Protect Your Fabric With Scotch Guard | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

Now that the weather is nice it’s time for an outdoor project.  Time to Scotch Guard your stuff!  Protecting your fabric covered items, especially upholstered or treasured stuff, has never been easier.

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I am a believer in Scotch Guard.  I use it to protect canvas and upholstered items in my home and wardrobe. Stains stay on top of the surface instead of sinking into the fabric. Water and liquids just bead up and roll off.  It is not to be used on every surface so it is very important you test it out on your item in an inconspicuous place first.  If it changes the look of your item at all do not use it further.

I use it on upholstered items like small stools I had recovered.  My new coach shoes looked like they could be ruined with one misplaced footstep from my son, so I Scotch Guarded them too.  My 3 year barstools still look like new, and we use them daily.

After doing a test to see if your fabric can handle the product, simply spray a light coat, in a well ventilated area, and let dry.  Use a motion similar to if you are spray painting an item, hold the bottle about a foot or so away and make sweeping motions from left to right over the product.  I often do a second coat on items.  Items will need to be re-sprayed after continued use, maybe after 6 months or a year, or if you had to spot clean the item with water.  Cleaning with a wet rag helps remove any stains but it can also remove the protection.  Just let the item dry and re-apply.  Stains can be blotted off and spilled drinks just bead up and roll off.  Remember, it will not work on every surface, so do a test spot on your fabric items.

-Meredith

Christmas Decor Article in the Loudoun Times Mirror | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Here is my latest article on Christmas Decor. I reveal a few secrets that I have not revealed before! Click here to read the article:

Meredith Ehler in the Loudoun Times Mirror

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It is a blessing to live in Loudoun County Virginia. It’s a beautiful place filled with wonderful communities. I wouldn’t be able to be successful without the people that support me and my business. A special thanks to Karen Graham and Angela Goodhart who have blessed me so much!

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography.

Merry Christmas!!!

Meredith

 

Must-See Christmas Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

I LIVE to decorate for Christmas. I start decorating for Christmas each year early in November. I usually host Thanksgiving at my home and everyone who comes knows to expect the house to be half-decorated for Christmas. #SorryThanksgiving

I thought I would take you on a virtual tour of my home hoping that you may be inspired to add something new to your holiday decor. Perhaps you will be inspired to use a new color scheme or you may find a different way of using your current decor items. I hope you find joy in the spirit in which I decorate. My goal is to envelop my home in whimsy and beauty so that everyone may feel our joy over the birth of our Savior.

I have 3 trees, each with a different personality. My main tree is 12 feet and covered in luscious, salmon-colored fabric and Christopher Radko ornaments. My goal is that eventually I will collect enough ornaments that it will be difficult to see any green from the tree!

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My dining room is dark and laden in icy silver. When you are in this room it feels like you are in an enchanted icy-forest. Every time my girlfriend Lisa comes over she says this room is her favorite. The tree-topper is made of feathers and the garland is a creation of mine. It is made of recycled, spray-painted packing paper.

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My third tree is in my sunroom. That tree is slim and holds all my girly ornaments. There are a lot of sparkly cupcakes, a few Mackenzie-Childs ornaments, even a few poodles can be found hanging on the tree.  My favorite may be the homemade candy cane ornament my daughter made and studded with Swarovski crystals when she was in elementary school.

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My banister is covered in traditional red and green with paper mache faces of a jolly Santa Claus. The ribbon is actually two different ribbons layered with the green ribbon being sewn in an intricate pattern.  It’s a wire-edged ribbon so it holds whatever shape I give it.

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No matter what your decorating style or budget may be, I hope you will share your joy for Christmas with friends and loved-ones this season!  God bless you and Merry Christmas!

-Meredith

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography.

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

Decorate Your Dining Room For Christmas | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, VA

 

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I love decorating my dining room in icy silver colors.  I added touches to my chandelier by draping sparkly, silver garland over it.  I usually add layers of greenery, ribbons, ornaments, and crystals, but this year I kept it simple.

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Last year I came up with a creative option for garland and it became the focal point of my tree.  This is actually recycled package stuffing that I spray-painted silver.  This year I delegated the tree to my daughter and she made it even more spectacular!  She used the evergreen picks that I usually use on my chandelier and instead stuffed the tree with them. I love what she did with it!  It’s so rich and full looking.  Not bad for a tree we got from Target on an after-Christmas sale.

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I love this sleigh that my mother gave me.  It’s a treasure.  I usually fill it with my antique ornaments.  I love the way they look spilling over.

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I added white tulle to the top of my buffet.  I originally had it without but it looked too dark.  I wanted it to feel lighter and more snowy.  I took a small piece of white tulle that I bought from Jo-Anne’s for a few dollars and spread it out under the current display.  I love the way it looks now. It works with the feel of the rest of the room.

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Even the corners are full of poinsettias.  I don’t want any space to be empty! Merry Christmas!  -Meredith

Decorating With Turkeys | Meredith Ehler | Holiday Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Years ago, I was blessed to receive my aunt’s antique, porcelain turkey collection.  She had collected and enjoyed them for years yet decided they needed a new home. So we welcomed the 20 some turkeys with open arms and worked them into our fall decor.  I used to put them out just for Thanksgiving, but then I realized that blending my Halloween and Thanksgiving decor worked beautifully.

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My turkeys go out on display in September and stay out until I decorate for Christmas. Most of my Halloween decor can stay out that long as well.  If something is overtly Halloween then I pack it up November 1st.  But if it is something like this orange Jack-O-Lantern I can get away with just turning it around and it now it is a Thanksgiving pumpkins.

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My transformation from Halloween above, to Thanksgiving below!

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Some gobblers are mixed into vignettes in my kitchen.

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Some are a part of my elaborate centerpieces.

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How many turkeys do you have on display? -Meredith

Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

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***Welcome Pink Polka Dot Productions readers!!!  So happy your are here!!!***

Every table should have a decorative centerpiece for the holidays, and some may say every chandelier should be decorated as well, but that is a whole other blog post.  I personally have a table cloth and centerpiece on my kitchen table all year round.  It adds a nice, warm feeling to our kitchen.  A centerpiece best represents the season or holiday by being comprised of a melange of seasonal knick-knacks, natural items and blingy keepsakes.  Here is how you can do it yourself.

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This centerpiece is built upon my Thanksgiving turkey platter.  I began dressing the table with a harvest-feel table cloth.  As a runner I used a piece of fabric that I sewed the edges of so I could use it for decorative purposes.  Right now it’s a runner but it will soon be “ribbon” on my Christmas tree.

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To get started, choose a base like a platter, tray, or large plate.  Gather items like leaves, raffia twine, and turkeys or pumpkins that are bought from a craft store like Michael’s. Sometimes I use fresh leaves or pumpkins.  A great idea would be to add a few twigs from your yard into the display.  I would insert them straight into my centerpiece and allow them to cascade over the edge of the platter.

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Notice that the display has different elements and shapes throughout.  I try to balance shiny with matte, natural items with fake, textural with smooth, etc. Stay tuned for more. There are many more holiday posts to come!  Happy Decorating!  -Meredith