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Merry (Tiny) & Bright: A Modern Twist on Holiday Sparkle

by Maxwell Tielman

Having a small living space can put a bit of a damper on holiday decorating, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to go all-out: Christmas trees, stockings, twinkle lights, and manger scenes galore! Still, having an apartment, condo, cabin, houseboat, or dorm room doesn’t mean you have to opt out of the festivities. What it does mean is that you might have to get a little creative—and who doesn’t love that?

Decorating my own Brooklyn apartment for the holidays has always seemed like more trouble than it’s worth. With two dogs, a studio setup, and five floors to walk up, carting a Christmas tree (or even a wreath, for that matter!) into the apartment is a daunting idea. This year, however, I decided to challenge myself a bit and distill my notion of holiday decorating down to what I really love most about the season: the lights! After all, there’s nothing like a bit of sparkle to take your mind off the fact that the sun is now setting at 4 pm!

With a little help from the fine folks at , I gathered some supplies to turn my tiny apartment into a glowing holiday retreat—perfect for some cocktails with friends or even a cozy night indoors with a good book. We’ve got 3 tips for bringing the razzle dazzle of the holidays into your own home—check them out in the slideshow! —Max


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Even if you don't have an ornamental fireplace in your apartment, a cluster of candle-filled vessels can create a fireplace-like feeling. Throw down a warm blanket and grab a cup of tea—it's time to get cozy!

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Another view of our sparkly candle arrangement. It's a nice spot for a late-night card game, too, right?
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No room for a Christmas tree? No problem! We crafted this miniature Christmas tree "forest" using electric tea lights covered with cones made from wax paper. We added a few woodland creature ornaments and a sprinkling of kosher salt for a wintry feel.

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When you're decorating for a small space, no area is off-limits! Try lining candle vessels along a hallway for a charming, candle-lit walkway.

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