Red chargers worked well to add a pop of color. One year I used simple garlands on the shelves. Another year I used a flocked branch, berries, and my sentimental NYC black Christmas balls (I found at Target about three years ago). For added sparkle, I've even hot-glued clear acrylic snowflakes to the railing uprights. The shelves are usually where my husband & I will surprise each other with a card (or two) before Christmas. Since we don't have a fireplace, it's also been a good place to hang our Christmas stockings.
This year, the stairway Christmas decor was kept simple. Back in October, I had cleared the shelves to make the space a pure holiday vignette (remember the Hitchcock Hallway?) For Christmas, I relocated "Inspire" and "Love" from the office to mix in with some more gold pine cones and those acrylic Dollar Store snowflakes I got about two years ago. On my way up the stairs to bring the mirrored trees to the bedroom, I decided to try them on the shelves. They fit - I liked it - so there they stayed!
The small mirror tree I got at Target about six years ago and the other I had gotten at work about four years ago. My mom gave me the silver picture frames also about four years ago - which I used to frame some favorite holiday cards in winter scenes. The corner stand holding the larger tree is relocated from the living room (b/c "the" tree is there now). The tree on the stand I had found in Marshall's Homegoods way back in 1998. Ironically - it was gold and I had sprayed it silver... and now I am seriously considering spraying it back gold again. Funny how styles change - but go back.
Do you have a stairway? Do you deck it out for the holidays?
I like the look of the garlands on the rails that I've seen in several homes posted at the link parties.
Maybe next year ~ I'll have to try it =)
Hope you are enjoying a GREAT weekend (especially with the brisk holiday weather!!) I'm off to start making wintry centerpieces that I'll be installing tonite for a company holiday dinner down south in Coral Gables.
See you back on the blog on Monday!
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