Protect Your Fabric With Scotch Guard | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

Now that the weather is nice it’s time for an outdoor project.  Time to Scotch Guard your stuff!  Protecting your fabric covered items, especially upholstered or treasured stuff, has never been easier.

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I am a believer in Scotch Guard.  I use it to protect canvas and upholstered items in my home and wardrobe. Stains stay on top of the surface instead of sinking into the fabric. Water and liquids just bead up and roll off.  It is not to be used on every surface so it is very important you test it out on your item in an inconspicuous place first.  If it changes the look of your item at all do not use it further.

I use it on upholstered items like small stools I had recovered.  My new coach shoes looked like they could be ruined with one misplaced footstep from my son, so I Scotch Guarded them too.  My 3 year barstools still look like new, and we use them daily.

After doing a test to see if your fabric can handle the product, simply spray a light coat, in a well ventilated area, and let dry.  Use a motion similar to if you are spray painting an item, hold the bottle about a foot or so away and make sweeping motions from left to right over the product.  I often do a second coat on items.  Items will need to be re-sprayed after continued use, maybe after 6 months or a year, or if you had to spot clean the item with water.  Cleaning with a wet rag helps remove any stains but it can also remove the protection.  Just let the item dry and re-apply.  Stains can be blotted off and spilled drinks just bead up and roll off.  Remember, it will not work on every surface, so do a test spot on your fabric items.

-Meredith

Prom Makeup | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Washington, D.C.

Prom will be here before you know it. Prom is the time get out of your makeup-comfort-zone.  Gorgeous dresses, sparkly jewels, and a cute date call for memorable makeup. Try a new look for your special night. But do a dress rehearsal before the big night so you know you will like the final look.

I recommend going on Pintrest, YouTube, as well as looking at your favorite websites and looking in magazines for inspiration.  I have amazing looks on my Pintrest makeup board as well as hair inspiration and a prom fashion board. Follow me on Pintrest.

I want you to try a super sparkly eye…use a primer on your eye so the glittery shadow will stick.  Try a pigment shadow from MAC or a mineral shadow from eyeslipsface.com. Pat it on with a flat brush.  Or use the same sparkly shadow on top of your lipgloss.  MAKE UP STORE has an amazing line of glitter that you can use on your face.  I use it with ELF‘s Studio Makeup Lock & Seal.

The bottom line is have fun and try something!

-Meredith

 

Bridal Makeup | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

 

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Beautiful Ilene!  In anticipation of their first anniversary I wanted to pay tribute to an amazing couple!  Howard and Ilene got married last August as family and friends surrounded them on their special day. The bridal party was gorgeous and the Bride – stunning!

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I had such a wonderful time getting to know Ilene.  Before her wedding we did a bridal makeup and hair consultation. She also scheduled one for her mother and mother-in-law. At the consultation we discuss the bride’s style and beauty wishes.  I customized a look for her and her bridal party.  I did hair and makeup for her and all of her bridesmaids on the day of the wedding. It was wonderful getting to everyone!

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My goal is always to capture the bride’s style and enhance it so that she feels like a princess! That includes making sure she stayed cool on a hot August day! I was blessed to be a part of their special day!  God bless you both!

Meredith

Photo Credit: Creation Waits Photography

 

5 Brushes Every Women Should Own – As seen in Posh Seven Magazine | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Loudoun County, Virginia

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In my opinion you can never have too many makeup brushes. But it’s more important to have the right brushes for the job at hand. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Posh Seven Magazine.  I go over the 5 basic types of brushes that will take care of most of your makeup routine.

Click here to go to my article in Posh Seven Magazine on makeup brushes.

If you have any questions comment here on my blog or on my Facebook page.

Photo credit: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography

 

-Meredith

 

Beauty Tips To Help You Look Hot In The Cold | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, VA

In this crazy, sub-zero weather looking good drops to the bottom of my to-do list.  I find myself twisted up in scarves, hats, and gloves, not to mention layers of sweaters and jackets leaving me an over-heated, static-haired mess!  Bundling up is wreaking havoc on my hair, leaving me with either permanent hat-head or hair that is half standing up and the other clinging uncomfortably to my cheeks.  And it’s so cold I find myself wearing my gloves in the grocery store, completely negating the need for a manicure.

Don’t get the winter blues!  Here are a few tips to keep you looking hot in the cold!

Hair:  My hair sure seems to have a mind of it’s own, and wings because it keeps trying to fly away!  Keep hand lotion in your purse to use as a quick-fix conditioner.  I rub a small amount between my hands and comb it through to conquer the fly-aways.

Also consider a leave-in conditioner during the winter months.  If your hair tends to be dry it can be the cause of the fly-away’s.  A little extra moisture should do the trick.

Sephora has this one from Ouidad which is a great line for curly hair.

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Lips:  Chapped lips can be a real mess.  Once they are chapped it seems as if it takes forever to return them to their smooth state.  To prevent chapped lips drink plenty of water and make sure to condition them to prevent chapping.  I carry around lip balm as well as wear a moisturizing lipstick.  Preventing chapping is much easier than repairing.  But if your lips are chapped you can use this exfoliant from e.l.f.

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The e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator will help you shed the layers of flaking skin.  You can find it online as well as at Target and Walmart.  And at $3, it’s a great buy!  Then make sure you keep them moisturized with your favorite lip balm.  I recommend at night you applying a heavy product like Aquaphor Lip Repair to get a dose of deep hydration and repair your lips while you sleep.

 

Cheeks:  If you will be out in the elements for a prolonged period of time consider a layer of Aquaphor on your cheeks as well as your lips.  As long as you don’t mind glowing a bit, Aquaphor serves as a barrier during the cold and wind, preventing wind-burnt cheeks. This is a great tip for children who will be making snowmen and sledding for hours on end!

 

Skin:  During the dry, winter months I sleep with a humidifier in the bedroom.  It adds moisture to the air which is great for my skin, hair  (and sinuses) and I sleep better in general.  I use a hot air humidifier, like this vaporizer, because it keeps bacteria at bay. The link takes you to the exact one that I have in each bedroom in our house.  If you choose a cool-air version, it’s just a bit of extra work to keep it clean.  Some homes have a whole-house humidifier. Check your filters to make sure they are clean and don’t forget to turn them on in the winter.  And drink plenty of water!

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Bundle Up!  I keep all of my cute wraps, hats and scarves in a basket right by the door of my house. That way they are convenient to grab as I am putting on my coat, and I can add just the right accessory to match my coat of choice.   This cute popover from Loft is only $34.99!

Stay warm and pretty! -Meredith

 

 

Christmas Decor Article in the Loudoun Times Mirror | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Here is my latest article on Christmas Decor. I reveal a few secrets that I have not revealed before! Click here to read the article:

Meredith Ehler in the Loudoun Times Mirror

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It is a blessing to live in Loudoun County Virginia. It’s a beautiful place filled with wonderful communities. I wouldn’t be able to be successful without the people that support me and my business. A special thanks to Karen Graham and Angela Goodhart who have blessed me so much!

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography.

Merry Christmas!!!

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

 

 

 

E.L.F. Cosmetic Must Haves – $3 and Under!| Meredith Ehler | Beauty Blogger | Sterling, Virginia

Hey Cosmetic Junkies!!!  

Hurry over to eyeslipsface.com today and get yourself some great beauty bargains with free shipping!

Here are some of my faves:

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Studio Volume Plumping Mascara - $3. This mascara is a great buy and creates long lashes that look natural and won’t clump.

 

 

 

 

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Studio Makeup Remover Pen - $3. This is the greatest tool invented!  Just dab it on a makeup smudge and voila! It’s gone!

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Studio Matte Lip Color -  $3   Love this lip color.  Goes on easily and has the perfect amount of pigment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Studio Pressed Powder -$3 This powder is great! comes in a few shades and will cover the shine in the hot summer months!

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Clear Brow and Lash Mascara – $2 Bushy brows need this product! At this price – get 2!

 

 

Leave me a comment if you have any questions or want to share your fave ELF products with other readers!  Have fun shopping!!!

-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