There’s a few things I do to get our front porch ready for winter and the holiday season. I like to keep it looking nice, but with snowy weather it takes a little planning and maintenance to keep it that way. The first thing I do is fill the pots with boxwoods and fresh greens that will look fresh all through winter. I keep the mat, but under it and all the way to the top step, I add a rug runner. The front porch gets extremely slick in the wet winter weather, but this keeps it safe and still looks fairly neat and tidy. I keep a galvanized bucket with a lid filled with ice-melt and a big scoop so that I can easily get the icy steps safe before anyone even takes one step outdoors. I also replace the Edison bulbs in the lanterns with a higher wattage since it gets dark so early. To keep the porch looking tidy I use a battery operated leaf blower to get rid of any left over dirt and and sand that’s tracked up from the street. This one is lightweight and and easy enough to use everyday. Everything gets dirty in the winter months, but this helps keep it out of the house and off the porch. I use Sprayway window cleaner and then use a water-based Sharpie to write messages on our front door and I found these pillows at H&M to dress up the front porch for the holidays. Oh and one more thing….IF I had a wood burning fireplace, this steel log holder would be hard to pass up to store wood and kindling on the front porch in a very stylish way. Winter officially begins in less than three weeks, so let’s do this!