Holiday Design on a Dime

- Between gifts, decorations for the house and celebrations with friends and family, the tab for the holiday season can really add up, but with the right strategy, it is possible to stay on budget.  You just need a game plan that helps you be mindful about how you make the holidays memorable and bright, and you can do it all for less than you might expect.

 Casey Noble, host of HGTV's Design on a Dime,  feels don't need to spend big bucks to make a big impression:

·         ORGANIZE: Detailed shopping lists can help you plot out who you need to shop for, keep track of deals and ensure you don't over-buy or over-spend. You can even use online wish lists to help you plan what to give.

·         MAKE MEMORIES: Gifting can be a way to spend quality time with family and friends, and make lasting memories. Games to play with friends or recipe books for cooking with the entire family keep the spirit of the holidays alive all year.

·         CHARGE WISELY: Use a credit card that gives you cash back on your purchases so you can reward yourself even after the holidays are over!

·         TAKE STOCK AHEAD OF TIME: Take a look at your existing holiday decorations before you shop for new ones; knowing what you have already will help you find just the right new items to keep your home looking festive

Casey Noble, host of HGTV's Design on a Dime, brings her design expertise to the table. After graduating from George Mason University, Casey began her design career as a computer graphics artist in Washington, D.C., before moving to California to study interior design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. During her time at FIDM, Casey pursued opportunities in the creative world of hospitality design and continued her career at some of the top hospitality design firms, specializing in hotels, restaurants, bars and spas. In 2009 Casey founded her own design firm with two colleagues. Some of their diverse and distinguished portfolios include the Borgata, SLS Miami and the Redbury, listed as one of Conde Nast's hot list hotels for 2011. Casey's enthusiasm for design was one of the motivating factors that brought her to compete in season five of HGTVs Design Star, where she made it to the top three. She resides in Los Angeles.
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