Bold Paint Color – Bold Accessories | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

My dining room is really coming together.  I just love the way all of my accessories have come together.  The accessories are not exactly subtle! But the end result is just how I wanted it!   How about that paint color?  Paint sure does make an impact.




Someday I will reveal all of my secrets.  For now, suffice it to say, the items I have used are from a variety of stores that may surprise you.  Others are from TJ Maxx and Marshalls, my favorites!  Be daring both in color and your accessories.  Bigger is better! Have fun and experiment with different styles.  Get out of your comfort zone!  Decor is supposed to be fun and reflect your personality.  Make sure yours does!  -ME


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:  Or like her Facebook page Trash To Treasure.  -Meredith


Dramatic Paint Color | Meredith Ehler | Interior Decorator | Northern Virginia

Drama!  My dining room went from builder drab to dramatic and fab!  I love it!  I chose a paint called Limousine by Allen + Roth at Lowes!

Dining room AGP

Lot’s more to do:  chair slip covers, paint ceiling, molding boxes, etc.  But for now I am happy to finally have my dining room reflect my style.  Now for the rest of the house! -Meredith


Dining Room Makeover | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Phase one of my dining room makeover.  It all started with new drapes.  I was tired of the the silk drapes I had in bright green.  It was time for a change.  I wanted a clean, metallic feel in the room.  The first few pictures are of the new layout of my furniture.  The last photo is the way the room was laid out before we moved around the furniture.

I am so glad I took the time to play around with the furniture arrangement.   We swapped the tall china cabinet in the last photo for the long buffet that was on the opposite wall.  My goal was to have the room feel more opened.  The tall cabinet drew your eye up and left you a foot short of the ceiling.  The long buffet along with mirror and wall panels draw your eye along the entire wall, making the room feel much wider.  The flow of the room is so much better now.

“After” My Dining Room

Maybe you have a room that just doesn’t feel comfortable.  Or maybe your room feels cramped or too empty.  Take a few hours, get some furniture sliders, and move around the furniture in your room.  I do this with clients and they are always so happy to see that you can often achieve the feeling of a new room by just moving around what you already have.

“Before” My Dining Room

Next on my list:  very dark paint paint for walls, a metallic faux-finish on the ceiling, picture frame moldings on walls, making chair covers, huge metallic accessories and new knobs for the buffet.    -Meredith