Decorating Your Staircase with Fresh and Faux Greenery - J. Cathell

Decorating Your Staircase with Fresh and Faux Greenery

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Decorating Your Staircase with Fresh and Faux Greenery

Decorating for Christmas at the Cathell House started last week! We began by coming up with ideas for decorating the staircases with fresh and faux greenery to keep it simple yet elegant for my home. I had my holiday aroma simmering on the stove and it literally put us in the best holiday mood! 

I’ve always loved decorating my staircases because it’s something that is normally overlooked.  It can be a very beautiful focal point for any home during Christmas. Typically I use all real greenery but in the new house we have way too many stairs and I can’t deal with the mess. Once it dries up, it gets crispy and crumbles. Somehow my three kids trample it all over the house! Hence the idea of decorating the staircases with fresh and faux greenery.

This year I decided to use some artificial greenery and a bonus is that it can be used over again! I found this company called Balsam Hill that sells pre-lit faux greenery and it can be bought on Amazon too! It was super easy to set up with the help of my friend Neeley who came into town! To spruce up the greenery we went to the store for some cypress branches, seeded eucalyptus and lengths of redwood! Feel free to venture out into your yard to clip holly, magnolia and cypress, etc. Neeley had the smart idea to buy a cheap Christmas tree at your local grocery store and just chop it up for the fresh greenery too!

Let’s Decorate

To start off, we wrapped the faux greenery around the stairs. We didn’t secure it with anything because it was just wrapped. The fresh branches were tied in with the wired (faux) ones to keep it secure. Simply look for bare places in the greenery and stick the add ins where ever you please!

Finally, I added some gold leaf picks, holly and ribbon at the ends to add a pop of color but making it even more glamorous. I loved mixing fresh and faux greenery this year because it really adds a special mess free Christmas touch. I love walking in and seeing my staircase all lit up and sparkly!

photography by KVC Photography

Jess Cathell

Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.

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5 Comments

  1. 12.8.17
    Chantel Taylor said:

    So beautiful. Please share ideas on how to secure the greenery to stair railing without damaging the finish. Thanks, love all of your posts. It is one of the highlights of my day!

    • 12.8.17
      admin said:

      Hi thanks for mentioning that, i went back and added how we wrapped everything!

  2. 12.6.19
    Kia said:

    I love your railing Decor and tIps; you did a beautiful jOb! I just moved this summer into a 1940’s house with a beautiful staircase that has so much charm and i’ve been dying to decorate my Railing With greenery and lIghts. The problem i’m facing is thAt there are no outlets within range to plug in lights. I feel like the lights are an imporTant part of the finished look. Any suggestions or tips you can share to help!!

    • 12.17.19

      I have an extension corn that runs under the rug at the top of my stairs…one year we ran it down the hall and into the bedroom, haha. Where there is a will there is a way!

      • 12.17.19
        Kia said:

        Thanks so much for the tip! You are so right.. there is always a way! I ended up using a long strand Of Fairy lights on a battery pack. You would never know they weren’t christmas liGhts! ALways a way!

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