♪ 9th day of BlogMas ♪
DIY Peace Sign Wreath & Christmas Window Display!

It's snowing today!

. . . What an absolutely perfect setting for our Christmas party this evening with friends. Turkey in the oven, our tree is up and sparkling - last thing on my list was our window display! Repurposing the embroidery hoop I used for my Fall wreath this year, I used extra garland to create this amazing peace sign that's hanging in front of our gorgeous twinkly lights I got off Amazon for super cheap. This whole window display cost me less than $25. Amazing! Scroll down to see a step-by-step guide to creating your own peace sign wreath! :)

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Supplies 

  • Sisal Twine
  • Floral Wire
  • Fresh Garland - got mine at Trader Joes for $6 a bunch! 
  • Embroidery/Quilting Hoop - size completely depends on your preferences. I opted for a large, more substantial piece at 23" diameter. 
  • Any additional faux florals, berries, greenery, etc.!
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Do you have any awesome holiday-themed DIY's? Let me know in the comments below!

♪ 5th day of BlogMas ♪
Small Apartment, how should I decorate?

When scrolling through Pinterest, Houzz . . .

. . . even Google Images in search of holiday decor inspiration, we're immediately shown breathtaking homes with staircases draped in garland, fireplace mantels decked to the 9's and of course massive, grandeur 12 foot Christmas trees just drenched in holiday charm. What about the little guys? The 800-SQ foot studios? The 1-bedroom apartments? In this BlogMas post, I'm narrowing in on the top 2 elements to focus on while decorating your small space. 


Focus No. 1 : Height


If your apartment is lacking in with, look up! Bring the eye upwards towards your ceiling. Utilizing the ceiling as a decor focal point will free up floor space, and create the feeling of a larger & taller room. Using decor with a designated color palette (primarily light) will help keep the decor feel cohesive and organized. 

Another great small space saving tip is to use your open walls for your holiday decor. In Image 3, we see a fantastic use of an empty wall space by creating a DIY christmas tree with natural garland and ornaments. This frees up floor space in a tiny aparment, and can be completely customized with a minimalist look, or a full, bushy feel you'd get with a real x-mas tree!


Focus No. 2 : Light


I'm a huge fan of ambient light - (hardly ever use the ceiling fixtures in my apartment) - especially string lights during the holiday season (shh -- I keep them up year 'round). The warm casted light of twinkling christmas strands warms up any small space immediately. Ambient lighting is so important to creating a cozy and comfortable space during the holiday season - and utilizing it in windows, and on walls in small apartment spaces helps to make the space feel larger.

A combination of height & light is a no-brainer in a small space. Again, this draws the eye upwards, accentuating the height of the space - eliminates floor obstruction and provides additonal ambient lighting that always makes a space feel bigger.


Do you have any fool-proof tips for decorating in a small space? Let me know in the comments section! Happy Decorating!

♪ 1st day of BlogMas ♪
Minimalist-Inspired Holiday Decor

❆ Welcome to BlogMas! ❆

I'm working towards having a blog for you for the next 25 days -- AHH! I'm hoping it will kick me into gear and work towards creating more content for you all in the new year. My schedule looks like this -- one day we'll have a Christmas/Holiday related post (today), and the following day will be a non-Christmas related design post (tomorrow), and so on. I thought it'd be nicer to mix it up this year! Let me know what ya think! :)

Now, on to Minimalist inspired Christmas Decor . . . 


• Wood Bead Garland • 

The wood bead garland - so simple, yet so decorative. A nod to farmhouse style, we see this trend nestling it's way into Minimalist decor with modern additions like geometric forms and woven tassels. I love how these beads mesh so well with natural elements like the Eucalyptus garland and of course draped 'round the classic Christmas tree. I also love how the shape emulates the classic cranberry strand with a neutral, modern twist.

Click on the above images for direct links to DIY / Purchasing options


• Decorative Hoop Wreaths •

Decorative Hoop Wreaths - a bright, modern and fresh alternative to the traditional Christmas wreath.  These pieces are relatively easy to DIY, all you need is a hoop of any kind (wire, embroidery, woven) and some greenery artistically arranged in either a minimalistic spray (image 3) or a full and festive bunch (image 1). 

Click on the above images for direct links to DIY / Purchasing options


• Handmade Ornaments •

Nothing sweeter than a macaroni ornament made by your 3-year-old, right? Of course those are the most cherished type of handmade ornaments, but no one says we can't add some style to the mix. Here are some examples of simple, minimalist handmade ornaments that will freshen up your tree. I love the color coordination of black and white against the deep green of the evergreen branch. The best part is your 3-year-old can totally help you with these DIY's. :)

Click on the above images for direct links to DIY / Purchasing options


Are you trying the Minimalist approach this year with holiday decor? Let me know in the comments section!