I would say decorating for any holiday is a fun day filled with trial and error, holiday themed drinks and music or movies on in the background. That was always the case when growing up in my childhood home. Since moving into a condo after university, decorating the way you want to is a bit tricky. To start with-you most certainly don’t have a front porch, and some units may not even have a balcony. Not to mention the condo board rules in place for decor depending on the building. All of these things can make you question your decor decisions when shopping around. For me- not having a front porch was really difficult because there are so many outdoor decorations that really bring your home to life. I also had a couple of holiday wreaths that got pushed to the sidelines because condo buildings don’t allow you to decorate the outside of your door. Over the past couple years, I have learned a few tricks to master decorating for any holiday season while not breaking any rules/regulations AND still looking cute AF.
Tip 1- Less IS More
Normally condo’s or apartments, especially in Toronto are not on the larger scale. When your space is less than 800 square feet, focusing your decor in key areas will provide just enough decor to still feel holiday festive. Focus on a table center piece and a few elements throughout the living room to give your space that pop. When Christmas comes- focus on the tree itself. Don’t throw Fall/Christmas all over the place or it will appear overwhelming.
Tip 2- Put A Wreath On It
If your building is anything like mine- wreaths are not permitted on the outside of your door. However, don’t let a silly rule stop you from hanging that wreath. Find different doors throughout your condo that would house a wreath perfectly. For me I had 2 options: I have a door facing the kitchen that hides my washer and dryer, or my bedroom door. However another option is to hang it over a mirror or decor already hanging on your wall. I opted to hang mine over my mirror as the wreath would face into the living room space. Either option is great and lets be real- when in doubt, hang that wreath!
Tip 3- Add Holiday Cheer With Accent Pieces
Since living in a condo, you don’t have access to decorate a cute front porch. By incorporating those fall or winter colours in your everyday decor can really make a space feel warm, cozy and ready for the season. I added a rustic orange and oatmeal blanket draped over my couch, finishing off with an accent pillow for the fall season. This is the easiest way to decorate as it’s decor you would normally purchase for those spaces.