We have all either been there, or still are renting an apartment that makes decorating for the holidays just a tad more difficult than those BLESSED people who own their homes.
You may not have a yard to decorate, but there are still many ways you can deck the halls inside and outside your apartment/town home/condo! So just follow these few simple tips to turn your apartment in to a cozy Winter Wonderland!
DESIGN TIP #1: FILL YOUR FRONT DOOR WITH CHRISTMAS CHEER
Just because you live in an apartment complex or a townhouse where you don't have a yard to decorate, does not mean you can't decorate your outside, whether it be your front door or a balcony/patio! I recommend starting with a cheerful and inviting holiday door mat, whether it say something in the spirit of Christmas, or it has Santa's face on it, it's one step closer to a joyful small space Christmas!
Next, find that perfect wreath that speaks to you. There are so many stores with tons of beautiful wreaths right now, but honestly I went to every single one I could before I finally decided on one (I like to see all my options before committing--sorry). Anyways, a stunning and stately wreath will bring that boring apartment front door to life instantly and set the tone for the rest of your home as you, family and friends come inside!
DESIGN TIP #2: GIVE YOUR HOME A WARM AND INVITING CHRISTMAS SCENT
Candles are literally everrryyytttthiiiiinggg! I swear, no one makes a better candle (especially Christmas candles) other than Bath & Body Works. UGH. There candles are seriously heavenly. The second I light the Fresh Balsam candle, my house smells like a Christmas tree farm and puts me in the happiest mood! Get yourself one of these candles, ESPECIALLY if you don't have a real tree to give off that piney smell and you will not regret it! AND THEY ARE ON SALE TODAY FOR JUST $8.95 FOR ALL THESE AMAZING 3-WICK CANDLES so now is the perfect time to stock up (I go through one of these like every week).
DESIGN TIP #3: BIG OR SMALL, A CHRISTMAS TREE IS A MUST
If you have a larger sized living room in your rental, then I recommend putting the tree in the living room (which is where you are most of the time, if you're anything like me). If you don't have much space for a Christmas tree, I recommend a small table top version that gets it off the floor (also a pet friendly version for those of you with evil cats). I like to put a Christmas tree in basically every room. A small table top Christmas tree is SO cute in the bedroom and makes for a stunning night light. The main living space is not the only area that you can decorate. Bringing decorations throughout the main area and in to the bedroom makes being in every room in your house, super enjoyable. I love to bring Christmas in to the bedroom with twinkle lights, a Christmas-y throw on the bed, and a mini tree in the corner!
DESIGN TIP #4: LAYER LAYER LAYER
Styling your small space for Christmas time is sort of easier than decorating a larger space, just because Christmas decorations are SUPPOSED to look like clutter! (It's like the only time of the year where clutter is OK to have). So take advantage of it! You need to layer everything!
When it comes to the sofa, layer on some Christmas-y throw pillows and blankets (the cozier the better!). Also, battery operated string lights are the BEST. I love to layer them throughout the entire home (interwoven in the garland so it lights up, draped over my headboard, or even placed in a glass bowl to light it up!).
I like to also remind people that Ornaments are not just meant for the tree! Layer some ornaments in a bowl on your coffee table to bring extra color throughout, or hang some ornaments with ribbon from your dining room chandelier!
DESIGN TIP #5: STRING LIGHTS
It's Christmas time, and little twinkle lights are everything. Especially those little battery operated ones. I love to layer them throughout the entire home (interwoven in the garland so it lights up, draped over my headboard, or even placed in a glass bowl to light it up!). These little lights set the tone and bring Christmas cheer throughout the entire space! They also last for like EVER, but if they do run out, all you have to do is switch out the batteries! Super easy and energy efficient.
DESIGN TIP #6: WHERE OH WHERE DO I HANG OUR STOCKINGS?!
Don't have a fireplace? That's OK! You can still have stockings!
If you have a stair case, this is the CUTEST way to jazz it up and make it super festive looking! String some garland up the railing and clip your stockings to it! Such a cute and well decorated look. You can even hang some ornaments from the garland going up the railing and intermingle some twinkle lights through it to light it up!
I don't have stairs unfortunately, so when we trimmed our tree this year, I took all of the extra pine clippings and layered them on the media unit to make it look like a thick strand of garland on top of a mantle! I then hung my stockings from the TV unit as well! Great way to make it look like you actually have a mantle, without the fireplace part.