Home for Giulio and I is a tiny two-bedroom apartment with a kitchen/dining room. We love it to bits, but it’s far from spacious, especially when it comes to Christmas decorations. So when we bought home our first real Christmas tree a couple of days ago, we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle. We had absolutely nowhere to put it. Honestly, it was either the middle of our bedroom or at the end of the hallway. Naturally we picked the latter, but now we have to squeeze past the tree every time we get home from work, sending a cascade of pine needles crashing to the floor. It’s not ideal and it’s one of the reasons why I opted against a tree in the past. Like most Italian families, we just don’t have the space. Luckily, I am well schooled on the ways you can bring holiday cheer to your home decor without a tree and I’m letting you in on my best Christmas decorating ideas.
create a faux tree
Tiny houses lack for floor space, but they have wall space in abundance, so if you can’t find room for the Christmas tree, consider creating a faux one on a feature wall. You can tie a few branches together with some kitchen string, build one out of PVC pipe, grab a wall-sized Christmas tree print, attach ornaments to the wall in the shape of a tree with holiday tape. Or you can grab a chalkboard and create this amazing chalk tree decorated with pompoms for a great Christmas decorating idea.
build a wreath wall
I am obsessed with wreaths, so last year, I skipped the Christmas tree and hung a collection of different sized Christmas wreaths above my sofa for a new take on Christmas decorating. I was so happy with how it turned out, I kept them until well into February. To save a pretty penny, you can make your own wreaths, otherwise you can pick up a few from any good discount store here in Italy. Try to have a combination of plastic and real wreaths if you can and when using foliage, stick to plants that have a long like span without water like pines, fir and olives. An air plant wreath would cost a fortune, but it would look incredible!
hang your ornaments from the roof
We’re thinking out the Christmas ornaments box with this gorgeous branch. When Giulio and I first moved in, I went out and found a really sturdy branch just like this one. I hung it in the hallway with kitchen twine and voilà instant coat rack. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I found this. It’s such a beautiful and simple idea, but it really encapsulates the wintry and naturalistic Christmas spirit, especially if you arrange your presents underneath. If you’re not too keen about hanging a branch from your roof, grab some kitchen twine and push pins and attach your ornaments directly to the ceiling above your dining table. Vary the lengths and you’ll have a veritable starry night to dine under all the way to Christmas.
get creative with the table decor
You don’t have the space for a Christmas tree, but you do have a table, so why not make it the epicentre of your Christmas decorations? This is particularly apt for us since we have a gigantic, over-the-top, ridiculously too big kitchen table. Last year, I made a slightly lopsided gingerbread tree, decorated it to my heart’s content with icing and glitter and used it as my centrepiece throughout December. The great thing about gingerbread is that is never goes off, although I wouldn’t recommend eating your creation 31 days later. This year, I’m loving these white cut out trees. With a few candles and some fir, you can create a mini Wonderland that will inspire you every time you dine.
set up a Christmas corner
Whether it be a bookcase, end table, coffee table or sideboard, you’re bound to have a piece of furniture you can use as a base for your Christmas festivities. Think small, compact and minimalist. I love the idea of grabbing a bare branch and decorating it with a few choice ornaments. Then you can arrange your presents underneath and no one, and I mean no one, will miss the Christmas tree! Plus the branch is free! Talk about cheap Christmas decorations.