Adding Holiday Sparkle

Remember the acrylic crystals that I used to accessorize my tree? They're adding sparkle to the rest of the apartment as well! I strung crystals of different sizes on fishing line (using cheap sparkly beads to hide the knot) and hung them wherever they'd catch the light.

It's always important to me to make my little apartment look as sophisticated as possible, and that can be tricky with all of the kitschy holiday red and green out there. I limit my color scheme, because too many colors in a small space can be a visual assault. I scatter matching pieces so that each room refers to the others. By using a few recurring themes, like these crystals, even Christmas decor can look polished!

There is one crafty winter tradition that I insist upon: paper snowflakes. Each year I make a flurry of them for my windows and keep them up through January. And, this year I'd like to share them with you- I'll be posting a paper snowflake tutorial this Thursday, so have your scissors ready!

5 Have Spoken.:

andrea despot said...

beautiful! whenever i have my own place i'd like to lean more toward the "classy" decorations that aren't red and green and don't mess up decor. i love this hanging crystals idea! and i love paper snowflakes too. i've always wanted to cut out a bunch and decorate with them so i can't wait to see what you've done with yours :)

collage whirl said...

I couldn't agree more about the red and green! Love your esthetic and your blog and I can't wait to see the snowflakes either :-) Deborah

Sarah said...

Oh I love this!
They could be friends with my rainbow maker wich is sporting a star these days

How or where did you fix the ends of the lines?

Hello from snowy Berlin,

Elizabeth said...


So funny- I've never seen a rainbow maker before!

My windows have a fairly deep sill and a corresponding "ceiling." I simply double knotted the fishing line around tiny picture nails and tapped them into the ceiling. That way I could stagger the placement of the crystals and I don't have to worry about the cats pulling them down. They'll be easy to remove later, and the nails holes are so small I won't even have to fill them!

Laura said...

I love your decorating ideas! I'm always looking for ways to add flair without adding too much. Yay!