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……….
Halloween means dressing up, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating and, of course, adding some spooky elements to your home decor. While your Halloween designs should include the works and creativity of your children, use these tips to incorporate your own adult pizazz into your home decor as well.
Traditional looks can be jazzed up by using natural decor in modern ways. Fill a clear glass vase or pedestal with small pumpkins and gourds and surround them with candles.
To be sure your decor looks and tastes like Halloween, cover the table with candy corn to complete the look.
For maximum impact, focus your seasonally themed decor to the most prominent spots in your home such as entry tables, kitchen islands, coffee tables and dining tables.
Halloween doesn’t have to be typical and kitschy. Look for subtle yet chic decor items to get that designer look. Shiny glass “poison” jars and bottles amp up the glam factor.
For drama, surround your vignettes with candles on mismatched candle holders. Use electric candles whenever possible. Celebrating around the kids is stress-free when you remove the fire and flames from your decor.
Adding glass gold and silver pumpkins to your display (the same ones you will use for your Thanksgiving decor, of course) keeps the look seasonal without being too creepy! When shopping for the fall season, you cannot go wrong with leaves, pumpkins and gourds…they will last you for the entire fall season.
For a truly macabre meal, substitute your everyday dinnerware with spooky skeleton plates and vampire wine. Sometimes the subtle decor items say so much more than the obvious seasonal decor.
5 Festive (And Affordable!) Fall Decor Trends to Try
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Mende, Helene Hollub, Katy Garrett, Traci 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!
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.
And Market is never complete without tea at Halo and their divine wall art by our new friends Raoul and Danielle – Cheers to you!
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!