Closet Cleanout

Does your closet make you feel guilty?  Yes, I said your closet…I feel like my closet glares at me and says, “Seriously, are you just going to ignore this mess? Bet you’d like to know where that little black dress is hiding!?” I grab my clothes and run out. The latest blow came when my teenage daughter, home from college, actually complained she couldn’t find the clothes she wanted to “steal” from me!Yep, it’s time for a cleanout. (I swear I heard the closet cheer!) Needing some inspiration, I stumbled upon Ziploc’s 180 Fresh Feats.  “Closet Showdown” with a friend sounded like a fantastic idea, but instead of a critical gal pal, I called upon the two biggest critics who happened to be right under my own roof, my teen daughters, to help me purge and organize.Closet Clean Sweep
You would think that after taping an entire season of an organizational TV series, my closet would look like the “after” beauty shot. You’d think! In reality, my closet is a classic case of “the cobbler’s children have no shoes!” (Side bar: The story of the cobbler’s kids is a reference that one doesn’t always do for themselves or their family what they get paid to do by others.) I typically give away clothes when my closet gets cluttered to make room for the new. Problem is, the new stuff is just as cramped in my closet. Let’s face it: If there’s a sale, I’m bringing home some extra goodies.

Do It by Design
To get started, my daughters put me through the same question-and-answer session I would do with my clients (crazy, huh?). Question: “How does this closet function for you?” Answer: “Thanks for asking, Sophia: It DOESN’T! I often buy new clothing for taping shows or speaking engagements. I end up having to get rid of things I like just to make more room, silly!” Question: “How much time or money are you willing to spend on your org?” (That’s industry slang for “clean out.”) Answer: “I have three hours and a giant list of gifts to buy for the holidays (that includes you Alexa!), so let’s do this as inexpensively as possible!” After making a quick organizational must-have list and shopping trip, my “organizers” and I are ready to go.

Lying Around

I’ve learned via my two teenage daughters, who will be hitting their closets next, that anything laying on the floor will make the room look messy. A pile of cute stuffed animals and decorative pillows are no exception. A closet, no matter how large, will look unorganized with piles of clothing or shoes lying about. My shoe collection, although small, has outgrown my allotted number of cubbies. Problem: I need more cubbies. Answer: Get more cubbies. Since I do not feel like sawing, nailing or painting (or waiting for anyone else to do it). I will buy them. Problem: I need more rod space. Answer: Find more rod space using Ziploc® Space Bags® to store rarely used items. Add a scarf holder and voila! I even unearthed an ironing board and hat holder that I swore had been stolen. Not mention the little black dress my daughter was looking to steal!

 

Stand up Straight!
I love my boots…riding, cowboy, fashion, biker…I love them all! What I do not love about them is that I cannot see how they look because for years, they’ve sat in my closet flopped over on top of each other like puppies. A quick and inexpensive fix is to take rolled up magazines, and insert them into your boots to make them stand tall. TIP: Maximize space by placing one shoe or boot facing in and one facing out. Now you can see the design and detail on the heels and toes.

 

 

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I heart HGTV

Thank you HGTV.com and I heart HGTV blog

 

Half the fun of the holiday season is checking out the homes of friends and neighbors to see how they’ve decked their halls. When it comes to holiday décor, we all have different tastes and traditions.

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy so many of the holiday shows we film each year.  But I think one of my favorites has to be “Celebrity Holiday Homes.”  In this hour-long special (which premieres Friday 8/7c), HGTV designers visit the real-life homes of celebrities and decorate them to the tee with a complete holiday makeover.

Not only do we get to see the designers work their magic, it’s always amazing to see how thrilled the stars are to have their favorite HGTV hosts decorate their homes.  And I’m especially excited that one of this year’s featured designers is the incredibly talented, Kelli Ellis.

Designer, Kelli Ellis

Kelli is an award-winning, internationally known celebrity Interior Designer and Design Psychology Expert. She splits time as an author, brand ambassador, educator, life coach, speaker, professional blogger and on-camera Designer. Co-creator of Interior Design Camp, Design Campus and Design Glamp home goods. Her new book, “Do I look skinny in this house?” debuts next spring.

I recently caught up with Kelli, while she was taking a short break from her hectic media schedule, to get the 411 on decorating the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas for this year’s special.  Here’s the dish……….

….. See more at: http://blog.hgtv.com/ihearthgtv/2013/12/04/inside-celebrity-holiday-homes-with-kelli-ellis/#sthash.XvPEP5z0.dpuf

Set your DVR’s! December 6th, 8PM E/T, HGTV !!

Pleased as punch to be on this years HGTV hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes, I love the production crew so, so much (We did Haylie Duff’s together last year so watch for those rerunning this season if you missed them) and enjoyed every minute! To my delight I was welcomed into the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas (including darling daughters, Alex, Victoria and Izzy)

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Most of us know and love Lorenzo from his hit TV show, Renegade.

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After a scout and several meetings, I choose their theme (gotta tune in to see, but enjoy a mini preview – airing December 6th, 8 eastern, HGTV)

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Getting ready for my first interview – helping camera, lighting and sound get it perfect! After all they are you best friends in the production world. Except for my super fab makeup and hair lovely – Ashley! Love you miracle worker, you. Wanna keep her with me always :)

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Being dramatic as always – on set photographer enjoying our impromptu shoot.

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Had to take this one – Great ending to a fabulous shoot. Thank you again to Al Roker Entertainment, Dawn Smith, The Lamas Family, Ashley Cordova and of course, Ron Starrantino.  Tune into this blog and HGTV this December.

Tune in and enjoy!!

xo Kelli

Stylish & Spooky Halloween Decor from eHow.com

 


By Kelli Ellis

Halloween means dressing up, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating and, of course, adding some spooky elements to your home decor. While your Halloween designs should include the works and creativity of your children, use these tips to incorporate your own adult pizazz into your home decor as well.

Traditional looks can be jazzed up by using natural decor in modern ways. Fill a clear glass vase or pedestal with small pumpkins and gourds and surround them with candles.

To be sure your decor looks and tastes like Halloween, cover the table with candy corn to complete the look.

For maximum impact, focus your seasonally themed decor to the most prominent spots in your home such as entry tables, kitchen islands, coffee tables and dining tables.

 

Halloween doesn’t have to be typical and kitschy. Look for subtle yet chic decor items to get that designer look. Shiny glass “poison” jars and bottles amp up the glam factor.

For drama, surround your vignettes with candles on mismatched candle holders. Use electric candles whenever possible. Celebrating around the kids is stress-free when you remove the fire and flames from your decor.

Adding glass gold and silver pumpkins to your display (the same ones you will use for your Thanksgiving decor, of course) keeps the look seasonal without being too creepy! When shopping for the fall season, you cannot go wrong with leaves, pumpkins and gourds…they will last you for the entire fall season.

For a truly macabre meal, substitute your everyday dinnerware with spooky skeleton plates and vampire wine. Sometimes the subtle decor items say so much more than the obvious seasonal decor.

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

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New QSR Designer in the house!

Click Press Release below to read the details!!
So excited and honored to begin this project with the Vitality Group!

Kelli Ellis Press Release - 10-29-13

5 Festive (And Affordable!) Fall Decor Trends to Try

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5 Festive (And Affordable!) Fall Decor Trends to Try

By Kelli Ellis

One of the best things about the changing season is that it provides an excuse to update your decor, but there’s no need to break the bank transforming your home into a fall haven. Hit up sales and discount stores to get the most bang for your buck. Let the harbingers of fall — leaves, pumpkins, sweaters and warm scents — inspire elements of your interior design. Here are 5 fall trends to try that are affordable and festive.Leaf Motif

Leaf-themed table decor is everywhere this time of year. Each of these pieces were priced less than $8.00 at a local home goods store. A mix of fall-colored ceramics can transform your table. TIP: It doesn’t take much to hint at a theme. Don’t overdue any one theme and avoid the mathcy-matchy look.

Pumped About Pumpkins

Choose pumpkin pieces that fit your design style (pictured above: chic glass and crafty country). Place your pumpkins in high traffic spots, such as entry tables, kitchen islands, and coffee tables. Pumpkins can be used through Halloween and Thanksgiving with ease, allowing you to get the most out of your investment.

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DIY Art: Turn simple prints into display-worthy Art

     As we all know, the value of a piece of art is in the eye of the beholder — it can be perceived as a priceless work or a complete waste of money. Being a huge art lover, I’ve toured some of the world’s most famous galleries, and I am always fascinated by people’s reactions to art. Which brings me to art in our own homes. I cringe when a client asks me to buy art for them. Art is so personal, which is exactly why anyone can put together wall art that has meaning to them — and have it look great!
After a gorgeous summer holiday in Italy, I came home with stacks of souvenir lithography books, flyers and magazines.Eager to display them in a creative way, I hit up my favorite frame store. I measured my prints before shopping so I had some idea of what I would need. With two projects in mind, I gave my daughter the task of cutting out her favorite fashion magazine images. Meanwhile, I sifted through my many litho prints of Italy and settled on four.

Creatively displaying your favorite images on clips and wires, is a fun, easy way to change and rearrange your collections over and over.

I choose modern frames to complimentarily juxtapose with my traditional walls. The frames display the prints with tiny magnets on all four sides of the frame. So, not only did we earn some style points, but we also spent very little money and kept our project to under an hour!

Anything you can think of can become art! Create pop art from your yearly birthday cards from friends and family. Frame paper cocktail napkins from your favorite hangouts! The more meaning you infuse with your displays the better. Remember, art is in the eye of the beholder and your walls are your gallery…Be bold and be brave, it will payoff.

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

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More HGTV, Celebrity Holiday Homes

Pleased as punch to be on this years HGTV hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes, I love the production crew so, so much (We did Haylie Duff’s together last year) and enjoyed every minute! To my delight I was welcomed into the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas (including darling daughters, Alex, Victoria and Izzy)

lorenzo-lamas--z

Most of us know and love Lorenzo from his hit TV show, Renegade.

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After a scout and several meetings, I choose their theme (gotta tune in to see, but enjoy a mini preview – airing December, 2013)

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Getting ready for my first interview – helping camera, lighting and sound get it perfect! After all they are you best friends in the production world. Except for my super fab makeup and hair lovely – Ashley! Love you miracle worker, you. Wanna keep her with me always :)

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Being dramatic as always – on set photographer enjoying our impromptu shoot.

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Had to take this one – Great ending to a fabulous shoot. Thank you again to Al Roker Entertainment, Dawn Smith, The Lamas Family, Ashley Cordova and of course, Ron Starrantino.  Tune into this blog and HGTV this December.

 

Wow Walls!

 Before starting any room remodeling project, you have to address the bones of the room. These are the foundational aspects of the room, including the floor, walls and ceiling. As with an art project, you need to get the background down first before you can lay down each layer, and, like a choir, your walls can be the strong soprano soloist or they can be the gentle chorus keeping tone of a room’s decor!

Designer trick — ask yourself the questions a designer would ask you:

  1. Do I want traditional, contemporary or transitional decor?
  2. Do I have interesting, prominent or oddly placed walls?

Once you’ve answered those questions you can begin to create wow walls. The first question primarily addresses color choice. Generally speaking, most traditional or transitional looks stick to a neutral color palette: beige, brown or gray tones. Question two asks you to address the structural qualities of your walls. Instead of trying to hide odd walls, do what designers do — accentuate them!  Support posts, curved walls and high ceilings all create welcome challenges for a designer, and you can face these design problem, too.

 

 

Notice the transitional spaces above feature walls that are interesting and difficult to address. The curved stair wall is not only eye-catching, but it’s also tied into a large, hard-to-decorate-wall. How do you make this area visually appealing and interesting? Panel moulding is simple to install and creates smaller, useable spaces. It creates texture and interest on large and small walls alike. Moulding made of rubber makes wowing up rounded walls a cinch.  An entire wall of bronze ribbon glass tiles, brightens and deepens a kitchen wall.  Light reflects off the tile and creates a modern feel, yet the color brings it back to the traditional decor realm.

For a strong contemporary look, wall treatments have come a long way. Wall murals applied like wall paper have quickly become my favorite bang-for-your-buck solution. A statement wall in the middle of a high-rise condo becomes a fantastic theme feature in a living room. Tall ceilings are accentuated by a mural of vertical newspapers stacked wide on the headboard wall. No art necessary with these walls!

Don’t be afraid to create wow walls in your home. You can choose to make one wall a statement wall or go all out and decorate all of the walls in a room. The bold choices designers make are the one’s that “wow,” now it’s your turn!

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

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