Living in an 800 square-foot apartment in Brooklyn with my husband, dog and our toddler doesn’t leave a ton of room for large and bulky holiday decor. This season is important to our family and, especially as our son gets older, we want to create a cozy environment he will always remember. Since space (and storage) is limited, we don’t have the luxury of replacing our everyday household decor for seasonal pieces. Our son just started walking, so it was also important that we set up decorations that were either out of reach or safe for him to hang on to. When I started the search for the perfect holiday decor, I really took the time to think about items we will use year round. There are a couple small trees, this beautiful garland and delicious candles that are really only fitting for this time of year, but everything else you see here will stay put after the new year. In under $250 we not only set ourselves up for Christmas, but we improved our space with small touches that will last long after the holiday season is over.

Photography by Amy Frances

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

A dried boxwood garland is hung from bookshelves—any easy solution for those without a fireplace or a mantel.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

Window ledges—perfect places for hanging stockings and placing gifts!

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

A tray topped with a bottle-brush Christmas tree provides a festive update for a coffee table.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

A window ledge basket is filled with ornaments and other Holiday decor items.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Solutions

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