The Magnificent Mile and its luxurious stores are already been decorated for the winter holidays, now it’s time to makeover your condo with festive décor. The busy downtown Chicago resident needs easy and chic holiday décor–stylish and festive representations of holiday spirit that will make your condo homey and welcoming for entertaining. Whether you are making your own seasonal decorations or looking for inspiration for what to buy, here are some ideas and tips to get the ball rolling.
Holiday Cards – One of the easiest ways to start decorating is to display the holiday cards you receive from family and friends throughout the season. You can show them off on the mantel or in the foyer, on a bulletin board in the kitchen or in a basket on the coffee table. At no cost, you can inject your condo with holiday spirit through the good tidings being sent from friends and family from across the country. To fill out your collection and add a little continuity in the cards, you can supplement with them some holiday cards you buy yourself. Cards by local Chicago artists or those depicting Chicago landmarks are always popular, as are holiday cards that benefit a local charity. We like to add some retro style with vintage holiday cards!
Using Your Whole Space – Rather than creating holiday focal points–like a corner with a Christmas tree or a mantel with stockings and garlands–we suggest spreading the holiday spirit throughout your home with smaller, festive pieces. A centerpiece for your dinner table, seasonal linens in the bedrooms, holiday dishes in the kitchen, or even a favorite holiday movie playing on your TV in the background will add spirit to your home during the holiday season. And of course, don’t forget seasonal music! Even if you don’t have time to decorate, you can feel the holidays at home just by playing a CD of the best wintertime tunes.
Using Your Leftovers – If you are like many Americans, you might have accumulated more decorations for your tree than you can actually use! Once your tree is decorated, make use of your leftover tree décor by spreading it around your condo. Extra strings of lights can adorn your balcony banisters or outline a few of your windows for warm holiday lighting indoors or outdoors. Leftover ornaments can be arranged in a bowl as a centerpiece, used to accessorize your bookshelves with seasonal touches, or hung from chandelier or light fixture. By utilizing all of your current decorations in creative ways, you can save your money for gifts instead of spending it on décor!
Decorations from Nature – The winter holidays lend themselves to natural decorations–from holly to evergreen, the traditional decorations of the season have traditionally been from nature. This year, modernize that tradition by using rosemary for your wreaths, cranberries in your centerpieces, and cinnamon sticks to add fragrance to your décor. Less traditional natural elements in traditional Christmas colors, like pomegranates, apples, and pears, are also affordable and interesting additions to your holiday scenery.
No matter how you decide to deck the halls of your Chicago residence, a dowtown condo allows you to participate in all of the exciting holiday events that Chicago has to offer. Learn more about Lakeshore East’s Chicago condos for sale here, or contact Leila Zammatta with Magellan Realty for more information about buying in Lakeshore East.