Our Sparkly Christmas Staircase

Did y’all have a good Thanksgiving?  We sure did.  James had his first bite of turkey and my favorite part of the meal was all the yummy desserts.  How cute are these mousse filled chocolate cups? Store bought by my parents, but cute nonetheless. Stairs 045 And my first-ever-homemade-pie turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.  And I was terrified to make the crust from scratch, but I used this recipe, and it was delicious! image But I do have to admit that I’ve been looking forward to decorating our home for Christmas, which happens the day AFTER Thanksgiving!  I made an exception and started working on the stairs the weekend before Thanksgiving, and I’m glad I did because it took me over the course of three days to complete.   This was one of those projects where I had a hard time determining exactly what I wanted to do as the possibilities are endless.  I committed to the green swag garland early on and found some big, fun oversized bells at Hobby Lobby and Target and went with it, ending up with a pretty traditional, albeit sparkly!, Christmas staircase. image Stairs 019 Let’s go upstairs image and around the corner image image And looking back downstairs image Here’s how I did it: image  image Here’s what it looked like with just the garland, red bells and bows. image Christmas stair.01 Thanksgiving table.03 003 Then I added the red wooden ball garland, glue-gunning the stands together to make one looong piece!  I also added a gigantic bow to the top corner of the stairs, since when I had bells there, all you could see from downstairs was inside the bell. image And feeling that I’d like to have another dimension and little pop of color, I added some sparkly lime green bows and ornaments (from Wal-Mart).  Love the little bird especially!  image  image Now that the stairs are complete, I’m so excited to put up the tree!!  That’s one of my favorite things.  I’ve got my hot cup of coffee ready to go and Christmas music playing- better get started while James is asleep!  Whatcha up to today?  Shopping, decorating, eating leftover turkey??


  1. November 26, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    Your banisters look fantastic, Megan! And it certainly appears that your first homemade pie was a success. 🙂 Glad to read you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  2. November 26, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    The stairs turned out great! Love the touches of the lighter sparkly green. We'll break out the boxes in a bit. It is a yucky rainy day here, so not much else to do. Besides, I have tons of new bows to make!

  3. November 26, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    You have a gorgeous staircase! It looks beautiful!

  4. November 26, 2010 / 4:44 pm

    oh so lovely!

  5. November 26, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    So pretty! I love a curvy staircase, and the garland makes it look all the better:) Can't wait to see the rest of your holiday decorating!!

  6. November 26, 2010 / 4:56 pm

    The staircase looks amazing. I love the idea of adding in some red garland (and of course, I am loving the glittery touches). Looks fab!

  7. November 26, 2010 / 5:05 pm

    it looks awesome! great job!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. November 26, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    it looks gorgeous! wish i had a big staircase now 🙂

  9. November 26, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    Beautiful Megan!! I NEED that staircase! 🙂 Oh, and your home for that matter…

  10. November 26, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing! Great job!

  11. November 26, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    Nice job on the banisters, they look great! And your pie looks mighty tasty, too!

  12. November 26, 2010 / 5:54 pm

    The staircase looks great! I wish we had a huge staircase like that to fancy up for Christmas! 🙂

    Those mousee filled cups look so yummy! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

  13. November 26, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    Looks beautiful! I love those $1 glitter ornaments at Wal-Mart! I got a few myself. So affordable! I can't wait to see your tree!

  14. November 26, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    It looks so fantastic, megan! I love it. What a dreamy staircase to decorate. How fun to kick of Christmas in your new home. {those mousse cups are perfection . . . go mom and dad}

  15. November 26, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    Wow, Megan! It looks beautiful. My dream house definitely has a winding staircase like yours. I love the grandness it brings to the Foyer. The red bells are such a cute touch!

  16. November 26, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    Sadly, I'm at work today. I love how your stairs turned out!!! Can't wait to see the tree.

  17. November 26, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    The stairs look great! Although I knew you would put together something fantastic! And your pie looks like it should be in a food magazine, makes my mouth water! I hope James had a great first Thanksgiving!

  18. November 26, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    Your banisters look great, I'm glad you went with the traditional look. I put up my tree while the little guy was asleep too.

  19. November 27, 2010 / 12:31 am

    Your staircase is beautiful and even prettier decorated for Christmas. I hope you will join my Holiday Decor linky party starting on 12/15.

  20. November 27, 2010 / 1:07 am

    I absolutely love this! Love the lime green accents! Can't wait to see your tree

  21. November 27, 2010 / 1:17 am

    I looks so pretty, Megan! Love the cute shot of you too! I like the rough garland with the smooth beads and the sparkly lime…nice textures! 😉

    Looking at the banister shot from the top of the stairs, all I could think was "Wonder how many times James and his friends will slide down that when they're older before Megan catches them?!" 😉

  22. November 27, 2010 / 4:52 am

    Ahh your staircase looks fantastic! I love!


  23. November 27, 2010 / 3:39 pm

    Megan, I knew your staircase would be even more incredible all decorated for Christmas! You did a beautiful, beautiful job!


  24. November 27, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    Good for you digging in early on the Christmas decorating! It looks fantastic. The pie looks so professionally made, great job!

  25. November 27, 2010 / 6:19 pm

    Megan, your staircase is beautiful! We live in a rancher and would love to dress up a pretty staircase like yours! Makes such a festive statement. Love it .


  26. November 27, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    That pie looks delicious!! love how the banister came out. I am doing mine this week. No idea how much I need for garland but I think alot.

  27. November 28, 2010 / 1:19 am

    I love how this turned out, I want to do something similar on our two smallish staircases to just give them a little oomph for the holidays.

    And I also wanted to let you know that my hubby sounds and seems very much like yours, also a lawyer with very strong opinions and sarcasm, but he makes me laugh, so that's all that matters right :)?

  28. November 28, 2010 / 3:33 am

    I want those mousse cups! I'm on the hunt to find out how to make them! xoxo

  29. November 28, 2010 / 4:14 am

    Next Thanksgiving I am joining you for dessert. YUM. Your stairs look awesome! I have been attempting to decorate our staircase today and yesterday. I keep changing my mind – it is hard! I STILL have to go back to the store tomorrow … hopefully it will look half as good as yours. 🙂

  30. November 28, 2010 / 4:31 pm

    Wow! BEAUTIFUL! Bravo to all your hard work.

    BTW: I'm loving your font. 😉

    We just got home from Thanksgiving travels and I'm getting started on our Christmas decor today. Great inspiration.

  31. November 28, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    Man I took a couple of days off from blogging and I feel like I missed so much 🙂

    SO GORGEOUS! Love it! Don't you just love decorating for Christmas and what an awesome staircase you have to decorate!!!!


  32. November 29, 2010 / 4:23 pm

    Just getting around to last week's posts (gotta love lunch breaks!)… this is so fabulous!! Great job. The details make the design. I'm loving the green sparkly bows!

  33. November 30, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    I LOVE IT!! Especially the bells!! Pure perfection

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