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Jun 28, 2007
As the only child of a superior court judge, I learned at a young age the importance of diplomacy and balance — in life as well as in a room! I earned my bachelor's degree in communications and marketing and following in my father's footsteps, I applied to law school. After long nights in the law library I decided to leave the courtroom behind and pursue my passions. I struggled with the decision of going back to school to teach art history or to enroll at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach. I decided to attend IDI and integrate my passion of art in the rooms I design. From the beaches of California to the mountains of Montana, my clients have kept me very busy on a repeat and referral basis for the past seven years. While expanding Kelli Ellis Interiors, Inc., I have been occupied with my greatest accomplishments, my two beautiful daughters, who reside with me in Orange County, California.
I can currently be seen as the new Season 2 designer on Discovery Home Channel/TLC's Clean Sweep. Creating beautifully designed rooms in the reality TV format, "Two Rooms, Two Days, and $2000", I make it easy to redecorate on a budget. I can also be seen as the featured designer on HGTV's Takeover My Makeover fixing themed rooms gone wrong! While filming these series, I have been able to offer design advice to millions through many national publications, newspapers and radio talk shows. I am featured in the Clean Sweep "How to" book, designed to help people with their organizational and design problems, released September 2005. I also offered my creative wisdom to television viewers as a featured guest on The Jane Pauley Show (NBC). If you're lucky, you can catch me speaking to hundreds at many home shows throughout the US giving expert design advise. Be on the lookout for The Kelli Kit, the do-it-yourself design tool you'll treasure.