I’ve been looking forward to working on this blog post for the entire year. Because, as you know, I absolutely love the festive season and all of the joy and magic that it brings!
I moved into my West London apartment in early-January, so this is my very first Christmas in my new home. And I wanted to celebrate in style, despite the fact I only have 400 (and a bit) square feet to work with.
Read on to see how I’ve decorated my home for the festive season, and to get my tips on how to decorate a small apartment at Christmas…
How to Decorate a Small Apartment at Christmas:
Tree decoration from Windsor castle | Ombré baubles by Marks and Spencers (gift)
As over-the-top as this sounds, I actually started thinking about Christmas trees back in August. I knew that I wanted to put a tree up in my apartment, but I was worried I wouldn’t have enough floor space, because my flat is quite small.
However, after months of over-the-top analysis, I decided the best spot for a (small-ish) tree was in the back corner of my open-plan living room, sitting to the side of my desk. I briefly considered getting a fake tree, because it would be placed in front of a radiator, but I really didn’t want to contribute further to the world’s plastic problem.
In the end I ended up going for a real Norwegian Blue Spruce tree, because their needles don’t drop. And I turned off the corner radiator to stop the tree from drying out. I think it was the perfect choice, and I’m so happy with how it looks.
Marks and Spencer kindly supplied some colourful baubles, which perfectly compliment the style of my flat (I love a traditional red and gold tree, but thought that colour scheme would look out of place with the rest of my decor). But I still need to get a star for the top of the tree.
I accidentally ordered far too many fairy lights for the tree (a string of 300! Whoops!), so I’ve improvised and displayed the excess lights in a glass vase, which sits on top of my desk. It’s actually the perfect desk lamp!
The Living Room
I’ve tried to introduce as many festive elements to my living space as possible.
Because space is a concern (and I hate clutter), I decided the best approach was to swap existing ornaments and home accessories for more seasonal variations. For example, my favourite scented candles have be stashed away for a while so that Christmas fragrances can take their place (like the True Grace advent candle). And my usual floral arrangements have been swapped for festive foliage.
I’ve also added small, easy-to-store touches, like the Sainsbury’s Home LED light star decoration which has elevated my #shelfie. Overall I think I’ve done a good job of making the space feel more festive, whilst also staying true to my home’s style identity.
On shelves: White vase by La Redoute (past season) | LED light star by Sainsbury’s Home (gift) | On coffee table: Jar candle by Anthropologie | Christmas candle by Neom (gift) | Festive foliage arrangement by Sainsbury’s Home (gift)
Festive Breton top by Boden (gift)
Elemis advent calendar | Faux peonies by Sainsbury’s Home (past season)
I’ve kept the Christmas decor to a minimum in my bedroom. And instead of going all-out with fairy lights and tinsel I decided to focus on one small area: my mantlepiece.
The Elemis advent calendar acts as the perfect centrepiece, and I’ve kept the white, pink and gold colour scheme going with Dior Beauty’s snow globe, a vase of faux peonies, and Elizabeth Scarlett’s embroidered Christmas stocking.
It’s currently my favourite spot in the entire apartment!
How have you approached festive home decor, this year? And what’s your verdict on my Christmas decorations? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts, as always…
Photos by Lydia Collins