“Living in 370 square feet studio is a challenge in everyday life,” photographer and stylist Christiann Koepke says, “but then come the holidays, and suddenly space is precious on a whole new level!” Last summer, we worked with Christiann to help transform her tiny studio apartment in Portland and this holiday season, she’s showing us how she gave it a seasonal upgrade—a testament to the fact that no space is too small for some holiday cheer! Continue below for Christiann’s holiday decorating tips for small spaces!

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

A great way to open up the room and give it a warm and cozy wintery feel is to simply set up a table near a window, cover it with a linen tablecloth and place your favorite holiday pieces and several taper candles together. Hang a wreath above it and you instantly have a transformed corner. Feel free to utilize an existing table. I covered my desk and decided to work from my bed with a tray table, comfy blanket, and hot tea in hand!

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

Tree placement is everything as it is likely your biggest addition to a small space. I tend to love it near windows, both for the reflection and also so that it can be viewed outside.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

I loved incorporating LED lights—it was a beautiful look that appeared as tiny jewels on my tree. I’m totally spoiled now and no longer need to be reliant on bulky lights which had somehow become a holiday staple! These specific lights are built on wire, making it seamless to wrap around branches and throughout open areas.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

I love wreaths. There’s just something amazing about them and they’re especially perfect when winter hits. Wall space is a precious commodity, but hanging wreaths on windows is perfect. Also try those extra door handles to your closet or bathroom, even on your armoire or cabinet!

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

Two other favorite elements: candles and fur. You can’t go wrong… candles everywhere and fur blankets wherever there’s room for a cozying up area with loved ones.

west elm - Small Space Holiday Decorating Ideas with Christiann Koepke

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