Post # 1
Sooo, I have a conundrum. I’m TIGHT on cash and I live in a two room pre-war apartment in NYC (think 12 foot ceilings). I think each room is 360sqft, with two windows in each room with its own shelf thingy (like, you could sit IN the window). I have hardwood floors and white walls. VERY little furniture (think white ikea stuff). I really want to spread some christmas cheer in my place without a tree (too expensive/don’t want to drag it up flights of stairs). Any inexpensive ideas to liven up the place with some JOLLY OLE’ CHRISTMAS SPIRIT?
Post # 3
Do you have any pine trees in your area? My friend went and took a bunch of branches that had fallen on the ground and turned them into really cute decorations; she tied ribbon around some of the longer ones to hang over doorways, and some of the shorter ones she arranged on her coffee table around a hurricane candle holder.
Post # 4
Lights! Lots and lots of lights! Also, silver bead garland and silver ornaments… tried to think of something minimalist.
Post # 5
I don’t have enough room for a tree in my place, so instead I took pine garland and hung it up over a window and decorated it with ornaments that I’ve been hoarding.
Post # 6
Garland is always good! You can hang it around the windows and door frames. And you could do dollar store stockings and decorate them with some fabric paint. I agree with KMSull, I think lights are good too!
Post # 7
First off, let me say you are soooooo lucky to live in over 700 square feet in the city! Me, FI, and two cats live in 450 haha ;o)
Get those little tabletop trees and put them in your windows. You prob won’t be able to reach the ceilings for lights and garland but you could put them around the windows.
Post # 8
Buy butcher paper, cover your walls, and paint Christmas murals!
Okay, that’s kind of college-y, but it really livened up our place (in college). My favorite part was the fireplace we painted on. 🙂
Post # 9
Your windows sound gorgeous, you could decorate them almost like store windows! Paper snowflakes or even paper chains would look awesome!
Here’s an anthropologie store window pic… dramatic, lots of volume… and cheap!
Post # 10
I hung a sprig of mistletoe in one of the frequently used doorways, when I was in an apt.
Post # 11
Use the free items from nature! I like the first reply. If you have pine trees near you, that might also mean pine cones on the ground. I have pine cones in bowls, on our mantel, etc. Also if there’s a holly bush around and you can get away with perhaps cutting a sprig or two that’s another option.
You can get stuff to paint on your window or to make it look like there’s snow on your window.
If you have a dollar store near by, check out their decorations.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Lights, and cheapo garland and tinsel! Go to the dollar store and load up. Take the faux garland, get some cheap christmas balls. Put the garland where you want it, and hang the christmas balls on it. Like long, skinny, cheap trees!
Post # 13
Target has a deal on mass containers of ornaments. I’m thinking use clear glass bowls filled with ornaments on counter-tops and lights along the sit in windows. Also, I just thought of this but it would be cute-you can buy the rolls of fluffy cotton and make it into a couple of puffy squares-like a pillow shape but without a case-then tie a bow around it like a gift with red ribbon and sit them like pillows in the window seats…
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
some pretty pointsettas could help, and they are usually pretty cheap. I’m also a fan of the paper garland, but make sure to keep it away from any heaters/lights since it’s a possible fire hazard!
Post # 15
I was home sick a few weeks back & saw these tips on Rachel Ray. I’m thinking you could do the snowflakes on the windows, and the lamp decor & apples would be cute too.
Also, if you can’t reach your windows to put up the garland/lights, you could lay that same decor on shelves and over doors. Another thing I do is have plates or bowls and put Chritmas ornaments in them for cute arrangements.
Post # 16
Holy smokestacks, I was not expecting such an enthusiastic response!!
Thanks for so many great ideas! I love love love thriftsiren’s idea for my windows, and I am so down with the dolla store, its like we’re bffs.
@hotchildinthecity: yes, its shameless how lucky I am. I will admit, I completely used my parent’s real estate contacts in this city to FULL advantage. Howeva, don’t be too jealous. I’m paying an arm and a leg for it. And a kidney. And a heart. And someone else’s kidney too, probably. You get the picture.
How does one go about attaching garland/wreaths to walls? I have no hooks round my windows…
Also, general question: how long do you guys keep xmas decorations up? Till New Years? After? Its my first Christmas away from the family and I am completely incompetent with this sorta thing hahaha