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Affordable style: Designer Lisa Quinn to discuss holiday decor at The Union’s 100% Design show

Spencer Kellar
Special to The Union

'Tis the season for holiday decorating — but you don't have to drive yourself crazy in the process.

The Union is aiming to provide locals with all the tools they need, including presentations from Emmy award-winning television host and author Lisa Quinn, at its 100% Design showcase.

Quinn, who will be presenting at 5:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, will be using tips found in her latest book, "Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets."

The book is Quinn's answer to the idea that interior decorating has to be perfect. The goal, she says, should be to keep things simple so "you can have something beautiful and elegant without having to kill yourself over it."

"The whole book is about how I was dealing with a lot of other ladies that were competing to be the perfect mom and how I sort of rebelled from all of that," Quinn said. "Everything had to be perfect and folded. I really changed my philosophy doing television. Instead of trying to make everything as fancy as possible, I tried to make it as simple as possible. So, that book is my transition from being uptight about design to just relaxing and simplifying."

Over the course of her presentation, Quinn said she will show attendees how to create autumn buffet tablescapes, personalized place settings, Advent calendars for adults, hand-made gifts and more.

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"A lot of what I'm doing is … taking one thing and using it for something else. Decorate with what you have, don't run out and buy a million things," she said. "I'm not really bringing any holiday décor, I'm just bringing stuff that I found at yard sales, the ReStore (and) salvage yards in the Bay Area. It's very simple, and emphasizes decorating with nature and using what you have."

Quinn, along with her husband and two children, now resides in Nevada County after having lived in San Francisco for nearly two decades. Nine weeks ago, she opened her first brick and mortar store on Broad Street in Nevada City. Though it was a strange adjustment at first, Quinn says that the fast pace of city living is exactly why she decided to move.

"We were in (San Francisco) for 20 years, and so you get cynical about stuff. When we came up here, we were like 'everybody is so nice, what's up with that?'" she laughed. "It was a culture shock, but that's what we wanted. I've met so many people, and everyone has been so nice and so willing to help me. It's just been an amazing process."

Spencer Kellar is a freelance writer living in Nevada City; he can be reached at spencerkellar@gmail.com.

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What: 100% Design – Home Design & Inspiration Show

When: 1-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley

Admission: $10, includes one beverage at the bar, sponsored by Nevada County Habitat for Humanity (a portion of the proceeds goes to NC Habitat for Humanity)

For info: http://www.theunion.com/design