In 7 Minutes
It started like this: I asked my daughter if I could decorate her apartment for the holidays. Just a few things in a few minutes. That was my ask.
She agreed but with two conditions: her condo must stay in an uncluttered state and it could not look like her childhood home (ie: our current house).
Basically, she did want an industrial farmhouse look in her brand new, downtown Denver condo. She lives in the heart of downtown Denver.
Unfortunately, the tryptophan from the Thanksgiving turkey kicked in and I crashed on my daughter’s sofa while her brothers assembled/rearranged her furniture.
We were not in her condo a minute before her brothers complained about the lack of food or beverages in her fridge; not a pretzel or a tortilla chip (or salsa) on site.
Neither of her brothers wanted to walk the 23 feet across the street to Whole Foods.
Thankfully, my tryptophan-induced nap was short and I was back on track to add a little Christmas to her 900 sq. foot apartment.
How to Decorate an Apartment for the Holidays
Just remember the struggle is real for these busy, young professionals. I call her my Millenial because I know the adulting part of managing cash flow, car payments and insurance deductibles can be overwhelming their first year of employment.
Minute 1. Start with the Bathroom & Kitchen
The holiday staples for a kitchen or bath are the same. You only need to add two items. But they must be BRAND NEW; seasonal soap and hand towels. The keyword here is brand new. It is amazing what a brand new polar bear hand towel and decorative foam soap can do to space and to one’s morale when the sun sets before the end of the workday.
Minute 2. Toss a plaid throw anywhere
A holiday throw is a cozy addition to a couch. And, it is a great way to tuck yourself in with a bowl of popcorn during the workweek. When my daughter picked the identical throw that I bought for our house I smiled. Who is a farmhouse fan now?
Minute 3. Upcycle Childhood Christmas Decor
I snuck a few Christmas decor pieces from our daughter’s Christmas decoration tub. My grandmother gave me a similar ceramic tree when I was little.
Minute 4. Add Jingle Bells
I love jingle bells. I always think of Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s like Clarence is greeting her with a “Welcome home.” every time she comes through her front door. I took these bells from my office. Super easy!
Minute 5. Haul in Boughs of Holly
Fresh evergreens are perfect. They don’t take up much room and they can be tucked into the smallest shelves or windowsills. And, they smell like Christmas. Just toss them on the kitchen counter add a few ornaments and done.
Two minutes to go!
Minute 6. Holly Berries
It’s never to early to teach your Millenial the power of red anything during the holidays. I grabbed a few batches of faux berries that had accumulated at the bottom of a storage tub.
I grabbed this upcycled jar and married the two.
Minute 7. Candy Canes
The easiest and tiniest holiday decor staple is a mason jar filled with candy canes. I thought about creating a mini hot cocoa station like this one.
I was concerned it might violate one of the two conditions she had put forth earlier that day.
So I stuck to candy canes.
Did you check the time?
I borrow these same suggestions when I have a condo listing during the holidays. Or, a decor challenged seller! Check out my Instagram for Everyday Edits you can make wherever you dwell.