As usual, this year the very first part of the house I’m decorating for the Holidays is the staircase. It is central to the house, the first thing we see when we walk into the hallway, and it winds itself up four flights of stairs to the top floor.
In the past I have spent a lot of time making garlands from natural foliage, such as bayleaf, cypress or eucalyptus. This looks pretty and smells divine for the first few days, but it is very long to put together and requires some maintenance if I want to keep the decorations in place for the whole of December.
My balustrade is fairly long, but with sufficient garlands I am able to go from top to bottom of the staircase, filling the house with not only the pretty greenery, but also the small discreet lights that are part of the garland. They run on batteries so no need for annoying wiring. Decorating for the holidays just got a whole lot easier!
If I wanted I could have added some additional decorations such as pine cones or baubles in the garland, but actually I’m loving this natural look.
And because we had friends to dinner last night, I added some candles and outsized pine cones to the stairs for greater impact – they loved it!
What about you? Do you like to mix a little faux into your Holiday decorations? Do you maybe do all faux? I’d love to know.
This post was sponsored by Balsam Hill, all the photos and opinions are of course my own.
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