Small dec­o­ra­tions can still make a big im­pact

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It doesn’t take much for a small home to feel smoth­ered with sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tion. When it comes to pulling out the hol­i­day decor for a crowded room, re­straint might be ap­pro­pri­ate.

I be­lieve that you can make a lit­tle go a long way. If your place is par­tic­u­larly lack­ing floor space, try a va­ri­ety of ways to adorn the house. For ex­am­ple, hang a fresh wreath on both sides of your front door. That way you gain the aroma of fresh pine and don’t have to waste floor space with a bulky tree. If you have a foyer ta­ble, use it to hold a mini tree. The tree can be a fresh one or­dered from a florist or bought at a lo­cal gro­cery or drug store. Mini trees are every­where and easy to pick up. The ad­van­tage of a tiny tree is that you can still dress it up with bows of rib­bon or minia­ture ornaments. Be­cause of our travel sched­ule this year, I’ve opted to leave our dozens of ornaments in the at­tic and stick to a dwarf tree. I won’t be fac­ing the huge task of re­mov­ing a large tree upon our re­turn in Jan­uary.

In fact, skip­ping a huge tree isn’t the end of the world if you look for other places to set up green­ery, such as the handrail of the stair­case or the fire­place mantel. Both spots are per­fect for fresh ev­er­green gar­lands or ar­ti­fi­cial green­ery. When you add in lights, you achieve the magic of a tra­di­tional Christ­mas tree with­out eat­ing up floor space. Con­sider the same treat­ment for the tops of book­cases, china cab­i­nets and buf­fets. This is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to clear off your usual dis­plays and re­place them with gar­land. If you like to dis­play Na­tiv­ity scenes, a solid sur­face, like a buf­fet, is per­fect and safe. My mother used to ar­range the manger scene un­der the tree, but plac­ing it on a buf­fet or ta­ble keeps the set off of the ground and away from pets and tod­dlers.

If you don’t have an en­try, cre­ate a sea­sonal por­tal with a dis­play of Christ­mas cards by the front door. There are dozens of adorable dis­play ideas on Pin­ter­est, and a quick In­ter­net search will yield many dis­play struc­tures for wreaths, trees, gar­lands and more. Strings of lights are a tool to cre­ate fo­cus. Con­sider out­lin­ing the in­teri- or of your front door with lights. Since few peo­ple may have an elec­tri­cal out­let close to their front door, seek out bat­tery op­er­ated LED lights to avoid a messy ex­ten­sion cord. This is the best way to in­stall lights on ban­is­ters and man­tels, or up and over win­dows.

Don’t forget the clas­sic ev­er­green cen­ter­piece. This might be the most eco­nomic of dec­o­ra­tions in a tiny home where the din­ing ta­ble is vis­i­ble from all ar­eas. You can get both the ev­er­green aroma and a splash of red with a red can­dle and bow. Add in ex­tra red ornaments and pinecones for a more ro­bust feel. I keep my eyes open this time of year for pinecones on the ground dur­ing my walks in the neigh­bor­hood. A large red bowl filled with cones and col­ored ornaments is an­other sim­ple cen­ter­piece that keeps for the en­tire sea­son, with­out wor­ry­ing about tend­ing to wa­ter. On the day of a spe­cial meal, you can al­ways stick in fresh roses or car­na­tions in florist vials.

Christine Brun

Small Spa­ces

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