- To be able to sit beside it all day long with a good book. There is nothing better than this.
- To hang our Christmas stockings from it’s mantle.
Sigh. We have no mantle. We have no fireplace. We do have beautiful stockings, though. And I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make our own “mantle.” I’ve put together a list of things you can do to optimize your apartment/small space for Christmas!
1.) Change up your throw pillows and get a luxurious throw blanket. Might sound silly, but changing out the covers on your pillows will do a lot to improve the look and feel of your home. Laying out a luxurious throw blanket is the perfect invitation for cozy reading. You might not have a fireplace, but you have just the spot to settle in with a good book. 2.) Invest in a set of cohesive stockings. We had super mix-matchy ones for the longest time. I would look at Pottery Barn and Etsy and dream about buying gorgeous stockings, but they were just too expensive. I ended up buying our stockings after Christmas on major clearance. I absolutely love them and will keep them forever. 3.) Choose a theme. While “Christmas” might be a theme in itself, there are so many styles to choose from. This year I wanted to think about snow and winter (probably because there is such an absence of this in my life). 4.) Take full advantage of having a gallery wall. If you’re like me, you get bored with seeing the same stuff on the walls all year long. I like to change up our “gallery” wall every couple months. Here’s what it looked like last month: So, I guess that’s not much of a “gallery,” but I used to have about a dozen photos up there and then I wanted to go sort of minimalist for awhile. Here’s what it looks like this month: I used Walmart Photo to create some mounted prints for our wall. My computer crashed last January, and I lost all of my Christmas photos. Fortunately, I had some photos stashed on an SD card and they happen to be from our Christmas trip to Mammoth. I love how they turned out! 5.) Utilize free printables. I’m in love with printable wall art and you can find just about anything on Pinterest. I chose this print here and printed it off at Walmart. Cost me all of $2 and it makes this vignette so fun! If you want to put together a holiday gallery wall/faux mantle head over to Walmart and take advantage of some of their deals! The Mounted Photos come in sizes 5×7, 8×10 and 8×20 are available in most stores for free Same Day pick-up. Order in-store or order online. Walmart.com/photo is running a 25% Rollback on all Wall Art through 1/5/2015 Go check it out! Be sure to visit Walmart Photo’s brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts.