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Christmas Tree Personality Quiz | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

Every Christmas tree has it’s own personality.  What is your tree saying about you? Are you simple and traditional, with one real tree covered in a mix of red and gold balls and children’s homemade ornaments?  Or are you modern and flashy, throwing caution to the wind?

Traditional, Whimsical or Avant Garde?

not so traditional.

No longer does a tree have to be draped in red and green.  Bright pinks and purples are found in every style of holiday decor from ribbons to garland.  I like each of my trees to have their own unique look.  I like them to stand our from a crowd!

golds and pinks on my tree.

Traditional trees are cozy and often remind us of our childhood.  Trees laden with homemade ornaments, tinsel and glass balls are the quintessential picture of a perfect Christmas.

Faux or Real?  We had real, live evergreen trees for years.  But it soon became clear that a fake tree was in order.  We love to have the house decorated for over a month and we have had at least one tree topple over.  As the weeks pass the tree drys out and eventually cannot withstand the weight of the ornaments.

our fake trees look the same in January as they did in December.

Faux trees make an extended Christmas possible as they will look the same in January as they do the day you put them up in December (or November as in my case).  However there is a huge trade-off.  No longer will you have the smell of fresh pine wafting through your home.  Many families treasure their annual jaunt to the Christmas tree farm to cut their own fresh tree.   Well, all except my friend’s son got poison oak from that excursion! Poor guy!

Are you a Single-Tree or Multi-Tree Kind of Home?

this tree is in my sunroom.

Having multiple trees may mean you are a hoarded of all things Christmas like me so the multiple trees become a necessity because all of my ornaments simply won’t fit on one tree!  Or it may mean you just love having a cheery reminder of the amazing celebration of Christ being born in every corner of your home.

a Christmas tree made completely of ornaments.

Now matter what kind of holiday decor you put up I hope you will enjoy all of  your blessings, and reflect upon reason for the season.  -Meredith

 

A Christmas Tablescape – Step by Step | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

my centerpiece on my dining room table.

Here is another way to dress up your table.  I used a sleigh full of antique ornaments as my centerpiece.  You can use anything you like!

my table.

 

find a box.

My daughter’s Christmas present arrived in this box on this very day.  It was the perfect height to start building upon.

drape it.

Drape the box with linens.  I used a white table cloth and covered that with a sheer patterned fabric.  Choose fabrics that work with your color scheme.  You can also use a few yards of fabric, just tuck under the edges.  My sheer fabric is not finished on any of the ends.

layer it with fabric.

another layer.

I top off the 2 layers with a layer of tulle.   It’s an inexpensive fabric that adds a lot of dimension.  This actually has a bit of silver shimmer in it.

add your focal point.

I added my sleigh and 2 urns on mirrored platforms.

antique ornaments fill the sleigh beautifully.

Try using a tray or platter you already own and top it with something beautiful.  You could fill a tray with candles surrounded with pine-cones as a centerpiece.   Or fill a glass bowl with ornaments and place it on a tray layered with fresh pine branches.  -Meredith

 

More Christmas Decor! | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun, Virginia

It’s such a blessing to be welcomed into the home of a client to decorate their home for the holidays.  In this case my client is also my friend, Kelly.  Her home is gorgeous!  The decor is so beautiful and welcoming.  Adding Christmas decorations just makes it that much prettier.

Kelly purchased whimsical characters from our favorite store HomeGoods.  That place is dangerous!  They are bursting at the seems with adorable Christmas decor.  That elf is the cutest thing I have ever seen!  I had to highlight her on the beautiful piano.  I also put pre-lit garland topped with some of the garland that coordinates with the adjoining living room, which helps the decor flow from room to room.

The mantel sparkles with mercury glass votives flanked with colorful Santas.

 

I love that there are so many shades of yellow, green and red available today to use at Christmas.  This runner on her black table is a bright pear green.  It works so well with her decor.  Keep linens like this out all year round.

I hope your home is filled with warmth and cheer this Christmas season.  -Meredith

 

Finishing Touches For Your Holiday Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

 

an antique pin adds the perfect amount of sparkle.

Some holiday decor is perfect just as it is.  But others call out for embellishment. These blue and green cones are adorable as they are.  But this year I decided to add a bit of ribbon and a few ornaments to make it more interesting.

before.

before.

Winding around a few pipe cleaner ribbon and adding a few ornaments and an antique pin made these simple cones come to life.

after.

after.

Look around your house at your decor.  What is calling out for a little extra bling?

-Meredith