I think that decorating is one of the best parts of the holiday season. There’s something about transforming your home into a Christmas wonderland that makes coming home all the more special this month. From the time of my first post-grad apartment, I’ve loved decorating my home for Christmas, and this year is no exception! However, I’ll be the first to admit that decorating an apartment can be a little limiting. There aren’t as many features or, you know, general space available in an apartment as compared to a home.
I knew I wanted to put up a few decorating-themed posts this season, and, fortunately, I had the perfect expert- my mom! I’ve mentioned it a few times on my Instagram page, but my mom actually curates vintage pieces and sells them at a shop in the burbs. (You should go if you’re close!) She’s also the best and most dedicated decorator I’ve ever met in my life, and I’m excited that I get to show off some of her skills here!
My mom’s biggest takeaway when styling a holiday mantle is to work with what you already have. Here are her best tips on how to style a mantel:
- Add more and then edit down as needed– Start with a lot of pieces and then slowly remove them until you get the aesthetic you want. It’s always easy to remove pieces if it looks too cluttered!
- Use the extra greenery– If you buy a real tree, ask the employees at the tree lot to give you any branches they cut off the bottom. Then you can use these to fill in your mantle. We started with evergreen branches and then added in gold spray-painted greenery for a little sparkle. You can get these at any craft store!
- Mix old and new– My mom’s style tends to be a little more vintage than mine, but I love how she mixed the vintage pieces with things I’d naturally incorporate, like colorful stockings, glittery florals, and lots of greenery.
- Repurpose items that don’t work for you– These stockings actually used to be a big Hudson’s Bay blanket. My mom asked a girl at work to turn them into stockings for her, and they look incredible! Look on Craigslist, Etsy, Pinterest, etc for local crafters who can do the same for you!
- Move the breakables first– Let’s just say that clock used to have a glass front. It no longer does.
I tend to get really overwhelmed by the decorating process, but my mom is trying to teach me that there’s no “right or wrong.” Plus, everyone has different decorating styles so the style that works for one person may not work for another. However, I think a lot of her general tips can work for anyone so I hope it helps you a bit this season!
Make sure to pin the images below so you can refer to this post later!