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

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/diy-art-turn-simple-prints-into-display-worthy-art/#ixzz2eMAujrK6

Hooked on Organization: Back to School Edition

By Kelli Ellis

 

I am a proud mother of two beautiful, smart teenage daughters, and the frustrated mother of two totally messy teenage daughters! If your children (or anyone in your home for that matter) are like mine, you see something like the “before” picture every day.

So I took my own best organizational advice — go vertical and get hooked! Doing television home makeovers I have learned some important lessons. I try to use vertical space whenever available while using tools that will not damage homeowners’ walls, especially when working on designs that may not be permanent. The very best tool in my arsenal is the removable hook! Sold in many styles, finishes and strengths, you can hang almost anything easily and remove the hooks when you no longer need them. Especially the teen things that tend to get dropped on the floor! I chose a selection of hooks for my different items — big and small.Simply stick the adhesive tape on the back and hold the hook to the wall. My blood pressure was lowering with each hook I stuck to the wall!

TIP: Be sure you hold up each item you want to hang so you know exactly how much space you need in between each hook. Be mindful of what each hook will be holding and choose the hook size accordingly.

Once the hooks have set (meaning the adhesive has had time to stick) let the smiling begin! I was giddy with each item I hung up — organization feels good! Figure out what items need to be within reach in any room; the bathroom, the closets, the laundry room…and get hooked!

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/hooked-on-organization-back-to-school-edition/#ixzz2dVgLLKOp

Design Camp and High Point Market

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As usual, High Point did not disappoint! To start our market we hosted “the Taste of Design Camp”, inspiring interior designers across the country with our Design Camps, we couldn’t pass up the chance to meet and greet at High Point Market. Camp Counselors Leslie Newsom Rascoe (Veranda Editor), Lisa Newsom (House of Veranda), Bill Indursky (VandM), Lisa MendeHelene Hollub, Katy GarrettTraci Mende, Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis gathered on stage at the Antique and Design Center to share  formulas for success and design know-how for the standing room only crowd.

We were joined by 400 of our closet friends for Taste of Design Camp Gourmet Hot Dogs and S’More party! Thank you Troy and Sons for coming out and bring your spirit and spirits!IMG_0908-e1367283417339

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I found so many gorgeous items that I had to have but found restraint after I satisfied my shopping hunger with this GORGEOUS lamp by Thumbprints.
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And Market is never complete without tea at Halo and their divine wall art by our new friends Raoul and Danielle – Cheers to you! photo-3

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Design Camp: Atlanta

Home from fantastic and hospitable Atlanta and I have to say, I couldn’t be happier with the way Design Camp Atlanta went down! Needlees to say, I love my PIC, Lori Dennis…Couldn’t ask for a better business partner and friend! We had our 1 year anniversary (we met speaking in Las Vegas, Influential Women of Design Panel) Happy, Happy LD! Thank You Fox Theater, Hotel Indigo and Georgians.

As usual we met some amazing designers, women, men, mothers, fathers and fast new fiends at Camp. It’s beyond fulfilling for me to see how much we can inspire these men and women over the course of 2.5 days. For many of you asking me “How did Atlanta Design Camp go?”, just read these reviews, the first from a delight of a woman, Ryan, a new friend for sure….
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Design Camp Alum Competes for the Design Blogger’s Conference Hall of Fame Awards

People are saying Design Camp
has changed their life.  Leslie Wood, one of our inaugural Austin Design Campers, would agree.  Leslie’s blog, Hadley Court, has  just been nominated to the Design Blogger’s Convention Hall of Fame Awards

….. Hooray Leslie!!

Leslie Wood Design Blogger's Hall of Fame Award

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Leslie says, “I attended your Design Camp in Austin. I loved every minute of it!  Design camp was fantastic and really set me on the right path in social media, blogging, design, etc. I took everything I learned at Design Camp Austin,  applied it to my blog and social media plan and was I just nominated for top new design blog of the year. ” Only two months after Design Camp Leslie,  has hit the blogging BIG TIME.

Now, here’s where we need your help, at Design Camp, we support our interior designers and we ask that you help Hadley Court win the award for best new blog.  Please click this link, it takes 2 seconds to vote and you don’t have to enter any person info.

Come to Design Camp Atlanta and witness for yourself how we  bring your interior design business to the next level and unlock your earning potential!

Register now to secure your spot at Design Camp Atlanta at gorgeous Fox Theater January 30-February, only 8 seats left!

 

 

Choosing the right color for a room

It’s the number one question I get from readers, fans and friends alike – what color should I paint my walls?

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Such a loaded question with so many different answers. There are a few steps to take to ensure your success. For my designer formula, read my post at ehow.com here

http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/choosing-the-right-color-for-a-room/

Enjoy!

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HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes – Lights, Camera, Action!

I have just had the pleasure of taping HGTV’s #1 Holiday special, “Celebrity Holiday Homes” with superstar actress, singer and author, the adorable, Haylie Duff.

HGTV's Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes with actress and author Haylie Duff.

HGTV’s Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis on HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes with actress and author Haylie Duff.

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High Point Market Is Where America’s Best Interior Designers Hang Out

Whether it’s the uber exclusive Hearst party (Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful)  on the first night of High Point Market,  a glitterati dinner at Proximity’s Print Works Bistro or on stage at the theater,  if you’re looking to spot America’s Best Interior Designers in one place, High Point’s Fall Market is it.

In addition to helping Lori Stylespot, I was also on stage with Design Camp Counselors Lori Dennis &  Shay Geyer and lovely Nathan Turner. What an fantastic market!

Margaret Russell, Nathan Turner, Tammy Conner, Ronda Carman, Lori Dennis, Kelli Ellis at Print Works Bistro High Point

Dinner at the Proximity with good friends Ronda Carman (All the Best Blog), Tammy Conner, Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Margaret Russell (Architectural Digest Editor in Chief).

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Demand Studios Branding Webinar

In an ongoing campaign with Demand Media Studios, I was honored to speak along side Phil Pallen and Wandia Chiuri. Thank you Phil for leading the charge today, fantastic information. Wandia is a wealth of social media info – loved every morsel.
I will post the link to the panel, asap, for you all to enjoy and learn from….Thank you again Demand, looking forward to more!


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