Tailored Living + Meredith Ehler = Your Dream Closet! | Meredith Ehler | Closet Organizer | Sterling, Virginia

 

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Every woman dreams about the perfect closet!  One where you feel like you are shopping in your favorite boutique yet everything is free and in your size!  As a closet-organizer, I know the impact that a well designed and well organized closet has on a client’s life.  Each day just starts out better, as you are able to choose and accessorize the perfect outfit in a well-lit and glamorous space.  When I organize closets for my clients we can make huge improvements by just editing and re-organizing the contents.  But sometimes a closet needs more TLC thank I can give it.  Sometimes a closet needs to be re-modeled.

I recently met a wonderful woman, Martha Dahlman, and a local business event.  When she told me where she worked I said that I had to come and visit her at work. She took me on a tour of the Tailored Living showroom. As a closet organizer I was like a kid in a candy store!  As a woman I was like a kid in a candy store!  I didn’t want to leave.  I would have been happy just curling up near the granite-covered closet island with the build in ironing board and staying there for hours.

The first thing that caught my eye was the array of finishes and moldings available to customize your dream closet.  The second thing that caught my eye were the lighted clothing racks.  I am dying for them! Have you ever been in your own closet trying searching for a particular black sweater in a sea of black sweaters?  No more struggling to find anything when you have racks with lighting in them.  When you turn them on, they softly light the tops of all of your clothing hung on the hangers.  Then the lights automatically turn off for you.  Dreamy!

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Tailored Living offers a myriad of designs, finishes and services for almost every room in your house.  I even got an eye-full of the possible makeovers for my garage and kitchen.  I was inspired for sure!  I recently had a home-decor client of mine ask if I knew of anyone that designs custom Hide-a-beds, or Murphy bed.  Well, I do now. Yes, Tailored Living can do that too.

Clearly I was in heaven.  But don’t take my word for it.  Learn more at Tailored Living on Facebook, Tailored Living on-line, or stop in for a visit.  If you are in the DC area they are conveniently located near the Reston Town Center. Tell them Meredith sent you!  And if you decide to upgrade your closet you may just get my organizing services thrown in for free!  Ask Martha for details.

See you in your new closet!

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

How-To Make A Christmas Bow | Meredith Ehler | Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

You can make your own bows!  It’s easy.  Choose a couple of yards of your favorite ribbon and follow my step-by-step instructions.  Save money by never buying another pre-made bow again!

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Start with a few yards of ribbon, preferable wire-edged, some wire and wire clippers.  You don’t have to use wire, but it is pretty easy, most can even be cut with scissors.  But you can tie it with anything you choose.  String or twisties from produce bags from the grocery store work very well.

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Start by making a large looped circle of the ribbon.  The larger the loop of ribbon, the larger your bow will be.  The more you loop the ribbon around, the more parts to the bow there will be.  I have looped this ribbon 3 times so each side will have 3 loops when they are opened up.

Pinch the middle of the ribbon loop and secure it with wire.

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Start to separate the ribbon loops.  If the ribbon is wire-edged it will hold the shape you put it in.

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You can make the loops straight or they can have a ruffled edge.

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You can stop here – that is officially a bow!  But for my purpose I am adding a long tail.

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I took the desired length of ribbon, folded it in half, and attached it to the center of the bow with wire.  I hid the wire within the folds of the ribbon fabric.

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Now my new bows hang from the sconces in my hall way.  I love how the white ribbon brightens up the display. -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