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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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Turning Your Basement into a Home Theater: Three Helpful Hints

by Luke Patterson

Basements make great natural spaces for home theaters. The typical lack of windows means you won't have to contend with daylight ruining the authentic theater experience, and open basement layouts offer plenty of room to create the entertainment space you want. Here are a few helpful tips to use when you prepare to transform your basement into a home theater.

Soundproof the Space

When you install your home-theater sound system, you'll want it to provide the volume needed to create an immersive viewing experience. Because your basement is situated below your main living space, this means you'll also want to take steps to soundproof the basement. You can do this in several ways. You can add a layer of sound-engineered drywall to the walls to prevent sound from traveling. Another option is to install vinyl sound barriers to dampen sound in the space. For ceilings, you can also add acoustic sound-absorbing insulation. Be sure to insulate the ceiling as well as the walls to keep sound from traveling to the upper areas of your home.

Consider Safety Exits

Your basement will likely be dark when you show movies, so take care to create a safe path of exit in the space. Reflective glow-in-the-dark tape can be ideal for this purpose. Be sure to place it on the floor in front of the stairs as well as on each individual step. This will make it easier for your family and guests to see should they need to head to the kitchen for snacks or take a restroom break. You may also want to consider recessed floor lighting around the edges of the room for soft illumination.

Hide Your Speakers

Hiding your home-theater system speakers in the walls helps to give your space a true movie-theater look and feel. You can invest in speakers that can be installed in the walls and painted to match the room. Your home-theater installation company can tackle this job for you. For any speakers that must be mounted to the wall, ask your installer about different ways you can camouflage the look of the speakers to blend in with the rest of your space. In some cases, strategically placed curtains and artwork can hide the speakers for a streamlined look.

Once you have the room insulated, lit, and wired for your home-theater system, you can think about the little details that make your space truly great. Cozy leather couches, end tables with built-in cup holders, and movie-themed wall art are all excellent options to give your home theater a handsome and comfortable finishing touch.