Christmas Decorated Stoop

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

While I'm not quite done decking the halls indoor or out, I am finished with our stoop*, otherwise known as the front staircase.  After a quick trip to Lowes I was able to pick up most of the goodies. Adding a few things I had laying around and some handwork, its ready for Christmas!

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The front hall was decked with greenery, silver, black and white.  It came together just as I imagined it (which as we all know doesn't always happen!) welcoming anyone who drops by.  In addition to the traditional wreathes and garland, I added a few extra elements that give it a little personality.  First the sign which I hand drew - not perfect but will work well for the holidays as well as the baby's first birthday party. Some quick hand drawn stars to adorn the windows and galvanized pails fill out the scene.  Finally, Santa's boots filled with shatterproof sparkly ornaments as a little humor to round it out.


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sources: 22 inch fresh cut wreathes20 foot fresh garland, suction cup wreath hooks, small potted trees, steel buckets, glass marker, 6 inch by 4 foot boards (but you could use scrap wood, pallet wood or even old flooring to get the same effect), liquid nails, flat black spraypaint (chalkboard paint would probably be best but I didn't have any), black rubber boots (that just might look familiar to the neighbors who saw Mr. Limestone this halloween), glittery bows and shatterproof balls (both sourced at a local junk store for a few bucks so I dont have a link)

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*For those unfamiliar with the term stoop, here is the official definition:
stoop /sto͞op/ noun
noun: stoop; plural noun: stoops
a porch with steps in front of a house or other building.

22 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful!! Great job, S!

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  2. I was hoping you had bought those bows at Lowes as well as I love them. Your stoop looks amazing

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    1. Check your local 99 cents type store - they might have them!

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  3. So great! I love the look of fresh greenery and the star detail on the pails is a cute idea. Just a question, do you ever worry about your decorations getting stolen? I would love to do a bit more elaborate decor on our front steps but fear the bah humbug types might swipe them.

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    1. It definitely crosses my mind so I never put out anything of much value. That said, we have been lucky. Our Halloween stuff seems much more tempting to steal than a few boring Christmas baubles and so far, nothing has been taken. I hope it stays that way!

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  4. I'm from Philly, I know all about stoops! Love yours, esp the sign! Might just have to copy it:) xoxo Kathleen

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  5. ooh! I love the boots! I did ice skates this year! http://confessionsofanewoldhomeowner.blogspot.com/2013/12/christmas-spirit.html

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    1. Love the skates on the chair. I was looking for some and an old sled but the interweb has caught on with that trend - they sell for way too much on ebay :)

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  6. Ha! I laughed at the idea that people may not be familiar with the term stoop, but I guess it makes sense! Love the boots and balls, and those trees! Your stoop is looking quite jolly!

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    1. Oh maybe everyone knows the term stoop? I just assumed it was more of a rowhouse thing - so people with a lot more space might not know the term. Kind of like how I didn't know what lanai was until the Golden Girls :)

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    2. Haha you are probably right! I guess I've been living here too long and have already forgotten what I had to learn when I first moved to NYC!

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    1. Thanks. As you can see, we finally put those eye hooks in. Hooray!

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  8. so pretty!! I love the fresh greens and the sign, its the icing on the stoop :)

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  9. Gorgeous!

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  10. Ah, my grandma lived in a rowhouse in Pittsburgh and had a stoop! I used to love to go visit and sit on the stoop! Yours is beautiful!

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  11. love it! and so impressed that boots and that cute sign do not get stolen in Brooklyn. I cannot leave an umbrella on my stoop in Boston.

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  12. I didn't know fresh garland was so cheap! I am so copying your door! (Well one of them, since I don't have double doors - you know what I mean.)

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  13. Absoluetly charming! Love the boots and the greenery, all blends and sparkles so well.

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE...makes me want to live there...so welcoming! Love the sign and silver touches! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

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  15. I love the whole look, especially the hand drawn sign! You have gorgeous handwriting!

    (And my apologies for pointing this out, but you might want to add an apostrophe to "Its" so it reads "It's". Sorry, the grammar nerd in me can't help it!)

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