The Upper Porch Dressed for the Holidays with Chinoiserie

It was supposed to be a birthday and Valentine’s Day gift,

an outdoor rug that I saw in the Frontgate catalog

that I fell in love with!

I ordered it and they said it was on back order.

OK . . . I can wait, but it took 9 months! . . . . But have to say, it was worth the wait.

Upper Back Porch 2015 - Housepitality Designs

I ordered 2 – 5×7’s and was crossing my fingers

that they would match up when I placed them together.

And they did……perfectly! It even impressed my hubby

and that is saying something!

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015-Housepitality Designs

I also love how the rugs tie into the pattern and colors

of the dining room tablescape for Christmas.

Dining Room Tablescape/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

You can see the upper porch from every room on the main level.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

Therefore, I have to be careful to make certain that it coordinates with each room.

This year, snowmen seems to be the theme for the porch.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

Snowman and “Heart Santa” pillow by Pottery Barn.

Solid Navy Pillows from HomeGoods.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

Another pillow brought to the porch is this beautiful French inspired

Christmas pillow from Elliott Heath Designs

that I won from the lovely Debra of Common Ground.

Elliott Heath Designs Pillow - Housepitality Designs

In keeping with the snowman theme for the porch, that started with the pillow,

I opened a container labeled snowmen hoping that I did not send

many of them to the donation centers last year.

And happily, found my favorite ones.

This guy sits on the Singer table.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

And this cute skating couple on the tea cart.

Skating Snow Couple - Housepitality Designs

While the snowman candleholder cheers on . . . . “It’s a 10!!”

Snowman candle holder - Housepitality Designs

Holiday Tea Cart - Housepitality Designs

Snowmen on the coffee table.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

The wreath hangs on the banister in front of the coffee table.

Upper Back Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

In the evening, the lights on the wreath

cast a warm glow on the table and the sitting area as does the garland.

Back Upper Porch/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

I had a couple of rusty, crusty tables and plant stand

in this area previous to the rug being placed on the porch.

I did not want to risk the rust from the bottom of these items

staining the rug, so they were moved to the front porch.

Garden stools that were stored in the attic, happily found their places on the porch,

Garden Stool - Housepitality Designs

I want to end this post with these following photos I took

when I was photographing the porch.

Beautiful December Day - Housepitality Designs

It was a most beautiful day. The kind of day, when you take a deep breath

and count your many blessings.

Gazing into the blue skies and hearing the rustling of the leaves

as they are still falling (much to the dismay of my resident gardener).

Backyard - Housepitality Designs

It made me take a moment to sit and enjoy the day,

forgetting about the very long “to do” list I have for Christmas preparations.

Then I looked up and saw my spider plant with the result of some cold nights

that needed some pruning of the dead leaves.

OK…moment over…..back to work….that’s how it has been around here lately!

Upper Back Porch - Housepitality Designs

I hope you are taking some “moments” to enjoy the day

during this very busy time.

Have a very Merry day!!!

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  1. such a pretty rug (s) will you leave it there all year? I love all your snowmen touches. Hope you have a Merry Day too!

  2. Love the new rug and all the blue and white with the frosted snowmen. Better late than never, but nine months is like waiting for a baby!

  3. Gorgeous!!! LOVE the rugs. Your favorite snowmen are beautiful too. LOOOOOVE that Santa pillow that you won!!! Gotta run, TTYL. XO

  4. Beautiful!!

  5. Love the rugs and they tie in beautifully. That Santa pillow is gorgeous.


  6. Your porch is always beautiful in every season. That view is amazing! Count your many blessings indeed. 🙂

  7. Love the blue and white, always! Gorgeous view too!

  8. Shirley, those rugs!!! They look amazing on your porch!!! I’m so glad you had a few moments to enjoy this glorious weather that we’re having! I’ll have to admit that I’m behind with my decorating too because I had to enjoy this weather! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful decorations, though!

  9. Shirley, I believe it was worth the wait for those gorgeous rugs! What a statement they make with all the snowmen and your very festive porch! I hope to have a few minutes today to enjoy the sunshine before rain comes back! Happy Wednesday! Pam @

  10. bobbi duncan says

    Shirley, love, love, love your gorgeous new rugs! Your porch and yard are lovely, too…great view! It’s so important to take those moments to give thanks for all the truly important blessings…wishing you and yours many.

  11. oh, that view! your porches are always lovely. great idea about 2 rugs, end to end. so glad you’re enjoying your olde world Santa pillow from Elliot-Heath.

  12. Your porch is beautiful, Shirley. I love those rugs! I don’t know if I would have been as patient, though. 🙂

  13. Blue and white is timeless and beautiful! Your porch looks so gracious and festive, Shirley. I would sit out there all day to admire that stunning view. With hot cocoa and cookies, of course 🙂 Merry Christmas, my friend. Stay fabulous – xoxo, L

  14. Those rugs are wonderful! Your porch looks lovely in the snowman theme.

  15. OH, those rugs were worth the wait. They are beautiful with your furnishings and décor. Love all those snowmen….I decorated my porch and garden shed this year with snowmen. They are just jolly looking even though the weather is so warm.
    Your porch view looks like the mountains, so relaxing.

  16. Your porch looks lovely. What a great place to sit and snuggle with a throw and hot toddy.
    Don’t feel bad, I think everyone has a long list of things to do. I need to get cracking as my son, who is Mr Clean (kinda like your husband) will be checking everything out. Can hardly wait to see Kelly. Don’t work to hard Shirley. Your rugs are stunning and well worth the wait.

  17. I’m crazy for porches and yours is a delight, a place where I’d enjoy sitting, visiting and looking out. Good for you for taking time out. Sometimes we get so lost in “to do” we forget about just being. xox

  18. Really lovely! If I had that porch…I would be out there all the time, and nothing would get done! Glad you hung in there with your back order…the rugs are gorgeous! 😉

  19. Your rugs are beautiful on your porch Shirley and definitely worth the wait! Hope your cute snowmen don’t melt with our warm temperatures 🙂

  20. Love it! Rugs are gorgeous!

  21. Love rug… It goes so well with all the decorations…


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