In the blink of an eye, the holiday season is upon us. All of a sudden I have been seeing Christmas playlists on Spotify, specialty seasonal desserts at Trader Joe’s and decorations galore. Decorating our apartment in Bed-Stuy is a far departure from decorating my parents’ house in Delaware. Because of lack of time and not having a childhood’s worth of paper ornaments at my disposal, decorations themselves are sparse but still fit in with the style of our apartment: makeshift leftovers from college and other friends’ apartments yet styled with good taste. I love thinking about how Martha Stewart must decorate her home versus how this lady did.
I made the above newspaper wreath using Froebel Stern stars. I got the idea from Pinterest and found a video tutorial. I was sick last week and found that folding newspaper while in a fever dream makes the time go by much faster. The inside drawing is from this sketchy guy who crashed one of our parties and felt like drawing myself and my roommates.
After going for a sunrise walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, I had the most productive day of my life because it was the longest day of my life. I went to the grocery store and bought white and green flowers that included a sprig of pine tree. I placed it in a vase within a vase and set it on our trunk coffee table, where my pumpkin candle from October/November and September issue of Vogue still sit.
This monstrosity is not our stoop, but a neighbor’s across the street. A photo does not do this sight justice. The snowflakes flash different colors, lights travel down the front fence, and instrumental holiday music plans twenty-four hours a day. I would have recorded a video, but I didn’t want to make it too obvious to my neighbor that I wanted to capture this to share with the world.