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04 December 2016

Minimalist Christmas Decor for Apartment Living

Warning: This post will involve taping things to walls. Time may pass and the world may change but Rachel remains the same.


Since moving abroad, our home size has shrunk tremendously, but we've adjusted to living in small-but-efficient apartments and have become comfortable with the limited amounts of storage space they offer. Seasonal decor is just one of those things that isn't very practical to invest in and store all year long when your storage space is limited.


Every year, I make some sort of advent calendar involving surprise activities or little treats--this time I made a different calendar than ever before (usually I just tape it to the wall). I raided my Mom's stash of paper bags and came up with this:


I also spent a total of 16 RM (less than $4), investing in a garland and sparkly blue ornaments to spruce up the top of the bookshelf and to me, it looks like festive perfection.


I made a banner and, yep, taped it to the wall. It's too long, so really hard to take a photo of.


More of the countdown! All the bags are sealed with tape and tamper-proof so that Angel won't get any ideas...


Now this is really cool. My sisters complain every year about how their neglectful parents don't even own a Christmas tree for them to set up. This year, the teenagers took matters into their own hands, expanding on the wall-tree I made for them last year, went out to buy ribbon and lights, and created this 8 ft. beauty on the wall. More ornaments will be added, they wanted to give each family member the opportunity to design their own balls decorated with gold glitter.


I'm pretty excited about how we have made our apartments a little more festive without spending much money or acquiring too many things that have to sit in storage most of the year. Sure, we'd love actual 3D Christmas trees, I mean, nothing beats the real thing--but some seasons of life require fewer luxuries like those than others. How do you decorate when you don't have a lot of space to work with?
Rachel dos Santos said...

I love the Christmas tree!

Kristina said...

Great idea on the Christmas tree. I have a wooden slat tree that I painted and gets hung on the wall.

Tessy Onyia said...

Wow! this is beautiful, I love the Christmas tree.

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Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet said...

I just love that little tree! Such a cute idea!

Patty G. said...

Really cute, resourceful ideas here! Especially love the Christmas tree!

Blessings,
Patty

Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) said...

That Christmas tree is so cool! I have a total weakness for season banners and I keep adding to my collection. =)

Charlene Maugeri said...

I love that tree! I loved it last year too, of course. So fun and creative for a limited space!

tiffanyaustine said...

loving what you've done as a tree! so cute

Leslie Soto said...

These are all such crafty ideas! I love the simplicity of them. That tree is adorable!

Chrissy said...

I love all of it! That tree is amazing! And I always make an advent calendar for Leonie! Paper bags are always a good idea!

Tayler Morrell said...

I love how utilitarian you are!

AnneMarie said...

I love these ideas! The paper bags thing is such a great idea. When my son is older, I think I will totally borrow that! The tree looks really cool, too-it reminds me of how one year (before we were dating, engaged, or married) my now-husband made a ribbon wall-tree thing like that as a surprise for his family, since his parents were going without a tree that year. Since we've only lived in apartments for the 3+ years of our marriage, we have a small tabletop tree that I picked up from a thrift store for a few dollars. It doubles as our Jesse Tree and Christmas tree, and we have a couple ornaments and lights to put on it. I don't know if we'll ever get a big tree-I like big trees and think they're exciting, but they do take up so much space to store and once they're put up, and I've rather grown fond of our tabletop tree.

Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby said...

Love these ideas babe. The tree looks great! Thanks for sharing xo, sharon

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Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I had a Christmas tree taped to the wall when I was in college! My roommate and I cut it out of giant construction paper. It was awesome. We strung lights on it and then hung ornaments on the strings of lights. Ah, good memories.

Love your advent calendar idea! :)

Susannah said...

Haha. This is fantastic! I love the makeshift tree!!!

RKCSouthern said...

I LOVE the christmas tree on the wall idea! I've seen this same thing done with cards and string lights and it was the perfect way to enjoy a 'tree' in a small space!

Patty said...

Not to mention you don't have to water the tree you guys have!! Still looks cozy and celebrating all the beauty of the season! Love your take on the Advent calendar. For the first time this year I am using the Jesse Tree!

Jocelynne Flor said...

I love the idea of minimal decorations! They're super simple but still festive and look great :)

Vincent Carabeo said...

That Christmas tree wins! hahah love the creativity in this post. Cheers and Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

Vincent
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Mimi Rose said...

What a creative use of your space! I love still putting up decorations even if I'm living abroad and they're few and far between, it can really make a difference for feeling more at home during the holidays. I love how you did that wall Christmas tree, so cool!

adriana nudo said...

These are all such great ideas! I love how decorative yet minimalistic this looks!

Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch said...

I like the decor. And yes, when living abroad, especially Asia, there just isn't storage for seasonal decor. But your tree is so lovely! I think that's a great idea.

Brita Long said...

Usually my husband and I buy a small 3-4 foot live tree. But I'll be in my hometown most of December, so he's convinced me not to get a tree. My dad has no idea that I plan on decorating his whole house next week...

Carolynn Markey said...

This is awesome! We didn't decorate at all but I want to create a wall tree next year that Reuben can decorate and un decorate for fun. Love it!