22 December 2016

Easy to store Christmas decorations


I can't take credit for any of the affordable Christmas decorations that I've tried to recreate in our home as they have all been found on Pinterest, but I wanted to share them with you anyway.

We used to decorate only our living room for the 10 years that we have been living in our 3 bedroom apartment (one actually, the others have been transformed, one into a walk-in-closet and the other into an office/make up station). As we don't have much storage space we tried to keep it to a minimum: a small artificial tree that I actually adore, tiny, tiny tree decorations and lots of fairy lights.
Last year I made an effort to include more decorations and decided on a few easy DIY. This year I've upgraded to better quality paper for the printables I found on Pinterest so I can reuse them next year as I haven't found any that I loved more than the ones I printed out last year.
I ordered 3 christmasy cushion covers from H&M, unfortunately a 4th (in red) was sold out and I had to leave the green and white in the back. They were pretty affordable but I used a Black Friday discount code to save the extra €.
The new winner this year has to be wash tape: no need for storage once the holidays are over! I already had a small but unused collection so when I saw these patterns on Pinterest I finally put them to good use. My fave is the reindeer, I've been obsessed over reindeers for the last 2 to 3 years and I love, love, love how this one turned out.
I think I did a pretty good job with the snowy mountains, they aren't perfectly symmetrical by any means but they are 1.5m wide so it wasn't an easy job to get them right all by myself. We have a bare wall in our bedroom just in front of our bed and it makes me extra happy when they greet me in the morning.
This is what the rest of the bedroom looks like: the lamp I got from my in laws, they brought it back from their recent trip to Myanmar and is just stunning, it's made of paper with real flowers embedded in it. The star is from Primark, I have a Christmas Garland Yankee Candle on my bedside table and the duvet cover I got this year from La Redoute. The printables are from Pinterest and the throw in the corner I got in Carrefour for only 14€ and it's super soft and fluffy.
This silver wire tree has been with me for ages and has a special place in my heart. The copper fairy lights are from Primark and the berries I can't remember where I got them but I've had them for a couple of years. The pine cones I just found in the wild and gave them a festive look by using discarded nail polish on them. Not sure I'd recommend it though, it takes ages to paint them and the final product is just not worth it, better to spray paint them!
And finally and example of my doorknob decorations, they are all different. This is the one for our bedroom, isn't he just adorable? They don't take up much space, I only keep one medium sized plastic storage box full of Christmas related things and a small box for my Yankee Candle holders.
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas to y'all!

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