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Space-Saving Ways to Decorate For Christmas

Space-Saving Ways to Decorate For Christmas

Even those who live in space-starved studio apartments in the middle of a noisy city yearn for ways to create a celebratory atmosphere for Christmas and get into the spirit of the season. If you push yourself with a little effort, you can enjoy the results for days to come.

Let's looks at ideas for people who live in apartments, studios, guest cottages and condos. Of course, they may be utilized by anyone as practical and simple ways to festoon for the winter holidays. Do not fret if you don't have space for a traditional Christmas tree, because these ideas are great alternatives. Over the years they have become some of my own favorites.

The first idea is to look for battery-operated wreaths and garlands. You can hang these up anywhere and do not have to stress over whether or not there is an accessible electrical outlet. I just received a live cedar wreath with battery-operated lights from a friend and hung it at the end of our dimly lit central hallway. It is simply magical to turn it on at night and enjoy as I walk through the house. Such a simple decoration changed the house in minutes. Of course, hanging an evergreen wreath on your front door is a well-known seasonal decoration choice, but you can also hang them on bathroom or bedroom doors. If they are fresh, they will add an aroma to your home. Garlands with battery-operated twinkle lights can be hung on a mantel, atop a dining room buffet or entry table, or over a dining room or kitchen entrance. You might consider twisting one around a stair handrail or putting it on top of a china cabinet or tall bookcase in the living room. You can even adorn an entry-hall tree.

Another idea is to use peel-off wall murals or decals for a splashy artistic seasonal statement that takes up absolutely no room. This watercolor image of a reindeer is modern and fun. Even if this room were without the evergreen tree, it would sing out in celebration! Note the addition of the frieze over the windows as well. Investigate on the internet and you will be delighted with the hip and fun offerings. Blown-up ornaments, photographic snow scenes and traditional Nativity scenes are potential holiday options. What a fantastic way to turn a guest room into a truly special space this time of year. Prices are reasonable and attractive. For example, you can get an image of poinsettias that is about 58 inches wide and 28 inches tall for under $55. I encourage you to look into this approach.

Lastly, change the throw pillows, lamp shades and tablecloths to be in tone with the season. These are small shifts with a large impact. Stash you normal sofa accent pillows away in a closet or under the bed, and display others with seasonal design motifs. Buy a green, red or burgundy tablecloth. If you are tight on cash, think about visiting Goodwill or a resale shop for modestly priced decor items. Many resale shops that sell furniture also handle Christmas decor. That's how I have acquired a lot of my Halloween and Easter decorations over time. It's kind of fun and a bit of a scavenger hunt! Don't forget to check out discount retailers such as TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Ross. Target and Wal-Mart are always good options, too.

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