Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Stairs and Entryway

Before I share anymore Christmas decorations or projects in my home, I feel the need to express deep sorrow for the loss of all those beautiful children and staff in Newtown, CT.  I know it is on all of our minds and as a mother of three children (one being a first grader that turned 7 on the day of the tragedy), it is so hard to wrap our minds around this event.  I can't help but wipe back tears when I watch the news and think of all those families.  I cannot imagine how they feel and our prayers are with the entire community.


I had the sun streaming through the windows around my front door last week...I love it when it does that.  Even though the strong NC sun has pretty much toasted my front porch greenery, it's a simple pleasure for me to soak it in.   As I mentioned last year, I'm blessed with a large entryway and a large staircase to decorate for Christmas...
Being the first year in our new home, I went a little crazy and hand-tied all the greenery and ornaments to the stairs.  I simplified it quite a bit this year! 

I just swagged white pine garland and added burlap bows, white and gold glass ornaments, and pine cones.  You may recognize these from my dining chairs last year.  Just a little bit of Christmas decoration recycling...
This year, I also added greenery to my arch at the top of the stairs and my milk paint (Old-Fashioned Milk Paint's Sea Green) shutters I hung a few months ago...

I also decorated my favorite old library table simply this year...
I moved my big Christmas Dough Bowl here and swapped out the silver ornaments for coppers and golds...
Just simple greenery and ornaments this year!  With yesterday's big birthday party over, I'm off to wrap some presents and start on the huge amount of cleaning and grocery shopping that needs to be done before guests arrive on Friday...it's going to be another busy week!  Have a good one...

Kristen

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16 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It's all beautiful, Kristen and I love the simpler look. Great library table. You have some wonderful antiques.

Alicia de los santos said...

Hermosa tu casa, la adoré. saludos.

Veronica@ChaosInMyCasa said...

Everything is beautiful, I love the way you wrapped your chairs last year, thanks for the inspiration. I may have to try something similar this year :)

srpprcrftr said...

Your home is so gorgeous, love how you've decorated everything. The simplicity is exceptional, doesn't take away from your gorgeous home, it enhances.
I have to admit every time I see your entry/library table I drool, oh how I'd love to have that table.
Would you tell me please where you got the burlap ribbon with happy holidays on it? It is burlap isn't it? I saw it on a tree on one of blogs, don't remember which one. All the talent in blog land is breath taking. I keep finding more more projects I'd love to do, will have to save them for next year.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

OH I just love it! It is so beautiful and elegant!

Designing Domesticity said...

Simply beautiful and your stairway is stunning. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays, liz

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your staircase looks amazing--all your decorating is just beautiful!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful Kristen....love the architectural elements...you did an amazing job!

Cassie said...

I've just added your blog to my list of favorites! Your entryway is beautiful and I'm drooling over your garden-inspired tree! Just beautiful!
Happy Holidays to you!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Truly sad event. One of the little boys reminds me of my grandson. I can't shake the severity of what happened. Your entry looks beautiful. I love that wooden table.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a magnificent entryway! It was made for Christmas decorations! The greenery and pinecones look so lovely. Great job! I totally envy you right now ;)

Visiting from The Charm of Home.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I just love the combination of white, greenery, and warm wood tones. It's just lovely!
Visiting from The Charm of Home and following now :)
Merry Christmas!

Jeanette

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your library table is absolutely gorgeous! With all the painted furniture everywhere in blogland, it's so refreshing to see a warm wood piece gracing the entrance to your beautiful home.

chateau chic said...

Your entryway is lovely! A beautiful welcome to all your guests.
Mary Alice

Debra @ Common Ground said...

just beautiful, love all the garland and burlap bows! Each time I see that wonderful library table, I just say "ahhhhh". it's perfect! Have a wonderful Christmas Week!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

How stunning!
So happy I stopped in!!

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