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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

Set your DVR’s! December 6th, 8PM E/T, HGTV !!

Pleased as punch to be on this years HGTV hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes, I love the production crew so, so much (We did Haylie Duff’s together last year so watch for those rerunning this season if you missed them) and enjoyed every minute! To my delight I was welcomed into the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas (including darling daughters, Alex, Victoria and Izzy)

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Most of us know and love Lorenzo from his hit TV show, Renegade.

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After a scout and several meetings, I choose their theme (gotta tune in to see, but enjoy a mini preview – airing December 6th, 8 eastern, HGTV)

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Getting ready for my first interview – helping camera, lighting and sound get it perfect! After all they are you best friends in the production world. Except for my super fab makeup and hair lovely – Ashley! Love you miracle worker, you. Wanna keep her with me always :)

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Being dramatic as always – on set photographer enjoying our impromptu shoot.

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Had to take this one – Great ending to a fabulous shoot. Thank you again to Al Roker Entertainment, Dawn Smith, The Lamas Family, Ashley Cordova and of course, Ron Starrantino.  Tune into this blog and HGTV this December.

Tune in and enjoy!!

xo Kelli

Stylish & Spooky Halloween Decor from eHow.com

 


By Kelli Ellis

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.

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/stylish-spooky-halloween-decor/#ixzz2j9n7aBJu

New QSR Designer in the house!

Click Press Release below to read the details!!
So excited and honored to begin this project with the Vitality Group!

Kelli Ellis Press Release - 10-29-13

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.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/5-festive-and-affordable-fall-decor-trends-to-try/#ixzz2igVLKfyb

More HGTV, Celebrity Holiday Homes

Pleased as punch to be on this years HGTV hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes, I love the production crew so, so much (We did Haylie Duff’s together last year) and enjoyed every minute! To my delight I was welcomed into the home of Lorenzo and Shawna Lamas (including darling daughters, Alex, Victoria and Izzy)

lorenzo-lamas--z

Most of us know and love Lorenzo from his hit TV show, Renegade.

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After a scout and several meetings, I choose their theme (gotta tune in to see, but enjoy a mini preview – airing December, 2013)

TVDesigner

Getting ready for my first interview – helping camera, lighting and sound get it perfect! After all they are you best friends in the production world. Except for my super fab makeup and hair lovely – Ashley! Love you miracle worker, you. Wanna keep her with me always :)

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Being dramatic as always – on set photographer enjoying our impromptu shoot.

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Had to take this one – Great ending to a fabulous shoot. Thank you again to Al Roker Entertainment, Dawn Smith, The Lamas Family, Ashley Cordova and of course, Ron Starrantino.  Tune into this blog and HGTV this December.

 

Hooked on Organization: Back to School Edition

By Kelli Ellis

 

I am a proud mother of two beautiful, smart teenage daughters, and the frustrated mother of two totally messy teenage daughters! If your children (or anyone in your home for that matter) are like mine, you see something like the “before” picture every day.

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!

Photo credits: Kelli Ellis

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/hooked-on-organization-back-to-school-edition/#ixzz2dVgLLKOp

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.

See pictures and Read more: Quick Office Organization Tips | eHow Home | eHow http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/quick-office-organization-tips/#ixzz2VevhdVYV

 

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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