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Christmas on a budget - Decorating a home when your heart is big but your purse is small and space is tight!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

If you look at previous Novembers on Faeriwood.com you may have seen my grumbling about Christmas coming too early and needing to stay in it's place. Well I'm older and wiser now and infinitely less grumpy. My tree goes up mid November - as I take my Halloween decorations down - and it just makes me happy to see all that festive glitz in my home.

Of course it's difficult to fill my home with all the festive glitz and glam that I feel inside when I live in a one bed flat which is full the brim, thanks to my hoarder notions. Since moving out on my own I have been using a tiny hand-me-down 3ft Fibre Optic tree. I moved in December and it was the first addition to make my house a home. Christmas is an anniversary; a celebration of everything I have achieved since making that crazy jump. I always get a little bit retrospective for this reason.

This year I decided that left over decorations from my previous house and a miniature hand-me-down tree just wasn't going to cut it. I love second hand goodies but I wanted something of my own and something new. The problem is that when you live in a one bed flat thats packed to the brim you don't tend to get a lot of space free to put up the whacking great big tree that your heart desires. I needed to get creative.

I started looking in to ways to bring a huge tree in to a small apartment. I looked at wall decals, slim line trees, trees made from shelving and ladders. All beautiful and modern but none that spoke to me.
Then I found the solution.

A half tree

A pre-lit tree - so no need to buy new lights - that sits flush against the wall allowing you to have the look of a full size tree without taking up half the space in your living room. Couple my Argos discovery with some bargain priced decorations from George Home, some Primark Harry Potter Baubles, and for less than fifty quid I had myself a brand new, totally gorgeous, accidentally geeky, space saving christmas tree. Something I plan to add to for years to come.

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