Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Savannah Banisters

My Decorating is very light this year.
We will not be celebrating Christmas 
at my house this season.
We are celebrating 
with my youngest daughter's family.
When I decorate my banisters, it takes me a full day.
Since the family is not coming here for Christmas
I opted not to decorate the banisters this year.
  I would still like to show you 
how the banisters looked last year.
 The banisters are always decorated in 
my trademark silver, white and often blue.
 The look changes and evolves each year, however
I use some of the same things each year
but I am also adding and subtracting as well.
I am sure you do the same.
Some of the pics are blurry. 
I have since learned to take gazillions of pictures
in order to get enough to publish.
 There were lights in the garland
 but I didn't get pics at night. 
Newbie then, certainly no expert now!
 After the tree in the living room, 
the banisters are my favorite Christmas decor. 
I usually do the banisters first 
and dismantle them last.
 You can see a glimpse of the tree in the living room.
It is the only thing is the public rooms 
that is not silver, white and blue. This tree started out many years ago as entirely gold. Now it is traditional
but it still has an abundance of gold decorations.

 You can't tell it here but the sheer ribbon 
is snow flocked with a blue pine cone design.
One thing that hasn't changed 
are the candles on the newel post.
A straw wreath is backed with heavy cardboard.
It is then attached to the banister with zip ties.
It is very sturdy and the glass cylinder
 fits perfectly inside the wreath.
The cylinder is partially filled with iridescent gems
and the candles are pushed into the gems.
The decor is inserted into the straw wreath.
The candles have held up, safely, through 
many, many visitors.

Please visit My Christmas Mantel!

I hope you have enjoyed the 2010 banisters at
Savannah Granny's

I am joining 
'The Christmas Blogger Block Party"
DIY By Design/Banisters

And these other great parties
Wednesday Bunny Hop Party
Rea Gun Ramblings
What's It
Wow Us Wednesdays


Miss Char said...

Ginger, that is just breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing.

Debbiedoos said...

Now that is a banister! Looks gorgeous Ginger. That does not seem like light decorating to me my friend. LOL

Ivy and Elephants said...

Ginger, it is just gorgeous! I love those colors and they work just perfectly with the gold mirrors, (which I LOVE by the way!).
Enjoy Christmas with your daughter, less work for you!
(Oh! Link is up now, see you soon)

Unknown said...

Takes my breath away, Ginger. Just AWESOME! Hope you have a grand time with your family.

Have a lovely week

PS Pop over for our GIVEAWAY

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

That bannister is beatuiful! I know it is a lot of work, I use to have a staircase in another house. I don't blame you for not doing it this year if they are not coming. Off to see your mantel.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Ginger your banisters look stunning!! I love the idea of the candle! I am so glad you shared this with us! Martina


This is a breathtaking banister Ginger, wow, wow, wow!!! This is the most stunning banister I've ever seen and I've seen some gorgeous ones! You're so talented my darling friend! Your younger daughter will probably have a gorgeous home like mama to host a Christmas party, it's so nice to be over the girl's too. Merry Christmas sweet friend. FABBY

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh my goodness! Your banister is gorgeous! Your home is gorgeous! So much work, but look at the results. Thanks so much for sharing.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, what a gorgeous house!! I would love to have a banister, but first I have to get a second floor!! It is gorgeous, I think decorating is so much work that every other year is good enough! LOL
Thank you sooo much for entering my giveaway, good luck in my giveaway!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is just beautiful. I can tell it's lots of work so I would skip it this year also. Thanks for sharing last years pics. hugs, Linda

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,

Wow, how dare you say you're a 'newbie then and no expert now'... You are a remarkable savvy lady for your age! Show me three more like you if you can.
Your banisters are beautifully decorated. I love your romantic staircase with all the woodwork on the walls. So romantic. Lovely home!
Enjoy your time together till you will have your special Christmas time with your youngerst daughter. That is very sweet!
We enjoyed today Atlanta with Liz our daughter, had a wonderful day.

Love to you,


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Ginger, this banister was absolutely stunning! The candles at the bottom captured my heart!! I love that!! I can see that this was a lot of work! It is magnificent!!

xinex said...

This is gorgeous....WOW!...Christine

NanaDiana said...

Ginger- That is some of the prettiest bannister decorations I have ever seen. It is beautiful...absolutely beautiful! And I LOVE the candle on the newel post! Have fun at your daughter's house. xo Diana

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Oh, I thought I was the only one who took a gazillion photos! Hehe! What an incredible banister decoration. Thanks for showing it since I didn't see it last year. Your decorating skills are just amazing!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Ginger! I miss out on last year in blogland, so this is all new to me. I love the elegance of your banister. I see that the ribbon and blue accents would look lovely in the room with the blue wall. Such a beautiful shade of blue!

Thanks for sharing at my Bunny Hop Party!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Unknown said...

Hi Ginger. You're an amazing decorator. You're banister rivals any I've ever seen in a magazine. I love your yellow walls and the beautiful wainscoting. And the blue and white of your Christmas goes beautifully with it.

Thanks for the tips on the trees. I still haven't gotten to it yet.

OOO's...Tracy :)

Farah said...

Hi Ginger ... lovely staircase and fabulous decor... White looks so much beautiful I didn't see it before so for me its new and very beautiful indeed... Hope you have a great and happy Christmas with your daughter...
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

Debbie said...

It's just beautiful! I love all the white particularly. I also love your stairs and banister to begin with. Ours is only open on one side half way up, and the stairs are carpeted. Blechy Blechy Blech. I love yours!

Maggie said...

Ginger, what can I say?
The bannister garland is stunning and the candle arrangement on the newel post is gorgeous.
I have decorated our bannister in the past but with a very lively one year old German Shepherd in the house it's too risky this year!

Maria Elena said...

Oh, it is stunning! Just gorgeous!

Honey at 2805 said...

It is so stunning! Your trademare silver and white is really elegant ant the candle on the newel post is breathtaking!

LindyLouMac said...

So elegant and attractive.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Ginger that is breath taking.You must have some lady's over to show it off.

Your house should be in the Savannah magazine, That bannister is so elegant love it

Tina said...

It is breathtakingly beautiful.

G Inspires said...

Your banister is beautiful, thanks for sharing! visiting from The Bunny Hop

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your home looks Beautiful and Breathtaking for the holiday. You did a lot of work with the bannister Gorgeous.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new tablescape. Christmas in the park.
XXOO Diane

Chubby Chieque said...

Really a great job done.

I love your colour combo, which I always had on my Christmas decos.

Greetings from a slippery & freezing Stockholm,

Geneva said...

Wow! Your banister looked stunning last year... Love the colors, the design and really like that beautiful candle. It's all perfect for your home... I'm sure you'll enjoy celebrating with your youngest daughter, but I think your banister is feeling left out this year. ":o)

Unknown said...


I just love your decorations. The banister is gorgeous, but so is everything else!

Merry Christmas.


Katherines Corner said...

Ginger this is beautiful what a lovely way to welcome visitors. I love your entry, the tree is beautiful. xo

At The Picket Fence said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Ginger! I love the idea of the hurricane candle on the newel post! Someday when my kiddos are older I'm going to try that one. LOL!

HeARTworks said...

Oooooh! So grand and breathtaking! That's what I envision the decor of the White house should look! Patsy from

Unknown said...

Stunning! I think it is first place! You did a beautiful job!Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Gorgeous! The glass cylinder on your banister is so clever.


Kim@todayismysome-day said...

This is so beautiful! The candle is so unique, and the silver And blue are stunning!

Diana LaMarre said...

What a gorgeous banister! I love your decorating style.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Ginger,
Hope you are relaxing and enjoying this festive season. Just wanted to let you know that your gorgeous post was featured at "What's It Wednesday". Come on by and grab a button.

Scribbler said...

HI Ginger -- hope you are having a great holiday season. Thanks so much for visiting.

Your banister is INCREDIBLE!!! I am filing away that idea for the candle/hurricane thing. Thanks!


annh said...

Wow! just stunning. I am now on holiday from school for 3 weeks and just catching up on blogging. You r blog is always such a delight to visit. Happy week leading up to christmas

Cindy Adkins said...

This is so breathtaking I am in awe!!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Thank you so much for coming to visit!!! and for joining my giveaway!!! I just want to say that your garland is so gorgeous, I'd keep it up all year! lol I wouldn't have the heart to take it down--it is breathtaking!

Lee Caroline - A World of Inspiration said...

OMGosh your bannister looks absolutely wonderful....now I remember why I want to build a two story house.

I have lived in some rather grand houses while overseas the past 14 years and one had a gorgeous bannister but now sadly my little cottage near the beach is just one level. I have had to even scale down the Christmas tree as I have a huge cabinet in the only place my 8 foot tree would fit.

So..this year I concentrated on my mantlepiece and think it turned out ok but would love to have a staircase like yours.

Well done a magnificent job!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I'am missing you !! I hope you are Ok. Call me if you can.
XXOO Diane

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I thought goodness, I have not visited you for a while, but I see like the rest of us you must be a busy girl!! I just wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy New year! Yes, that would be hysterical if the girl that bought the plate rack was Mr meanies wife LOL



I've missed you and I'm so happy to see you at The Polohouse's at Babs's post! I know you must've being busy for the holidays with your daughter. I do hope you had a great NY's Eve and received the 1st. in style! May the new year brings all you desire and happiness, health and prosperity to you and your family. Love,

xinex said...

Happy New Year, Ginger! Come meet my new granddaughter when you have a chance....Christine

Unknown said...

Hi Ginger. I just stopped by to check in on you. It's been so long since I've heard from you. I hope you're having a wonderful visit with your family. Happy New Year Dear Friend!!!

OX's...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

cherry said...

Happy New Year Miss Ginger hope you had a great holiday looking forward to see what you will be sharing with us in 2012..
Hugs, Cherry

Helen's Decor said...

Ginger, your staircase is lovely and beautifully decorated. I'm planning to save some of your ideas as my foyer staircase is almost identical to yours. Maybe next year...oops, it should be this year. Happy New Year,

The Polka Dot Closet said...

For some reason, I can't see where to leave a comment on your most recent post. I am glad everyone is feeling better! That house is gorgeous, loved seeing your ornament collection!


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