I'm excited to join Claudia and Brenda in their defending the small house series this week as they share ideas on how to decorate a small house for the holidays. I thought I'd list the top five suggestions that have worked for me in our 1400 square foot cottage.
#1 - Incorporate your Christmas (or any holiday for that matter) decorations into your existing color scheme. Our little cottage is predominately warm colors so traditional reds and golds suit my seasonal style perfectly. I can't imagine trying to work silvers and blues into my holiday decor without a major over haul of our furniture and I don't have the time or budget for that. Besides with all the wonderful blogs out there I can find any color of the rainbow to admire gorgeous Christmas decorating in.
#2 - Tuck your decorations into your existing displays. Storage is usually a premium in small houses and boxes and boxes of seasonal decor take up a lot of closet/garage space. If you stick to your usual color scheme, it's easy to transform what you already have displayed into beautiful holiday decor with just a little imagination.
#3 - Cover your existing throw pillows with holiday fabric. I sewed simple slip covers to make couch pillows in coordinating Christmas fabrics and just used a hand sewn slip stitch to close them up. When the holidays are over I just need to snip the thread and remove the covers until next year.
#4 - Use seasonal candy as part of your display. I keep a candy station out year round and as each holiday rolls around I change out the candy to match the season.
#5 - Edit your decorations at the end of each season. If you're like me it's hard to resist one or two new Christmas decorations each year and without a little purging you will soon have more totes to put away than you took out. If a decoration hasn't been displayed in a few years and it doesn't hold any sentimental value, consider passing it on to someone just starting out their collection.
Small house or large, for me it's all about sharing your home and hospitality with those you love. Perfection will probably never be attained, so open your house up as it is, life is too short to wait till next year.
Hope your holiday is all you dreamed, Patty