If you’re not quite ready to decorate for Halloween, try a scarecrow, the perfect “transitional” decoration for fall. You can make one in less than a couple of hours!
Goodwill Home Décor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I host several dinners and parties every December, some casual, some formal and some just “family comfortable.” I use a set of Christmas dishes (found at Goodwill for a bargain) every time but with a different twist.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve already decorated more than one Christmas tree in your home. As much as I love trees, they take up a lot of space. A simple solution is a small tabletop tree. This one is perfect for the kitchen.
I like lots of glitter, snow and sparkle. Under glass it stays in place so there is no mess!
A round evergreen wreath is the traditional Christmas door decoration. This year, I decided to try something different. Not only is the shape unique, there’s not a bit of green.
Decorated trees aren’t just for Christmas anymore! Add one to your Halloween décor and reuse it every year.
Really scare the socks off your friends with a spooky mirror. When checking themselves out, all they’ll see is someone else!
I’ve never shied away from adding a little bling to my fashion or home accessories. However, little goes a long way in home interiors. But anything goes when it comes to holiday decorating!
It’s been such a hot summer that cool autumn temperatures will be welcome this month! Decorating for Halloween is very popular (second only to Christmas), but before you carve the jack-o-lanterns, be sure to decorate for fall. It will be so much easier and faster to transition to a spooky and scary look in time for trick-or-treaters.
We host a brunch every Fourth of July for friends before we head out to the local parade and festivities. My challenge is to come up with a new table setting and menu every year.
Wedding season is upon us. Every bride wants her day to be special and unique.The more you can do ahead of time to prepare for your wedding, the less stress you will have on the big day.