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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 Jun 15, 2017 4:02:52 PM

Father’s Day Gift for the Grill Master

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate your dad than to make something special. If your father is the king of the grill, then a denim apron is the perfect gift. After all, he probably wears jeans all the time.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 16, 2016 4:19:04 PM

Wrap It Up!

Whatever the occasion, we all like to receive presents. Don’t you love the anticipation of discovering a secret when you lift the lid on the box? I also like to make the wrap as special as the gift. When it comes to Father’s Day, give dad a little hint of what’s inside.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 8, 2016 2:53:13 PM

Homemade Shaving Cream for Dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about a special gift for dad. Surprise him this year with his very own natural, homemade shaving cream.

Any dad will love it, but the guys with sensitive skin will really appreciate the all-natural ingredients. 

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 18, 2015 5:15:00 PM

A Heart for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and I bet some of you will be scrambling at the last minute for something to do from the kids. Instead of stressing out at the mall, have the little ones make daddy a paper weight for his desk.