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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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3 Clever Ways To Use Shutters Indoors

by Luke Patterson

Shutters can add a tremendous amount of character to the exterior of your home. While shutters are traditionally used to frame windows on the outside of a home, bringing these window treatments indoors allows you to add some whimsy to your home decor.

Here are three clever ways that you can use shutters inside your home in the future.

1. Create a unique magazine rack.

If you are looking for a way to organize your magazines, then an old shutter could be exactly what you need. Creating a unique magazine rack using a vintage shutter is simple. All you need is an old wooden shutter that has been distressed to match your home decor, and some hardware to anchor the shutter to the wall.

Hang your shutter in an area where you do a lot of reading, and slide magazines over slats in the shutter for an organized, yet accessible, magazine rack.

2. Use an old shutter to create open shelving.

Open shelving can provide you with extra storage space in a small kitchen or bathroom. If you are looking to incorporate some rustic items into your home decor, then using an old shutter to create some open shelving provides the perfect decorating solution.

To construct your new shelf you will need to purchase a couple of wall-mount brackets from your local hardware store. Measure your shutter, and affix the brackets to the wall so that one bracket will support each end of the shutter. Place the shutter on top of the brackets, and enjoy your new shelving space.

3. Build a new headboard from discarded shutters.

Having a stylish headboard can complete the look of your bedroom. If you want to recycle some discarded shutters by using them inside your home, creating a new headboard from these shutters is a good solution.

Measure your bed to ensure that you have enough shutters to complete your headboard. Hang the shutters side-by-side on the wall behind your bed using a stud finder to ensure the shutters are secured properly. Place your bed in front of the newly-hung shutters, and enjoy the whimsical look of your new headboard.

Incorporating shutters into your home's interior is a great way to add style and character to your home decor. Get started using shutters in your interior design by creating a magazine rack, open shelving, or a headboard from discarded shutters in the near future. Talk to a local supplier for more information.