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SAF_LLAF_LiveColor_404X404Your space is your haven – As a design psychology expert, I coach my clients about how to create their ultimate havens at home and at work. Surrounding yourself with a favorite color not only improves your mood, it can affect your overall success, health and well-being. Just as important as a color is surrounding yourself with nature. Remember each of us is like a flower: unique, beautiful and the source of a smile. Show the world what colors inspire you and what variety of flower you are with these tips.

Shake it up. Do something unpredictable. Skydive, take ballroom dancing lessons, drive a race car, learn how to sail, paint the living room a wild color, hang flowers from the chandelier… try something completely new and you’ll feel new!

Make it simple. Keep the people that make your life better on speed dial; your hair stylist, your florist, your dog walker, your baby sitter. Call on the pros and trust them to make your life simple and sweet. Read More

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

by Kelli Ellis on March 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Spring offers endless opportunities to update and refresh interior spaces with touches of color. In a room, I always start with a neutral foundation that includes walls and major pieces of furniture in shades of white, beige or brown. I love to add seasonal flourishes by changing accents and accessories. With a neutral foundation, you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to refresh. Once you have the basics — those pieces of furniture that you absolutely love and will stand the test of time — the sky’s the limit in terms of changing accents such as valances, pillows, rugs, candle holder, even the matting on a picture. A neutral foundation opens the door to a new look with minimal changes. Read More

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Top Three Interior Decorating Trends for 2012

by Kelli Ellis on January 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

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With every new year, there is a broad spectrum of exciting new trends. For 2012, I am seeing a subtle underlying shift to the basics, and emerging products will help you add “wow factor.” The real good news is most of the trends are cost-conscious and budget friendly. Here are three top trends for this year:

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Seemingly simple neutrals become exceptional when you think “relief.” Add dimension instead of color to freshen your room’s decor. I cannot get enough of tile.  Seemingly solid, glass tiles add a subtle shine and shimmer to any room. Dimensional wallpaper and tiles add an unbeatable focal point. On a smaller but just as mighty scale, wall vases allow you to decorate with nature’s most beautiful art – flowers from your local florist. Read More

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Hot Holiday Décor

by Kelli Ellis on December 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Homes have gone neutral with lots of linens, taupes and grays, and therefore, Christmas decor is wide-open as far as creating a festive new look. Here I’ll show you four trendy looks for Christmas in this 2-1/2-minute video.

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Quick and Easy Holiday Décor with Flowers

by Kelli Ellis on November 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

HolidayThe trick to making Thanksgiving and Christmas home décor look thoughtful, cohesive and well planned is color. Period. No matter what you add to the room, there must be a main color to unify it to the room. To the eye, upon seeing the festive décor, the unified color will assimilate it automatically with the existing décor.

It’s easy to choose flowers and containers in colors matching your home décor. For example, if you have a burgundy and beige dining room and you want to add a spice of Thanksgiving to your table in a tasteful way, you must add burgundy. Simply ask your florist to incorporate a touch of burgundy in the centerpiece in the container, flowers or foliage. Read More