Christmas Decorating Ideas – Add Glitter | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Almost done decorating!   It’s so much fun to enjoy the lights, glitter, and amazing colors of the season.  This year I decided that some of my decor needed a bit of glitter to freshen it up.  I will walk you through glittering your decor.

I have had these potted flowers for years, adding glitter to half of the stripes makes the flowers pop!

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Take a look at your decor and see what you can add some bling to.  Here on this sign, I paint on craft glue and sprinkle glitter over the glue.

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I use cheap paint brushes, but I use expensive glitter to get the best results.  I recommend the Martha Stewart glitter from Michaels. The quality and shimmer is unsurpassed!

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Mod Podge makes a great glue.  It is also a sealant to seal in anything you are crafting. But when glittering I use it as a glue.  Here you can see I glittered some balls I have that were boring in their natural state.  I sprinkled glitter on a plate and rolled the ball on the plate after i painted it with Mod Podge.  The pinecone was glittered with the same process: Mod Podge painted on the areas I wanted glitter to stick, sprinkle glitter over a plate, let dry.

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Here you can see my daughter glittering old lightbulbs.  She paints the bulb, sprinkles the glitter over a piece of parchment paper, then slides the excess glitter back into the bottle by folding the paper in half.  We are able to save and reuse the glitter!

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The possibilities are endless!  We have craft parties too.  Invite a friend or two and let them in on the fun!  See my Facebook pagehttps://m.facebook.com/meredithehlerstyle for more tips, as well as follow me on Instagram @Meredith_Ehler or Twitter @MeredithEhler.  -Meredith

 

How To Set Your Thanksgiving Table | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Life Style Expert | Sterling, Virginia

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Here is a step by step tutorial on how to set your table for Thanksgiving.  This is my table that I decorated today, November 24th, 2014, a few days before Thanksgiving.  Starting early means you can just focus on making the food or traveling to your destination on Thanksgiving Day.  Good luck and message me with any questions!

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My table.  I added the two leaves that the table came with so that it is expanded to it’s longest length.  This is a linen table cloth on top, and a table pad on the bottom.

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Here is what the pad looks like.  It adds a soft layer to the table.  I used 2 white, linen table cloths because I don’t have one that is long enough for the table when both leaves are in.

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Ironing your linens is a must!

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I added linen place-mats in a champagne color.  They have a subtle gold, metallic thread running through them.

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I added my china, crystal and a few serving pieces.

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I added cloth napkins and silverware, but the table was looking a bit to monochromatic and a tad bit boring for my personality.  So I added gold chargers.  They are available at Pier One.

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And a runner.  This runner is a piece of fabric my mom bought me years ago and made a runner for me.  She just sewed the edges.  Super simple.  We got the fabric at Calico Corner years back.  I even throw it in the washing machine.

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Getting closer.  Now I added a bit of color.  I dug through my drawers and found purple, tassel napkin rings.  And a few small vases to add fresh flowers to the day before.  I am setting the table a few days early so I am not buying the flowers just yet.

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Now for a few Thanksgiving touches.  An antique turkey platter from England, hand made place cards that my daughter made when she was in elementary school, and a turkey at every seat.  The turkeys are from my collection given to me from my Aunt Joan.

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Now it feels like Thanksgiving.  Have fun setting your table.  There are no rules, well except for the fork on the left and the spoon on the right.  Other than that, have fun, make your table reflect your personality!  And many blessings to you and your family and friends!  Meredith

 

The Makeup Show Dallas | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

2014-09-28 16.51.00 Just got back from attending another Makeup Show.  This one in the amazing city of Dallas.  The Makeup Show Dallas was the perfect combination of intensive education, dreamy makeup and creative inspiration.  From the moment I arrived at my hands-on class with Kathy Aragon, I knew this 3-day professional makeup conference was going to deliver! I spent all day in Kathy’s Makeup 101 class.  She went over every amazing detail of applying a face.  She is beyond talented!

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The day got even more exciting as I attended the press event as a blogger, and got an overview of the next few days from the James Vincent, makeup artist to Lady Gaga, among many others. It got even better because I was given a loaded SWAG BAG!!! The night culminated in a makeup-star-studded cocktail party, at which I had the pleasure of interviewing none other than Ve Neil, James Vincent and Orlando Santiago! I will blog about the pearls of wisdom that they shared soon.

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I cannot thank the city of Dallas enough for the warm welcome and all the beauty and excitement I experienced at the Hyatt Reunion Tower.

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Dining in Wolfgang Pucks revolving restaurant at the top of the tower, riding elevators with the New Orleans Saints who were in town for the Cowboys game, and then ultimately going to the Dallas Cowboys game!  We managed to visit Southfork too!  That was actually my second visit.  Why did they cancel the new Dallas?  Why???

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I just didn’t want to leave.  Southern hospitality feeds my soul, and so does the bar-b-que in Fort Worth!  Check back often, lot’s of posts with makeup tips to come!

-Meredith

Southern Living Magazine Idea House Tour | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Washington, D.C.

2014-07-06 15.15.03“Gorgeous” does not even begin to describe the Southern Living Magazine Idea House in Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina.  I had the privilege to see this home in person.  I toured it last week and spent quite a while drinking it all in.  Serene colors and landscape envelope you as soon as you enter the Palmetto Bluff properties.  Those elements are seamlessly incorporated into the home’s interior.

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The finishes and textures were so enthralling that it was like looking at a jewelry case at Tiffany’s.  The light fixtures looked as if they were works of art, making accessorizing the area almost unnecessary.  The lines of the decor were clean yet inviting. Each room seemed to offered an invitation to sit and stay a spell.  All I needed was some sweet tea!

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Check back soon for more Southern Living Magazine Idea House posts and pix.  Follow me on Twitter for more pix: @MeredithEhler.

-Meredith

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea | Meredith Ehler | Life Stylist | Washington, DC

Looking for a last minute gift idea?  A gift card to HomeFashionBeauty.com is a great and easy idea.  Services from HomeFashionBeauty.com make a great gift for friends, co-workers and family.  Consider sending this link as a suggestion to anyone who may be trying to find just the right gift for you!

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I look forward to meeting you in 2014!  God bless you and to those of you that celebrate  -  Merry Christmas!  -Meredith

Decorate Your Dining Room For Christmas | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, VA

 

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I love decorating my dining room in icy silver colors.  I added touches to my chandelier by draping sparkly, silver garland over it.  I usually add layers of greenery, ribbons, ornaments, and crystals, but this year I kept it simple.

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Last year I came up with a creative option for garland and it became the focal point of my tree.  This is actually recycled package stuffing that I spray-painted silver.  This year I delegated the tree to my daughter and she made it even more spectacular!  She used the evergreen picks that I usually use on my chandelier and instead stuffed the tree with them. I love what she did with it!  It’s so rich and full looking.  Not bad for a tree we got from Target on an after-Christmas sale.

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I love this sleigh that my mother gave me.  It’s a treasure.  I usually fill it with my antique ornaments.  I love the way they look spilling over.

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I added white tulle to the top of my buffet.  I originally had it without but it looked too dark.  I wanted it to feel lighter and more snowy.  I took a small piece of white tulle that I bought from Jo-Anne’s for a few dollars and spread it out under the current display.  I love the way it looks now. It works with the feel of the rest of the room.

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Even the corners are full of poinsettias.  I don’t want any space to be empty! Merry Christmas!  -Meredith

Extraodinary Christmas Decor | Meredith Ehler | Decorator | Loudoun County, VA

***Welcome Pink Polka Dot Productions readers!***

A very merry Christmas to you!  I hope your decorating is going well and that you are inspired to mix things up a bit this year!  For even more decorating inspiration, take a few minutes and peruse my past Christmas posts.  You can find them on the right side of the screen.  Search by category or just click on past Decembers.

I get tired of my Christmas decorations after looking at them year after year.  I like to add embellishments to change them up a bit so they feel fresh again.  If you go to my previous Christmas post from 2012 you will see these same cones displayed with different accent pieces.  This year I grouped them together for a huge impact and kept the color scheme simple.

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After looking at it for a day or two, I decided a few of the cones needed a little something.

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I added wired ribbon to two cones.

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And a green ornament as a star atop the tallest “tree”.  I rounded out the display with a few of my Christmas Krinkle ornaments.

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Oh, and don’t tell anyone but the cones are from Walmart from a few years back.  The green tree in the center and the 2 white santas are from Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I always recommend that if you see something you like, buy more than one!  Displaying multiples of the same item creates a big impact. -Meredith

How-To Make A Christmas Bow | Meredith Ehler | Decorator | Sterling, Virginia

You can make your own bows!  It’s easy.  Choose a couple of yards of your favorite ribbon and follow my step-by-step instructions.  Save money by never buying another pre-made bow again!

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Start with a few yards of ribbon, preferable wire-edged, some wire and wire clippers.  You don’t have to use wire, but it is pretty easy, most can even be cut with scissors.  But you can tie it with anything you choose.  String or twisties from produce bags from the grocery store work very well.

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Start by making a large looped circle of the ribbon.  The larger the loop of ribbon, the larger your bow will be.  The more you loop the ribbon around, the more parts to the bow there will be.  I have looped this ribbon 3 times so each side will have 3 loops when they are opened up.

Pinch the middle of the ribbon loop and secure it with wire.

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Start to separate the ribbon loops.  If the ribbon is wire-edged it will hold the shape you put it in.

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You can make the loops straight or they can have a ruffled edge.

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You can stop here – that is officially a bow!  But for my purpose I am adding a long tail.

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I took the desired length of ribbon, folded it in half, and attached it to the center of the bow with wire.  I hid the wire within the folds of the ribbon fabric.

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Now my new bows hang from the sconces in my hall way.  I love how the white ribbon brightens up the display. -Meredith

 

 

My Favorite Makeup Finds| Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Washington, D.C.

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I love to shop sales!  Stores like TJ MAXX and Marshalls are my favorite places to shop for clothes.  For makeup, finding a sale was a bit more difficult.  I always felt like the only places to buy makeup were the counters at the department stores or at Target and Walmart.  All of those places are great but my favorite place to get a makeup bargain is ELF:  EyesLipsFace.com.  I signed up for their emails and I am always alerted to their latest sale.  I also have searched online for coupon codes to use when I checkout.  They now carry ELF products at Target as well.

I love ELF’s mascaras and glosses.  I also love their translucent powder compact.  They carry a wide variety of brushes too.  My favorites are the ones that you can see in the above picture with orange tips and white handles.  The Essential Eyeliner Brush and the Essential Foundation Brush, and the Essential Concealer Brush.    Can you believe that they are only $1!  I use the eyeliner brush to fill in my eye brows with brown shadow as well as to line my eyes with dark shadow.  I sometimes line my eyes with a pencil then I use this brush to dab into dark shadow and pat the brush down along the pencil line.  That sets my eyeliner and it lasts all day.  It also makes the line look thicker and more professional then if I just left it as plain pencil.

The concealer brush is very tiny which makes it the perfect brush to dot concealer onto a blemish.  Covering blemishes can be tough.  I suggest using the brush to put a small amount of concealer onto the blemish.  Let it air dry for about 20 seconds and then use the brush to gently blend in the edges of the concealer so that it disappears into the skin.

Be smart with your money!  Have fun.  Look for a sale or pick out a product at Target.  See if they are a good fit for your face and your wallet.  - Meredith