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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 Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 30, 2014 11:43:00 AM

12 Tips for Getting Orangized in 2015!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 26, 2014 2:04:00 PM

Frame Up

I don’t know about you, but this long and cold winter has kept me at home and indoors more than usual. The good news is I’ve gotten lots of little projects done. Winter is a good time to clean out closets, drawers and cupboards and donate gently-used items to Goodwill. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

I love jewelry and I have quite a collection of earrings, so weeding out the old was on my to-do list. Since I wear them every day, I like to have them easy-to-see and be able to grab a pair quickly.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 30, 2013 3:17:00 PM

15 Organizing Tips to Reduce Clutter

January is the perfect time to get your home organized.