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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 Nov 24, 2015 1:36:01 PM

The Kiddie Thanksgiving Table

If your family is large, chances are you have a kiddie table for Thanksgiving dinner. If that’s the case, keep the kids occupied with crayons and markers (they can decorate their own tablecloth) and have them make turkey napkin rings. They’re so cute, you might want them at the grown-up table, too.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 19, 2015 3:57:16 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Table Setting

My favorite meal of the year is almost ready to eat. I don’t know which part I like best. It’s a tie between mashed potatoes with home-made gravy and left-over turkey sandwiches on fresh baked rolls. But before we sit down to eat; we must set a proper table. When setting a holiday table, I learned where to place the knife and fork when I was a kid. I hope parents are still teaching their children the correct way!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 19, 2014 1:36:00 PM

Words of Thanks

Is your Thanksgiving dinner calm and relaxing or loud and boisterous? The family is gathered together around the table for at least an hour so have some fun with your table setting. Let guests entertain themselves between courses with Scrabble tiles. You never know, the kids might even learn a new word or two!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 31, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Harvest Table

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about my favorite meal of the year ~ Thanksgiving dinner! I can’t wait until we dig into turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Add cranberry sauce (the jellied kind straight out of the can), corn and home-made rolls and I’m in foodie heaven. My cooking is limited to carving the turkey and peeling potatoes. But, setting the table is where I shine.