Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

Living in Florida, your home might not have a fireplace, so where do you hang those beloved Christmas stockings for Santa?

I’ve seen many pretty alternatives like a foyer table or china hutch display and, if you have a pretty staircase (my personal favorite), the banister!

I have always loved the grandeur of a foyer staircase, especially when decorated with fresh garland and festive decorations during the holidays. I typically decorate my banister with a pre-lit faux garland, but last year, I decided to try fresh garland and I don’t think I’ll ever use my faux garland again. It lasted much longer than I had expected and was so inexpensive that I purchased several and used them on my mantle and dining tables!

For this look, I decided to combine fresh greens with crisp whites and a mixture of metallic finishes. Grounding the space are these large brass candle lanterns surrounded with tapered candlesticks in varying heights. I hung velvet and fur stockings from the garland and decorated with gold ornaments and silver bells. I love how the light plays with the metallic and glass finishes and creates a romantic and cozy look even in the daylight.

What I love most about this look is that you can display your favorite Christmas collectables front and center. Or, make a grand first impression and set the tone for the rest of your home’s holiday style with fresh decor from this year’s shopping. You can recreate this look with flameless candles and leave it up unsupervised!

Harmony Lynn Goodson

Harmony Lynn Goodson is an editorial stylist, content creator, and contributor for lifestyle and entertaining publications. She is a photographer for local restaurants and magazines via her business, Harmony Lynn Photography. Harmony also aims to inspire people who entertain to create lavish parties with her DIY tips and tricks which she enjoys sharing on her personal blog and social media accounts.