Apartment Holiday Decor Ideas

Whether you prefer to go all out with your holiday decor or just keep it low key, we’ve found some great ideas and places to shop that will provide inspiration for decorating this holiday season. Today we will cover what to buy and where to buy it, no matter your decorating style!

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For The Foodie

If you love gathering family and friends around the table to break bread together, focusing your decorating on all things food and eating is a great use of energy. Head to Williams-Sonoma on the Westside near The Encore (located right inside the Time Warner Center) to pick up kitchen essentials in fun holiday colors (think: aprons, pot-holders, and dish rags) as well as cookie cutters in fun shapes such as menorahs, dradils, snowmen, angels, and trees. They also have an array of festive cooking ingredients, with whimsical delights such as gingerbread house making kits to practical meal making kits, like Christmas and Hanukkah crepes.

Take time to update your tablescape, as well. The home department at Bloomingdale’s in Midtown East has a fabulous selection of items, ranging from extreme luxury to more budget friendly. Whether you choose to do a full-on Hanukkah or Christmas theme with your dishes, or a more subtle holiday-esque theme that could also be used throughout the year (perhaps white dishes with a touch of gold sparkle around the rim), there’ss something for every budget and style.

Gift Idea For This Theme: If you’re looking for a sweet gift for the foodie in your life, consider sending a cheesecake from NYC’s iconic dessert spot, Junior’s. Or a coffee subscription from NYC’s famous Brooklyn Roasting Company is the perfect way to have them thinking of you all year long!

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For The Minimalist

The minimalist Scandinavian style has been in full swing in the states the last few years, and this works great with many NYC apartments because the idea is “less is more” and “natural, natural, natural.” A great place to start is taking a walk through Central Park and foraging sticks and acorns to set up around your living space. Just add a simple string of tiny white twinkle lights and few white candles, and you’ll be embracing the Denmark love of hygge. This method of decorating also has its perks in that after the holidays are over, you can simply take the sticks and acorns back out to the park and responsibly recycle them…no off-season storage required!

Gift Idea For This Theme: For any minimalists in your life, the gift of something that can be used up is always appreciated. Perhaps a candle from Jo Malone or a delicious smelling hand soap from Aesop, both with locations on the Upper East Side.

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For The Traditionalist

Just because we don’t live in houses with the ability to string lights all over the roof, does not mean we can’t go full on Christmas or Hanukkah inside our Glenwood homes! If you’re the type that loves to go all out, first nail down what your theme of the year is going to be. Is it “Classic Christmas”? Or “Homey Hanukkah?” Perhaps “All Things Snowmen”? Maybe “Holidays At The Seashore”? Once you have a theme picked out, go wild! Stop on the sidewalk and pick up your live Christmas tree. Head to the Christmas Markets and find menorahs and ornaments that correspond with your theme, and deck the apartment out (there’ss a great market Downtown in Union Square)! And don’t forget to head to your local Duane Reade for strands of twinkle lights, packs of candy canes, plastic dreidels, and colored balls to finish decking the halls!

Gift Idea For This Theme: For a true lover of the holidays, you just can’t go wrong with holiday themed pajamas for the whole family. These can range from a red tartan, blue snowflake, or even reindeer pj’s! A good spot to find coordinating ones for everyone is Burt’s Bees Baby.

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