Holiday decor for small spaces

I’ve spent the past month or so preparing our space for our first gathering since we got married in June. It’s kind of a merge between a holiday party and a housewarming party.

My childhood Christmas cheer always began with the selection of a real fresh-cut large 10ft fir tree; I would help my parents pick a tree and tie it to the top of the car. Then, when we arrived home I would help stand the tree up in it’s little metal stand and screw it in. I’d fill it with water and periodically add more over the few weeks that we had it up (it has always amazed me how long those trees could last with such a small amount of water).

While deciding on why to grab for the apartment, I found myself questioning whether I could even get a tree that would fit in our apartment at all. It’s our first married Christmas after all, so I decided that I might was well check out some artificial trees to see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across what’s called a “pencil tree” over at Michaels.com.

I like to have only a few statement pieces that I’ve found some really great items in general for the holidays that I thought I’d share here, for anyone looking to add some holiday cheer and is tight on space:


7′ Cashmere pre-lit pencil tree
$62.49 at Michael’s


Antique gold shatterproof ornaments
$19.99 at Michael’s


Frosted needle garland
$13.99 at Michael’s


2′ Faux fur tree skirt
$36 at Etsy


I also picked up some candles and trinkets here and there from Michael’s and H&M Home.


The finished look
and a few tips on maximizing a few dramatic touches:

Gold is always dramatic. These large and varied-texture ornaments really help to dress the tree without overwhelming it.


I pulled the theme of neutral colors and gold through on the mantle, but decided on adding copper colored shrubbery for hints of warm contrast among the metallics. I also love the look of birch bark for the holidays and I found these great birch candles and wood at Michael’s. I decided to place them into tall glass vases and let the birch wood branches lay behind them. I think it looks cozy and inviting.

My husband and I love scented oils as well, so I kept the one we normally have on the mantle out.


Here’s a better view of the pencil tree dressed and the tree skirt we chose for it.

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I found a great copper tray at H&M.com a few months ago that I keep on our coffee table, and I dressed it with some berry branches, cinnamon sticks, and a tri-lit candle for the season.

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I added a winter centerpiece to our dining table with some dried flowers, branches, and silk cherry blossom branches from Michaels



Merry Christmas! From our family to yours.

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