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……….

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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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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!

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

 

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OC Home Magazine

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I am very honored and delighted to have been featured in the premiere issue of the OC Home Magazine! “At home with Kelli Ellis” Thank you Leonard Ortiz for the fantastic pics and fun!

The article highlights my Design Psychology interests and new show endeavors based on it. For more information on my Certfied Design Psychology Program through the acclaimed Spencer Institute, please click here. Cheers!

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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It’s in the Details – Spain, Morocco and Lisbon Series

Malaga, Spain

My first trip to Spain was eye opening and so wonderful – I was open to new sights, styles and tastes. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Whenever I travel I am always riveted by architecture and details. Snapping pics as we walked, toured and cruised – I am such a little child when it comes to the smallest details, but it’s the details that make the design!


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