Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CHRISTMAS INTERIOR DECORATING TIPS


For most of us living in an apartment community our holiday decorating options are focused mainly on interior spaces.  Here are a few tips on getting the most out of decorating your apartment interior:

JAZZ UP YOUR DOORWAYS
Drape natural or artificial garlands along door frames, then decorate with ornaments and Christmas cards from family and friends.

MAKE YOUR OWN HANGING WINDOW DISPLAY
Think of your window as your own private Macy’s display window – string twinkling lights around the window frame, hang a few ornaments with decorative ribbon, and garnish with shiny tinsel.  You may even get your own crowd of “oohs” and “aahs”!

CREATE A “MINI-TREE”
Not enough space for a standard tree?  Do a mini version instead! It's perfect for even the smallest spaces. Check your location garden supply store for seasonal Norfolk Pines and decorate with your favorite ornaments.  Add to the fun by small wrapped gift boxes around the base.

USE TABLE SPACES
If you have more than two side tables, use them as mini staging areas.  Gift-wrap various sizes of empty small boxes and stack festively, or wrap small bags of holiday candy to have on hand for visitors.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR TABLE SETTINGS
If you’re entertaining during the holidays a festive table will wow your guests.  Mix the colors of your napkins, plates and tablecloths using colors of the season, use shiny tinsel to frame coasters, use as napkin holders, etc.  Just think of your table as an extension of the Christmas tree!

HANG HOLIDAY PLATES
Get plain white, red or green dishes (even gold or silver platters) and decorate with clusters of small glass balls strategically glued to creative a festive dish.  Use removable mounting strips or plate hangers make your seasonal sentiment easy to remove.

SMALL CAN BE GREAT TOO!
A door wreath sets the tone inside, but small wreaths can be just as impactful. Create mini wreaths from small pieces of garland, tie with a velvet or satin ribbon to shelves or drawer pulls.  

These are just some ideas to jump-start your decorating spirit for the holiday, and help to put you in a festive mood for the season.