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Monday, February 16th, 2009

Recession: Go Minimal or Feather the Nest?


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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I was just thinking about these economic times, and I wondered, even if a family’s financial situation is  stable, is this a time when people pare down and get minimal? Do they think about how much more efficient and affordable a smaller, emptier space is? Do they wind up selling everything they own on eBay? Or, just happy that there is a chicken in every pot pie, do they feather their nests, hunkering down at home and fussing with the tea cozies they’ve been knitting? What do you think?

Stairway photo by Todd Eberle, from the book Minimum

Hearth photo by Suter Hedrich-Blessing, from Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Ideas, 1961

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  1. Julian says:

    February 18th, 2009 at 8:14 am (#)

    I’m struggling with that right now – do I continue my home design improvements or stick the money under the mattress? I was thinking that one of the best value ways to brighten my home was to go to the store for a $50 gallon of paint, and invest some elbow grease in a new look. Of course, the other way to inject some color would be to get one of those cool Sitting Bull bean bags from which to observe the current paint job….
    It’s a tough call.

  2. art says:

    March 13th, 2009 at 3:34 pm (#)

    The minimalist staircase featured at the top is quite beautiful.

    However, there is not a building code inspector in the contiguous United States that would approve it without a hand rail.

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