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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 Jan 12, 2017 4:37:00 PM

How Time Flies!

January is the perfect time of year to start new projects. Since it’s cold outside we hunker down until spring. This photo bracelet has been on my to-do list for quite a while. It turned out so cute, I think I’ll get a head start on Mother’s Day and birthday gifts. 

Not many people wear watches anymore. I know I seldom put one on. My cell phone is just too convenient. That’s probably why Goodwill’s jewelry department has lots to choose from. I like this one, because of its bead bracelet band.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 2, 2016 11:15:24 AM

Teachers Rule!

Only a few more days of school, then summer vacation begins. I’m never quite sure who is more excited—the students or the teachers! Show your teacher some appreciation with an end of the year gift. This one is so easy the kids can do it themselves.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 25, 2016 2:09:56 PM


Sometimes a DIY project is so simple, you want to make one for everyone you know. This personalized knife block would be the perfect wedding gift for the couples who like to cook.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 11, 2015 2:52:34 PM

Family Ties

I can’t believe the holidays are coming up so fast! If you’re like me, you try to get as much accomplished in advance as possible. One thing you can start thinking about are gifts you can make yourself. This upcycled tie scarf is so easy you can make one for every woman on your list! Instead of buying a new outfit, add color to a basic black sweater and you’ll be ready for every party.
Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 12, 2015 4:07:02 PM

Cocktails Anyone?

Ever since the TV show Mad Men appeared, retro cocktails along with 1960s-style bars stocked with vintage glasses and barware have become hugely popular. And, a bar isn’t complete without an ice bucket.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 4, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Bread Board iPad Stand

I love easy DIY projects that make great gifts. This bread board iPad stand is one of them. It not only holds your iPad, or even a cook book while preparing dinner, but it looks great on the kitchen counter when not in use.