For the past three years I have been spending Christmas in Florida with my family. I love spending time with my family, but honestly when I was there I didn’t feel the christmas spirit at all. When I thought about it, I realised that the focus was mainly around the food. We would make cakes and plan what will be on the menu for Christmas dinner. I am not saying anything is wrong with the food – heck no! my mom is a great cook, but I really was not feeling the Christmas spirit at all.

Considering that 2017 is my ‘make it happen’ year, I decided I was going to create that christmas spirit myself! I knew I wanted to go all out with my christmas decor and create a cozy christmasy vibe in my apartment. However, I had to figure out how I would do all that without spending a ton of money. So I went on a mission and I think I did pretty well considering that almost all the decor items were purchased in Kingston.

I am sharing with you guys a few of the items I picked up, where I got them and how I put them all together to create my ideal living room christmas decor. As you can see, my ‘theme’ is sparkly gold, rose gold/ pinks with brown. I already have dark furniture in my living room so I knew those colours would provide a nice complement. I also went with accessorising the room with white throws that I had picked up a while back and white accent pillows.  I added the white to break up the richness of the dark colours. I also purchased two gold sequins cushion covers from Amazon as accent pillows as well to tie in with the gold sparkly decor.

Tip: If you want to give your sofa a new look or your living room a new vibe you can achieve a fresh look by simply using pillow covers. You can find a lot of different style options and sizes on Amazon. By purchasing the covers instead of new pillows you save money on shipping costs because they are not as bulky as getting new pillows. I also find that they costs a lot less.

Most of the Christmas decor items I picked up from Azan in Crossroads. As far as I am concerned no one’s prices beats Azan’s prices. But the key to shopping at Azan is that when you see something that you want, get it then and there because chances are when you return it will be gone. Trust me, I have learned that lesson over and over again! Most of the ornaments I picked up where between $225 – $350. The packs of shatter free ball ornaments cost around $1200 each.

I also picked up a few items from Fontana. Fontana’s price point was a little bit more than Azan but I still found them to be fairly affordable for certain items.

As for the tree, I was in between two minds about whether or not to get a fake tree or a real tree. I thought about it for about two weeks – weighing the pros and cons. The pro as it relates to a fake tree is that it would be a tree that I could invest in and have for a really long time; however, the cons were that I would have to find a place to store it and the one that I wanted would have cost me around $40,000. As for the real tree, I was told that I would experience major shedding, it would be a pain to put up and then a pain to toss out, but on the plus side it smells amazing. After thinking about it, I decided to go with a real tree…and my oh my I am glad I did. The tree I got is absolute perfection!

I purchased the tree at Tropical Plaza, in front of Rapid True Value on Constant Spring Road. The tree already had the trim and shape that I was looking for; however, the guys that are selling the trees can trim them for you in whatever shape you want. I bought a 7′ tree and paid $6000, which surely beats that $40,000. The actually price was $7000 at $1000 per foot but I asked for a discount. The guys are hustling so you can talk to them to get a good deal.

I then went across to Rapid True Value and purchased a bucket to act at the stand for the tree. The guys that are selling the trees also sell metal stands but I didn’t want to use those because I wanted to be able to water my tree so that it can be fresh and green for a few weeks. The key to maintaining a fresh tree and to prevent shedding is to make sure that you are watering it. Also when selecting the tree, you should have the guys shake it a bit and if its shedding that means its not at its peak freshness. I also had the guy cut about half an inch at the base of the tree so that it will absorb water better. I also used big rocks to support the tree in the bucket.

Decorating the tree while listening to Christmas songs and drinking wine also really put me in the mood for Christmas.

I am in absolute awe with my tree – its full, rich, vibrant and it smells AMAZING!!!! It’s nice coming home in the evenings to a home that smells like pine. I truly am feeling the Christmas vibe that I wanted.

With that, I want to wish all of you a wonderful and merry Christmas. Until next time, Bye!