My Apartment Holiday Decor

I absolutely adore the holidays! Growing up on my family’s ranch in rural northern California, I have witnessed a magical white Christmas, picked endless amounts of mistletoe from high up in oak trees (like in this post), and observed white deer in the vineyards that I was convinced belonged to Santa Claus.

Admittedly, living in Los Angeles does not evoke the same holiday memories that I had as a kid. There’s no snow to be seen here, except for, of course, the “magical snowfall” that happens nightly at The Grove outdoor shopping center. However, it’s my first holiday season in Hollywood so I’m embracing the city while also incorporating some of my favorite holiday traditions. Decorating for the holidays has always been something I look to, so I’m beginning there.

While I don’t have an enormous space to decorate, a few festive touches throughout my apartment get me in the holiday spirit…

the-tree-3I’m forgoing a real Christmas tree this year since I won’t be in Los Angeles long enough to enjoy it, but I definitely won’t skimp on fresh greenery. This wreath, which I dressed up with some red patterned ribbon, is a welcoming addition to my apartment door! It also smells amazing, so even though I’ve sacrificed a real tree, I’m still getting that nostalgic pine scent I love each time I come home.

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I purchased my wreath at Costco for under $20, but you can also conveniently find lovely wreaths at Trader Joe’s or your local tree farm.

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A mug from Luke’s Diner – a Stars Hollow establishment any Gilmore Girls fan should easily recognize.
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I love a festive pajama pant and these are both cozy and affordable.
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A $3 ‘Believe’ banner from Target adds a fun touch.
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Fresh mistletoe and berries from my family’s ranch hang.

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The lipstick I’m wearing from Bite Cosmetics is the perfect shade for holiday festivities and also caters to the wine-lover. Not only is this red shade fittingly titled “Tannin,” but it’s actually made from resveratrols found in red wine.

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Instead of opting for primarily red and green throughout, I’ve added dusty pink proteas (often called “sugarbushes”) for the bouquet’s unexpected star.

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Rather than choosing the standard red poinsettia, I’ve opted for the cheery coral shade.

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Fabric bunny ornament here

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Gnome ornament here; Mushroom ornament here

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A clear jar filled with candy canes reminds me to treat myself.
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Wintery additions, like this ceramic deer head and Thymes’ Frasier Fir candle, have been added to an antique mirror I use as a tray.

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I’ve hung a large piece of speciality wrapping paper in the hallway that acts as a poster.

Happy Decorating! xo

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