A look inside at our apartment's Christmas decorations + my top 3 tips for holiday decorating!
Deck the Apartment!
Fa la la la la… we’re decking out our apartment for Christmas and I’m overjoyed with how it’s turned out! Part of the reason I wanted to do our apartment tours so early on into us living here is that I wanted to have already shared it in a non-seasonal setting before our holiday decorations went up! (Weird blogger, thing, I know).
It’s been such a little win for us to have it all done as we get back into a normal schedule after the Thanksgiving holiday last week! I am all about the little victories and celebrating all-the-things right now to stay upbeat, and coming home to an apartment that’s already decorated and festive is definitely worth calling a win! 😊
I actually went to the Christmas Tree Shops in Brick, NJ before we moved in and found all of these goodies there then. I particularly loved their ‘Emerald Frost’ collection and “Arctic Chill’ collection for classic, dark green and glitter décor finds. The store was set up with everything grouped by the collections, so it was honestly so simple to find things that coordinated together.
3 Holiday Décor Tips
Before I get into what I bought, here are three simple things that I did to make the most out of our decorations and create a merry atmosphere!
- Create a vignette on your coffee table– It’s the place where we gather the most in our apartment so I set two candles (one LED and one real) and festive napkins there, at the ready. That way we have something that looks nice, smells nice, and is practical to place a cup of cider on!
- Put garland on any long surface– We don’t have a fireplace or mantle, so I laid our garland underneath our TV, then popped on the yule log video from YouTube 😊. To make it extra cozy I wrapped mini battery-operated string lights in the garland as well! It took about a minute to do and makes all the difference in lighting the garland up.
- Add a ton of ‘filler’ to your tree– Since we went with a traditional all-green tree, I knew it wouldn’t look completely full if we just put lights and our bigger ornaments on it, so I loaded it up with beaded garlands and mini gold ornaments to really make it extra full. I also went overboard with the lights to make sure it sparkles extra. A 6′ tree usually requires about 600 lights but I put on 1,000 on ours and it shines!
How We Decorated…
Let’s go room by room to share what I scooped up from the Christmas Tree Shops and where we put everything… for our living room I found a sparkly faux garland (which I put warm white lights in that I found at the store as well!), a coordinating candle centerpiece (that I switch between our dining table and coffee table), a pine scented Yankee Candle that smells just like a pine tree forest, the most adorable red door napkins, and two oversized forest green lanterns filled with LED lanterns. Oh! And the huge ‘Joy’ mug that fits all the hot cider… it seriously hasn’t left my side. 😊
As for my office area, I kept it simple (yet somehow still over-the-top) with two glitter Nutcrackers that were $5 each… which I still can’t get over. For our Christmas tree I bought the items that make up the bulk of our tree’s décor “base”– 20 mini gold ornaments, a few gold beaded garlands, and a ton of mini clear Christmas tree lights! The Christmas tree lights were only $6 for a strand of 100 and the mini gold ornaments and beaded garlands were under $5 each! In all honesty, I’ve compared prices with other retailers and these are the lowest I’ve seen yet.
I highly recommend stopping into a Christmas Tree Shops near you if you’re looking for “filler” decorations like garlands and ornament sets and special one-of-a-kind touches like the glitter nutcracker. 😊 It’s a major mood upper and I find myself smiling at the decorations multiple times a day. xx