Decorating an Apartment on a Budget




Happy Thursday friends!

Like my faux fireplace? I found it on Netflix 😉

I am so happy it is finally time for Christmas decorations! This is my first year out of college, so it was a little weird decorating my apartment knowing I would be there throughout the holiday season.  The last four years, I would leave for Thanksgiving week, and then be gone for half of December, so I didn’t really have time/want to decorate if I wasn’t going to be at my apartment hardly at all.

Since I am going to be home more this year, I was looking forward to decorating and enjoying it for longer. So to be honest, I have had my tree up for about three weeks now… I know, I’m one of those people who decorates right after Halloween, but this is my favorite time of the year!

Since decorating for the holidays can get expensive (along with buying gifts for friends and family and traveling), I wanted to do something a little different this year. I am decorating on a budget, so I tried out a few ideas early, so I could share them with all of my lovely readers (Y-O-U!).

I have done the research and hunted out some good deals so you don’t have to.  Here are my suggestions for making your home a winter wonderland without the huge price tag:

Shop at discount stores

If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, this one is a big #DUH.  But, I swear by it.  Shopping at Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods/Nordstrom Rack will really save you big bucks without sacrificing a great look.

Another store I have recently found is called At Home. Basically At Home is the result of Garden Ridge rebranding themselves; and I am a huge fan of it all year, not just around the holidays.  They have great prices on all of their products and have some awesome home accessories. You can always find a great deal on a Christmas tree here too!

Pinterest is your friend

If DIY is your thing, check out Pinterest’s tips on decorating.  They have some amazing ideas on making your place look awesome.  There are also a bunch of pins that can link you to great resources to help you step up your decorating game.

I recently bought a lantern from a Facebook group in my area and used Pinterest to help me dress it up.  They had so many ideas I hadn’t thought of. See image below to see the lantern.

Update your pillow cases

I don’t know why, but I am a huge fan of quick decor changes like swapping out your pillow cases for more festive ones, especially in common areas.  If you have a pillow that unzips, you can easily change out that case for a more fitting one every season.  Plus, it is much less expensive to change out a pillowcase rather than buying a new pillow.

If you also have a nice holiday throw, you can put that out as well since it is much cooler out now.  A nice knit or bright red throw will look good in any space.

DIY your flocked Christmas tree

Flocked Christmas trees are huge this year.  If you aren’t familiar with them, flocked trees look like they have been hit with a little bit of snow; which in turn makes the trees look extra festive and really nice when decorated.  Here is a link to a flocked tree.  However, they are wildly popular and can be a little more expensive than “normal” green Christmas trees.

So, you can DIY a flocked Christmas tree by purchasing any tree you like and adding flocking powder or purchasing a flocking kit.  Check out this article by Southern Living for a more detailed description on flocking.

Shop at the end of the season:

I have found some of my favorite Christmas decorations by shopping at the end of the previous year’s Christmas season.  This is a great way to get some good deals on nice Christmas decor. Stores mark all of their remaining inventory wayyyy  down and in turn, you benefit from it.

Sure, you have to wait a few months to pull it out and use it, but I usually forget I bought it and then I am pleasantly surprised when I find it. This happened to me with some wall decor that I bought back in January, now its hanging in my living room and it looks great!

Garland can go a long way:

I, like most other people living in apartments, don’t have a grand staircase or even a fireplace mantle.  But, there are ways to decorate with garland that can really tie your whole christmas look together.

The above pictures are two examples of “smart shopping” when it comes to holiday decor.  The sign on the right was purchased from Magnolia for less than $10 after Christmas a couple of years ago.  The lantern on the right was the one I purchased from a Facebook group in my area; I put ornaments and string lights in it.  Honestly, it looks much cuter in person.

What are some of your decorating tips? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear them!



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