To end our little Em for Marvelous Christmas series, I thought I’d share a snippet of our apartment decor! We don’t have a ton of space to work with, so I try to keep things minimal and small-scale — but still colorful :)
Here’s our baby tree. The “skirt” is actually an extra pashmina!
Colorful balls in a berry basket on the coffee table
These are foot-high kraft letters I bought from JoAnn Fabrics a few years ago and painted red.
Every Christmas I realize how few available flat spaces we have in our apartment, which is why our poor nativity is clustered around the TV. I collect the Willow Tree version. It’s kind of expensive, so I just started with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, and then have added a piece every year. This year it was the stars!
I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m happy to say that I almost feel ready to do a more extensive tour of our apartment, so look for that (kind of) soon!
I think our Christmas cards should have all made their way safely to their recipients by now, so it’s safe to share the 2011 design! :) This year, I was inspired by, of all things, the USPS’s holiday stamp series.
I know, I know — the postal system is not exactly known for its excellent design sense, but in this case, the stamps provided a jumping off point, and that’s all I needed.
My gifts are all purchased (yes!), so now it’s on to wrapping! Making pretty packages is possibly my favorite part of the gift-giving experience, so I try to make sure I have plenty of time to spend on each one. Here are a few of my completed presents this year:
In general, I like to pair plain wrapping paper (kraft is great!) with wide satin, velvet, or patterned ribbon. I also picked up two sheets of glitter scrapbook paper at Michael’s a few weeks back, and it’s been great for making tags this year!
Today’s Christmas inspiration board is much darker than yesterday’s, but I like it! The nice thing about this scheme is that natural elements play a huge role — so, instead of buying tons of store-bought decor, collect pinecones and evergreen boughs, add in some shiny jewel tone ornaments and rich velvet or satin ribbon, and you’re well on your way!