This is the tale of the faux garland on my staircase …
or, more accurately, the evolution of the faux garland on my staircase.
It all started 20 years ago or so. A newlywed. A new homeowner. Excited at the prospect of decorating her new home for the holidays.
But she was on a budget. I mean, she was a new homeowner after all. That mortgage payment weighed heavy on the once carefree, single city gal whose disposable income was quickly disposed of on clothes and summer rentals and Cabriolet convertible car payments and dinners and drinks with friends.
That former carefree and single and now happily married newlywed gal could no longer just buy whatever she wanted on a whim. She was now responsible. On a budget. Ish.
Those carefree spending days were hard to shake. 😉
Keep in mind, this was a time before dollar stores. Plus that newlywed working girl had limited free time and limited patience for crafting back then. Weekends were meant for relaxing. And movie watching. And Saturday night dates with her new husband.
So she accumulated Christmas decorations over the years.
But that first year? That first year she added garland to her new staircase.
It was a must.
Simple faux garland and she left it at that.
Over the years, she adjusted that staircase garland. First came bows. Then came twinkle lights.
And all was well with the world.
This year. This year those bows weren’t cutting it anymore.
She wanted more. She needed little more sumthin sumthin.
And decorating garland with ornaments.
I was able to just pick and choose from my existing stash of red ornaments. Some big ones. Some small ones.
And some little red stars I picked up a few years ago that have been patiently waiting their time to shine …
I think this may be my favorite stairwell/entry look of all time …
well, that is until next year.
Evolution can’t be stopped. 😉
My one regret: not using unbreakable ornaments. We’ve lost three already …
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This is so pretty and the perfect addition to that garland. It looks beautiful! I can definitely relate to the whole new homeowner trying to decorate for Christmas on a tight budget!
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
I love the addition of the ornaments – so pretty
Love it. We no longer have a stair railing to decorate. I think that was about three houses ago, but I recall enjoying having garland on the railing, and the ornaments really make it look special. xox
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
Looks so beautiful. Love the addition of the ornaments.
I thought you were going to be the brilliant one that told me to be certain and tightly wire the ornaments to the garland so they wouldn’t fall off and crash into a million pieces. But alas, now I have to tell you – use long wire to attach these ornaments to the garland or you will regret it! I love the red you used this year.