Decor in a Day | Meredith Ehler | Interior Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

One of my clients, Cori, had me over the other day to walk through a few rooms and discuss some decorating improvements.  She has a beautiful house and she has done a great job doing home improvements in stages.  We looked at adding some special touches to her master bedroom and bath.  We have a plan to dress up that area with a few personalized touches.  A trip to Target and HomeGoods in our near future!

Then Cori mentioned that she is thinking of re-doing her office.  We took a look at it and developed a plan.  We would rearrange some of the furniture so there is a nicer flow to the room.  Both she and her husband have desks in the room as well as one for her two children.  The room is big so it can handle 3 desks and some toys for the kids and favorite keepsakes.  We decided she could remove some of the toys that the kids don’t use anymore.  Then moving any furniture from in front of the windows and painting the room a buttery beige would give the room a nice airy feeling.  She gave me the impression that it was on the back burner for now.  So I went out shopping for the bed and bath.

I called yesterday to bring over a few things I had bought for her house and she said she couldn’t wait for me to see the office.  To my surprise, in just a short time, they had transformed the space!  With a little sweat equity and new paint they have an entirely new room.  Cori and her husband rearranged, de-cluttered and painted the office.  It looks amazing and  I am headed over soon so we can hang the pictures in just the right places on her newly painted walls.

Decorating can truly happen in a day!   Sometimes it’s just a matter of having a decorator, or a friend with a great sense of style,  over to do a walk through of your house to show you your home’s possibilities.  Not all decorating requires tons of time, changes, and money.   Look around – what room can you freshen up with just a few small changes in your house?  -Meredith

Change of Season – Change Your Closet! | Fashion Stylist | Meredith Ehler | Loudoun County, VA

Turtleneck season is over!  Time to get all of your winter clothing out of your closet and into storage.   A closet clean-out is in order.  Take some time this week to bring in your spring and summer clothing.  When your closet is organized and it’s easy to find the right clothing your day will start off beautifully!

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Remove all heavy weight clothing from your closet.
  • Inspect each item, looking for stains, tears, hems that are pulled.  Take any items needing attention to the dry cleaner or seamstress before storing.  You want to store clean, fresh clothing.
  • Store off-season clothing in a guest room closet or in garbage bags or storage bins.  If you don’t have storage bins consider sliding bins or bags of clothing under your bed until you need them again.  Some bins are shaped just to fit under beds.
  • Inspect all spring and summer clothing for stains, tears, hems that need mending.  Launder all the clothing so your closet is full of clean clothes.
  • Before moving in your clothes, consider giving your closet a good cleaning as well.  Vacuum and dust all the corners and even your shoes!  they can become dusty if not worn often.
  • Consider investing in the felt hangers that are all the rage today.  You can find them at TJMaxx and Marshalls and any large home retailer like Bed Bath & Beyond.  They hold clothing well so that it won’t slip and they are slim, allowing you to fit the most clothing in without hangers adding bulk.  They also come in fun colors which makes hanging your clothing a bit more fun.
  • Lastly, move in the newly laundered, pressed, tailored and dry cleaned wardrobe into your clean closet and enjoy!

If you don’t have time or find yourself stressed out, consider hiring a me to come and do it with you or for you!  As we are putting your clothing back into your closet we can even coordinate your clothing in new ways to make your wardrobe seem new!  -Meredith