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Creating Welcoming Entryways

by Kelli Ellis on January 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

First impressions mean a lot when it comes to our homes. Our entryways – large or small – provide the opportunity for our guests to feel welcome the moment they walk in the door. Adding bright splashes of color to a neutral entryway can give the space a WOW factor. One way that’s simple and always makes a statement is flowers. They say, “I’m glad you’re here.”

I recently partnered with color expert Mark Woodman to show you how to make a meaningful first impression in your home.

What is your favorite way to make your guests feel welcome?

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Trends: Welcoming Entryways - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Welcoming Entryways - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

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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:


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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