Asked on Nov 27, 2015

Help I need advice how to decorate outside of my rental

by Sandra
I'm renting a cute house starting December 1st. I think it had potential to look inviting for he holidays but I just don't know where to begin. I like simple and I like country. I also love clear lights. Any ideas would help. Thank you all.
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This is the front off the house that I want to decorate. Needs a little bit of a welcome warmth feel.
  26 answers
  • H H on Nov 29, 2015
    I would put a tall garden arch close to the front door and grow a jasmine or something sweet smelling over it so people walk through to the door. There's not much of an entry at present. I've done it recent;y with white solar lights entwined. I reckon lining the path with flowers would add a lot for very little if you are allowed. Make a birdbath out of recycled globes for the middle of the lawn? Im assuming you will take these things with you when you move on. It certainly has potential..

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you for your ideas! I'll certainly try that when the weather warms up in the spring. I love the bird bath idea. Thank you!

  • AmericanWoman AmericanWoman on Nov 29, 2015
    A Burning Bush would look great on the left side of the picture near the house. A doormat and repainting the front door -- your choice on color. I've never been a fan of blue.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Yes! I'm not. Huge fan of blue either. I was thinking maybe a red door? It needs painting anyway. Thank you. American woman.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 29, 2015
    Since this is not planting time you can decorate with artificial Christmas flowers within the garden. Put a pretty wreath on the house next to the mailbox,Garland around the door with some clear lights.I would then run sets of lights running across the front of the house if that is possible for you to do.

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 01, 2015
      @Sandra Yes agreed. I love gardening,designing etc. But since it is winter artificial flowers are my go to for color.

  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 29, 2015
    Small Christmas trees in the flower boxes decorated in clear solar lights( Wooden snowflakes hanging in front of the big windows, outfitted with solar lights ( ) Something like these guys lining the walk way( A cute sign to the left side of the door( and finally a lovely snowman to hang on your door(

  • Beth Snow Martin Beth Snow Martin on Nov 29, 2015
    Ok I am a landscape designer. The first thing you need to do is make bigger beds for you plants. 6' wide is a good size. Most shrubs even if they are dwarf will still get 4' by4' so with a six foot bed you can stagger the plants and also add a row of perennials or annuals in front and give it some depth. Then you also want to have a specimen plant that is taller so maybe off the left side swing the bed out in a nice at h and add a small tree like a dwarf crab Apple or a Japaneese bloodhound maple. Then make the beds with gentle curves so it's easy to mow. Add a shade tree in the front. Paint the front door a nice color like red or teal. You could also add some window boxes with annuals in them and you could also bring a 2' bed down along the walk and put in a row of lavender or walkers low catmint.

  • Beth Snow Martin Beth Snow Martin on Nov 29, 2015
    I am sorry I thought you owned the rental. I would still do the window boxes and put greens and lights and bulbs in them. Then a beautiful wreath on the door lights off the roofline.

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    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you! I really like the window box idea ! I need to paint the door. The landlord said I could. I was thinking red ? Not sure.

  • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Nov 29, 2015
    Cute little house! For the winter, I'd plant some purple kale in spots among your bushes. It doesn't appear you have much room on the porch for containers beside your door but if you put tall concrete urns in the garden bed on each side and plant them with topiaries or ornamental grasses, it will frame your doorway beautifully. (Here in zone 8, zebra grass is gorgeous year round and it's hardy through zone 5.) Good luck.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Hi nancy. Thank you for your help. I love ornamental grass and the landlord said I can plant whatever I wanted! Very excited. I think it needs some height in the garden beds. Thank you!!'

  • Trish Davenport Trish Davenport on Nov 29, 2015
    Container Gardening. This way if you have to move, they go with you.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you Trish! I appreciate your help. I will definitely do container gardening in the spring. Looking forward to my own touch.

  • Glaynebaker Glaynebaker on Nov 29, 2015
    If the back/lining of your curtains and drapes show, make sure they match for a coordinated look.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      I was thinking Lacey curtains Because that's what I have already, but I'm not sure now.

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Nov 29, 2015
    Can you put something tall to the right of the house (our left)? someone here posted about how to make fake Christmas trees using tomato wire cages.

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    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Oh wow !! That is an awesome idea! Definitely needs height. I'm going to look into Christmas trees made from tomato cages. Thank you so much.

  • Cheryl Markus Reynolds Cheryl Markus Reynolds on Nov 29, 2015
    Fresh cut greens on the window sills with a red ribbon bow in the middle of each. An evergreen wreath on the door. A single white electric or battery candle inside the window behind the bow. White lights around the overhang of the roof. And a few tomato cage trees placed wherever you think they look best in the garden area. Would love to see a picture on what you decide to do. :-)

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you Cheryl! I love your ideas and that's definitely what I was thinking about as well! I will post pictures!!:-)

  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Nov 29, 2015
    You could put rope lights down both sides of the sidewalk down the steps to the driveway,,, they could be in white or colored lights cut evergreen branches and lay on the outer side of the lights, maybe add some holly with berries every few feet.. you can leave the rope lights out year round they are encased in a tube, and would add to the safety of the sidewalk at night. Other than that just make it You... whatever you think is festive for the holiday..

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you buster! My daughter is making a jolly wreath as we speak! Very excited! Thank you for your ideas.

  • Jan Jan on Nov 29, 2015
    find some inexpensive shutters for each side of the front door and paint the black. Get TALL perennials in pots for each side of the stoop (not on the stoop, beside it.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Hi Jan. The landlord told me he will let me know if I can put shutters. I think that's a feat idea. I also was thinking of painting the door red. Not sure yet Thank you for your ideas and help.

  • I agree with the shutters but black might be too stark against the white, try a dark gray. I would paint the door a deep red and make it pop. Also maybe add a taller scrub or tree until your other ones grow a bit. I also like the idea of an urn or something tall on either side of the door. You need some height in there.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Thank you!! I really wanted to paint the door red as well. I'm working on the landlord to give me the ok to put up shutters! Thank you for your help.

  • I just read the renting part & decorating for the holidays.(lol) My ideas are more if you own the house..

  • Kerensa Zieske Kerensa Zieske on Nov 30, 2015
    Luminaries: battery operated flicker candles w/ timer options, inside glass jars. (Kerr, Mason, which ever brand is available) Maybe finish them off at the top with a bit of twine. Can be added along pathway, in the windows, in the flower beds. If you worry about them breaking then one might use empty peanut butter jars.

  • Sandy Jennings Whitlow Sandy Jennings Whitlow on Nov 30, 2015
    You could wrap the front door like a Christmas present, but some plants in pots on each side of the door as advised above would be great. Love the rope light idea too.

    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 30, 2015
      Hi Sandy. I really love your ideas. Thank you for your help. I will post pictures of the finished product! I move in tomorrow and the only thing I can think about is decorating for Christmas and not unpacking all my crap. Lol.

  • Jan Jan on Nov 30, 2015
    You are most welcome.

  • Sandy Jennings Whitlow Sandy Jennings Whitlow on Nov 30, 2015
    You know a bench set off to the left, in the yard would be nice too and maybe a bird bath to the right of the door in the flower bed. I like whimsical things, so wind chimes and some hanging things or whirligigs hanging from one of those wrought iron hooks that stakes into the ground and some pots and/or solar lights going down that walk way. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  • Beth Snow Martin Beth Snow Martin on Nov 30, 2015
    I have seen a lot of cool colors used. If you can access herb magazine they always have great door color ideas. Red is very inviting.

  • Beth Snow Martin Beth Snow Martin on Nov 30, 2015
    HGTV magazine not herb

  • Diane B Diane B on Nov 30, 2015
    May I suggest a small sled decorated with a few pine cones ties together with some burlap, add some evergreens and some twinkle light added leaning up against the wall next to the door. A mason jar lantern or two on the door steps, and even a wooden Christmas tree with colored lights in the yard. You can also add a large star on both sides of the garage entrance. Most of these are inexpensive to make or buy. Happy Decorating.

  • Ashley Mann Ashley Mann on Dec 01, 2015
    I think adding shutters would make a huge difference. If you Google DIY shutters, there are lots of tutorials on how to make them easily and cheaply.

  • Vera S Vera S on Dec 04, 2015
    Something to think about ,for improving the look of the plain front of the home, is to install faux Shutters. Paint the Garage door in a contrasting color etc

  • Debby isabell Debby isabell on Dec 07, 2015
    I'm assuming you're wanting to decorate for the Christmas holiday. I would make a large sign to put on the right side of your entry door (as you're looking at your picture) leaned up saying Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, HO HO HO, whatever you like. Hang snow flakes in all the front windows that light up or sparkle, a pretty colorful wreath on the door. That would give you a start and not very expensive. Have fun!

  • I would add a command hook to the front door below the glass and hang a colorful wreath.