Deck the Halls
December 12, 2009
The color red has been banished from the living room this year due to my latest fixation with hot pink accents. However, the rest of our collection of crimson décor is making an appearance all around the rest of our home.
As rainstorms pounded the house yesterday, we decided to skip those crowds at the malls and stay warm and dry indoors by making hot chocolate and decking our front hallway and foyer with garland, berries and red ribbons.
In years past, I’ve made every effort to cover the banister to hide the ordinary oak railing that I was never crazy about. Ever since we refinished the staircase in this dark espresso color, I have no desire whatsoever to hide its new finish, so I swaged some simple greenery this year instead of wrapping it all around.
Underneath the fresh cedar, the base is formed by a lighted faux fir garland. We thought ahead to Christmas when we remodeled the house, and added electrical outlets at the top of the stairs.
On top of the fir I’ve swagged some fresh cedar from a local farm.
We added bunches of red berries and some fun polka dot ribbon.
The kids hung a medley of jewels from our Christmas collection.
Wall sconces receive a sparkly candle, some ribbon and greenery.
The children are also enjoying their Manzanita Advent Tree that I made this year.
I picked up these candlesticks earlier this year at a thrift store and they’ve sat in this spot all year long. They always look fresh regardless of the season.
I set a traditional scene on the highboy I refinished earlier this year with various shades of red, paired with white and gold. The ornament wreath I made two years ago by hot gluing cranberry and gold ornaments to a foam wreath. It usually hangs in the living room, but I think it looks just as pretty in the foyer this year.
As merry as it looks by day . . .
I like our decked out hallway best at twilight.
Wishing you all a very merry weekend !