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5 Recession-Proof Decorating Tips

By 12/01/2010January 16th, 202019 Comments

For this months newsletter, I have researched the back issues of my favourite magazines to find you some creative and fun ways to perk up your space—and just in time for Christmas!  You can save them for January too as the living room will be looking lonely after the lights and glitter from the holiday get packed away!

This list will be in my December newsletter coming to you at the end of this week.  Click here to subscribe.  You will instantly receive my special report, the 3 biggest Mistakes Homeowners make and how to avoid them in addition to my favourite go-to colours. You will also have access to a years worth of special articles available to subscribers only. Articles such as ‘Embrace the Dark Side of your House; Lighting 101’ and ‘How to Inject Unexpected Style in Your Home’.  Thanks for being a subscriber!
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  • Verdigris Vie says:

    Well now I can't wait.. I love to let the decorations linger into January – and slowly take them away. The house can look so empty after the holidays..

    no tree yet…

  • Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    My tree(s) are up since Sunday!!

  • chanteusevca says:

    No tree up here yet. We're probably the only ones in our area who don't put up Christmas decorations until December! But we will be putting up everything this weekend and I can't wait. In the meantime, we've been working on DIY home improvement projects and still have things we need to finish before this weekend — like the mantle that I need to paint. But I can't wait to see what the tree looks like with our new white slipcovered sofas.

    And I really can't wait to read your latest newsletter!

  • Francine Gardner says:

    To morrow, i will put up the christmas windows in y showroom…as for the tree, it will have to wait for a while.

  • bricarwaller says:

    Maria, Can I tell you how much I love your blog. I so look forward to your posts and they are always chalk full of fascinating information:) And a genius way to get people to sign up for your newsletter, may have to steal that one:) Thanks for such a wonderful blog.

  • Cristin says:

    You have been hard at work! Can't wait to see the articles. Yes, our tree is up 🙂 Blogged about the ol mantel today too.


  • says:

    I can not wait for you to do Christmas this month. So many ideas. I just know it will be delicious. That is a really cool wreath, so different in color and texture. Love it.

  • Mary says:

    My decorations are down from the attic. And the bins are stacked up in the living room. That's as far as I've gotten.
    It's snowing today so that should inspire me to get moving.
    Can't wait for the newsletter.

  • camdesign says:

    Trees up and decorated…
    out side wreath is up and lit… inside wreaths are still in the box…
    hope to get all my christmas shopping finished this coming weekend, fingers crossed…
    if I get it all wrapped and bowed by Sunday, it will be amazing
    then I can start on my famous cookies…

  • Designs By Pinky says:

    YES!!! Mt TREES are up: the BIG one in the living room, a small undecorated one in the rec room (my hubby's domain and he likes it like that), a wall tree (that I posted about today) in the dining room, a twig tree on the bridge upstairs and my KITCHEN tree that I LOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • traci zeller designs says:

    Can't wait for your tips, Maria! My tree is up but there is still some decorating to be done!!

  • Design Elements says:

    our tree is up 🙂 Can't wait to see the articles.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Maria, Yes! Hallelujah! My tree is up with a little help from two teenage boys who hung our silver beed garland in completely straight concentric circles. I got home to find this very geometric design on the tree, which they put up, and the lights (one meager set)already in place.

    Oh my! I just didn't have the heart to say anything but, "How lovely, boys!" Thanks!" My daughter and I finished the decorating later in the day, but I have to say that every time I walk by I can't decide whether to wince or laugh. Ha!

    BTW, I found some good yellow fabric for pillows for the couch and we bought new drapes (verigated shades of cocoa)! I can't wait for January. It will be the perfect time for a bright splash of color…that ISN'T red or green. :o)

    Looking forward to your tips very much!

    Donna @ Comin' Home

  • angie says:

    Your newsletter sounds full of tasty decorating tidbits, Maria – and just in time for Christmas AND a penny pinching January! It's so true how lonely the house looks once the tree and its lights are down. Speaking of which, I have blocked off my afternoon tomorrow to put up our avant-garde metal tree and I'm excited!


  • BB says:

    Loved the newsletter, thanks for the wonderful ideas! Regarding the picture of the gray/brown? door, I must know the paint color and cover my bright coral front door in it!

  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi BB,
    I would say that door is somewhere in the realm of Kendall Charcoal HC-166,
    Happy Painting!

  • bb says:

    Thanks, Maria! (It should go alright with a muted green siding and red bricks, right? I'm over my loud but fabulous orange-red door.)

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    The problem with recession tips is it's always d.i.y. and painting, sanding, I hate so now I really do understand why I put up with Noahs' decorating my mantle and Christmas tree. . . just plain stinkin' lazy . .

  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi BB, Yes I think so. Maria

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