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Do you remember Billy Ray Cyrus?

Remember how he didn’t want us to break his heart….his achy breaky heart…..because he didn’t think it would understand.

A long time ago….he was all that and a bag of chips….

….with a mullet.

You know….the mullet…..the hairstyle with the short hair in the front and the long cascading curls in the back.


Total dual personality hairstyle…..

…..exactly like the gatehouse.

All business in the front…..

….and a party in the back. 🙂


Outside….the gatehouse matches the farmhouse.


Classic farmhouse Christmas.

Simple Christmas wreaths and poinsettias and simple greenery.

But once you open those doors and walk inside…..

….it’s a whole other party going on.

So….if you are looking for inexpensive  front door decorating ideas for Christmas….

…..here are a few suggestions:


1.  Add a little color

All this color was brought to you by two rolls of $2.99 exterior red ribbon from Wal-mart.

I love the pop of red with all that yard sale greenery.


2.  Mix in fresh greens with your yard sale garland

Magnolia is so where it’s at.

I added magnolia to the garland and the window boxes and the Christmas trees on either side of the door.

It is such an inexpensive way to make your front door décor fresh and inviting.


3.  Create simple window boxes from utilitarian baskets

These are baskets from one of those organizers that you buy in the laundry section.

I hung them underneath the window and added fresh greens.


I do love the exterior of the gatehouse.

It looks exactly how I always wanted to celebrate Christmas in the country.

But don’t’ let the front of the mullet fool you…..


….inside it’s a party waiting to happen. 🙂

PS  edited to add:  It’s been snowing all day and I had to share the Gatehouse wearing it’s winter coat.




And now here’s a little more Christmas inspiration from the 12 Days team.

You can click on each of the links to see the projects.

Inspired By Charm

Inspired By Charm

Festive Rainbow Wreath



Joy String Art Tutorial

shanty 2 chic

Shanty 2 Chic

Photo Carousel

funky junk

Funky Junk

Kindling Stars



Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    I so love the Gatehouse...inside and out...but those black and white stripe awnings...be still my heart!!!! : ) Can't wait to see what is next as you wave your creative magic wand! hugs...

  2. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, I agree with Andrea, the black and whiteawnings withthe red and green is so pretty! 'Business in the front party in the back' haha!!! You made a funny!!

    1. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

      I give you the gorgeousness of the gatehouse entryway. Not gonna get forgiveness for that muckyety muck bein' stuck in my head! (And yes, that is a word....at least in my world)

  3. Image for Gloria Gloria

    The magnolia additions to the trees and garland really does the job. So "Southern Living" cover photo worthy. Be sure to photo with the coming snow!

  4. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Beautiful as always - loving the color - your signature and fun for all those that drive by. I know you are putting smiles on so many faces. Blessings.

  5. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    I love it all. Everything is so drop dead gorgeous. Hey, come to my street and ask a few neighbors for Magnolia leaves........ the birds are just going nutso in them right now. I have been trying to start the lawn mower since daylight and still no go...... but a HUGE Magnolia tree two doors down is so gorgeous and always filled with birds. I am guessing it is about 100 ft high..... very huge.

  6. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    I love it. And only you, KariAnne, would think of equating your gatehouse Christmas decorations to Billy Ray Cyrus' mullet. You really do brighten my day, every day. :D

  7. Image for Dawna Dawna

    Love the gatehouse! I want to move it to my country property and open up another BnB in it!!! I love traditional Christmas and think this is beautiful! Do you have a bunch of little elves that do all this work for you...seriously! You must plan your posts along time in advance to be able to WOW us each and everyday!! Love it!!

  8. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    You kill me. I would have NEVER associated 'ol Billy Rae with your decorating! Thanks for the visual that will be sure to linger for DAYS. :) {{shaking head}} So... the magnolias and the front baskets got me. I'm gonna go buy me a magnolia bush or tree or SOMETHING. Totally spectacular entrance!

  9. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Just beautiful, Karianne! And by the way, my family and I were killing time in Underground Atlanta before a Braves game, back in the early 90's... and we spotted him, Billy Ray (dreamy, with his mullet in all it's glory). And my sister and I (teenagers at the time), chased him into a lingerie store. We actually cornered him. He had run from us, and we had caught him. And then we froze, not knowing what to do with our prize. A-w-k-w-a-r-d. The whole situation was kind of a nightmare thinking back on it. He too was killing time, since he was singing the National Anthem at that same Braves game.

  10. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Karianne, it's totally traditional country decor on the outside. What a fun surprise when one walks in. Just shows what a fun personality you embrace. I've missed reading your blog of late. Much going on in my personal life. Last night I finally got to pick up my copy of Cottage Christmas that had been sitting on my bedside table for weeks. What a fun surprise to see your feature. Awesome! Guess you had told us about it in a post, but since I've been MIA I had no idea. It was like being out and about, rounding a corner, and seeing an old friend. So happy for you. Congratulations! Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family………Sarah

  11. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Your addition of magnolia branches took my breath away. Gorgeous. I guess I could do the same with our golden brown Ohio magnolia tree's leaves that remain on our tree as I view them from my window. I could go all neutral :)

  12. Image for Sue Scully Sue Scully

    Everything is so lovely. I am reading your post while I look outside as see 1 1/2 feet of snow, and a wind chill of -30. I look forward to reading your post, by the fire, with my dogs at my feet, and a great almond milk chai tea latte. Life is good. Stay warm and Merry Christmas to everyone.

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