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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……….

….. See more at: http://blog.hgtv.com/ihearthgtv/2013/12/04/inside-celebrity-holiday-homes-with-kelli-ellis/#sthash.XvPEP5z0.dpuf

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!

Leslie Newsom Rascoe, Kelli Ellis, Bradley Clifford, Ronda Carman and Lori Dennis
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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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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!

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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High Point Market Is Where America’s Best Interior Designers Hang Out

Whether it’s the uber exclusive Hearst party (Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful)  on the first night of High Point Market,  a glitterati dinner at Proximity’s Print Works Bistro or on stage at the theater,  if you’re looking to spot America’s Best Interior Designers in one place, High Point’s Fall Market is it.

In addition to helping Lori Stylespot, I was also on stage with Design Camp Counselors Lori Dennis &  Shay Geyer and lovely Nathan Turner. What an fantastic market!

Margaret Russell, Nathan Turner, Tammy Conner, Ronda Carman, Lori Dennis, Kelli Ellis at Print Works Bistro High Point

Dinner at the Proximity with good friends Ronda Carman (All the Best Blog), Tammy Conner, Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Margaret Russell (Architectural Digest Editor in Chief).

Kelli Ellis,  Barry Dixon, Lori Dennis and Hot Anchor Man at Elle Decor Party High Point

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Demand Studios Branding Webinar

In an ongoing campaign with Demand Media Studios, I was honored to speak along side Phil Pallen and Wandia Chiuri. Thank you Phil for leading the charge today, fantastic information. Wandia is a wealth of social media info – loved every morsel.
I will post the link to the panel, asap, for you all to enjoy and learn from….Thank you again Demand, looking forward to more!


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