Fall Into Holiday Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

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Pumpkins on stoops, pumpkin spice latte’s, and pumpkin decor lining the aisles at Michaels.  It’s time.  It’s time to decorate for fall but it’s also time to start planning for your Christmas decor.  Michael’s, AC Moore, Kirklands and all of your supercenters are starting to shock the shelves with holiday decor.  Now is the time to plan and buy.  Here are a few tips to consider for buying holiday decor for any holiday:

 

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Buy Now – Return Later.  It’s better to buy now and buy a few of each item you may like. you can always return it later if you bought too many.  Sales are happening now, believe it or not!  I just bought 3 gilver (gilver=a color in between gold and silver) deer head ornaments at Hobby Lobby at 40% off!  I wish I would have bought more!  UGH!  I suggest decorating in clusters of 3 or 5 of one thing like pumpkins or candles.  So think about buying more than one of each item so that you can get home and create a well-balanced vignette.

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Use Household Items in your Decor.  I have table linens and plates that have fall coloring so I pull them out and incorporate them into my vignettes.  I have a large platter with a turkey in fall colors from my husband’s grandmother.  I use it as the base of my centerpiece. Look around your house and see if you have items in holiday colors. I have a black silk scarf that I use as a table runner under a Halloween centerpiece.

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Start Researching Christmas Decor Ideas on Pinterest.  Get your idea juices flowing by perusing Pinterest.  Search on the holiday you are decorating for and get ideas.  This is a great thing to do before you go shopping.  Make your list from the pictures you see then go and shop for the items so you can create it yourself.  Follow me on Pinterest for holiday decor inspiration!  I would LOVE to see your boards as well!

Happy Decorating!

-Meredith

 

 

 

E.L.F. Cosmetic Must Haves – $3 and Under!| Meredith Ehler | Beauty Blogger | Sterling, Virginia

Hey Cosmetic Junkies!!!  

Hurry over to eyeslipsface.com today and get yourself some great beauty bargains with free shipping!

Here are some of my faves:

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Studio Volume Plumping Mascara - $3. This mascara is a great buy and creates long lashes that look natural and won’t clump.

 

 

 

 

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Studio Makeup Remover Pen - $3. This is the greatest tool invented!  Just dab it on a makeup smudge and voila! It’s gone!

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Studio Matte Lip Color -  $3   Love this lip color.  Goes on easily and has the perfect amount of pigment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Pressed Powder -$3 This powder is great! comes in a few shades and will cover the shine in the hot summer months!

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Clear Brow and Lash Mascara – $2 Bushy brows need this product! At this price – get 2!

 

 

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want to share your fave ELF products with other readers!  Have fun shopping!!!

-Meredith

 

 

Wanna Be On TV? DIY Network TV Show is Casting Now! | Meredith Ehler | Life Style Expert | Washington, DC

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Wanna be on TV?  Well here is your chance! The next reality TV star may be right here in Washington, D.C. – YOU!  I was recently contacted by the casting producer of a TV show and she asked me to share this amazing opportunity with my readers.  One of my FAVORITE TV channels DIY Network is looking for families to feature on their TV show “I Want That”. They are now casting for their seventh season right here Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. It’s easy to apply, just see the information below and submit your own family to be considered!

Most families get to keep the items they are demonstrating – we LOVE free stuff!

Good luck and tell them Meredith Ehler sent you. Make sure to include my last name because the producer is also named Meredith! I hope to see you on TV!

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Want to be on TV?   Fog Edge Media (www.fogedgemedia.com) is now casting (real homeowners) for Season Seven of the DIY Network series – I Want That!

What is ‘I Want That’?

I Want That is a continuing series airing on the DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com). The show features real homeowners using new products for the home and garden.

Who are we looking for?

I Want That is seeking enthusiastic, camera-ready homeowners who would enjoy trying out cool tools, the new products, and cutting edge gadgets and appliances for the home and garden, and then talking about that product on camera.

Where do you film?

We film in the Washington/Maryland/Virginia metro area.

I’m interested! Now what do I do?

Please send us a little bit of information about yourself. To apply, send an email to IWTCasting@gmail.com and please include ALL of the following:

1) Your contact information. Please include your home address.

2) Pictures of your home including exterior pictures of your front and back yard; pictures of your kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedrooms, garage, and workbench if you have one. Please include at least 1 picture of you and your family.

3) Put your family name and city of residence in your email subject line.

For example: The Brown Family – Rockville MD.

To see this posting on line – follow this link to the DIY website:

http://www.diynetwork.com/about-us/new-diy-series-casting-in-washington-dc/index.html

What happens after I apply?

Once you’ve sent your application to IWTCasting@gmail.com we will add your information to our database.  Our Casting Producer (Meredith) will contact you when we find a product that fits your home.  At that time, Meredith can answer all your questions and schedule a shoot date.

What is expected of me?

We film three (3) product demonstrations in one full day and, almost always, the homeowners will get to keep the products they demonstrate.  We are happy to give you lots more information after application. For more information on I Want That – visit www.diynetwork.com.

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-Meredith

Christmas Decorating Ideas – Add Glitter | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Almost done decorating!   It’s so much fun to enjoy the lights, glitter, and amazing colors of the season.  This year I decided that some of my decor needed a bit of glitter to freshen it up.  I will walk you through glittering your decor.

I have had these potted flowers for years, adding glitter to half of the stripes makes the flowers pop!

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Take a look at your decor and see what you can add some bling to.  Here on this sign, I paint on craft glue and sprinkle glitter over the glue.

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I use cheap paint brushes, but I use expensive glitter to get the best results.  I recommend the Martha Stewart glitter from Michaels. The quality and shimmer is unsurpassed!

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Mod Podge makes a great glue.  It is also a sealant to seal in anything you are crafting. But when glittering I use it as a glue.  Here you can see I glittered some balls I have that were boring in their natural state.  I sprinkled glitter on a plate and rolled the ball on the plate after i painted it with Mod Podge.  The pinecone was glittered with the same process: Mod Podge painted on the areas I wanted glitter to stick, sprinkle glitter over a plate, let dry.

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Here you can see my daughter glittering old lightbulbs.  She paints the bulb, sprinkles the glitter over a piece of parchment paper, then slides the excess glitter back into the bottle by folding the paper in half.  We are able to save and reuse the glitter!

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The possibilities are endless!  We have craft parties too.  Invite a friend or two and let them in on the fun!  See my Facebook pagehttps://m.facebook.com/meredithehlerstyle for more tips, as well as follow me on Instagram @Meredith_Ehler or Twitter @MeredithEhler.  -Meredith

 

How To Set Your Thanksgiving Table | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Life Style Expert | Sterling, Virginia

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Here is a step by step tutorial on how to set your table for Thanksgiving.  This is my table that I decorated today, November 24th, 2014, a few days before Thanksgiving.  Starting early means you can just focus on making the food or traveling to your destination on Thanksgiving Day.  Good luck and message me with any questions!

Like my Facebook Page “MeredithEhler.com” because I will be posting more tips there. Click on the Facebook icon to share it with friends…we all need a helping had during the holidays!

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My table.  I added the two leaves that the table came with so that it is expanded to it’s longest length.  This is a linen table cloth on top, and a table pad on the bottom.

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Here is what the pad looks like.  It adds a soft layer to the table.  I used 2 white, linen table cloths because I don’t have one that is long enough for the table when both leaves are in.

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Ironing your linens is a must!

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I added linen place-mats in a champagne color.  They have a subtle gold, metallic thread running through them.

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I added my china, crystal and a few serving pieces.

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I added cloth napkins and silverware, but the table was looking a bit to monochromatic and a tad bit boring for my personality.  So I added gold chargers.  They are available at Pier One.

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And a runner.  This runner is a piece of fabric my mom bought me years ago and made a runner for me.  She just sewed the edges.  Super simple.  We got the fabric at Calico Corner years back.  I even throw it in the washing machine.

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Getting closer.  Now I added a bit of color.  I dug through my drawers and found purple, tassel napkin rings.  And a few small vases to add fresh flowers to the day before.  I am setting the table a few days early so I am not buying the flowers just yet.

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Now for a few Thanksgiving touches.  An antique turkey platter from England, hand made place cards that my daughter made when she was in elementary school, and a turkey at every seat.  The turkeys are from my collection given to me from my Aunt Joan.

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Now it feels like Thanksgiving.  Have fun setting your table.  There are no rules, well except for the fork on the left and the spoon on the right.  Other than that, have fun, make your table reflect your personality!  And many blessings to you and your family and friends!  Meredith

 

The Makeup Show Dallas | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

2014-09-28 16.51.00 Just got back from attending another Makeup Show.  This one in the amazing city of Dallas.  The Makeup Show Dallas was the perfect combination of intensive education, dreamy makeup and creative inspiration.  From the moment I arrived at my hands-on class with Kathy Aragon, I knew this 3-day professional makeup conference was going to deliver! I spent all day in Kathy’s Makeup 101 class.  She went over every amazing detail of applying a face.  She is beyond talented!

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The day got even more exciting as I attended the press event as a blogger, and got an overview of the next few days from the James Vincent, makeup artist to Lady Gaga, among many others. It got even better because I was given a loaded SWAG BAG!!! The night culminated in a makeup-star-studded cocktail party, at which I had the pleasure of interviewing none other than Ve Neil, James Vincent and Orlando Santiago! I will blog about the pearls of wisdom that they shared soon.

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I cannot thank the city of Dallas enough for the warm welcome and all the beauty and excitement I experienced at the Hyatt Reunion Tower.

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Dining in Wolfgang Pucks revolving restaurant at the top of the tower, riding elevators with the New Orleans Saints who were in town for the Cowboys game, and then ultimately going to the Dallas Cowboys game!  We managed to visit Southfork too!  That was actually my second visit.  Why did they cancel the new Dallas?  Why???

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I just didn’t want to leave.  Southern hospitality feeds my soul, and so does the bar-b-que in Fort Worth!  Check back often, lot’s of posts with makeup tips to come!

-Meredith

Southern Living Magazine Idea House Tour | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Washington, D.C.

2014-07-06 15.15.03“Gorgeous” does not even begin to describe the Southern Living Magazine Idea House in Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina.  I had the privilege to see this home in person.  I toured it last week and spent quite a while drinking it all in.  Serene colors and landscape envelope you as soon as you enter the Palmetto Bluff properties.  Those elements are seamlessly incorporated into the home’s interior.

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The finishes and textures were so enthralling that it was like looking at a jewelry case at Tiffany’s.  The light fixtures looked as if they were works of art, making accessorizing the area almost unnecessary.  The lines of the decor were clean yet inviting. Each room seemed to offered an invitation to sit and stay a spell.  All I needed was some sweet tea!

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Check back soon for more Southern Living Magazine Idea House posts and pix.  Follow me on Twitter for more pix: @MeredithEhler.

-Meredith

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea | Meredith Ehler | Life Stylist | Washington, DC

Looking for a last minute gift idea?  A gift card to HomeFashionBeauty.com is a great and easy idea.  Services from HomeFashionBeauty.com make a great gift for friends, co-workers and family.  Consider sending this link as a suggestion to anyone who may be trying to find just the right gift for you!

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I look forward to meeting you in 2014!  God bless you and to those of you that celebrate  -  Merry Christmas!  -Meredith

Extraodinary Christmas Decor | Meredith Ehler | Decorator | Loudoun County, VA

***Welcome Pink Polka Dot Productions readers!***

A very merry Christmas to you!  I hope your decorating is going well and that you are inspired to mix things up a bit this year!  For even more decorating inspiration, take a few minutes and peruse my past Christmas posts.  You can find them on the right side of the screen.  Search by category or just click on past Decembers.

I get tired of my Christmas decorations after looking at them year after year.  I like to add embellishments to change them up a bit so they feel fresh again.  If you go to my previous Christmas post from 2012 you will see these same cones displayed with different accent pieces.  This year I grouped them together for a huge impact and kept the color scheme simple.

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After looking at it for a day or two, I decided a few of the cones needed a little something.

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I added wired ribbon to two cones.

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And a green ornament as a star atop the tallest “tree”.  I rounded out the display with a few of my Christmas Krinkle ornaments.

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Oh, and don’t tell anyone but the cones are from Walmart from a few years back.  The green tree in the center and the 2 white santas are from Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I always recommend that if you see something you like, buy more than one!  Displaying multiples of the same item creates a big impact. -Meredith