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I moved into my new place back in August, and between months of travel, press trips and speaking at conferences, I haven’t had much time to get the place together. That all changed when the holidays rolled around.
Our friends started to become pretty antsy and really wanted to visit our place, and we planned on doing a little holiday entertaining. Over the last month, we’ve ramped up the decorating and tried to make our apartment feel more like home. We’re still not 100% done with our place yet, but it’s at least acceptable to have guests over now!
Today I’m teaming up with Scotties to reveal our holiday home decor and share some tips on how to decorate as a renter for the holidays.
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Holiday Home Decor:
Go For The Faux Tree
When I was growing up, my mom and I had a tradition of heading to our local nursery and picking out a real tree every single year. Trust me; I love real trees. However, it would be a real hassle to get a tree in and out of my apartment building, especially since I don’t live on the ground floor! Faux trees are great because the cleanup is easy, and you can just fold them up and put them in storage once the holidays are over. Not to mention, if you like to put up your tree early like I do, you won’t have to worry about the tree dying or needles getting all over your space!
This year, I decided to upgrade from a 6′ pencil tree to a 7.5′ flocked tree, and I’m obsessed. I think our new tree fits our space perfectly, and I love the style of the flocked tree. So much so, that I also scooped up a few mini flocked trees to place around our space as well!
If you miss the smell of a live tree, there are plenty of candles out there that smell just like the real deal: the Signature Soy Balsam Fir candles and Thymes Fraiser Fir candles are my two favorites!
Scotties Holiday Boxes = The Perfect Finishing Touch
There are a few reasons why I stock up on tissues this time of year: for starters, when the temperatures drop, it’s pretty necessary to have tissues throughout your space. When it’s super frigid out, my eyes start to water just from being outdoors, so I always like to grab a tissue (or two!) when I get back inside. Not to mention, the sniffly nose you get from December-March (or sometimes December-May, if you have allergies like me!) Lastly, when you’re inviting a lot of people over, it’s nice to have everything your guests need in plain sight.
Scotties Tissues are always a favorite of mine, because not only are they high-quality, but the box designs are incredibly stylish year after year (see last spring and winter, for reference!) I think they really knocked it out of the park this year with their holiday designs, and these boxes will look incredible in your home even after the holidays are over.
You can shop Scotties Tissues online on Amazon and Walmart. They also have a pretty incredible $2500 gift card giveaway happening on their website right now, which would be perfect if you still need to pick up gifts for anyone on your list!
Turn Your TV Stand Into A Mantel
I grew up with a fireplace in the living room, so it’s been an adjustment for me to live in apartments without a fireplace. However, each year I’ll turn my TV stand into a makeshift mantel: some years I’ve hung stockings from it, I’ll add a fun garland to spruce it up, and I’ll put on a looping Holiday Fireplace video on Netflix or YouTube to make my space feel a bit cozier!
Pick a Unique Color Scheme
Can I admit something to you? While I love wearing the color red, I really dislike the color for holiday home decor. Of course, when you think of Christmas, you naturally think of red and green: but that doesn’t fit with my current space!
My living room space is pretty neutral with accents of blush and gold, so I decided to match my holiday home decor to my existing home decor. The flocked tree is a little more neutral than a traditional green tree and was the perfect addition. I also opted for metallic ornaments (gold, rose gold and silver), that complimented my space perfectly. There are so many options out there for holiday decor at the moment: don’t feel that you need to stick to the “traditional” colors!
How do you decorate for the holidays?
Photos by Tom McGovern
Thank you to Scotties for partnering with me on today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.