Each winter, my mom spends a serious amount of time and energy draping garland on first her own Victorian staircase, and then the enormous stairway in my grandparents' farmhouse. It always looks fabulous, like a wintry dream, but it's so much work for a month or so of decoration. Seeing this photo of grapevines woven through stair railing got me thinking about year-round garland… New York Magazine featured artist Paula Hayes' home as their Space Of The Week last year. My favorite shot is slide 2, with the lovely dried grapevines. I think it would be a cool way to add an element of wild warmth to a clean, modern space. The issue once the holidays roll around would be making it special, which is where string lights might come in. Oh, it could be so pretty! I don't think it will woo my mom away from her pinecone-bedecked evergreen garland, but I might do it myself someday, if I'm ever lucky enough to have a stairway of my own.
Would you ever drape your staircase in garland year-round?
(Image: Wendy Goodman for New York Magazine)