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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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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IMG_1099-e1368493910955Mitra Morgan of Joss and Main and Jillian St. Charles of HGTV.com

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: 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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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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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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Sub-Zero Wolf is Going Camping

This week the Design Camp  girls had the pleasure of visiting with the folks at Sub Zero Wolf  in the Costa Mesa showroom.

Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis with Sub Zero Wolf Team

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Ehow.com’s Design Expert – Interior Design made easier

I am so excited to partner with Ehow.com. I had a blast taping over 22 tiles with many more to come. Enjoy this video and many more from me on Ehow.com …Cheers, Kelli

 

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