Even in a small space, the front door is the first place to start for holiday decorating. A simple wreath can do wonders for a wooden door, and this DIY eucalyptus wreath brings festive cheer and a sweet smell to a charming cottage.
Jean Allsopp

Welcome Guests

Even in a small space, the front door is the first place to start for holiday decorating. A simple wreath can do wonders for a wooden door, and this DIY eucalyptus wreath brings festive cheer and a sweet smell to a charming cottage.

Learn how to make this Eucalyptus wreath.


In close quarters, be wary of incorporating traditional reds and greens, which often result in sensory overload. Consider soft, silver-colored greenery in lieu of darker evergreens and accent with white, silver, or non-traditional hues.
Jean Allsopp

Simplicity in Small Spaces

In close quarters, be wary of incorporating traditional reds and greens, which often result in sensory overload. Consider soft, silver-colored greenery in lieu of darker evergreens and accent with white, silver, or non-traditional hues.


A single strand of unembellished garland is enough to make a festive statement without overwhelming a small space. Fresh eucalyptus is an ideal alternative to evergreens and is easily and inexpensively formed into a spectacular garland with rope and flori
Jean Allsopp

Decorate the Fireplace

A single strand of unembellished garland is enough to make a festive statement without overwhelming a small space. Fresh eucalyptus is an ideal alternative to evergreens and is easily and inexpensively formed into a spectacular garland with rope and florist wire. Eucalyptus maintains its color when dried and provides a wonderful fragrance throughout the season.


Start a new tradition with repurposed or found objects. Baskets lined with burlap are a cost-friendly and re-usable stocking substitute.
Jean Allsopp

Stocking Alternative

Start a new tradition with repurposed or found objects. Baskets lined with burlap are a cost-friendly and re-usable stocking substitute. This look may be inexpensively personalized with brass letters or numbers purchased from a local hardware store.


For spaces too small to accommodate a large Christmas tree, consider a vase loaded with tall, sculptural branches or blooming branches purchased from a local florist.
Jean Allsopp

Quick, Easy Christmas Tree

For spaces too small to accommodate a large Christmas tree, consider a vase loaded with tall, sculptural branches or blooming branches purchased from a local florist. Non-blooming branches may be emphasized with metallic spray paint or left natural, depending on the desired formality of the space. Decorate with ornaments of choice and enjoy on a console, chest, or side table.


Liven a coffee table or drab corner without overpowering the room. A single bowl of red pears or pomegranates sets an understated holiday tone.
Jean Allsopp

Add Color with Fruit

Liven a coffee table or drab corner without overpowering the room. A single bowl of red pears or pomegranates sets an understated holiday tone.


Berries, narcissus paper whites, or amaryllis bulbs offer a big impact in a small space. Put a small arrangement in a window sill or empty corner for instant appeal. Plus, they last throughout the entire holiday season, are readily available, and thrive i
Jean Allsopp

Don't Cut Corners

Berries, narcissus paper whites, or amaryllis bulbs offer a big impact in a small space. Put a small arrangement in a window sill or empty corner for instant appeal. Plus, they last throughout the entire holiday season, are readily available, and thrive indoors.


An oversized indoor wreath brings holiday spirit to any space. Whether left unadorned or decorated with ribbon, fruit, ornaments, or pinecones, a large wreath makes a great alternative to garland or trees.
Jean Allsopp

Accent a Bookcase

An oversized indoor wreath brings holiday spirit to any space. Whether left unadorned or decorated with ribbon, fruit, ornaments, or pinecones, a large wreath makes a great alternative to garland or trees.


Keep it simple when finishing the wreath. Don’t over embellish -- a large wreath packs a big punch in a small space.
Jean Allsopp

Skip the Ornaments

Keep it simple when finishing the wreath. Don’t over embellish -- a large wreath packs a big punch in a small space. Spritz greenery with water for maximum freshness.


If you don't have a fireplace or a dramatic bookshelf, create a spot for a cheery wreath with an inexpensive thrift store frame, a wreath, and an armchair.
Jean Allsopp

Create Focal Points

If you don't have a fireplace or a dramatic bookshelf, create a spot for a cheery wreath with an inexpensive thrift store frame, a wreath, and an armchair. A blah corner instantly becomes a statement-maker.


To mount a wreath onto a thrift-shop frame, select a lightweight frame large enough to outline a standard wreath. Then, simply remove the frame’s glass and back and suspend from brightly colored ribbons. Adorn the look with ornaments, speared apples, and
Jean Allsopp

Frame a Wreath

To mount a wreath onto a thrift-shop frame, select a lightweight frame large enough to outline a standard wreath. Then, simply remove the frame’s glass and back and suspend from brightly colored ribbons. Adorn the look with ornaments, speared apples, and seasonal berries.


Whether your dining room is large or small, a merry table is a holiday must. Incorporate embellishments that don't clutter your tabletop.
Jean Allsopp

Small Space Table

Whether your dining room is large or small, a merry table is a holiday must. Incorporate embellishments that don't clutter your tabletop.


A simple color scheme allows white, gold, and silver accents to blend elegantly. Pops of silver and gold bring a touch of glam to any tabletop.
Jean Allsopp

Add a Touch of Sparkle

A simple color scheme allows white, gold, and silver accents to blend elegantly. Pops of silver and gold bring a touch of glam to any tabletop. If your dinnerware and stemware don’t shimmer, intersperse glitzy votive holders or dazzling ornaments and bring on the bling!


Whether you suspend ornaments, decorate with ribbons, or wrap chandelier arms with greenery boughs, don’t underestimate the impact of a simple statement overhead.
Jean Allsopp

Embellish Overheard Lighting

Chandeliers are ideal for adding holiday ambiance in a small space. Whether you suspend ornaments, decorate with ribbons, or wrap chandelier arms with greenery boughs, don’t underestimate the impact of a simple statement overhead.


Skip fussy flowers and opt for an inexpensive and fragrant alternative that will last the entire holiday season. Utilize leftover greenery or boughs clipped from the tree as the base for the table’s centerpiece.
Jean Allsopp

Fashion a Festive Centerpiece

Skip fussy flowers and opt for an inexpensive and fragrant alternative that will last the entire holiday season. Utilize leftover greenery or boughs clipped from the tree as the base for the table’s centerpiece.


Gold, silver, or colored ribbon makes a suitable alternative to a festive table runner and works best in a small space.
Jean Allsopp

Decorate with Ribbon

A wide silk or satin band running the length of the table makes an elegant holiday statement and dresses up even the most basic table setting. Gold, silver, or colored ribbon makes a suitable alternative to a festive table runner and works best in a small space. Maintain continuity by repeating the chosen ribbon on other details throughout the table setting.


Whether hosting a casual dinner or something more elaborate, details are key to any successful event. Select a thin ribbon and tie a sprig of greenery and a simple, small ornament to napkins. This effortless step makes every place setting unique and guest
Jean Allsopp

Don't Overlook Details

Whether hosting a casual dinner or something more elaborate, details are key to any successful event. Select a thin ribbon and tie a sprig of greenery and a simple, small ornament to napkins. This effortless step makes every place setting unique and guests will appreciate the extra effort.


Distinguish guest seating and personalize each place setting without making name cards. Select mix-and-match ornaments that work together but aren’t identical. Suspend ornaments from elegant ribbons attached to chair backs.
Jean Allsopp

Add Personal Touches

Distinguish guest seating and personalize each place setting without making name cards. Select mix-and-match ornaments that work together but aren’t identical. Suspend ornaments from elegant ribbons attached to chair backs.


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