By Condo Culture
The countdown is on! Christmas is just a few weeks away and unless you’re a Christmas ninja who’s already placed your autumn decor in your locker and stuck a holiday decoration in every room of your home (kudos to you!) many will set aside this weekend to exchange their regular home decor for red and green hues. Tis’ the season! (Oh and if you are a Christmas ninja, you’ll want to keep reading too, as you’re sure to find some sweet decor tips that may enhance your current space even more).
Condos are special, because not only do they have the ability to provide freedom from maintenance you might not have the time, desire or ability to manage, like mowing the lawn, snow removal or repairing your rooftop, it also provides the finer things in life- a lifestyle supported by security and convenient amenities. Security such as gated or locked entries and concierge service, sweet amenities with unlimited access for yourself, your family and visitors (goodbye gym membership) and most importantly, that condo lifestyle that comes with a high walk score and easy access to urban activities.
Yes, condos are special, but we can’t forget to mention condo owners! Often, we’re proud minimalists (or at least we try to be) and we’ve learned to master our space without compromising our lifestyle, creativity and own personal style. And just because we don't all live big, sprawling homes with a big evergreen on the front yard, that expression of style and desire for a more minimalist life need not be hampered through the holidays. For all of our fellow condo dwellers or soon to be condo owners, here are some ideas and inspiration to spark your inner Kindle and decorate your condo for a very Merry Christmas.
Whether you place these beautiful holiday pillows on a couch, a sofa or even a few dining chairs, it’s the perfect little touch to add some holiday spirit! Photo source: www.homes.winnipegfreepress.com
Your mantle can easily be an eye catching location in your living space, so run wild and add large and small candles, white Christmas lights and touches of black, white, gold and silver decorations and a touch of greenery is always easy on the eyes. It’s the perfect compliment to a bright Christmas tree! Photo source: www.frugalcouponliving.com
It’s the little things that count, right? Holiday decor looks best when it’s equally spread throughout a home, yes, that includes your kitchen, living room, den and perhaps even your bathroom! (No judgement here) A few little examples that can make for a big difference are soap dispensers, festive bathroom mats and towels, hallway rugs and kitchen accessories such as bowls, cups and yes, snowflake window clings! Photo source: www.christmas.365greetings.com/
Talk about a space saver! These wall christmas trees are seriously adorable and make for a perfect Christmas tree alternative in your 1 or 2 bedroom suite. If you love this idea, check out this website we found that shares 60+ wall christmas tree ideas we know you’ll love: http://www.familyholiday.net/60-wall-christmas-tree-alternative-christmas-tree-ideas/ Photo Source: Static.Targetimg1.com
Side note: If you have standard 8-9 foot ceilings and want the tallest Christmas tree your room will allow, you can choose a 7 ½-foot tree and still have a six-inch clearance for your tree stand and topper :)
Last on the list- be sure to incorporate holiday elements that can be repurposed throughout the year. Jane Lockhart is an interior design professional and shares “Since I don’t have room to store seasonal décor, I make sure that what I have can be repurposed throughout the year – like lanterns, candles and lights. Adding a few seasonal pillows injects a practical holiday element. A small sheepskin rug adds a Nordic flavour, and is useful for warming toes throughout the winter months.” Great point! In addition to that, she suggests to add a basket of pinecones and birch logs beside the tree. It might seem like an unusual choice, but harmonization is imperative when living in a condo, and this helps to reduce the visual clutter that can often be a problem when adding so many other elements at this time of year. Photo source: Jane Lockhart
And there you have it, simple and easy add-ons that can transform your condo space into your very own winter wonderland! Have fun and don’t be afraid to try something new. Lastly, as you gear up for the holiday season, we would like to offer you a way to spread good cheer and share how you can give back to your community by helping put food on the tables of those in need. In our Waterloo, Kitchener and Hamilton stores, we are accepting non-perishable food items and will be giving back to our local food banks. More details to come in next week's blog! We thank you in advance.
For all of you in the Kitchener-Waterloo area be sure to check out the Christkindl Market in and around Kitchener City Hall and spilling into the streets on now through Sunday.
Happy shopping, decorating and giving!
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