4 Ways to Stretch Your Holiday Decorating Budget

Interior designer Meredith Heron shares some simple tips for keeping your decorating budget in check during the holidays

By Meredith Heron
From the print edition, November 2012

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Photography by Angus Fergusson

When Meredith Heron, interior designer extraordinaire and TV personality, decorates her family home for the holidays, the results are as sassy as she is. Here are a few of her tips for getting the most out of your holiday décor, without breaking the bank.

  • Monochromatic and tone-on-tone will maximize impact. If you repeat one colour or stick to a range (i.e., white, pink and red) you’ll get away with less.
  • White carnations or red carnations grouped together make amazing centrepieces and look much more expensive than they are. Add in some cedar and voila!—you’ll look like you’ve spent a fortune with a florist. Mix in some metallics and it’s even more sophisticated.
  • Focus on one or two key spots in your home to add the holiday look—I love to dress up a foyer table and a mantel. You don’t have to go crazy. Just create a little vignette that you can go to town on!
  • I add little ornaments to doorknobs throughout the house to spread the cheer without taking up space. Our living room is only nine-feet wide!
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