tiny christmas 2015


in the littlest apartment! Living in the SF Bay Area on a design budget continues to present challenges, but nothing can stop my love of Christmas. This year, I'd seen quite a few clever hacks for decorating small spaces over on Pinterest. They mostly involved hanging pine branches from the ceiling, or tacking them to the wall. But, I thought, what if I did something like that - and made it into the shape of a tree? 

If you ask the men at the tree farm for the leftover scraps from the trees they've been cutting, they'll almost always give them to you. This year the guy who handed them to me even rolled his eyes and said "all the girls want these for pinterest crafts". They're catching on!

Throw in some twinkle lights from the dollar section at Target and you've got yourself the perfect tiny Christmas! (All I did was use thumb tacks and clear tape to cobble everything together in about 10 minutes).



This year I was also looking for a cute tray to go on top of our couch ottoman (that can attach or detach from the main couch as you please). I much prefer it detached, since we don't yet have a coffee table. I often drape my favorite cozy throw over it for when guests come over, but wanted a place for people to set their warm beverages if we got snuggled up and didn't want to move! 

Target and West Elm have darling (expensive) options, and you can't really go wrong with Nate Berkus for Target. However, I happened upon a letter tray in the office supply aisle of Target that was a fraction of the price (about $10), and just the right color wood I was looking for! Throw in a festive scented candle with the money you saved, whip up a moscow mule, and you've got yourself the coziest centerpiece for your tiny abode.


couch: thrifted $130 | wood tray: Target $10 | throw: Target $25 | candle: Target $12 | moscow mule cups: gifted


couch: thrifted $130 | wood tray: Target $10 | throw: Target $25 | candle: Target $12 | moscow mule cups: gifted

mercury vase: Target $10 | wood serving platter: Target $15 | mercury candle: Anthropologie $10 | polaroid holder: Nate Berkus for Target placecard holders set of 4 for $7


mercury vase: Target $10 | wood serving platter: Target $15 | mercury candle: Anthropologie $10 | polaroid holder: Nate Berkus for Target placecard holders set of 4 for $7


And those extra leftover pine branches? They make the cutest table centerpieces when flowers are in short supply - and really tie the whole room together if you're like me, eating and relaxing in the same room!


xo, M