Designer’s-Eye View Exclusive Interview

Last month, I was the subject of’s “Designer’s Eye View” feature, on the site’s Decorating Diva blog. As part of the feature, I offered up five tips for decorating your home. Click HERE to check out what I have to say, including advice on how to truly open up your space, how to improve the atmosphere of a room with the proper lighting, and how to select the perfect accent pieces. While you’re there, make sure to check out the rest of the great home decor and improvement stories and tips on the site — it’s a must-read! Thank you to Jessica and everyone else at! decorating diva michael russo events 2011 home decor design tips celebrity event planner

Kathy Griffin’s Holiday Home

In addition to working with Sherri Shepherd on her holiday-themed home decor, I also paid my friend Kathy Griffin a visit to decorate her home for the holidays. As per usual, my time spent with the inimitable Ms. Griffin (and her mother, Maggie) is never short on laughs! The E! entertainment channel was there to catch some of the action for E! News, but for those of you who missed it, here are some of my behind-the-scenes shots from that day:

And here are some pictures of her decorated kitchen and dining room:

Celebrity Holiday Homes with Sherri Shepherd

Several months ago, I participated in another HGTV special called Celebrity Holiday Homes. I teamed up with the amazing Sherri Shepherd (The View) to create a jazz-themed holiday decor for her home. I had such a blast working with Sherri, and I’m so proud of the final result! Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes pictures:

And here’s a picture of her transformed living room:

To see the rest of the episode (and, really, why wouldn’t you want to?), just play the embedded video below! Holiday Decor Feature

Around the holidays, I was featured on for my work on the homes of my high-profile clientele. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

The above two photos are from the home of Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage). Inspired by traditions from both Christmas and Chanukah, I transformed Emmanuelle’s dining room by decorating her table and place settings with a Menorah and Stars of David, as well as an ornate Christmas tree. I used a color palette that included metallic golds, silvers and ivory, which created an air of elegance without being too holiday-specific.

This photo is of Joey Fatone’s dining room, where the vision was inspired by the painting of his daughter, Brianna (above the fireplace), which I had created. Once I saw the vibrant colors in the painting, I instantly knew that a monochromatic theme in shades of green would be the central focus.

To check out the rest of the feature (including the homes of Lance Bass, Shaquille O’Neal and Beverley Mitchell, click here!

HGTV Halloween Block Party

Last fall, I had the pleasure of participating in HGTV’s Halloween Block Party special. For the show, I teamed up with a family in San Francisco and transformed their house into a Haunted Mansion. It was an amazing experience that I won’t soon forget! Here are Before and After pictures of the family’s living room, taken on my iPhone:



For those of you who missed this special the first time around, you’re in luck! Watch the entire episode below:

Quick Tip: Halloween Hurricanes

I am a firm believer in the idea that the slightest tweaks and touches can often make a substantial difference. Take, for instance, these three tall glass display hurricanes:

To add some flair during the Halloween season, I placed candles in each of the hurricanes and overlaid them with different novelty fishnet stockings. (Yes, even the one in the center is a type of stocking!)

To hold the stockings in place, I secured the top of each hurricane with double-sided tape. Then, as a finishing touch, I tied ribbons around the hurricanes, making sure to also apply ribbon around the rims (to obscure the double-sided tape). I chose to tie the ribbons in a different manner on the left and right hurricanes, to keep things visually interesting. Et voilà — this little design trick is quite a Halloween treat!