Decorating a small space can be tricky, especially during the holiday season! This is our second year celebrating in our small apartment, and it’s definitely a lot easier than last year. I think when it comes down to it, you’ve got to change your expectations of what Christmas, or any holiday you’re celebrating, is in your mind. Changing your expectations isn’t a bad thing at all. But sometimes with a smaller space, you’ve got to have a bigger imagination and just simply simplify.
There are a few things that I’ve learned along the way that I apply when decorating my small space for this wonderful season!
1. Try to decorate with more natural pieces and natural tones. When you mix a small apartment and loud festive things, chances are, your space will feel too overwhelming. Instead of a chunky store-bought wreath, we decided to make our own using a few branches from our tree. And instead of having a large holiday table centerpiece, I used a vintage lace tablecloth to give our space a more festive feel. Since the tablecloth is white, it keeps the room feeling a bit more spacious. You can use things found outside as a centerpiece as well (It’s also a great way to get the kids involved in decorating).
3. Don’t be afraid to downsize your tree. Since I have River, and she’s at that age of really developing her own voice and expectations, I want to mold her idea of what a grand Christmas is. Even if we move into a larger space, I don’t want her expecting a huge tree every year. Keeping things small and simple, but still beautiful and fun is important.
I am so excited for yet another holiday in our small space as an even bigger family! Happy Holidays! –LaTonya
Credits // Author: LaTonya Staubs, Photography: Peter Staubs. Photos edited A Beautiful Mess Actions.