I can’t believe it’s taken me until the week before Christmas to share our apartment with you all! This weekend, Joe and I were able to not only get our real Christmas tree but finally finish decorating the apartment. Pretty successful, if you ask me. Now we’re just working on soaking in all the Christmas cheer we can.
Out of all the apartments we’ve lived in, this has easily become my favorite. Quite possibly because it does Christmas oh-so-well.
The first thing Joe did when we returned from Paris was add lights around the windows. It wasn’t until this week that we added the candles (both the candles and candle holders are from IKEA). We like the look of both the lights and the candle, but next year may just go with the candle. Or maybe we’ll do both again because we just love Christmas lights.
PS – the red ribbon tying the curtains back was totally Joe’s idea.
There is now a strand of lights on our radiator. Originally, I just hid the lights behind the radiator but, like I said, I like having Christmas lights. No point in hiding them.
I hope this starts a trend of people decorating their radiators.
Since we’re still mantle-less, our stockings are back up on our card catalogs. It’s a nice pop of color in that corner of the room.
On top of the card catalog is the beginning of a little Christmas village. Both of our families have little villages so it’s something we hoped to have. Unfortunately, these villages are never cheap – unless you go to Michael’s about 1.5 weeks before Christmas! These were all 70% off so we only paid $1.49 each. I haven’t decided if I want to paint them for next year or keep them white so for now, they’ll stay as-is. I’ll also need to figure out some faux snow for displaying these (sadly, some left over fabric had to do the job).
Since we now use our Expedit bookshelf as a TV stand, there was less room to play with this year. I opted not to rearrange the shelves because 1) I like the books organized by color and 2) you can’t really see the lower shelves from the couch, making it a waste of ornaments.
We still have our penguins on one side (with our snow owl and some fun red flowers) but the other side is definitely busier. The lamp (as well as the lamp on the card catalog) has been filled with holly. In front of that is my beloved nutcracker and the snowmen an old friend made for me. There are also two pups kissing (and they are too cute not to display).
The bookshelves on the right of the expedit are fully decorated as well. We’ve got Santa climbing the ladder with his elves, the blind mice kind of exploring the shelves, and a slew of other Christmas (like red flowers or an apothecary jar filled with ‘snow’ and berries).
Our second bookcase was moved to storage and replaced with our real Christmas tree! It’s a whopping 4 feet tall and we couldn’t love it more. After getting a series of very large trees (and the last one almost killing me via allergies), Joe and I decided to get a much smaller tree. After all, it would have been incredibly difficult to carry a tree taller than this up the stairs since we’re on the second floor.
This little fella is definitely our favorite tree yet… and I’m not just saying that because I say that about every tree… or because it’s got a penguin theme. This is the first tree that we really have up front and center instead of the corner behind us. It’s also a very plush tree so we didn’t have to over load it with ornaments.
Other small touches around the apartment include the pillow cases I made last year. We’ve got them showing the gingerbread men, but we can always flip them to the stripes if the mood strikes us.
I also added two hurricanes and a white runner to our dining table. The first hurricane has a ton of cinnamon-scented pine cones while the second is filled with epsom salt and silver ornaments.
To accommodate for having two trees, Joe and I needed to do some furniture rearranging. This of course happened late Saturday afternoon – early evening, as is our usual style. We finally took the desk out of the closet and brought it into the dining nook. I guess I can start referring to it as a study or office now, huh?
I’m actually really excited about this space now because it’s got a direction. When we had the dining table in here, it was incredibly crowded – even with just one person at the table. It’s kind of the perfect size for an office. Now I want to go and buy a bunch of bookshelves for the other wall. If we owned this place, I would be going for built ins (or, more realistically, I would’ve knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining nook).
Our elf on the shelf is back and having fun all over the apartment. Right now he’s on our 2nd tree, but who knows where he’ll be tomorrow! Joe still thinks he’s creepy while I still love having him around. I almost want to get a second, but that seems silly.
Our second tree (the faux one) is where we put up all of our sentimental ornaments. These include the ones we’ve bought for each other, the ones we’ve picked up on vacations (like the Eiffel Tower) and the ones from our childhoods.
So, it took a little while to get there, but that’s what our apartment looks like right now. I love it (the minute I get home from work, I plug the Christmas lights in) and wish we could keep the decor like this all year. Don’t worry – we won’t be doing that… but I am already thinking about how much I can keep out for Winter :)
Did you just finish decorating like us? Or have you been basking in the holiday cheer for all of December?