Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holi-Dollar Decor: Decorating on a Budget

holiday decorating on a budget

For those of you who have been reading the past couple months, you may know that I recently moved to Orange County and also had to downsize from my three bedroom home in the middle of nowhere to a two bedroom condo.  With that said, about 80% of my home goods are in storage, including my six storage containers of holiday decorations.  Since I already missed out on fully decorating for Fall (which was heart breaking for me), I tried to come to grips that Christmas would also be a little scaled back.  I wouldn't be able to get out our huge tree nor would it fit anywhere in our little home, so I had to move on (tear, sniffle, tear).

I went to our storage unit (aka Aunt B's Quakes Baseball Academy) ready to put in some time and dig out at least two bins... I had to have some Christmas cheer at home or I would just die!  Soon, I found the bins I was looking for and pulled them out and loaded them in my car. As soon as I was in the door I blasted that Christmas music, poured myself some icy cold eggnog and got to work!

First things first, gigantic ornaments hanging on the front stoop.  I had these from a previous Christmas party and just loved them.  Even better they were my favorite; a Dolla Holla from the good ole' Dollar Tree.  I threw those bad boys up with some fishing line and move to the door.

holiday decorating on a budget oversized ornaments

Using, you guessed, it a Dollar Tree wreath and hook I had stashed away, I made my front door a bit more festive.  Since we are a shoe-free home, our Hawaiian tile that normally hangs on our door was perfectly framed by the wreath.  Now that the front of the house was taken care of, I went inside to attack my tree-less living room. 

holiday decorating on a budget door wreath

I moved around my usual decorations and made some room for the new and improved goods. I hung my stockings all in a row (Dolla Holla) from my vintage coat rack.  Since we no longer have a fireplace, I figured this was the next best thing.

holiday decorating on a budget ornaments and stockings

I placed votives in candy cane, green and red next to gold glittered birds below our television so I could catch a glimpse of them each time I sat down to catch up on my shows. I selected some colorful flowers (Dolla Holla) to put in corners throughout the living room to add a little POC (pop of color).

holiday decorating on a budget

I filled a glass bowl and vase with multi-colored ornaments (Dolla Holla) and felt I was really starting to make some headway!

holiday decorating on a budget ornaments in jars and vases

I enlisted my TH to hang some lights on our back patio and called it a DAY!  Despite my sadness when thinking of a tree-less home, I moved forward and was incredibly pleased with the results!  I had a warm, cozy Holi-dollared decorated house and was LOVING it!  I'll be honest though, I can't wait to have my real house with ALL my decorations out in full glory again... hopefully next year!

holiday decorating on a budget mini christmas tree
Nic knew I was sad about not having a real tree, so she brought me a mini one!

holiday decorating on a budget oversized ornaments
Nic says, "happy decorating!"


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10 comments:

  1. Nice job Emily!I love your frugal crafts and love that you took your photo via the ornament. Oh, and welcome to Orange County! I think you will like it here! :)

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    1. Thank you!

      I too loved that Nic was able to say hello via her ornament pic; she is so creative! I am already loving Orange County and am so happy to be here.

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  2. LOVE the balls hanging out front. Those are super cute, and I'm glad to know you found them at the dollar store. It always amazes me how far a few holiday accents can stretch the spirit. :)

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    1. Anna,

      You're telling me! Nothing makes me happier than a toasty home filled with holiday cheer. I too love those giant ornaments, even more because I was reusing them from a previous Christmas party... love nothing more than when it is all free to me!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  3. These are such great ideas! I am done deocrating for this year but they'll definitely be handy next year! Pinned!

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    1. Sara,

      I am so happy you have pinned the ideas for next year! They are so cheap, so easy and really add some Christmas cheer to any home.

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  4. that mini tree--so cute! xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com

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    1. I LOVE my mini tree. Just goes to show how in touch Nic is with my tree-less sadness and knew just what I needed to brighten my home and heart!

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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  5. love the name of this post! great ideas too

    francesca

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    1. Francesca,

      Thank you so much! We do pride ourselves on some serious word-smithery over at TW.

      Strive to thrive,
      Em

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