When decorating for the holidays, a good place to begin is the front door.
We asked Daren Miller, owner of the D.C. shop And Beige, for ideas on creating an easy, festive look that will warmly welcome family, friends and neighbors all season long.


With lots of flickering lights and fresh greenery, Miller designs a seasonal entry fit for almost any front door. Use all the suggested items together or as many as your holiday budget will allow, he says. “Have fun and be creative.” And, if you’re feeling adventurous, he adds, you could always paint your front door red.

Group lanterns or glass hurricane lamps along the front steps or porch ledges to welcome guests by candlelight.

Place a pair of fresh-cut pine trees on each side of the door. Dress the trees with small twinkle lights.

Hang mistletoe from the ceiling fixture; swap your doormat with with one that has a festive color or holiday theme.

Hang two or three wreaths on the front door, securing them with a wide ribbon or sleigh bells on a leather strap.

Embellish wreaths with seasonal items such as winterberry branches, pine cones, pomegranate pods, vintage ornaments or bells.

Door alternative: Hang a stocking filled with fresh greens, branches, pine cones or candy canes.


Fresh-cut pine trees and mistletoe (prices vary, www.johnsonsflorists.com); pre-made wreathes and greens (from $40, www.wshome.com); king-size door bells ($180, www.santasleighbells.com); twig wreaths and fillers (prices vary, www.wreathsgalore.com).

And Beige (202-234-1557, www.andbeige.com) is located
at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.


Mogador hurricane lantern ($365, www.neimanmarcus.

Fa La La holiday entry mat ($69.50, www.frontgate.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Taylor large hurricane ($22, www.crateandbarrel.

Hable holiday doormat ($38 each, www.garnethill.com).

Tell us about your design challenge.

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