Having a small living space can put a bit of a damper on holiday decorating, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to go all-out: Christmas trees, stockings, twinkle lights, and manger scenes galore! Still, having an apartment, condo, cabin, houseboat, or dorm doesn’t mean you have to opt out of the festivities. What it does mean is that you might have to get a little creative—and who doesn’t love that?
Decorating my own Brooklyn apartment for the holidays has always seemed like more trouble than it’s worth. With two dogs, a studio setup, and five floors to walk up, carting a Christmas tree (or even a wreath, for that matter!) into the apartment is a daunting idea. This year, however, I decided to challenge myself a bit and distill my notion of holiday decorating down to what I really love most about the season: the lights! After all, there’s nothing like a bit of sparkle to take your mind off the fact that the sun is now setting at 4pm!
With a little bit of help from the fine folks at Target, I gathered some supplies to turn my apartment into a glowing holiday retreat—perfect for some cocktails with friends or even a cozy night indoors with a good book. We’ve got 3 tips for bringing the razzle dazzle of the holidays into your own home—check them out in the slideshow! —Max