I mentioned in my article for The Leaf Chronicle today that we had to throw-away all of the stuff I had accumulated and used to decorate the staircase in the past. (It was smoke damaged after our fire last January.)
So, since I had to start from scratch again, I thought I’d share the process of putting together our new look.
First, it started with basic faux pine garland. As you get ready to use it, you need to fluff it. Then, once it’s in place—fluff it again!
I knew a single garland would not be enough, so I bought enough to double-up the entire length of the banister. (I ended-up using a total of twelve garlands for this banister.) You’ll note I worked a rather deep “swag” in the garland. Don’t wrap tightly around the hand-rail—first, it looks chinsy and this stuff is relatively cheap; second, it allows spaces where your guests can grab the much needed rail!
Then I added lights—this way the tulle and ribbon will help soften the look. (I used 600 lights.)
Nest I added the tulle—it’s actually closer to “netting.”
I chose the netting over tulle because it was more substantial next to my burlap ribbon. I ended-up cutting it lengthwise—I started with eight yards.
Here you see the addition of burlap.
The burlap ornaments I shared in an earlier blog post—as promised I brought them home for myself! LOVE them!
Then I added the blue ornaments in groups of three.
Lights off . . .
A lose-up of the favored burlap ornaments . . .
So next year, I might add some natural elements—pinecones, maybe some magnolia pods and leaves. . . ooh, and some berries—white ones. Actually, I may have to do that this year . . .
Any suggestions? I’m open—just leave them here.
Thanks for your indulgence!