I love decorating for the holidays, and creating sparkly and bright focal points that make the apartment feel wintry and cozy. The holiday season is the one time of the year when you can’t really overdo the use of glitter and color.
For the past three years when I was living on Wall Street, I designed my apartment to be very classic and had strict rules on what colors I would incorporate – I pretty much stuck to black and white with pops of chrome and red. My Christmas tree would always follow the same rules, and looked very traditional. Since moving and seeing that my new apartment gets flooded with natural light, I’ve changed my interior design style to a more natural look with more color.
This year, I played off of the aqua blue that I’ve been using in my apartment and decided on a much more fun tree, and I totally love it! I have to say, the idea for this was sparked by John who is much more open to the use of different colors in interior spaces. We made a great team this year, and created a tree that I think looks awesome. We started with a base of purple ombre and turquoise ornaments, and then layered in some special ornaments that remind us of things we love. Whether it’s our love of sweets, Chinese food, photography, or travel, it’s represented on our tree! We got a lot of the ornaments at Urban Outfitters, and topped the tree with a cute feathered owl.
On the windowsill, I created a pretty scene by filling little glass domes with firefly lights and some natural pine cones and evergreen branches. There’s something so cozy about how these make the room feel.
The space we had for the tree was pretty small, so we found a nice tree that fit well from Balsam Hill. We loved how real this tree looks, and the fact that we can use a remote to control whether we want to turn on the pre-lit multi colored lights, white lights, or both. We did want to give it some added height, though, so John came up with a cool idea to place the tree on top of a galvanized steel bucket. I love how this added a rustic look. We finished it off with the adorable white deer and oversized pine cones from Pier 1.
The small white tree with colorful jewel lights and the Merry Christmas banner are also from Urban Outfitters.
When it comes to gift wrapping, I prefer simple brown paper with some twine and simple decoration like a pine cone or leaves. I have a huge family so we exchange a ton of presents! What’s pictured is just a small fraction of what I’ll end up giving, so I have a lot of wrapping left to do!