Nov 25, 2017

Classic Outdoor Christmas Decorations

There's something wonderful about a home all dressed up for Christmas.  Maybe it's memories of driving around as a family looking at twinkling lights.  Sometimes we packed snacks for the tour, as if it was some kind of show.

I love the range of styles, from simple and classic to Griswold crazy.  I tend to choose simple for my house, but who doesn't love inching towards that amazing house that is completely decked out with coordinating music and all?!

This is our first Christmas in our new home and I've so looked forward to decorating this house for Christmas.

Daytime view -


Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

And, here is what the house looks like at night -

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple classic cottage outdoor Christmas Decorations | The Lowcountry Lady

Sources -
  • Wreaths, Michaels
  • Wreath bows are 5" inch ribbon tied into a simple bow, Michaels
  • Tree & exterior twinkle lights, Lowes
  • Tree collar, Hearth and Hand With Magnolia at Target
  • Ornaments, Michaels
  • Red star, our own creation
  • Window candles, Amazon

Nov 6, 2017

Handmade Frames

You guys!  Have you ever ordered something online, and just enough time passes before it arrives that you've kind of forgotten about it?  That happened to me and today was delivery day!  Such a fun little surprise.

I ordered these frames and I'm so glad that I did!  They are handmade, from real wood, and they are lovely.  The smaller one is a standard size frame in 2-Tone style in the Robin's Egg color.  The larger frame is a custom size in the Escalante style in Vintage Dark Wood finish.  These frames are sturdy and the paint and stain are rich and beautiful.

Signed & Numbered Frames | The Lowcountry Lady

Signed & Numbered Escalante Frame | The Lowcountry Lady

Signed & Numbered 2-Tone Frame | The Lowcountry Lady

I sought out these frames for two specific pieces of art.

The Robin's Egg frame will hold a sweet little Rainbow Row (Charleston) print from C. Brooke Ring.  The color of the frame makes this print pop and it's just the little room brightener its future space needs.

The dark frame is for a darling painting by Kendall Kirk.  If I had my way, I'd buy every single one of Kendall's paintings.  The colors are happy and the thick paint delicious.  I plan to stare at this one for several minutes every single day.


C. Brooke Ring Charleston Print and Kendall Kirk Painting in Handmade Signed & Numbered Frames

Kendall Kirk Painting in Signed & Numbered Frames | The Lowcountry Lady

Kendall Kirk Painting in Signed & Numbered Frames | The Lowcountry Lady

C. Brooke Ring Charleston Print in Signed & Numbered Frames | The Lowcountry Lady

I can't wait to show you where these two pieces end up.


Oct 15, 2017

Fall Winter Front Porch Flower Boxes

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Here in the south, window and porch boxes are a ritual.  I find it amazing how a little bit of green can warm up and add life to any space.

As we were building this house, and the drawings of the front porch came to life, I knew that I'd want to add significant planters to the space.  Before the house was even complete, we built these large planters.  Since we moved in a few months ago, they've sat patiently waiting to be filled.  This weekend was their time.

For me, it was so tempting to fill these guys up with fall annuals.  In the end though, I decided to go with almost all perennials, and just a few flowers that will need replacing in the spring.  The shade loving perennials will work perfectly on our front porch, that only gets an hour or so of sun a day, and they will work perfectly with our recently busy days, weeks, and months that don't allow for continuous plant replacement.  This route is better for the budget, too.

The empty boxes -

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

My process includes spacing the plants out before planting.

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

The after -

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

The plants I used from the outside of the container in are - Goldilocks Creeping Jenny, Myers Asparagus Fern, Cyclamen, Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Evergold Carex.  These are all from my favorite local garden center Abide-a-While.