When it comes to Christmas in Chicago, it’s all about black iron fences with fresh green garland …
When I first toured our home, I fell in love with the iron fence first and foremost…
with dreams of Christmas decor outdoors where I would drape that iron fence with fresh green garland and red bows dancing in my head. 🙂
And from that very first Christmas way back in 1995, I’ve been swagging our iron fence with garland and tying on bows. But over the years, my bows have been slowly disappearing. Or falling apart. So this year, I restocked my supply with these 12 Inch Flocked Bows from Ace Hardware (click here).
And my neighborhood Ace Hardware actually had them on sale for a $1 a bow (score!).
They are the perfect size. And the perfect color. Now I’m just waiting for that first snowfall to make that fresh green garland and red bows magical …
And Christmas in Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a wreath on the door. I picked mine up at the grocery store and then added a few personal touches to dress it up …
A few errant pieces of garland were tucked in here and there.
And then I hard wired on a few red ornaments that I found at Ace Hardware. They’re from a set of 50 Ct. Ornaments in red, which left me with plenty of leftovers to add to my Christmas tree …
I finished it all off with another 12 Inch Flocked Bow.
And then to mix it up …. adding in my own Chicago Christmas Style … I found these J&J Seasonal Brookhaven LED Hanging Baskets at my Ace and hung them on the porch.
Now all we need is some snow to cover up the dead leaves and sad, brown ground …
and make the front of our Chicago Christmas home as magical outside as it is indoors!
And now I’m giving away my last $100 Ace Gift Card of 2015! Enter here …
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Today’s post was written as part of my role as an Ace Hardware Blogger. I was compensated by Ace for this post and for the products used, but all opinions about iron fences with garland and red bows, red ornaments, hanging baskets, Christmas decor outdoors, and Ace Hardware are my own.
cassie @ primitive & proper says
oh i love how your front fence looks- so festive and beautiful!
Lisa Brown says
I would give the gift card to my husband so he could buy tools and such, for work.
ellen casper says
I would get tools for my son.
Shyra H says
Such a pretty front fence!! It is going to look even more pretty when the snow falls. I would use the $ to buy some boards and paint to make Holiday signs.
Amy Z. says
The bows look great! I would get some paint for our porch.
Cynthia Hilliard says
I would buy some decorations,so my daughter would decorate.she won’t,because she doesn’t have any.
You did a great job with the garland and the wreath! We LOVE Ace Hardware – I was in one of our local stores this week! If I won the gift cert I think we would use it in the Spring for buying plants for our yard/butterfly garden. Ace always has a great selection of HIGH quality plants/bulbs etc. Its fun to be at Christmas and already thinking about spring planting! Happy Holidays to you!
Christmas in the city! Just lovely! I need some paint and can’t wAit to get started in the new year. Merry Christmas!
I would buy new paint for my kitchen.
Joy Larink says
i would love to use the Gift certificate to buy new l.e.d. Lights for our tree and porch.
Thanks for the chance! I would get different supplies to repair so many things in my house…
Lisa cooper says
I’d love to get a head start on my Spring plantings and buy some perennials!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
Just beautiful. Your row home in the city is just gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Michelle B says
Oh…love your front porch!
Gift card to Ace…would be so nice. I would use it all year popping in for things like batteries or paint or getting a key made or another hundred little things I will need throughout the year. Would be so nice to have…although I must admit…it would not last as long as I wish it would. I! A sucker for hardware stores.
I would buy house paint with the card if I win. I am determined to get my house painted this spring.
Wendy Johnson says
I love iron railings and they do look great decked out for Christmas
Erin Kaven says
I would buy my son this bike http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=17897166
Gail Grooms says
I sure could use that card! New garden equipment!
I’ve always been a bit jealous of your front fence… Except when you had to paint it of course. It looks fantastic. I would use the card to get parts to reconnect my gas line for my new GAS STOVE!!!!!
I have several rooms that need paint, so I would start there! Your fence looks lovely! 😉
Tess S. says
I would love to win as I would buy wild bird seed for the birds that flock to our home. Thank you for the opportunity.
Kelly D says
I would use the gift card to buy shelving for our garage so we can get organized.
So pretty!! Snow would be the perfect touch and I can’t believe you don’t have any yet. I would use the gift card for paint, of course.
Buy lots of paint & paint supplies. Thank You
Cindy B says
I’d gift it to my sweet husband to help with the cost of all the things on his Honey-Do list!
We need to insulate our enclosed porch
Jaclyn Reynolds says
Our toilet is running in our main bathroom, this would really help!!
I’d use it on home improvement on needs, such as a power drill. Thanks for the giveaway!
We have several painting projects planned for Spring, so I would use it for that.
German Lopez says
I would probably get some tools for my wife so she can keep in her car for emergencies.
Susan Christy says
Ace Hardware has a deadbolt lock that I have my eye on!
Gina M (Wild Orchid) says
I would love to use it to buy some stain for my deck.
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com
I would use it for paint!
I would by paint!