Living in a warm, moist climate like the Gulf Coast is always a challenge for outdoor decorations. Â I put candy canes on a wreath one year, and I found them dripping down the door with bugs having a holiday feast.
This year, December has seen temperatures in the 80’s and as low as the 30’s. Â So you think, would anyone dare put fresh fruit on the front porch?
Does a Southern woman drink sweet tea?
Decorations and adornments are in our blood. Â It’s like breathing. Â We have to do it.
So, weather be damned. Give me a hammer, hot glue, and a bag of fruit from Piggly Wiggly and the day is dawning anew.
These are photos from my friend Ann’s front door. Â You will remember I showed you her entire AMAZING house last week. (click here to relive the dream).
Williamsburg Fans are the rage in many areas. Â I made one about 15 years ago, and lived in fear that the pineapple was going to fall on someone’s head.
Ann’s version is stunning. Â Using a group of several small pineapples gives it balance and interest.
She began by creating a plywood base with nails in the correct position for spearing the fruit. Â The base can be used many times over.
|Ann’s front entryway.|
With anyone else, their fruit would have turned mushy by now, but the apples, oranges and pineapples over Ann’s door are perfectly behaved. Â She knows how to pick good fruit.
And it wouldn’t dare fall on anyone!
Here are a few other examples of Williamsburg Fans. Â Not as pretty as Ann’s, but beautiful in their own right.
|This is the basic arrangement.|
|This one went wild and used pears.
|I like the greenery in this fan.
The challenge for next Christmas? Â Williamsburg Fans for all our front doors!
Just watch your heads for falling fruit!
Many thanks to Ann for allowing me to share her beautiful home. Â Click here to see the entire house.
Look for this story and other completely fascinating things at Coastal Charm, Between Naps on The Porch, Â Claiming Our Space, Savvy Southern Style,Â Alderberry Hill,Â Southern Hospitality, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home,Â Mockingbird Hill Cottage,Â Common Ground, and The Dedicated House.