Our Christmas staircase!

Hey there! I’m back with another space in our new house and today you get two for one — it’s decorated for Christmas and we are totally in love. 😉

Our staircase is one of those things that I could totally see in my head even when the house was just studs:

open concept staircase

I loved that it was open to the great room and had a landing like our old stairs. I also prefer to have stairs in the back of the house instead of when you walk in the door — it’s just a personal preference for me. I think both are beautiful but I’ve always like that.

One of the only big upgrades we did in the house were the wood steps and risers. If you remember, we were lucky to have pretty treads under our old stairs, so I ripped up the carpet and finished them myself. That began my love affair with wood steps! We did carpet down to the basement (again like before), but this staircase is such a focal point, I love my contrast.

I thought about finishing them myself for a hot minute…and I’m SO glad I didn’t decide to do that. Goodness. I would have been pulling my hair out doing that along with moving in and getting unpacked. No thank you!!

They stained the steps to match our floors and I still need to ask about the stain color. I have a feeling it’s a mix of colors but I’ll be sure to update this when I find out. I could have gone with iron spindles but figured basic wood ones would stand the test of time.

At first we planned on staining the balusters to match the railing and steps, but then I did some research and found I loved the look of white balusters instead. I’m SO glad I made that change!:

I think all of these choices are classic and will stand the test of time!

I knew all along we’d have garlands all over them for the holidays. I used cup hooks underneath the railings to secure the garland from underneath. I’ve wrapped it around before and I get nervous about not being about to use the handrails.

I started to add some ribbon to it as well, but again simplicity called out to me and I ended up just adding some DIY ribbons and a couple bundles of ornaments. Here’s the result:

Simple greenery red ribbon stairs
I also had the garland swagging a bit but preferred having it secured right up against the handrail. LOVE IT!!
I always put a little something on the steps and these little lanterns were from IKEA years ago. Not sure if they still carry the red or not:
Stained treads and white risers on stairs
I was going to fill the other stairs with different lanterns, but again…I’m craving a simpler look in this house. Letting it breath a little, even with Christmas decor everywhere!
I made those bows and they were super easy! I think I’ll share the tutorial with you later this week. I searched for an easy DIY and failed twice before I found this version. So easy: 
Greenery attached under stair railing
I just lay the lights throughout — I don’t even wrap those around. Makes them super easy to remove after the holidays. 
Here’s a quick tip for any of you building a house! Think of where you’ll need outlets for holiday decor! I’m kicking myself that I didn’t add a few strategically placed plugs for lights. We’ve made it work just fine, but I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. Try to imagine where you’ll need them, like on stairs: 
Open staircase with Christmas greenery

 I really don’t think I could love them more. I just freaking love our staircase and how open it is:

Open staircase with landing at Christmas
Here’s a before and after for you, Christmas-style!: 
Open staircase with white spindles and balusters

White spindles, risers and balusters on stairs
So lovely! I bought the ribbon this year but we had everything else. This is the garland I used to use around our front door. 🙂 
Hope you enjoyed the "tour" of the stairs! It’s hands down one of my favorite parts of the house. I absolutely adore them, especially all dressed up:
Simple, classic Christmas stairs

Do you dress up your stairs for the holidays? Do you go all out with greenery? I’ve seen some stunning railings in blogland this year!


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