Home for the Holidays ~ 2011 The Entry

Home for the Holidays 2011, entry decor ideas for Christmas. Stairway garland with berries and white lights against a festive red wallpaper.
Welcome to my little entry.
My goal for choosing this red wallpaper
was to make a statement.
I figured this space needed a little personality
so why not?
Home for the Holidays - 2011 The Entry
I hung this wallpaper several years ago and I think I’m sort of over it.
Love it at Christmas…but the rest of the year it’s a little much.
I’m ready to go lighter but I wanted to wait until after the holidays.
Over the years I have decorated the banister many different ways.
My favorite is mixing fresh greens with the faux. 
The faux garland acts as a base for the fresh greens.
The only problem is that there is a heat register directly beneath the banister.
When that heat comes rolling out the fresh greens curl up and die.
I finally gave up a few years ago and accepted defeat.
No fresh greens on the banister any more.
My new mat was a WUSLU deal of the day not too long ago.
Totally, completely love it.
I thought my Lenox dishes might lighten up this plate rack.
Fresh greens add a little texture.
As with any lighted Christmas decor,
the magic happens at night.
Here is my banister after dark.


  1. Christine @ Stonehouse Living says:

    Hi Ann,

    I love your home all decorated for the Holidays, really lovely. Your front foyer is so beautiful, with the wallpaper and all of your black accents. The little stockings are darling.
    All the Best,

  2. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Your entry is so pretty, and I LOVE your wallpaper. :D But red is my favorite color, so I am definitely partial to it.

  3. Beautiful! Love the garland on the staircase and that entry mat is wonderful!


  4. Melissa Miller says:

    Oh my goodness how gorgeous! I LOVE the lighted photo at the end. So pretty and magical looking. :)

  5. Calypso In The Country says:

    Your front entrance is so warm and welcoming!

  6. Hines-Sight says:

    Love your banister. So festive. I love the look of holly.

  7. Beautiful, Ann! I love your garland … the berries are so colorful and festive! Your holiday plates are gorgeous, and I love your new mat, too! Well, well done!

  8. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    The wallpaper is lovely! And I love the lavish garlands on your banister! Very pretty!

    Great door mat, too! :)

  9. Designs By Pinky says:

    Your entry is beautiful! I do love the wallpapaer but understand wanting to change. A few years ago I removed EVERY piece of wallpaper in the entire house!!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY needed a BIG change:) Your banister is beautiful, I love seeing everyone's beautiful decor! Love the plate rack too! XO, Pinky

  10. Buttercup Bliss says:

    I think your banister is beautiful!!! Love all the greenery with touches of red. So pretty :-)

  11. Ivy and Elephants says:

    Your entryway looks gorgeous. Love the little touches on the plate rack.
    We'd love to have you share with us at "What's It Wednesday", linking now.

  12. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says:

    Ann, this is really pretty! The red wallpaper really is stunning with your holiday decor! The banister is so festive with the red berries…thanks for sharing!!

  13. I think your entry is beautiful, and I love the red wallpaper too. It really shines at Christmas.

  14. Your entry looks so lovely. What a beautiful job you did decorating it.

  15. Something Nice and Pretty says:

    I love the mat too, what a great buy! I also love the wallpaper it does look lovely for Christmas and the banister is gorgeous especially at night!
    Have a wonderful day!

  16. Formerly known as Frau says:

    Everything looks so festive!

  17. Richard Cottrell says:

    Well I love Red and I love Wallpaper. So Bang! The Christmas decorations are beautiful and you are right, the red wall paper is a great background for them. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  18. adventuresindinner says:

    So welcoming :-)

  19. Comeca Jones says:

    I loooove the red!

  20. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says:

    How beautiful! I love the look of the wallpaper against your Christmas decor.

  21. Tammy@Beatrice Banks says:

    Gorgeous! I love the banister and also the plate rack. You've put in a lot a little details and it shows. Is that a battery operated lighting on the garland? If not, you sure did a great job hiding cords.

  22. It looks so pretty with all those Christmas colors everywhere. I love that little plate rack and how you accessorized it too.

  23. Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz says:

    It's a beautiful entryway! I love the wallpaper, but I guess I can relate to getting tired and wanting a change. After I took down my last wallpaper I swore I'd never put it up again! Your pattern is classic though and since I love red I love it!
    I agree natural pine boughs can't be beat but they don't last. They also can leave sap and a mess to clean up so I've been sticking with the faux type! Love your banister- very pretty!
    Your new floor mat is great- but in Michigan it would be ruined in no time from the winter weather!

  24. Ann, this is completely fabulous! Looks so lovely… you always do such a great job!

  25. Hi Ann,
    Oh my but your entryway looks so lovely. The faux greens actually look real and the red wallpaper is so Christmasee.
    I'm in love with the bamboo mat too. I think French Freak carries those and I might just have to have one.


  26. So very beautiful! I never would have guessed that your garlands weren't real – they look wonderful. I know what you mean about tastes changing – but I'm sure loving the red right now with your Christmas decor! :-)

  27. I love it! I think your wallpaper is gorgeous and your railing looks beautiful!
    be a sweetie,

  28. Debra @ Common Ground says:

    So pretty, I love the look, especially with the lights! xo

  29. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures says:

    So pretty Ann. I like that you always have color in your home. Your taking some really pretty photos with your camera!

  30. As always, your photos and posts make me want to visit your beautiful home! So cozy!! Merry Christmas, Ann!

  31. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    Ann I love your entry and your wallpaper! Your banister looks beautiful with the garland and lights!! Martina

  32. That banister is so pretty,….I love that look!

  33. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I love the greenery on the banister, but it is the red berries that pulls the whole thing together. Love it. I agree your front hall is a Christmas room.

  34. NanaDiana says:

    Ann- OH MY GOSH-It looks beautiful! I love how lush it looks and that garland could pass for real if you didn't tell us. I think the red wallpaper is perfect for this time of year…and I bet the white banister pops against it the rest of the year.

    My daughter has the Lenox Christmas china too and loves it. I try to add something to it every Christmas for her.

    I hope you are having a wonderful week so far- xo Diana

  35. Love of the Sea says:

    Ann – love your bannister. Looks so festive and what a nice entry way. Also – love your front rug. Do you know what brand name it is so I can search and see if I can find one?

  36. Oh Ann! Your entry way is beautiful! I love it, the berries on the greenery is perfect. It's a shame that you can't have the paper up just for Christmas each year. It really is beautiful, but I can see you being over it after a few years.
    Hugs, Cindy

  37. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Your entry is beautiful Ann. I love the red paper! The stairway is gorgeous.

  38. Your entryway is beautiful! I love your banister & dare I say, I love the red wallpaper too?

  39. I love the red wallpaper too. It really is just perfect for the holidays! Your bannister looks wonderful too. I've always wanted to use fresh greens, but here in Southern California they dry up too quickly, so I understand your predicament. Lastly, the floor mat is fantastic too! As you can tell, I love it all!

  40. Your garland looks really nice on the banister. I like that it's a bit more airy than garland you usually see and has the berries. But what I really love is your plate rack with the Lenox Holly plates and little stockings and gift. Both are so fresh and pretty. Very pretty, Ann.

  41. Blondie's Journal says:

    I like the wallpaper but I know how it is to live with something too long. Your banister looks fabulous…your greens do not look faux! And you don't have all those needles to sweep up! :-)


  42. just beautiful. i love the wallpaper… a great statement. (:

  43. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Your garland on your banister looks fabulous with that red wallpaper! And those little stockings are adorable on your plate rack. What a warm, welcoming entry!

  44. Honey at 2805 says:

    Your entry and banister look terrific. I would like to have fresh greens too, but everyone around her has sinus problems. Great rug. I saw it, but had no idea it would look so good!

  45. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    Ann,I love your entry and the wallpaper, but I understand wanting a change.

  46. Pamela Gordon says:

    Hi Ann, your bannister looks very pretty with the lighted garland and the plate rack looks very nice too. Have a great week.

  47. Love your red wall paper, the sweet plate rack and banister all decked out for Christmas…BEAUTIFUL entry!!!

  48. Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing says:

    Looks beautiful Ann! I like the wallpaper too…sure does look pretty. Cute job on the plate rack, and I want that mat!

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