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Create a gorgeous seasonal planter for your front porch

Dress up your stoop with a festive arrangement that will boost up your curb appeal. Designers Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior share their tips.


Photo by Sian Richards

We asked designers Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior over at Qanuk.ca to share a pretty Christmas decorating idea, a favourite holiday tradition, and what would be cool to find under the Christmas tree.


Christmas decoration: Stoop planter

This planter arrangement is made from stuff you can collect from your own backyard, and it easily transitions from fall to winter. We chose blue-green boughs to complement the yellow door and a modern concrete planter to contrast the organic feel of the arrangement. Simply adding pomegranates pumps up the holiday vibe.

Here’s what you’ll need

Modern porch planter

Mix of greens like cedar and fir branches, long twigs or logs from your yard, florist or garden centre

Pomegranates, dried berries or any other festive element you want to add


1. Look at what you have prior to going out to purchase new items for your arrangement. A vintage metal bucket or basket that you have lying around can add great texture and personality to a simple grouping.

2. To get the most out of your winter arrangement, you want to use seasonal greenery that can withstand the elements.

3. Source what you can locally by trimming boughs from your backyard and collecting sticks and pine cones.

4. Think outside the box as fresh florals are not available to add colour. Look to materials such as barks, dried flowers or pods, feathers, fabrics, and dried fruit such as the pomegranates we used.

5. If you are buying dried florals make sure they have been died or the colour will run if it gets wet.

Planter, stool, buckets, Sweetpeablooms.ca. Wreath, Superstore.ca. Door paint, mustard olive, Benjaminmoore.ca.


Favourite holiday tradition: Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Several times! — Lindsay


Under the tree: I hope to find an iPhone Gramophone speaker in walnut. — Sarah

Qanuk designers Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior

Qanuk designers Sarah Keenleyside and Lindsay Konior