Monday, December 12, 2011
If you haven't decorated your house for the holidays yet, now is the time to do it, and Pottery Barn Kids is the place to go. Their holiday decor is so cute, and a lot of it is on sale! Their Candy Cane Stake Set is on sale for just $44.99 (down from $89), and I highly recommend them. I received a couple of these sets to review, and I can't say enough about how festive they have made our front lawn!
We decided to put them up in front of our redwood fence, along with some garland:
I love how the red stripes are painted on in two thicknesses, and how the stripes are not perfectly even. It almost has a homemade look, which is a nice change from dime-a-dozen-decorations. These stakes are nice and chunky, so they can actually be seen from a distance, and they're made of papier mache, so they don't look like cheap plastic.
Being papier mache does come with a disadvantage: I'm a bit concerned about how these stakes will hold up over the season. Will the paint run? Will the candy canes lose their shape? It drizzled last night, and so far, so good -- the candy canes do seem to be coated with some kind of clear, shiny varnish, so maybe that gives them some weather protection (they are outdoor decorations, after all). Also, I wouldn't recommend driving these stakes directly into the hard ground. We tried that, and one of the canes immediately separated from its wooden stake. Take your cue from their catalog photo and stand them up in a pot filled with small stones.
After putting 2 canes for each fence post, I still had 2 canes left over, so I put them in pots on our front steps, flanking the entrance. That's really all we needed to do to decorate the front lawn this year! These candy cane stakes go perfectly with our green house and redwood fence. Outdoor decor can sometimes look cheesy, but this candy cane stake set looks just right. Our neighbor's two-year old granddaughter thinks she's in Candyland every time she walks by our house!
Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.