Big hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing ideas for cosy spa­ces

Liv­ing small doesn’t mean you can’t deck your halls with taste­ful touches of fes­tiv­ity

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - De­bra Nor­ton

If you have barely enough room for your din­ing room ta­ble, where do you put a Christ­mas tree, let alone host a party?

The key to dec­o­rat­ing a small space is to fo­cus on cre­at­ing a fes­tive, cosy mood with­out the clut­ter. Whether you live in a tiny apart­ment or a cosy house, here are some sim­ple tips to add a lit­tle hol­i­day spirit to the place you call home.

Keep it sim­ple

Wwhen a Christ­mas tree is non- ne­go­tiable, try a table­top ver­sion with a smaller foot­print. Wwhether you choose fresh or faux, f place the tree in­side a pretty pot or bas­ket for dis­play on a spare chair or foot­stool.

No room for a tree? Fo­cus on vvi­gnettes. Add fresh green­ery to small vases or jars and dis- play them on a win­dowsill or add a can­dle, a lit­tle fresh green­ery and a bowl of or­na­ments to dis­play on a pretty tray. Keep decor sim­ple and not too themed so that it’s easy to re­pur­pose once the sea­son is over.

Swap out ev­ery­day cush­ions or throws for some­thing with a sea­sonal feel, but avoid any­thing too hol­i­day-cen­tric so you can en­joy it through­out the win­ter. Clas­sic plaid will still look great once the hol­i­day decor is packed away. A plaid throw is cosy enough for you to en­joy all win­ter.

Fo­cus on the mood Cre­ate am­bi­ence with light­ing and scent. Whether it’s the sparkle from a string of lights or the warm glow of a can­dle, both will up the cosy fac­tor of a room. Add nat­u­ral el­e­ments that smell great and don’t need to be stored af­ter the hol­i­days are over.

Mul­ti­pur­pose

In a small space, pretty much ev­ery­thing should have mul­ti­ple uses, whether it’s fur­ni­ture or ev­ery­day ac­ces­sories. A cof­fee ta­ble can be­come a din­ing ta­ble with the ad­di­tion of a few throw pil­lows on the floor.

Use the ver­ti­cal space Lack­ing floor space? Look up! Use the ceil­ings and walls to hang hol­i­day decor. Hang or­na­ments from a chan­de­lier, string twin­kle lights across the ceil­ing, drape a gar­land around a mir­ror or let it cas­cade down awall.

DE­BRA NOR­TON FOR THE TORONTO STAR

Squeeze in cel­e­bra­tions by turn­ing a side­board, book­shelves or a win­dowsill into a makeshift bar or serv­ing area where guests can help them­selves.

This mini rain­bow wood­land of bot­tle brush trees fits on a shelf. (Indigo, $69.50)

This hand­made red cir­cle gar­land adds hol­i­day cheer. (The Pa­per Place, $5.95)

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