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SHOP FLEA MAR­KETS and your fa­vorite vin­tage shops in Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

KELLY SAYS, “That’s the sweet spot! I hit the flea mar­kets and vin­tage shops in ad­di­tion to garage sales, thrift stores and re­tail­ers like Tues­day Morn­ing.”

BUT ALSO HEAD OUT RIGHT AFTER THE HOL­I­DAY! Kelly al­ways ven­tures out after De­cem­ber 25th to snag post-christ­mas deals.

CU­RATE COL­LEC­TIONS. To max­i­mize her shop­ping, Kelly has a few col­lec­tions she can add to ev­ery year. “For ex­am­ple, I’m on the look­out all year round for San­tas, rein­deer, mini trees and spe­cific or­na­ments.”

HAVE A FLEX­I­BLE VI­SION. Some­times it’s a good idea to work with the same setup for your ex­ist­ing dé­cor. “I don’t like to move nails or pound new ones into the walls for my gallery hang­ings,” Kelly says. “So I work to find the right-sized art I need—and the chal­lenge is half the fun!”

YULE­TIDE IS BAK­ING SEA­SON. Kelly says, “I love the aroma of bak­ing cook­ies, can­dies, pies and breads dur­ing Christ­mas­time.” Like the rest of her home, her kitchen is petite—but is just the right size for her. “I’m an empty nester so the space works for me,” she says. Kelly eas­ily lay­ers in her fes­tive dé­cor over her pre-ex­ist­ing pieces. On her wall of plates, art­work and bunt­ing, she mixes in a cherry-cheeked Santa plate and a berry wreath. She starts out with a ba­sic plan for her wall hang­ings, say­ing, “I be­gin with a core ar­range­ment but in­vari­ably keep adding more around the edges.”

bed, and Kelly filled them with gift wrap and bags. When on the bed, she has a good view of the rest of her home, and she says, “It’s com­mon for me to be ly­ing in the bed read­ing and for a vi­gnette across the room to get on my nerves. I’ll tear it apart and put it back in a new ar­range­ment. Other times, it’s a small tweak and I’m back to bed!”

De­spite the space’s tight quar­ters, it has en­dear­ing de­tails like a fire­place man­tel sur­round­ing the heat­ing unit. It’s an ideal place for Kelly to show­case her cre­ativ­ity and, dur­ing Yule­tide, it’s just the right spot to hang stock­ings and dis­play old Christ­mas greet­ing cards. “When I de­sign a vi­gnette for this area, I al­ways start from the bot­tom with stuff like faux snow and twin­kle lights,” Kelly says. “Then I add larger pieces, such as can­dle­sticks, fol­lowed by softer things like green­ery.” Her last move is to add in smaller pieces. For this vi­gnette, she placed a rus­tic style cal­en­dar—set to De­cem­ber 25th, of course—atop the man­tel next to Bingo cards she found at a scrap­book­ing store. After she fin­ishes a vi­gnette, Kelly steps back to take it in and of­ten snaps a photo. “It re­veals so much,” she says. “I then move things around un­til they feel just right.”

Kelly’s dé­cor is a lively and in­spir­ing study in dec­o­rat­ing a small space with­out turn­ing to min­i­mal­ism. “I mix in ev­ery­thing,” she says. “And, at the end of the day, the most im­por­tant thing to me is be­ing sur­rounded by items that re­mind me of my child­hood or those of my sons.”

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