3 easy staircase styles for the holidays

Sometimes the staircase can feel intimidating to decorate for the holidays, as it’s one long structure and focal point all on an incline.  I also think it’s one decorated area in the house that can look messy or cluttered if not styled carefully.  Decorating the staircase/banister doesn’t have to be intimidating or even a grand scheme with multiple layers in order to look beautiful.  Here are three simple, foolproof, and elegant banister looks (with affordable source options) I love for decorating during the holidays.  All sources mentioned are non-sponsored.

1.  Hanging wreaths on ribbons.  I can never get enough boxwood anything and these wreaths are no exception.  This look is so simple and elegant, yet so easy to implement.  You can literally pop them up in minutes before hosting a holiday party.  If you really want to keep your cost down, you can make your own boxwood wreaths – found this super easy DIY I found over here.  I’ve seen ready-to-hang, affordable boxwood wreaths everywhere from Target to amazon to local boutiques.

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Found this 11″ cutie for $15.99 at Target.

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2.  Live garland and long ribbons.  Another simple and elegant style.  Been hoarding this image for what felt like forever then suddenly saw it pop up all over pinterest.  I know you’ve probably seen it by now, but I still have to share because it’s that good.  I think one thing that makes this look so beautiful is how the homeowner doubled up her ribbon (using taffeta and silk together) and added in sprigs of eucalyptus.

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Found some nice satin ribbon in the color blush here.  Haven’t ordered from this source, but it looks lovely.

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3.  One simple swag and votives.  Last but not least, a picture of our staircase and sweet daughters when our home was featured in Southern Living.  Stylist Elizabeth Demos accented our stairs using our mercury votives and one large live garland swag for the banister.  I love how she placed tiny glass ornaments as accents in the garland.

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Most of my votives you see are from Tracery Interiors – love their shop and selection.  I don’t see any of their votives online, but I’m sure you could call in an order and they would happily ship. Also found a pretty set of 12 mercury votives online here for $20 if you like all the same style.

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And over here a set of 6 if you’re like me and enjoy a variety (on sale for $17).

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Hope this inspires some weekend holiday decorating fun!

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Posted in Budget Parties, Budget projects, Christmas, Design, DIY, Entertaining, Holiday, My Home | 6 Responses

winter white wonderland

Wow, November really flew by and it’s finally the holiday season!  Christmas always feels official to me on the first day of December.  It’s like I can’t soak in the music, eggnog, shopping, or holiday cheer until December 1.  Believe me, I try.  So excited for this magical time of year!  I’ve caught my breath after a wild few months and I’m ready for our family to pick out the tree and get some decorations up.  Here’s a few favorite winter white holiday looks to inspire decorating in your home.

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When it comes to Christmas decor, I’m a big fan of using beautiful ribbon with live wreaths and garland.  Those two components alone can make a big impact on the interior or exterior of a home.  Everything about this picture makes my heart pound.  It’s simple, classic, and festive.  Can’t find the source…anyone?

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Live garland beauty with this fancy layered mantel.

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I love incorporating black and white striped ribbon into the bright Christmas colors and fresh greens in our home.  Using a little bit of black gives a great contrast and nicely anchors any color.  One of my favorite ribbons to use for accents is this one on sale for $2.  Not sponsored, just an FYI.

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This look is also great combined with silvers, whites, or burlap – and especially pretty on gifts wrapped in kraft paper.  A beautiful example right here.

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If you’re planning a festive gathering at your place, check out this holiday wine party filled with so many simple yet beautiful entertaining ideas.  This group enjoyed wine and appetizers with some fun holiday crafting – gold-leafing champagne glasses together.  Wow!  I would love to go to a party like that.  I especially love that their holiday soiree raised funds for a local charity.

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Adding a stag head is a great way to bring a focal point to a particular grouping.  Love the idea of hanging a few ornaments on the horns for added festivity.  Found a similar one as above for a steal here.

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I’m planning to savor every moment possible with our family this holiday season.  It’s such a great time to enjoy loved ones and create special memories.

**Tomorrow morning I’m sharing 3 easy + elegant options to style your staircase for the holidays – so stay tuned!**

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keep on dancing

This has been a very fast-paced week.  In my personal life, I’ve been a busy “Nutcracker mom” for our young ballerina who has a big show coming up with her ballet academy.  In my professional life, which I want to share on the blog, I’ve been working on the Nutcracker in SEASIDE®.

There are times in life when the expression keep on dancing truly applies.  Now is one of them.  I’ve been rehearsing our Seaside dancers for the last eight weeks and I’m so excited for their upcoming performance!

I’m here to extend an invitation for you to join our FREE show on Saturday, November 19th at 5:00pm, performed by Ballet Pensacola and our Northwest Florida area dancers.  It’s an amazing performance and FREE to all, thanks to The Merchants of SEASIDE® and support from our patron and Seaside co-founder, Daryl Davis.

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Last year we had 1,200 in the audience, which was incredible.  Watching our Nutcracker under the stars is truly magical and a great experience for all ages.   There is nothing like being steps from the beach in festive Seaside while watching a fun holiday show.  It’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit.

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Our Bakers with  Mother Ginger.

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Sugarplum and her Cavalier.

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Dewdrop rehearsing before the show.

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Bakers marking their opening with our director.

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You can read more about this year’s Nutcracker in SEASIDE® in the Seaside Times November issue here.

On a personal note, I feel grateful to have completed my fifth year working with Nutcracker in SEASIDE®, a project close to my heart.  I love working with such a great team and helping young dancers train and work toward a goal.  It’s so gratifying to see your student dancer perform his/her best under the stage lights after months and months of hard work.  It seems like only yesterday I was asking Daryl Davis what she thought about having a Nutcracker right here in Seaside.  Thankfully she loved it!  Now it’s an annual holiday event in our town, which has enriched our community.  Here are Seaside Founders, Daryl and Robert Davis with our director, Richard Steinert (and yours truly) after the last year’s show.

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 We have an amazing team at Seaside that makes this show happen every year. Our patron Daryl Davis, Events Director, Kevin Boyle (who’s usually too busy to catch him on film), Seaside PR Director, Lori Smith, The Merchants of Seaside (our sponsor), and many others who help make this special night happen.  Here’s a shot of Kevin introducing our show.

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My injury made running rehearsals challenging this year, but I found a way to make it work.  There is always a way.  Teaching this Nutcracker season was such a gift because it gave me the experience of ballet during a time when I couldn’t physically dance.  I told my dancers last in our rehearsal night how grateful I was for them and how proud I was of their hard work.

I’ve learned that you can never let a temporary setback stop your progress.  There are always setbacks in life, but you can never allow yourself to give up.  When teaching, I tell my students to create a vision of their higher self in the front of their mind, guard that vision with all of their might, and picture it daily.  That image of themselves should never leave their mind, no matter how slow the progress may be or what type of obstacle they may face.  Maintain the vision and keep on dancing.  Look at these beautiful smiles.

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All of this being said, I love this shirt.  Need it for 2017.

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The rest of this weekend I will be living in the Land of Sweets.  Hope to see you at our Nutcracker in SEASIDE® this Saturday, November 19 at 5:00pm.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

All photos courtesy STM Photography

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Posted in Ballet, Christmas, Happenings Around Town, Holiday, Life, Thanksgiving | 1 Response

thoughtful white

I think we could all use some restful white after last night.  No matter who you voted for, today is a day of high emotion.

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Before leaving for school this morning, I reminded each one of our children to be kind and respectful to others.  It’s important to have compassion and respect for another person’s view.  Of course, we always teach kindness, but man does our world need this now more than ever, starting with our youth.  We need to focus on what brings us all together, not what tears us apart.

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My first out-of-college job was TV journalist and I reported on political news and events countless times.  I don’t get into politics here because this blog is designed to be your escape.  In many ways it’s an escape for me too – a place to talk about style, wellness, spirituality, and positivity.  We all need a reprieve in our day-to-day.  And I think it’s safe to say that this has been a particularly stressful time for everyone, no matter your view.  Everywhere you turn there’s been political news and strife (except here, ha).  Over the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed receiving thoughtful emails saying how nice it is to click onto a post and relax from the daily stress.  I appreciate those emails so much.  A little bit of kindness goes a long way, so thank you.  Here’s one that made me smile:

Just a quick note to say thank you. As I sit here waiting to pick up my daughter from her tutor it’s my first chance to sit and relax. Your beautiful and inspiring emails brighten my day every time. Thank you for your sharing your life, your family, your faith and the beauty that you find in everyday things. 

xo, L.

It’s time to unify.  It doesn’t take much to be kind to someone else.  Maybe now is a good time to say something genuinely nice to someone you don’t usually talk to much at work, school, or in your neighborhood.  Or do something thoughtful for someone you know (or don’t know) who may need a lift.  It could even be the stranger behind you in the coffee shop line.  If we could each be a beacon of kindness, imagine how much nicer our world would be for us all.

God bless OUR America.

“Ultimately, we’re all on the same team.  We’re not Democrats first, or Republicans first, we are Americans first.”  ~ President Obama

“No dream is too big, no challenge is too great, nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.”  ~ President Elect Trump

“Let us have faith in each other.  Let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart.  I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together.” ~ Secretary Clinton

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