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

Design Campus Is Here!

Design Campus has been up and running for just over 24 hours and we’re already flooded with positive feedback an hundreds sign ups!  We’re so excited for everyone because we know how valuable this information is and we’ve heard how it’s transformed careers.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it to one of our Design Camps, this is a perfect way for you to take an online workshop in whatever topic interests you.  Our leading design speakers give you the latest tips and resources on Business, Social Media, Getting Published, Trends, Lighting, Kitchen and Bath and more!

 

If you’ve already attended one of our design camps and just want more or would like a refresher, here’s your chance.  As promised, Design Campus is a place to connect or reconnect with other passionate designers and business owners.  This is an honest, open and relaxed forum for everyone to share, ask questions, get answers – all in a supportive environment.

Your membership includes unlimited access to our entire library filled with instructional presentations, interviews with top expert interior designers, strategies to bring your business to the next level and more.

This could be you, but in front of your computer wearing PJs!

As a taster in these next few days, we’re offering membership for just $1!  WHAT?!  You’ll have instant access to exclusive videos from interior design experts from around the world!  After that,  it’s just $27 per month and feel free to cancel any time.



Don’t forget, our next Design Camp is October 9-11 in Orange County, CA – and I promise you, it’s gonna be GOOOOOOD!!!  Early Bird registration opens July 8 ($500 off baby!) and we’d love to see you there!

We’re so happy to be a part of this with you and can’t wait to hear how Design Camp and Design Campus have changed your life!

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!!

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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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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Interview with Andi Mans Inspired Blog – Enjoy!

Enjoy this interview I recently had with delightful Andi Mans, photographer/event stylist/lifestyle blogger and creative guru.

http://andimans.com/interior-design-tips-award-winning-celebrity-interior-designer-kelli-ellis/