Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer
Tis the season for red and green, fake Santa, and garland galore. When it comes to Christmas, I’m not too big of a “traditional Christmas” fan. It’s hard for me to find a more obnoxious color pairing than red and green. Plus most of the Christmas decor is kind of old and gaudy for my taste. When I decorate for the holidays I learn more towards neutral colors with pops of glitz and glam. I know my taste definitely isn’t for everyone but I’ll link everything I possibly can if you’re feeling inspired to add a few pops to your own home.
We are still renting so we can’t go all out for holiday decor, which is preferred in my opinion. So, I thought I’d help share some tips and tricks to make your home Christmas ready for renters. You can fully embrace the holiday spirit without punching an obscene amount of holes in the wall.
Scale Down The Tree
For many renters, your place isn’t as large as a home typically would be. Don’t be afraid to scale down the tree. You can still decorate it enough to pack the punch of a larger tree and save space at the same time. We have a six foot tree and it’s only about twenty inches wide which is perfect for this new tree skirt and the perfect size for our apartment. We definitely don’t need anything bigger than that! We also have a smaller eighteen inch tall tree meant to put on a table but #catownerproblems. (The even smaller table ready tree would be great for those of you in a studio apartment or dorm room.) My tree and the ornaments are both from Target and the string lights are from Amazon.
Command Hooks Are Life Savers
I can’t tell you how many of these hooks I’ve bought in the past. They are serious life savers! Without a mantel to hang stockings on, these clear Command hooks make it easy to hide behind our mirror and not stand out on the wall. I only had the large clear hooks on hand so I went with those this year. The stockings came from the dollar spot at Target this year and I’m obsessed with them! They’re so cute! They had three colors which was perfect for our little family.
Fully Decorate a Small Area of Your Home
That area for us was this DIY refurbished dresser made hutch in our dining room. Adding a small fully decorated area of your home will help it seem a little more homey for the holidays. Usually, if you’re renting, your place isn’t very large so a small area is all you need! I wanted to tie in the brown tones from the stockings so I kept out these two letters that I hauled a month or so ago and I added these pine cones. I love the warmth that these gave this area. The garland and that beautiful little deer are from Target. The white ornate candle is from this cute little shop in Colorado, Global Candle Gallery. The larger candle set is actually meant for inside a fireplace but I think it looks cute on this hutch.
String Lights / Fairy Lights
Everyone’s go-to Christmas decor. These lights are from Amazon and are wonderful so far! I got two of them so I could string them in the tree and drape another over our headboard. The lights are the only Christmas decor in our bedroom because the only time we spend in there is when our eyes are closed. It didn’t really seem necessary to decorate in there. I think the Christmas lights add just enough touch of the holidays in there. Getting the lights with the white wire was crucial with the white Christmas tree so I’m extremely excited to have them.
What are your holiday go-to decorations? Leave a comment below!