The holidays are here at Highland 55 at Spring Creek! Decorations are going up and many are enjoying a new approach to making their new home festive. Downsizing includes making decisions about years of ornaments, lights, and other treasures that hold special memories. It can feel overwhelming! Fortunately, our Highland 55 design expert, Alyssa Hart has some tips on how to approach holiday decorations to keep the sparkle and eliminate the hassle!
Holiday Decorating Tips for Small SpacesBy Alyssa HartLet’s start with a few questions.
- Do you love your decor?
- Do you love to get it out and decorate?
- Do you have room for your decor?
If the answer is no to any of these questions let me offer a few suggestions. If your items are of significant value and you want to recoup some of the cost, consider local consignment stores like Two Doors Down. You’ll be taking advantage of the popular sustainability movement. People love to shop at second-hand stores and thrift shops! If you would rather donate no longer loved decor through a donation center such as Goodwill or Hopefully Yours, you will enjoy knowing that you are spreading joy to others.On the other hand, if you do love your decor, and are not quite ready to say goodbye, here are a few tips to use items in new ways. Apply sentimental ornaments to a wreath with floral wire. This can elevate a wreath and adds a bit of color or sparkle. I use a grosgrain ribbon to hang my wreath attached from the top of the door. You can match the color of ribbon to your ornaments or just tie on a big velvet bow.Bring wreaths indoors. Using a suction cup hook that attaches to a mirror is one of my favorite ways to display wreaths.Use smaller table top trees. I have several small vintage trees that I put in my children’s rooms. No heavy lifting or watering involved! They are so easy to set up and take down.Instead of a traditional Christmas tree, my mom sets up a lovely wire shaped tree where she hangs vintage glass ornaments. I admire it every time I am visiting during the holidays as it brings back memories of childhood.Consider bottle brush trees. They take up very little space. Set these on the tv console, or the entry table. I vary the height by using props such as glass cups placed upside down.Embrace Hygge like the Scandinavians. Hygge embraces coziness, and a comfortable feeling of contentment, or well-being. This can be as simple as lighting scented candles in the evening, or bringing in some visual and tactile texture to your home with a cozy throw or pillow. I am currently loving bouclé for these very reasons. I just bought these pillows from Target in forest green.
Finally, don’t feel like you have to decorate to get into the holiday spirit. Get out and about to enjoy what the area has to offer. It’s free and safe to go for a drive and enjoy Christmas lights. Check out what the local parks are hosting this season. You can watch people ice skate outdoors at Mitch Park in Edmond and enjoy the amazing Luminance , an enchanted stroll through larger than life brilliant displays. Visit downtown OKC and enjoy the Devon Ice Rink and surrounding lights. Make a reservation at a restaurant where there is sure to be some beautiful decor. This could be a good photo backdrop with loved ones before or after your meal. Here’s a picture I snapped at the Colcord in downtown OKC last year after a holiday party.So, bring on the holidays! May yours be filled with sparkle, and joy!XOXO Alyssa Hart
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