City living definitely has its perks: access to a plethora of restaurants and fabulous shopping out your front door are just a couple. But living downtown can often mean living in a small abode, whereas suburbia is spacious and houses actually have backyards. Squeezing into such small spaces -- as more and more people are doing these days -- can hinder one's ability to dress-up a living space in a festive way.
Since it's always nice to add a little holiday warmth to your home (whether you live in a semi-detached, in a condo tower or townhouse condo), we wanted to offer some simple tips on festively fixing up your space. We chatted with Debbie Travis, Canadian home decor expert extraordinaire and well-known television host, to get some of her tips on giving your residence a festive feel -- without going overboard or over budget.
"If you're young, you may just be beginning to collect stuff. Or you may be headed home for the holidays. Still you may want a tree. So artificial trees are a good solution. As an added bonus, they aren't too scented," says Travis. She adds trees today tend to be slimmer than older versions, which means they take up less space.
"The weekend before you're going to decorate your tree, sort out all of the ornaments you have. Sort out what is broken and chipping and what you're bored of as well as what you have to keep and what you want to keep. It's really about what fits your mood this Christmas." From there, Travis suggests going out to buy fresh ornaments. Using a mix of the old and new will help you stay on-budget.
"Iceskates, (one of Travis' six holiday tree decoration lines for Canadian Tire) has very shiny, very mirrored ornaments like disco balls. Ornaments are also offered in different shades of blue, which is very "in fashion" this year -- especially cobalt." For Travis, creating a look that's clean and modern -- with sleek colours and a bit of shimmer -- is perfect for small spaces.
"Wrapping paper as artwork. You can put it in an inexpensive picture frame and display it. For a Christmasy feel, just use holiday wrapping paper instead of something more traditional. It's a really great yet inexpensive way to dress up walls."