Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Two years ago I did a blog post, here, about finding the inspiration photo below on decorating a stairway. I feel in love with this look and kept a copy in my inspiration folder. I hoped that someday, I would have a staircase to try this with. The first photo below is from Better Homes and Gardens.


In the photo below, you can see my version it it. After we bought this house in August, I went on EBAY and found some vintage ice skates. The garland is from the Christmas Tree farm we visited last week.



Here is a close up of the skates.

I put some red fuzzy socks inside the skates and then added some fresh greens and berry picks I got from a craft store.  I changed the old laces out to red ribbons.

Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here.

I can see these skates hanging in the center of a wreath on the front door as well!  Another vintage item I am keeping my eyes out for is a vintage sled.  I have wanted one forever, to place on the front porch and hang a wreath on it. 

I have also seen smaller sleds placed on a dining table as part of a center piece.  Wouldn't that look great!

This post was originally written by Penny Carlson and she blogs at The Comforts of Home.blogspot.  She can also be found on Facebook at penny.carlson.10.
Welcome Home,
Penny

44 comments:

  1. You are the best copy cat decorator I know! I always think I'm going to copy something that I see, then immediately it's gone from my brain.

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  2. What a beautiful re-creation! I used to have a pair of skates like that! :)

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  3. It looks just like your inspiration photo! Great job!!!

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  4. Well done! That looks beautiful.
    I'll have to pull out my 45 year old skates and see what I can do with them......

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  5. How pretty! I love your floors and stairway too! I've been missing your posts. Need to go back and see what you've done with your new house!
    This is beautiful!

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  6. Fabulous! Your stairs look so much like the BHG ones. I love the skates too. I just finished decorating some skates that my sister found at Goodwill for $2.99 (!) and setting them on my front porch. Then I came in and yours was the first post I saw. I had to smile. Great minds think alike:>)

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  7. You did a great job copying it! I love the skates. Would love to find some....
    Can't wait to see more of your decorating!!

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  8. I like your skates better than the photo one!
    Brenda

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  9. How fun to decorate new space. I love the skates...your inspiration took on great form! BTW I love your banner mosaic...still haven't accomplished that yet.

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  10. You definitely did a better job, Penny!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  11. Oh, Penny, it is just lovely! What a pretty staircase! I love the skates! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm glad that you're able to decorate for the Christmas season. What fun you're going to have!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. How pretty. I am just not in the mood to decorate this year...bah humbug! LOL

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  13. Oh Penny this is a wonderful look! You make me want to go from white to red & green now!LOL! xoxo chris

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  14. Oh I love that Penny! Your inspiration photo has come to life and it's all yours now! :)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  15. What an inspiration! I have just taken up my carpet on the stairs and had wood put in. I need to do a little something like this. Thanks for the idea!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  16. I have my old skates from when I was a kid and I use them for Christmas too. It looks lovely Penny!
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  17. That is just darling Penny! Ya come and do my house for me. I am feeling overwhelmed with the new house and where to put everything. You always do such nice job!

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  18. I love this, Penny. It is absolutely stunning.

    I finished my stairs yesterday. Now, all I have to do is get the tree decorated.

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  19. Oh how PERFECT!!!
    I love your creation Penny!
    Just perfect.


    Love,
    Kim

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  20. It looks beautiful, Penny! I love your red shoe laces. I found a pair of vintage ice skates after Christmas 2008 and put them on the porch through the winter. I hope to use them on one of the porches for Christmas.

    You've inspired me!

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  21. Penny, I love that! I toldmy hubby in our next house I want a bannister!!!

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  22. Penny, this is so gorgeous. White skates, my favorite underneath the tree when I was eleven. I still get a thrill when I see white skates. So many years ago, who knows maybe those are my Vintage skates...tee hee.

    Your home is lovely, and this was so close the one in the magazine, I had to take a double take.

    Karen

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  23. Love it Ms Penny!!!! So Christmasy & looks just like the picture!!
    LOVELY:)
    Hugs..
    Deb:)

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  24. Dear Penny, you did a great job getting the same look. I love those skates with the red laces and socks. It all looks beautiful. I know you are loving the new challenge of decorating. I scrolled down and the chandy's are a vast improvement over the existing lighting. It makes a wonderful difference, I love your choices. The kitchen is looking beautiful too. We arrived home late last night because of terrible holiday traffic. It is good to be home.

    Happy decorating.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  25. very pretty... you know i saw some ice skates in a thrift store recently and something kept telling me to buy them, but I didn't!!!!! what a pretty decoration!

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  26. It looks beautiful, Penny! I love the vintage skates.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  27. 'IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS"................around your house Penny!

    This looks amazing - and I agree your skates are even nicer.

    Great job - even the wrapping paper is beautiful.

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  28. I have this same picture somewhere in my files and also here on my computer. Your version looks awesome! Love a beautiful staircase to decorate!

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  29. Oh, forgot to say I LOVE your header pictures! They make me smile when I go to your blog!

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  30. Outstanding decorating, Penny! What a great duplicate staircase. Did you plan it that way?

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  31. A perfect imitation! Isn't it great when you find something and are able to do it as well. I have notebooks stuffed with ideas that I'll never use but you never know . . . . It's hard to tell which is the magazine photo and which isyour staircase!

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  32. How cheerful! It looks like you could just grab them on your way out the door to go skating, minus the berries of course!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  33. OOO, PENNY...this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL...you copied JUST PERFECT!!
    Since you AND Kathy are showing ice skates, I am DYING for a pair. Out here in West Texas where, first of all we have no bodies of water, and second, it seldom gets icy...so...there's no ice skates around....boo hoo...
    You did a marvelous job!!
    xo bj

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  34. i am so happy that you now have a staircase that you can make so lovely!! i would love to have one too.

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  35. I love your decorated bannister--stunning! Love the skates also!

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  36. Hi Penny...everyone is finding these great old skates....Yours are terrific, love the red laces..

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  37. Wow Penny! You do great work don'tcha? : )
    I got a pair of skates like that...on ebay...had never been out of the box they came in! Mine are outdie, hanging on a vintage sled. I love yours with the red ribbon and toppers...just so pretty. No one does any better at decoratng for Christmas than our Penny!
    Love,
    Sue

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  38. LOVE this, Penny. I just finally found a pair of ice skates at a local flea antique shop this past fall and was able to hang them on a sled on my front porch. I love this idea, too! Did you had the red fuzzy stuff around the top of your skates or did they come that way? Is it a sock turned down...I can't tell...but I love the way it looks. I've also seen it with fur around the top.
    Adding this to my inspiration file, too! :-) I'm so impressed with all the work you guys have done in your home, yourself!
    Susan
    susan

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  39. Well donne Penny! You did a terrific job with the stairs, looks better than the original you saw, now we have your inspiration.

    Merry Christmas
    FABBY

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