Christmas Decor On a Budget

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The Holidays (and holiday parties) are quickly approaching! Holiday decor is sometimes rushed through and ends up adding unnecessary stress to an already busy season. We are happy to assist with your holiday decor needs - whether you are preparing for a small family gathering or hosting a party for everyone you know! Contact us to learn more about our holiday services.

 

To kick-off our holiday decorating season, we helped millennial blogger Melissa Henderson, decorate her apartment for the holidays. We sourced items from popular affordable retailers, such as West Elm, TJ Maxx and Michael’s and combined these finds with Melissa’s own antique furniture. With that and a few DIY touches we created an inexpensive and cozy holiday look, for under $500! Melissa wrote a post about this project for The Huffington Post, and also her personal blog, Mel Writes. Check it out!

We focused on styling 4 key areas in Melissa’s apartment: The bedroom, the hallway, the living room, and the dining area.

1.       The Bedroom

Bedroom: Before

Bedroom: Before

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

In Melissa’s bedroom, we mainly focused on styling the bed, dresser, and nightstand. We made the bed using her own bedding and then added some festive throw pillows and a blanket to complete the look.

These festive pillows are an easy way to make the bed look finished.

These festive pillows are an easy way to make the bed look finished.

Dresser Styling

Dresser Styling

On the dresser, we added a white and gold table runner, and styled it with Melissa’s own collection of books, framed art and wreath. We then added some new Christmas accessories and ornaments.

A mix of personal objects and Christmas decorations.

A mix of personal objects and Christmas decorations.

It's the holiday season, don't be afraid of bright metallics and glitter!!

It's the holiday season, don't be afraid of bright metallics and glitter!!

Layering on the nightstand creates effortless style.

Layering on the nightstand creates effortless style.

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Similar to the dresser styling, we mixed her own items with Christmas accessories for the nightstand.

 

2. The Hallway

In a small apartment, a narrow hallway can be easily forgotten. We rearranged Melissa’s artwork and fashion photography on the wall, along with her grandmother’s antique mirror and side table. With the addition of large art books and Christmas accessories the hallway is complete!

 

3. The Living Room

Living Room: Before

Living Room: Before

Living Room: After

Living Room: After

This is the first room upon entering the apartment so we had make it festive! Luckily Melissa already had her grandmother’s antique sofa which is the most festive color of all – red! We mixed her own throw pillows with some new additons. In our opinion no sofa is complete without a soft (furry) blanket so we added one to make it cozy.

We added a small Christmas tree, using a tall dining chair as a stand. We then decorated the tree with ornaments and beautifully wrapped gifts – and left a festive message on her chalkboard!

 

DIY tip 1:

For above the sofa, we bought plain glass plant vases, added some rope and hung them on the wall. We added faux snow, and some gold glittery foliage to each vase – creating a simple, custom feature. 

Our easy, DIY solution for wall decor above the sofa.

Our easy, DIY solution for wall decor above the sofa.

 

DIY tip 2:

To glam up some clear, plastic ornaments from Michael’s we filled them with white beads and crystals.

 

4. Dining area

Dining Area: Before

Dining Area: Before

Dining Area: After

Dining Area: After

The dining table needed a centerpiece. Instead of using one or two large items we set up many smaller accents. Most of this was achieved with some simple DIY – such as adding white beads and ribbon to narrow glass vases, and displaying a variety of glittery sticks and decor. We created elegant table settings by layering printed gold plates with folded napkins and some more glittered accents. Like many small NYC apartments, the living room, dining room and kitchen are essentially in the same room. To better define the dining area, we (Joe) secured some fun large ornaments to the ceiling, almost mimicking a light fixture. And no Christmas decor would be complete without the addition of stockings!

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Within a few days, we transformed Melissa's apartment into a Winter Wonderland! This Holiday Season, let us take on the hard work (and the glitter) to transform your home for the Holidays.

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

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