begs you to stop by!


magical Christmas front porch decorations
Magical front porch Christmas decorations
The different pines used in the garland and swags give the porch texture and a cozy feel. Denise and Audra added berries to the garland to give a splash of color and create warmth. Notice how the light bounces off the garland and red berries.


swags, berries and twinkly lights
Swags, berries and twinkly lights!


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The burlap bows add a rustic element and are used to create warmth and a whimsical touch. See how their burgundy red bows complement their home nicely.


Denise and Audra's exquisite exterior christmas decorations on front porch
Amazing Christmas porch
They use the grapevine trees, which they love, to add another element of nature!


rocking chair front porch decorated for Christmas
Lovely rocking chair porch all decorated for Christmas
Denise and Audra layer the different pieces beautifully with the door as the focal point - being in the center.


sparkling lights and lanterns make for an amazing christmas scene
Sparkling Christmas lights and lanterns make for an amazing Christmas scene
They do so by using various heights. Some of the decorations are propped up on little stools, and of course, they put the tallest things in the background. It is pleasing to the eye for each side to be balanced, but not so much that it looks staged.

They vary each side's decor to give some character and interest to the porch. And to bring it all together, they incorporate simple, elegant, and very plush wreaths on the door and windows.


exquisite exterior christmas decorations on front porch
Beautiful front porch Christmas decorations
The crimson poinsettias are such a Christmas staple they add loads of color. They look real but are the type that can be used year after year. Smart idea.

The sleighs and little mini trees add a sweet touch of charm, and bring the ambiance of Christmas to the porch!


simply elegant pine, burlap and lantern
Simply elegant - pine, burlap and lanterns
The lanterns are a timeless way to add luminescence and give a warm glow. Denise uses battery-operated candles to illuminate the lanterns. Adding burlap ribbon and evergreen foliage adds a simple elegant touch.



Mary and I really appreciate The Rusty Heart for sharing their elegant Christmas decorating ideas through pictures and tips. We encourage you to visit their blog. And what's really neat is they also have a store where they feature decor like you see here. Learn more about Denise and Audra below.

the rusty heart logo The Rusty Heart was created by Denise and her daughter Audra in 2003. They subsequently launched their gift shop in 2006.

Located in southwest Pennsylvania, the gift shop has beautiful and unique holiday decorations, especially floral arrangements and unique handmade items.

Items you see in their photos above can also be purchased online - how neat is that! We encourage to visit both their blog (Rusty Heart Designs) and their online store (The Rusty Heart).

We know you will enjoy seeing more of their elegant christmas decorating ideas for your holiday front porch decorating.













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