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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Goodwill Home Decor Expert Merri Cvetan

I started my career as an interior designer when we finished remodeling our home that was built in the 1890s. I loved the space planning, choosing finishes and decorating every little inch. It was trial and error, and we made mistakes, but I learned a lot along the way. Along with being a learning process, working on our home was also a hands-on project. We did everything ourselves (actually, my husband Tom did all the building and heavy work, I did the fun stuff!). I’ve had the decorating bug ever since I was a little girl, but I wanted to know everything about design, so, as a result I returned to college (Mount Mary) for a second degree in Interior Design.

I’ve been collecting antiques and vintage furnishings forever. My favorite shopping places are flea markets, antique stores and of course, Goodwill. I love DIY projects and saving money by taking an object and re-purposing it into something beautiful and useful. I’m also an amateur photographer, love to travel and study French (J’adore tous ce qui est franҫais)!

Although I love to entertain, I’m not much of a cook. My party philosophy is "if the table looks fantastic, it doesn’t matter what you serve."

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

If you have a specific question for Merri, feel free to email her at askmerri@goodwillsew.com.

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Posted by Merri Cvetan on Jul 27, 2018 12:27:34 PM

Dorm-Ready Checklist

Back to school is just around the corner. If this is your first year moving into the dorms or your fourth, you want to be prepared for the big move-in day. Don’t forget anything with our easy to follow checklist. 

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 3, 2016 4:33:58 PM

DIY Denim Book Bag

Back-to-school time is almost upon us. It seems that Moms and students shop earlier every year to pick up supplies and new clothes. Back packs and book bags are big purchases too. This year, instead of heading off to class with the same old, same old, try making your own.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 17, 2015 1:38:00 PM

Back to School Fashion Trends

The big fashion trends for back to school this fall include color, comfort and retro chic.

Lexi (shown far left) is rocking the Boho Chic look in an updated throw-back to the 1970s. Her midi skirt is a summer sundress turned skirt. (I cut off the top and added an elastic waistband.) Top it with a tie-dye t-shirt and crocheted sweater, and she will be a fashionista hit at her high school. A tweed newsboy hat, lace-up boots and oversized leather bag will take her from fall to spring.

Total cost: $29.94

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 5, 2013 3:42:00 PM

Moving Out - Moving In

Going to college and moving into the dorms is an exciting phase in any teenager’s life. But it doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive if you shop Goodwill. I recently decorated a suite of rooms at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 15, 2013 1:33:00 PM

Back-To-School Organizing Tips

School is almost here and you know what that means. Tons of papers and notes and permission slips and all sorts of things that you need to keep track of. Instead of getting buried under a mountain of notes, set up a system to stay organized.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 7, 2012 2:28:00 PM

Back-To-School - Organization Station

One of the most stressful times of the year is early September when the kids go back to school. Moms look forward to the new routine and kids dread it. I remember stressing out about getting and staying organized. Whether you have one kid or several, finding a system that keeps everyone on track and get them where they need to be is a top priority.