DIY Artwork | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

After months of searching for just the right piece of art to put over my mantle, I decided to give up – and paint my own!  Sure, there is plenty of beautiful home decor out there but to find the perfect size, shape, colors, subject, design AND be at the right price point can be frustrating.    I never found anything that spoke to me in my price range.  So I got out the paint and brushes and just started painting.

The good news is that it turned out pretty well.  And if it hadn’t then I would have just painted over it and tried again.  This painting began as a typical print that you see at any home store.  I got this one at Home Goods in the clearance aisle.  It used to be very bright colors: blacks, reds and blues.  I bought it for the shape and size.  It’s 36″ x 36″.

My family room is blues and browns so that is where I started.  I got out a bunch of paint and began painting big broad strokes to cover all of the former design.  I wasn’t sure what I would end up with so I just kept painting, blending different colors randomly.   My faith is very important to me so I ended up painting a cross using all the colors of our decor.  I love the way it turned out and most of all I love that it was cheap and customized just for our house and our style.

Consider turning your trash into treasure.  If you have a painting that is no longer suiting your decor, consider doing the same thing yourself, or finding a daring friend to do it for you.  Check out more amazing trash to treasure ideas at my talented friend’s blog: www.trashtotreasure.com.  Or like her Facebook page Trash To Treasure.  -Meredith

 

Sugarplum Chandelier ~ Christmas Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Washington DC

Christmastime at our home is a bit overwhelming.  It looks a bit like Santa’s toyshop exploded, yet everything landed in just the right place.   I hope you will join me in being whimsical and daring with your decor this year!

I started this chandelier with few faux snowy pine branches.  Then I hung the crystal and feather covered horns.  From them I hung glass ornaments, metallic spirals and origami presents handmade by my daughter.   Then I added organza ribbon on top of the branches, glass ball garland and ornaments, tassel napkin rings around the candles and a huge purple ribbon in the center to top it all off.

Every year my chandeliers are different.  They just start with one inspiration piece and take shape by adding one layer at a time, stepping back to make adjustments, and then adding another layer.  I never know what they will end up looking like.  I love that about the process.

But wait – don’t neglect the tops of your armoires!  If you look up on top of the china cabinet you will see how I piled up huge ornaments.  It’s one of my favorite focal points in the room. Whether you use ornaments, poinsettias, or a nutcracker collection, it makes a room complete.  Use real or fake pine branches, tuille, fabric or table cloths as a base. That gives your design a completed look.  Have fun – Be daring!  -Meredith

Photos courtesy of Goodhart Photography.

 

 

Decorate Your Chandelier For Fall | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Fall Chandelier

Yes, I want you to try and decorate your chandeliers for the holidays!  It’s not as hard or strange as it sounds.  This is my chandelier in my kitchen.  It’s a gilded gold crown. Subtle, I know.  When decorated it really is eye-catching and quite a conversation piece.  I decorate my chandelier(s) for every holiday, even my kids birthdays.  I encourage you to give it a try and see the huge impact it has in a room!

Fall Chandelier

To get started you will need ribbons or garland and ornaments that are fall themed.  I have used different kinds of ribbon.  Wire edged ribbon is great because it holds it’s shape.  I like to unwind the ribbon from the spool and try to keep it’s curly shape.  I weave it around the chandelier and then made a huge bow with another spool and that served as a focal point.

Fall Chandelier Items

Here are the actual items I used to accomplish the above look.  Ribbons, garland and ornaments.  Consider using twigs and leaves if you don’t have anything fancy.  Weave the sticks across the chandelier and make a base for leaves, pine cones, a small pumpkin, etc.  Have fun and be creative with your chandelier!  -Meredith

Fall Decor Ideas | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

As the last leaves are falling I am sure you are planning your Thanksgiving menu for next week’s celebration.  Hopefully beautiful visions of fall decor are dancing in your head as you plan your beautiful dinner table and buffet areas. Adding fall inspired accessories makes your house feel warm and welcoming, something your guests will be talking about for long after the meal.  Even if you are not hosting, a great hostess gift could be a fall inspired arrangement.   The stores are making room for Christmas décor so go and get some fall inspired pieces before they are all gone to make your thanksgiving table pop!

Here’s how to make this plain glass jar become a lovely addition to your fall decor or a great hostess gift.

Start by gathering any fall inspired decor pieces you may already have around the house.  I have chosen bright ribbon, leaves, sparkly pumpkins and gourds, crystals, candy corn and a few of the kids toys like vampire teeth and a few black cats, pictured just beyond the teeth, and an creepy eyeball or two.  This decor can last from Halloween to Christmas.  If you have any cute jack-o-lantern decor just turn them around after Halloween and they look like a regular pumpkin which works for Thanksgiving perfectly.

Layer the items in any fashion, building your design to the top of your container.  There is no right or wrong way to do this.  You just want to step back and look at it from all angles as you are building your way up.  Rearrange any items that seem awkward as you go.  Try to space out like items and spread them around the container so that from every angle it will look interesting.

Don’t worry about doing it “right”, just do it!  I am sure it will look great!  If you don’t already have a container like this go and get one! They are plentiful at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods.  Check back soon because my container is just itching to be filled with Christmas decor!    -Meredith

 

How-To Design A Thanksgiving Table-Scape | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

Yes, Christmas decor has already hit the stores, but don’t forget that you still need to decorate your Thanksgiving table.  Here is a step-by-step process of how to design a fall table-scape. 

Start by covering your surface with a decorative table cloth, runner or piece of fabric.  If you are using a piece of fabric just tuck any unfinished edges underneath itself like I have done on the second layer of fabric on my table.

Step 1

Add a second layer,  I have chosen a complimentary table cloth.  Instead of laying the fabric flat again, I have bustled the fabric to give it dimension and height.

Step 2

Next step add large decor items like a large bowl, platter, and or hurricanes or candelabras.

Step 3

Then add smaller items like votives, holiday themed items like glass ornaments, leaves, pine cones, or decorative turkeys from your Aunt Joan. Everyone inherits a collection of antique, porcelain turkeys from their Aunt, right?

Step 4

The perfect finishing touch to any festive vignette is a few crystals or sparkly wire ribbon strewn about.  The way to make your table-scape eye-catching is to have it be multi-dimentional with different sized items, textures and colors.

Step 5

Fill your centerpiece with different types of items with different types of finishes, some blingy with a high shine and some with matte, earthy qualities.  This makes it so inviting.

Have fun designing yours. -Meredith