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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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Tips For Keeping Your Antiques Safe While In Storage

by Luke Patterson

Collecting antiques is a common hobby for many people because it offers them an opportunity to decorate the house with rare pieces of furniture and art. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you have too many items for your home, and when this happens, it may be necessary to arrange for them to be stored off-site. Sadly, this can expose them to the risk of damage, but there are a couple of tips you can follow to keep your antiques safe while they are being stored. 

Always Use Climate Controlled Storage

Moisture can be one of the most common sources of damage for antiques. In addition to rotting wood, it can also cause fabrics to mold and degrade, as well as cause permanent discoloration. Unfortunately, humidity can be one of the most difficult sources of water damage to prevent without using a highly insulated climate controlled unit. These storage spaces are equipped with both dehumidifiers and humidifiers to ensure that the moisture levels in the unit stay at the precise level you want. 

While water damage is a common issue for antiques, heat and sun exposure can also cause major damage to these old items. When the temperature makes large swings, it can cause pieces of the antiques to expand which can eventually cause them to break. 

Keep Them Insured

Regardless of the care that you take to lace your antiques into storage, there is always a chance that they will suffer some type of accidental damage. Whether it is from criminal activity, severe weather or a fire, it is important to protect your possessions against losses. This is especially true for antiques given the high value assigned to these items. 

Luckily, there are many insurance policies that you can purchase to ensure you are financially protected if something unfortunate were to happen to them. However, before you choose a policy, it is essential for you to determine the approximate value of the antiques. Unfortunately, this takes a detailed knowledge of history and current market prices, but you can hire an appraiser to determine the value, which will make it easier for you to choose an insurance policy that provides enough coverage. 

Antiques can be a wonderful addition to your home, but if you have limited space, it may be necessary to keep them in storage. Yet, this can expose them to a variety of risks that can ruin your priceless antiques. By following these simple storage tips, you will be able keep your antiques safe despite them being stored off-site. 

Also, consider selling items that you don't have room for to dealers, such as Bucks County Estate Traders