Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Front Door from Kyle of Knight Moves

Posted by: on November 6th, 2012 | 8 Comments
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A beautiful night scene of a front door decorated for Christmas

 

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

Kyle Knight of the blog Knight Moves is a budding interior designer in Dallas. Beyond just having great taste, she certainly knows how to create a beautifully designed space. In the Holiday Edition of our Style Challenge series, we challenged Kyle to take her talents outdoors to give us her Christmas decorating ideas for a festive front door. 

I’ll be honest … there have been years in the past when I didn’t execute a full-home Christmas décor operation, but I never fail to hang a wreath on the door and put out some twinkle lights. The front door is just one of those must-decorate spots, don’t you think? During the holiday season, it’s pretty much a sure thing that your entry door will be seen by at least a few visitors and guests, so why not make it merry and bright? A wreath paired with a garland around the doorway is a simple, classic pairing and thus it’s a good place to start.

I’m not one for over-the-top outdoor decorations (but I do love seeing them in other yards) so a wreath + garland suits my decorating ethos because the combo is understated, but still welcoming and festive. This year, I was given some goodies from The Home Depot to spice up my front door and of course, there was garland and a nice, full faux pine wreath in the mix. With my holiday bounty, here’s the look I put together …

 

A front door decorated for Christmas by Kyle of Knight Moves

 

I began by adorning my pre-lit wreath with extra lights (I am certainly in the “more is more” camp when it comes to Christmas lights). I love the old-school opaque colored C9-size bulbs so I took a strand that I already had and clipped them onto the branches and then popped the wreath onto an over-the-door hanger. You can now get LED multi-color C9-size bulb, which would be perfect for a wreath because they don’t get hot like the old ones.

 

A wreath with Christmas lights being attached

A Christmas wreath with C9 lights attached

 

The next step was to prep and hang the garland. I combined some wired garland that I had with some new pre-lit garland that The Home Depot gave me. The two were better together than apart because the structure of the wired garland worked nicely with the bushy fullness of the non-wired one.

 

A pre-lit Christmas garland

 

I secured the two together with zip ties … which are among my favorite decorating tools. I used 4-inch ones for this project.

 

A package of cable ties

 

You can see the black tie at work here …

Strands of garland combine to create a fuller look

 

The greenery alone was a bit bland so I used a set of shatterproof ornaments to jazz up the garland. And yes, I did test out the shatterproof-ness, and I’m happy to report that they do not break, even when dropped from eight feet in the air! The Home Depot sent me this huge pack of blue and silver ones. I am fully obsessed with the solid glitter ones!

 

Martha Stewart Living Shatterproof ornaments, from the Arctic Collection

A front door decorated for Christmas

 

I used the zip ties again on this step to attach the ornaments to the garland. They work much better for outdoor applications than traditional ornament hooks. Below is one that wasn’t zipped tight because I had it hanging on a live tree before moving it to the garland …

 

Zip ties (cable ties) used to attach Christmas ornaments to garland

 

And despite the practicality of the faux stuff, I love to incorporate live trees, wreaths, or garland into the mix somehow. So for the front door area, I decided to get a pair of cone-shaped trees from The Home Depot garden center to put in the planters that sit on either side of my door. I looked at Leyland Cypress, shaped boxwoods, and Rosemary topiaries before choosing two Japanese Holly shrubs. I’ll probably plant them somewhere in my yard in the spring. They are a great size, and if they are anything like the other types of hollies I have, they will be hardy.

 

Japanese holly plants

 

So, here’s the set-up in the daylight …

 

A front door decorated for Christmas in the daytime

 

And then all lit up at night …

 

A front door decorated for Christmas at night

 

There is just something about Christmas lights that makes me so happy … I just can’t get enough of them! Aside from my nostalgic love for the multi-colored C9′s, I am pretty dedicated to an all-white light scheme. Oh, and I’m definitely a warm white girl. What about you?

 

A front door decorated for Christmas

 

And what are your thoughts on nontraditional vs. traditional Christmas color schemes? I generally use whites and metallics so the blue and turquoise ornament set that The Home Depot sent was a fun change of pace for me.

 

Christmas ornaments

 

I had a great time playing with my fabulous new front door decorations and I’m so excited to get started on the rest of my house now! With Thanksgiving just weeks away, it’s about time to light my favorite holiday candles, turn up the Christmas music, shop for gifts, and celebrate the season!

Kyle Knight is an interior designer based in Dallas, Texas. Kyle spends most of her time working to make clients’ spaces more beautiful, interesting, inviting, and usable. Sourcing vintage and antique pieces, selecting textiles and artwork, as well as designing custom furnishings are among her favorite parts of the job. She catalogs her thoughts, inspirations, and ideas related to design and decor on her blog, Knight Moves. Thank you so much for your beautiful Christmas decorating ideas, Kyle!

Kyle’s holiday space includes these Home Depot items:

Get more Christmas tree decorating ideas from our Holiday Crafts, Ideas, and Inspiration board on Pinterest. And take a look at the other great Christmas decorating ideas in our Holiday Edition of the Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot blog.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Kyle received a selection of Christmas decorations  from The Home Depot, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Kyle expressed are her own.

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  1. Erin says:

    What did you do with the cord from your wreath? That is always the dilemma I have when wishing to light up my wreaths. I hate to see a cord hanging or draped over to an outlet. Suggestions?

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  3. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful – I am totally inspired! Definitely a fun and festive look!

  4. dino green says:

    A nice idea is to start using solar-lights for Christmas decoration – surely these are widespread in the market by now offering green power for your Christmas decoration needs – here’s a lead on solar lighting for Christmas – on Solar Energy Facts

  5. Kate says:

    How is that wreath lit? Is there a battery pack or is the wire just well hidden?

    • Kyle Knight says:

      Hi Kate! The wreath has a cord that I hid under the wreath hanger and then up into the garland. I obscured the junction from the door to the garland with one of the large ornaments, although you can still see the cord a bit…just not from the camera angles I chose :) I have tried the battery-operated LEDs on a door wreath before and I wasn’t happy with them because the light was so faint.

      • tammy says:

        Hi – could you please explain exactly where on the garland the wreath light are plugged in? It sounds as though you are saying center top but you would not be able to open the door. Really love the look and want to replicate next year!
        Thanks!

        • Erin says:

          I agree! I’ve thought about hiding it in my door garland as well, however, guests would not be able to use my front door. I’ve tried the battery powered also, with the same dim results. Thanks! Your entryway looks great!