Christmas spilled into upstairs this year.

It started downstairs in the living room and hopped over to the dining room and leapt up the stairs with bows and velvet and evergreens.

And just when you thought it was done?

It landed smack in the middle of the upstairs landing.

My mother used to have a tree right here and I was waiting until I got my Christmas feet underneath me before I decorated this area.

This is the year for a little more merry and bright upstairs.

Want to take a tour?

Oh, good.

I have a few decorating ideas including the ONE THING every Christmas tree needs this year.

Let’s GO.

Here’s a glimpse of the upstairs landing as you come up the stairs.

The stairs actually start at the bottom and wind around right by this entire wall of mirrors with a landing and built-in window seat in the middle.

And when you get to the top?

There’s a small landing where we added these built-in bookcases that were made from cabinets and plywood.

Here’s the view from the top.

There was just enough space to tuck a tree in the corner.

I LOVE THIS TREE so much. We got it at Walmart and the branches are full and have several different types of evergreens mixed in. When my husband was putting it together he kept telling me how much he liked it (and he never comments on Christmas trees.) You know I am all about Walmart when it comes to Christmas shopping. I shared some of my finds earlier in the year and they have the BEST selection and creative affordable options for Christmas decor.

It comes with pre-strung lights. I have it set to clear lights, but it has a multi-colored bulb option, too. This tree is 6.5 inches tall and so full and looks really high-end.

It’s such a great value for the price and you can see it here.

This set of ornaments comes with 50 different pieces that look vintage (but they are totally shatterproof).

The Santa was my favorite, but there are Christmas trees and bells and stockings and wreaths and mittens and more.

And the entire set was under $15.

You can see it here.

I paired it with this pretty blue and white embroidered tree skirt with red piping.

I also love this tree skirt option with its red snowflakes.

This tree crate is another good option I found for the tree in our bedroom.

And look at these matching blue and white stockings with embroidered snowflakes.

They match the tree skirt and I love the mix of blue and white.

You can see them here.

The star at the top of the tree is gold tinsel and lights up with LED lights.

But the real star of the show?

These climbing elves here and here.


They climb up and down the ladder in time with Christmas music. You plug them in and watch them go. They have a little string of lights in their backpack and they go all the way down to the bottom and then step by step they come up to the top and then back down again.

It reminds me of something out of a Christmas movie and they are so sweet and vintage and athletic all at the same time.

See what I mean?

All that cute Christmas decor needed a home. It’s so vintage and fun and festive and merry and bright. It needed a little Christmas space to call its own.

And the upstairs was perfect.

I can’t wait to tell my mother that her space is decorated again.

She’ll be so proud. 🙂

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    1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

      Here's the information from the link for the tree. Holiday Time Pre-Lit Liberty Pine Artificial Christmas Tree, Color-Changing LED Lights, 7.5': Pre-lit artificial pine Christmas tree with 1,059 mixed branch tips Cashmere tips for a realistic snowy look Comes with 300 pre-strung color-changing LED lights 8 color-changing light effects SureBright lights will stay lit even if one bulb burns out Quick Set feature means that your tree will light up automatically once the poles are connected Pre-attached hinged branches for easy setup Extra sturdy top branch is perfect for displaying your favorite tree topper Tree stand included Flame-retardant Dimensions: 48" W x 48" D x 7.5' H 4' diameter Model #: TG76M3K79D14

  1. Image for Amanda Yeager Amanda Yeager

    I just ordered two of the climbing elves. Thanks!! One for me, one for my sister-in-law that hosts us every Christmas.

  2. Image for Kris Kris

    You must have so much fun decorating. I love how you have incorporated different moods in different areas of your home--your stairs yesterday were classically elegant and your featured tree today is vintage fun!

  3. Image for melba melba

    This tree put a smile in my face! I always go for neutral colors, but absolutely love having red as a touch. I need more than one tree now! So Cute!!!

  4. Image for Katy Katy

    Full on ADORABLE! Love it KariAnne! As always, thanks for the encouragement and inspiration! ♥️ Merry Almost Christmas! Katy

  5. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    It entices you to climb the stairs and check out the elves! So beautiful and magical. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  6. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    Soooo cute! I love the elves. So fun! Thanks for sharing your talent and wonderful decorating with everyone! We drool a lot over it all. LOL 😍


    Your dear Mom will be so happy to see your gorgeous tree in the exact same place that she and your Dad had a tree! How nice is that? KariAnne, I just love all the ornaments on your tree -- so pretty! Those little elves are just so cute! I'd love to see them going up and down the ladder! I must look for some here in Canada. You enjoy your tree upstairs! What a nice Christmas addition to your landing, Great idea, KariAnne! And the tree you got is so nice, too. Again, thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas touches to your gorgeous home!

  8. Image for Bertie Bertie

    Hi Kariann' Love your decorations. I'm having a time this year putting things together. I usually change things out like you but this year not doing so well with it all. I also have a red ladder and elves for it not using this year, but mine aren't the climbing ones, just have to position the elves on the ladder and they stay put!, this is the more "modern" version! So cute. Your home looks just beautiful! Merry Christmas to all.

  9. Image for Julie Crudgington Julie Crudgington

    hi Karianne Thank you for the orange and cranberry loaf recipe a week or so back, I made this and its delicious and so simple to make. I am in the UK and always intrigued by your great ideas and beautiful house

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    ...And I haven't even got my one tree up!!! But I have been baking for my daughter's work bake sale so they can make money for the Angel Tree kiddos--they need lots more money for funds for the children's requests for Christmas gifts.

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