Finishing Touches

Style Guide: Don't forget to add holiday details to the often neglected corners of your home.


Hi, I'm Jennifer Berno, Associate Decorating Editor at Southern Living Magazine. You've trimmed the tree and wrapped the presents, but don't forget the often-neglected corners of your home. Even side tables, light fixtures, and bannisters benefit from holiday cheer. Christmas gifts don't all have to under the tree. Colorful presents piled in the entryway are a great way to set a festive tone in your home. Also consider stacking some outside your house as a party decoration. Dress your front doorway with unexpected elements. A tartan plaid runner on the front steps, held in place with long birch logs, or a pine an citrus garland over the doorway, are nice breaks with tradition. Even your family monogram looks festive hanging on the door, instead of a standard wreath. The stair banister is a great place to drape garland or hang stockings, especially if your home doesn't have a fireplace. Attention to the staircase makes a nice holiday welcome in the foyer. Lighting is a great place to add embellishment for the season. Consider winding garland and berries through an iron chandelier, or clipping bird decorations on outdoor lanterns. If you can forgo light altogether, fill smaller lanterns with eucalyptus and berries for a fresh DIY decoration. Instead of letting them pile up or tossing them in the trash, show off the Christmas cards you receive in the mail by inserting them in pine cones. With the cards on display, you'll be able to enjoy them all season long, plus they'll act as sentimental decorations. During the Christmas season, the magic really is in the details. For more holiday inspiration, pick up a copy of Southern Living, and visit
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