Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Christmas Staircase

This year was the first time I have ever had a banister to decorate for Christmas.  All of my previous homes were one story, so I was excited to decorate my banister this year.  We live in a split level so it is the first thing you see when you walk in the door.  It took some trial and error, but I am happy with the way it turned out.  I bought a 20 foot pre lighted garland from Home Depot.  I bought some small red velvet ribbons from Walmart, and I bought four little gold decorations that had greenery and sparkles and an ornament.  I didn’t make any of it myself.  I needed a place to hang our Christmas Stockings since we currently have no mantel to decorate, so I hung them on the opposite side from the ribbons and other decorations.  I also hung a red beaded sparkly wreath on the center top.  I have had the wreath for a few years.  I just used some red velvet ribbon I had lying around from a bow that fell apart and hung it there.  This banister may be a work in progress.  I would like to add some real holly if I come across some.  We don’t have any in our yard.  Here are some pictures of the banister during the process, and the final for now product.  My 12 year old son really likes it, and that is good enough for me, because he is the family critic. 

This is right after I got the garland hung, but before I arranged the branches. 


This is after I arranged the branches.  I was also doing laundry at the time, can you tell?  Yes, my laundry is in a closet at the bottom of my stairs.  If you look at the floor at the bottom of the stairs you will see my least favorite thing in this house.  The ugly diagonal linoleum which transitions into carpet.  This is the next thing I hope to change when our budget allows.  I want to rip all of that up and lay hardwood laminate.   


This is after the ribbons and gold d├ęcor were attached. 


The banister is in need of a fresh coat of paint, and I have plans to paint the oak part black. Update: you can see the newly painted banister here.  


Why do we have a gate at the bottom of the stairs you ask?  Too keep the dog who urinates all over every carpet she can get her hands on from going down there.  She loves her some wall to wall carpeting!


As you can see I put some white lights on the white spindly things.  I can’t decide if I like these things or not.  And I don’t mean the lights.  I am thinking of removing them, but right now, with a 4 year old in the house, I don’t feel safe removing them so they will stay for now. 


After I hung the Christmas Stockings.  I also added in some little gold starry garland. 


And there you have it!  Our Christmas banister.  I would love to see your Christmas banister too!
Update, See our banister for 2013 here and for 2014 here.