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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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

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

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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Quick Office Organization Tips

I’ve had the great fortune of working with some amazing professionals in my career. Peter Walsh of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” fame was also my partner on two amazing seasons of TLC’s “Clean Sweep.” Every week, we transformed “two rooms, in two days with $2000!” We also contributed to the book “Conquer the Clutter” entirely dedicated to organization and design. Over the years, I have found some tried and true products I love for quick, inexpensive organization projects that merge beauty and function.

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Many of us are tired of the same old organizational supplies when it comes to setting up our offices. We already know that a productive office is a functioning office, but we also want style! The kitchen and laundry departments of home goods stores are my go-to office organization stops! My teen daughter’s room is a great example. Although a small workspace, these tips can be used to organize a room of any size.

Sophia, a fitness junkie and professional blogger, needs to have all her favorite articles and inspiration at her fingertips. While shopping, think of what the ideal “contraption” would look like for your organizational needs. For us, it was something that had many slats that allowed the ability to see each individual periodical. Voila! A laundry drying rack became our perfect magazine storage and display system.

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Spring Spruce Up!

Enjoy my recent eHow.com Blog post!

Spruce up for Spring on a Dime

You don’t have to wait for a groundhog or a calendar to tell you that spring has officially sprung to start updating your decor for the season. No matter the weather, you can make your home’s interior come alive with these easy tips.
Perk Up with Pops of YellowTo me, nothing says spring like the color yellow. A large white bowl full of lemons or a glass pitcher filled with flowers and lemon slices can bring instant and simple style to a kitchen.In the kitchen, I love natural objects that serve double duty as inexpensive accessories and ingredients. Lemons on display are cost effective style accessories and ready for any dish or drink!

Yellow sunflowers will make anyone smile. Add them to any space for an instant decor pick-me-up. When possible, buy potted plants. They are more cost efficient, as last longer than freshly cut flowers and can be planted in your garden once they’re grown. Be sure to choose plants that will withstand your climate.

 

Play With Your Pillows


Get bright! Replace the throw pillows on your sofa or bed with brightly colored ones, and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors or bold prints. Browse the aisles of one of your favorite discount stores to find the best bargains. Don’t forget some of the fabulous online sources for pillows like Jossandmain.com. I like to mix unexpected colors and textures for the biggest impact and change. Have fun with it!

Cacti and Succulents are Your Friends

Bringing the outdoors in is the quickest way to get into the spirit of spring. Most people fear that plant decor will inevitably end up costing them quite a bit of money, as the plants might need to be replaced over time. To avoid this, I love to get a variety of fuss-free cacti and succulents and plant them in simple, bright containers to add life to any room.

Stir Up Your Settings


We love a departure from our normal everyday surroundings and, especially after a long winter, we can’t wait to freshen our gardens and outdoor spaces. But don’t forget the day-to-day indoor spaces! Changing the things we use everyday quickly makes us feel like we’re on vacation or expecting company. It’s amazing how much effort we’ll put into our home decor when we’re entertaining guests, yet we don’t update and make changes for ourselves! Add a few new herb and flower themed dishes, glasses and placemats ….Viola! Spring has arrived!

Funky Frames


Grab a can of spray paint and update an old frame, or hit your local discount stores to look for inexpensive colored frames. Making a small change to the items you look at everyday can have a big impact when freshening up your space. Take everything off one table or ottoman in your home and replace, change or paint 1 or 2 items with something bright and colorful. You will be blown away at how easily you can freshen your space.

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

Read more: Spruce up for Spring on a Dime | eHow Home | eHow http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/spruce-up-for-spring-on-a-dime/#ixzz2TycF1bmJ

Success! Design Camp Seattle was fantastic!

Top HGTV Designer, Kelli Ellis

Setting the stage for success!

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Off to sponsor, Sub Zero Wolf’s, gorgeous showroom in Seattle!

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Looking Springy in Seattle – Design Camp Seattle sponsors Sub Zero Wolf show Kelli and Lori how they eat in the NorthWest – Fantastic Food!

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Design Camp Seattle brought together over 120 of the top interior designers in North America.
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First stop:Sub Zero Wolf Kicked off camp with a party on Wednesday night. We’re still getting rave reviews about the food!

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Thursday:Camp is in session at the Seattle Design Center. Topics: Social Media strategies, trends, how to design a line and take it to market, getting your projects and a book published, lighting, Universal Design,and much more including book signings by celebrity interior designers and a soiree by Currey and Co filled the 9AM-9PM schedule.

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Happy Campers with presenter Phil Pallen and Cassandra LaValle of Coco+Kelley blog at Design Camp Seattle!


Author Ronda Carman and editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe wowing the Campers at Design Camp Seattle!

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Greats like business coach Kimberley Seldon, author Ronda Carman (All the Best and Designers at Home), top blogger Cassandra La Valle (Coco+Kelley), social media gurus Phil Phallen and Adam Japko (Design Bloggers Conference), leading editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe (Veranda), industry power house Jillian St. Charles (HGTV), Entrepreneur Mitra Morgan (Joss and Main Founder), Interior Design Sr. VP of Williams Sonoma, Katherine Rice and famous interior designer Nathan Turner shed some serious knowledge about how to succeed in the interior design biz, while being charitable and having a blast!

Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis with guest speaker Adam Japko
Adam Japko – of NCI Publications, Digital Sherpa, and Design Bloggers Convention Fame!

The list of top notch speakers went on and on and kept us engaged for 16 hours of invaluable content. Whether you were a seasoned interior designer like Bradley Clifford, Mike Ragan and Jennifer Convey , new to the business or somewhere in between, you learned and connected with A-list people and places of your brain that you forgot existed! There’s a reason we get the reviews we do about people lives being changed by Design Camp.


Reunited on the stage and still besties – Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis at Design Camp Seattle!

If you haven’t made it to Design Camp yet, come see us in Philadelphia on October 9-11 or Orange County February 5-7, 2014 and see what all the fun is about! See you soon!!