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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 Mar 14, 2017 2:33:50 PM

Keeping it Green for St. Paddy’s Day

I found a vintage Heirloom wooden walnut nut/candy dish made by the Lebanon Supply Company. It has a gold metal handle and is in perfect condition–no chips, no dings. I spent $.99 and it’s going for $15 on ebay! Don’t you love a bargain?

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 14, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Lucky Shamrock

Time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and welcome spring with a festive Irish wreath. (Maybe the snow will be melted by then!)

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 6, 2013 6:00:00 AM

The Luck Of the Irish

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Even if you aren’t, celebrate anyway with hand-made cards. I hung mine up on a ribbon, but you could sign the back and send them as Lucky Irish wishes to all your friends.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 12, 2012 9:00:00 AM

Green With Envy!

Add a daring splash of lime green décor for St. Patrick’s Day dinner and your guests will be “green with envy.”