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




Closet Makeover | Meredith Ehler | Closet Organizer | Northern Virginia

Another successful closet makeover!  This “After” picture is taken after just 2 1/2 hours of work.  My client is a very creative person and has a wardrobe full of wonderful, fun pieces. Now she can find her clothes quickly and put together outfits easily, starting her day off on the right foot!

The way to get this result yourself is to purge!!!  I first took out items she was no longer wearing or that were stained or needed repair.  I also took out off-season clothing to be stored somewhere else in the house like under a bed or in a spare room.  Once a closet is purged you are left with just the items that are worn on a regular basis, or semi-regular basis.

Don’t forget to purge all non-clothing items too.  No kids clothing, no winter coats or boots, no miscellaneous items if you can help it.   Take out anyone else’s clothing and store it in it’s place.  Try to keep your closet just for your clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Once you purge then you have space to organize. You can see from the picture that jackets, shoes, shirts and sweaters are all grouped together beautifully and are easy to retrieve. The “Before” picture is now just a thing of the past.

Your turn next! -Meredith