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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 Aug 2, 2017 3:53:41 PM

The Ultimate Dorm Room on a Budget

Dorm life can be expensive! Fortunately for you, Goodwill if full of amazing deals and one-of-a-kind decorating accessories.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Dorm Life

August is one of the busiest months of the year—at least from a mom’s perspective. Getting the kids outfitted in new clothes, making sure backpacks are filled with every pencil, notebook and folder requested and finding the latest sneaker. Add a son or daughter going off to college and it is an exhausting, not to mention expensive month!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Aug 9, 2016 4:19:42 PM

Back to College – Dorm Room Table

Back-to-School shopping starts earlier every summer. If you’re moving into a dormitory this fall, you need more than just new clothes and books. The thing with dorm rooms is they’re short on storage space and each has the same nondescript furniture. This custom folding table is one way to solve both of these issues. You not only get an additional work surface, but it doesn’t take up any space when folded—and you can add your own personality.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 23, 2015 4:36:10 PM

Easy Dorm Room Decorating Tricks

Back to school is in full swing. Settling into a new dorm room is like moving to a new house. You often have to live in it a few weeks before deciding how to decorate. The big difference is the size. Since two people have to fit everything in one room, storage is always an issue. The secret is to make sure everything has more than one purpose. A stool serves as a table; an over-the-door caddy holds toiletries, desk supplies and snacks.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 4, 2014 3:35:00 PM

Pillow Power

Most dorm rooms are exactly the same. That’s why it’s so important to put your personal stamp on your space. You might not be able to paint the walls or change the window treatments, but you can choose bedding and decorative accents that reflect your personality.