As an interior designer, I get asked all the time what are the newest design trends and in particular, which colors are “in”. I always start my answer with “choose colors that speak to you and reflect your personality. And remember that beige is not a color!”
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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Now that all the holiday decorations are taken down, it’s time to freshen up the house. If you’re anything like me, you have to pack away a few things to make room for Christmas decorations. In January you can start fresh. Bring back your collections, only this time put them out in a different way.
One of the hottest trends in interior design is the pouf. It’s a modern interpretation of the basic footstool. They are generally round, or rounded in some way, and always colorful. You can use them to rest your feet or as a table (with a tray on top). It can be tucked out of the way under a console table and pulled out when extra seating is needed. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and cost anywhere from $75 up to $250 (or more). But why spend that much money when you can make your own?