June 3, 2016

“Celebrity Home Decor” Get the look for less!


As an Interior Designer, I get asked all the time for tips and tricks to achieve a celebrity home decor look for less. Well, you asked and now you shall receive! Here are a few simple tips and tricks that you can incorporate into your own home to get a Celebrity Home Decor Look for Less!  You can get the same look that you see in lined in the pages of your favorite home decor magazines without breaking the bank. Here are a few of my favorite products and shopping spots to help you along the way!

Wall Pops Nuwallpaper- Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian have been known to use expensive designer wallpaper as an artistic accent in a room in their home. Designer wallpaper prices start at around $300 a roll and go up from there which means it can cost thousands of dollars to add wallpaper to just one wall in your home. I love Wall Pops Nuwallpaper because they provide a great way to get a celebrity look for less with their removable wallpaper in an array of eye-catching designs and patterns. Now, you don’t have to pay a fortune to achieve a great look that’s right on trend! Wall Pops Nuwallpaper is removable so if you get tired of the look in a year or two and want a change all you have to do is peel it off and replace it with a new Wall Pop Nuwallpaper design. It’s that simple! They’ve got you covered with patterns and colors to suit everyone’s style and something for every room of your home from the babies nursery, to your living, dining, bedroom and bath and more! The best part is the price of $49.99 a roll. Now we can all afford to decorate our walls just like a celebrity! www.wallpops.com
Downlite- Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez spare no expense when it comes to Hotel style down bedding for their stylish homes. If you’ve ever experienced a luxury hotel and the luxurious comfort and feel of the bedding then you understand why it’s well sought after by the rich and famous to incorporate into their own homes. I love Downlite because their affordable prices allow you to get the look and feel of celebrity high-end luxury hotel bedding in your home without breaking the bank. Downlite has been manufacturing down and feather bedding, pillows and sateen sheet sets for over thirty years. The quality, look, hand of the fabrics and prices are amazing! Prices start at $20 and up. Coupon Code for viewers = SOC0011, 20% Off your purchase Offer expires 8/31/16 www.downlite.com
White Sheepskin Rugs-White sheepskin rugs and animal skins have always been a chic celebrity look but as an animal lover I can’t bear to use the real thing or to pay the high price tag that they carry! The technology of fabrics and rugs has come a long way as scientists and manufacturers have learned how to assimilate designer looks using synthetic fibers. Now you can find alternative sheepskin rugs that give you the same celebrity luxurious feel and look without the high price tag at stores such as Home Goods, Target, Amazon.com and more! Prices start at $19.99
Accent Lamps and Shades-The three G’s Gold, Glitz and Glam are hallmark traits of every celebrity home that you will find in accent lamps, to upholstered furniture and accessories. Celebrities have the bank account to afford expensive designer looks but let’s face it not all of us can afford to purchase designer accessories for our home. I love JCPenney because they have great designer looks for every room in your home without the high price tag attached. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create the same celebrity designer looks and ambience in your home. Bring the three G’s into any room in your home with a lamp or lampshade to create a fabulous focal point at a fraction of the price that celebrities spend. I love this chic celebrity Gold lamp and chevron design lampshade look that I found at JcPenney for under $200. It’s Gold, it’s Glitzy and it’s oh so Glam! www.jcpenney.com
Monogram Status-What’s not to like about the look of a nice monogram towel, robe or sheet set? Celebrities love to take this age old custom designer look and apply it to their own homes. I think they like to see their name in lights as much as they like to see their initials on white towels or linens. While it’s true that Mongram items such as towels, sheets or accent pillows have always been a luxury and a sign of status in society for the rich and famous it’s also true that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve this status quo for yourself. Since mongram items are usually custom made it can cost a pretty penny to purchase them for your own home. I have great news! You can find an array of monogram towel sets, accent pillows and more for a fraction of the cost online and at stores such as Target and Amazon.com. Now you can also dress up your home just like a rock star and have money to spare for your next big soriee!
DIY on the FLY- Here’s a little celebrity design tip secret-Shhhh…Celebrities often pay their designer thousand’s of dollars to stage their library with beautiful books. What most people don’t know is that their designer has created the look by covering their books with beautiful gift wrap or handmade paper. I will show you how it’s done! It’s so simple anyone can do it and it’s a great way to put old wrapping or wallpaper to good use while creating a celebrity look for your own book shelves.

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May 31, 2016

Con-Grad-ulate Your Graduate-Gifts Every High School Graduate Needs


With Graduation in the air I thought I would share with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the Graduate on your list!  I had a great time sharing these on ideas on the Good Things Utah Show. You can watch the video clip on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/QUS3zxGLlXw

1. Yogibo-Although it’s exciting to go off to college a dorm room bed isn’t the same as your comfortable bed back home. I have just the solution! Yogibo Max. It’s furniture that conforms to your body using special microbeads. The MAX stretches out to 7 feet and becomes a chair, recliner, sofa or bed. You can stand it up in the corner so it is out of the way or use it as a gamer chair, a couch for two, and a comfy place to study or just hang out with your friends. And as if that’s enough there’s also the Traybo. It’s the ultimate lap top tray made of the same special hi-grade beads and stretchy fabric used in the big Yogibo’s, with a bio-friendly bamboo top creating the perfect carry and go solution to study comfortably virtually anywhere. These are both practical and useful gifts for the graduate on your list. Yogibo Max is available in fifteen fabulous colors to choose from. Price $239.00 The Traybo is available in three colors to choose from for $39.00. www.yogibo.com
2. WeMontage-What is WeMontage? WeMontage is a large photo collage on removable wallpaper. The wallpaper is a premium, fabric-based material that adheres to textured and non-textured surfaces. Now you can create the perfect removable photo wall sticker using photos of family, friends or pets for your college bound student to stick on their dorm room wall. When your graduate is feeling homesick WeMontage allows them to have photos of all those that matter most close by to comfort them and it makes a great conversation piece at the same time. Prices range from $59.99 to $119.99 www.wemontage.com
3. Kites & Ivy-What could be better than receiving an unexpected subscription care package at college? It’s a fun surprise that every college girl will enjoy. Each box will include a variety of carefully selected bath and beauty products, accessories, and other fun essentials. Items could range from face and body lotions, hair products, nail polish, makeup, a headband, a scarf or a tumbler – and so much more! Our boxes are ALWAYS worth substantially more than the retail price! Whatever the surprise, you can be assured that we seek only the BEST for our boxes. Each care package is mailed out four times a year. Two times each semester according to each universities calendar so you can be sure your care package will be delivered at the right time. I think this is such a fun gift to give to graduates and Kites & Ivy makes it easy by offering several options to choose from such as sending a Single box for $32.99, a box Two times a year for $61.98 or a box Four times a year for $115.96. www.kitesandivy.com
4. Bamboo Spark by Wacom-Take notes, draw out your ideas and take them from paper, to the cloud, to bringing them to life. Your paper notebook has brought you this far. Now take your ideas even further. The Bamboo Spark is a smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, and a spot for your favorite paper. It lets you write by hand, and saves your handwritten notes locally or within the cloud for editing, archiving and accessing anywhere. Next just press a button and that’s it! The Bamboo Spark is simple to use, and makes it easy to bridge your paper notes with the digital world. As an artist, designer and product developer I am so excited about the Bamboo Spark and this cutting edge technology. If you have an engineer, fashion or interior designer, product designer, graphic or fine artist and so much more this makes the perfect gift for the graduate on your list! Price $159.95 www.wacom.com
5. Moshi-Aerio Messenger Bag and Helios Lite Backpack are perfect for graduates! Moshi prides itself in creating innovative and extraordinary products to enhance the mobile lifestyle with an emphasis on aesthetics, durability and reusability. Whenever possible, they use recycled and/or naturally bio-degradable materials for packaging and boxing which I appreciate. What I love most about the Aerio messenger bag and the Helio lite backpack is that they are ergonomically designed so that they are lightweight and water-resistant. I also love the leatherette and aluminum accents, which to me has an air of simple sophistication. It’s all grown up and perfect for graduates as they enter into this new exciting phase in their lives. The Aerio holds up to a 15” laptop or tablet and the Helios Lite Backpack has a fully padded compartment for laptops or tablets up to 13”. $119.95 and $149.95. www.moshi.com

Congratulations to all of the graduates out there! xo

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May 1, 2016

DIY Mother’s Day Gift


In honor of Mother’s Day and Mother’s everywhere I thought I would take a project out of the pages of my first book DIY on the FLY under $25 Monogram Home and create a fun word wall art gift using fabric and supplies that I found at Michael’s Craft Store for my mom.  This project is so simple and it’s a super fun project to make together with your kids! The best part about this DIY project is that it won’t cost you a lot of money but it will certainly look like you bought it at a high end boutique. For me, there’s nothing better than receiving a handmade gift. They handmade gifts my daughter has made me are the most memorable gifts that I will cherish forever!  You can watch my full video tutorial on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/EdicMkuML9c

Here’s how you make it!

Supplies: Mod Podge, Assorted Fabric, Wooden Letters (MOM), Bulletin Board, Piece of Wood or Galvanized Metal (in the size that you desire), Scissors, Pencil, Hot Glue Gun, 1″ sponge brush.

Step One: Lay your fabric right side face down and position your first letter on top of the fabric.

Step Two: Use your pencil to trace an outline of your letter onto your fabric. Use your scissors to follow your pencil tracing to cut the letter out of your fabric. Repeat this step for all three letters.

Step Three: Use your Mod Podge and 1″ sponge brush to apply a coating to your wooden letters. Next place your fabric right side up onto your letters and smooth out with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. Let dry.

Step Four: Lastly, take your hot glue gun and glue your completed fabric letters to your background.  It’s that simple!

I hope your mom loves her gift. This truly is a gift that keeps on giving because each time your mom sees it in her home it will remind her of the day she received it and of the loving hands that created it.  If you like this craft project you can find more just like it in my first book in my series here: https://www.amazon.com/DIY-FLY-Under-Monogram-Home/dp/0692520597?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 If you enjoyed my video tutorial please subscribe to my YouTube channel and I would also love for you to follow me on my social media.

Thank you and Enjoy! xo

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April 15, 2016

DIY on the FLY No Sew Easter Tutu Basket


I had so much fun teaching everyone how to make an adorable no sew tutu Easter basket on the Sudio 10 Tampa show that I thought I would share it on my blog. It’s so easy and inexpensive that you won’t believe it! What I love most about it is that the tutu is removable so your darling little one can wear it for hours of dance and imaginary playtime.  You can watch the tutorial on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/rDBgYeiuw2g

Supplies: Basket, Tulle, ribbon, silk flowers Hot glue gun, Spray paint (optional), Scissors
Step One: Spray paint your basket your desired color (optional).
Step Two: Cut your 5/8” ribbon your desired length making sure to add extra ribbon to the total length to tie the tutu when around the basket and a waistline when finish. Cut your tulle in assorted colors into 20” x 1.5” strips.
Step Three: Double your strips and loop them around your ribbon.
Step Four: Glue a flower onto a clothespin an place it at the center of your tutu.
Step Five: Tie your darling tutu around your basket and fill with goodies. You have just made a darling Easter basket with a removable tutu for your little one to enjoy and play with!

I would love to see your creations so feel free to email your contact information and photographs to me at juleeireland@gmail.com I would also love to hear your comments or ideas. If you like my video please subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on my social media.

Have fun! xo

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April 3, 2016

DIY on the FLY Spring Tablescape

DIY on the FLY_Spring_Tablescape_Julee_Ireland

So, everyone knows that I can not cook but it’s no secret I LOVE to build, craft, create and design a great tablescape.  With Easter just around the corner thought I would whip up something whimsical, festive and fun for my dining room table.  I made some adorable table decor using jars that I found at Michaels Craft Stores, some candle stick holders and quirky Easterish figurines that I found stuffed in a cabinet in my home. I really love the way they turned out! Hello…Adorable! They are so easy to make that you are not going to believe it! I have the full video tutorial on my YouTube channel here if you want to watch how I created my entire tablescape. https://youtu.be/HrDjrFIoOKw I have also posted the supply list and directions below if you want to bypass the video. Here’s how you do it!

Supplies: Assorted glass jars with lids, candle stick holders in desired heights, ceramic, paper or plastic seasonal figurines, animals, knobs etc. to decorate your lids, Hot glue gun, Spray paint in desired color, assorted candy, nuts etc. to fill your jars with.
Step One: Spray paint the jar lids, your desired decoration toppers for your lids and your candle stick bases in your desired color(s) and let dry.
Step Two: Use your hot glue gun to glue your jars to the candle stick bases and the decoration toppers to the center of your lids.
Step Three: Fill your jars with your desired candy or nuts and display.
Step Four: Create a display using your jars on your table or give them as a unique homemade gift to someone special.

I would love to see your version of a Spring tablescape so feel free to email me your photographs and contact information to be considered for my blog and social media. I would love nothing more that than to brag about you and your creative talent! If you like my YouTube video please subscribe to my channel and I would love for you to follow me on social media.

Have fun and enjoy! xo

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March 28, 2016

How To Incorporate Love Into Your Home Year Around

Love is not just for Lovers or just meant to be shared on Valentine’s Day. You can incorporate Love into your life and home year around. Here are four simple tips that include some of my favorite products that I shared on the Studio 10 Live Tampa show to help you out!

1. First Impressions are everything! The entry to your home is your first impression and it’s the perfect place to set the tone for Love. People tend
to glance to the right as they enter a home so it’s a great place to display a beautiful table with an open bowl or a
family or couples portrait on the wall holding hands, sharing a kiss or family hug. Remember, if you enter a home
with a feeling of Love, you will exit with Love.
2. Candles, candles, candles. I love Naturally Bare Reiki Infused Organic Soy Candles- Out of our five senses, the strongest is our
sense of smell. Scents remind us of people, places, and life experiences that we love. A scent has the ability to
transcend us to another time and place. Placing candles or essential oil room fragrance throughout your home in
various scents that fit the mood that you wish to evoke in each room, is a great way to connect your sense of smell
to your heart and home. You can easily create feelings of happiness, harmony, tranquility and Love. Lemon and
Orange is uplifting, Lavender is calming and is known to relive stress, Eucalyptus promotes balance, and Vanilla
or Ylang Ylang is alluring and romantic.
3. Surround yourself with Blossoms! I love Spring in the Air Luxury Roses (2 dozen Roses fresh from the grower in Colombia to your doorstep!)
There’s no better way to bring instant love into any room in your home than through a vase of fresh, fragrant,
colorful flowers. Choose a vase that fits the look and feel of your room and use a variety of seasonal stems that
match your accent color in your room to brighten your space year around.
4. Meaningful Word Art by Wayfair- Surround yourself with Love at home by displaying meaningful art,
photos, books, or words to remind you daily of the things that matter most in your life. Make your home a gallery
filled with Love.

I hope you enjoyed some of these simple and easy tips to bring Love into your home year around. Remember to Love Yourself and show your love for others by spreading kindness.

Julee xo

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March 8, 2016

DIY Wall of Hearts-Coat Hanger Wall Art

Coat Hanger Heart Wall Art

I love to take something I find around my house and reinvent it to turn it into something giving it new purpose. With a closet full of wire coat hangers I thought I would turn them into heart to create and adorable wall art to place next to a photo gallery of my daughter and I in my home. It’s simple, inexpensive and full of handmade character. Here’s how you make them!

Supplies: Wire coat hangers, Pliers, String, Fabric or Trim of choice (yarn, lace, twine, burlap, ribbon, fabric,
trim, lace etc.), Hot glue gun, Spray paint (optional) Small command hooks, nails or picture frame hooks (as you
Step One: Use your pliers to cut off the curved loop at the top of the hanger. Spray paint your hanger your desired
color (optional).
Step Two: Bend and manipulate the wire hanger into a basic heart shape. The twisted part of the hanger (which
was once at the top) becomes the bottom point of the heart shape. Don’t worry about making your heart perfect.
“Perfection is in the imperfection” and the imperfection is what makes it interesting and gives it an organic feel.
Step Three: Choose a material that comes in long strands – yarn, lace, twine, ribbon, burlap, etc. Secure one end
of your material to the bottom of the heart with hot glue. Then, stretch the strand across the shape and secure on
the wire with a dot of glue. Continue to crisscross the strand back and forth across all areas of the shape, securing
with glue along the way. When the entire heart is filled in with overlapping lines, snip off the remaining material.
Step Four: When you are finished making all of your hearts, lay them out on the floor to decide how you want to
arrange them on your wall. Lastly, hang them up using one or two small nails or small Command hooks for each
heart. You can also use one as a Valentine’s Day wreath for your front door.

I hope you had fun making this simple project to create wall art for your home. I think this would be really cute to use as an embellishment to gift packaging for any occasion. How cute would these be for a baby shower gift using fabric?  You can watch my DIY on the FLY video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/X-AGhbZluzQ Don’t be afraid to get creative! I would love to hear your comments and feel free to email me your contact information along with photographs of your coat hanger hearts to be considered as a feature on my blog and social media. If you like my YouTube tutorial please subscribe to my channel and I would love for you to follow me on my social media.

Enjoy! xo

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February 19, 2016

DIY on the FLY Desk Organization


You might say I am a bit obsessed when it comes to making things with my hands and keeping a tidy and well organized home and office.  Here is a really fun DIY on the FLY spinning desk organizer that I made in one of my latest DIY on the FLY YouTube web series video’s produced by Sky Princess Studios. I had so much fun making this project. It was super easy, budget friendly and took me less than twenty minutes to make. Oh, yah and I also think it’s pretty chic! You can see the entire video tutorial on my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/c/juleeireland

If you like what you see please like, share and subscribe to my channel!  I post weekly DIY on the FLY video tutorials with great projects for your home, lifestyle and many of them you can do with your kids! Now, let’s make craft magic happen! Here’s how you make this adorable spinning desk organizer to get organized!

Supplies: Lazy susan, bulletin board, large plate or frame in your desired color, variety of glass jars, spray paint for use with glass in your desired color and finish, hot glue gun, photo frame for the center (optional. I found mine at Target)

Step One: Spray paint your jars your desired color and let them dry. Optional: you can allocate one of your jars for a dried flower or flower arrangement. I show you how in my tutorial video.

mason jars

Step Two: Use your hot glue gun to glue your bulletin board, plate or frame onto your lazy susan making sure it is centered. Note: make sure your bulletin board, plate or frame is larger than your lazy susan and is large enough to fit all of your jars and photo frame onto.

Step Three: Layout your design with your jars and photo frame.  When you are happy with your layout use your glue gun to glue your photo frame and jars on top of your lazy susan bulletin board, plate or frame starting at the center and moving outwards.

desk organizer

Step Four: Fill your jars with your desk essentials such as paperclips, scissors, pens and pencils, etc.

lazy susan desk organization

Lastly, give it a spin and then display it on your desk or in a handy place in your office.  It’s so beautiful make sure you put it somewhere where it can be seen and admired. I would love to see your spinning desk organization creations to post on my blogs and social media. Feel free to email your photos to me at: juleeireland@gmail.com along with your name, city, state and any other comments you wish to share with me for consideration.


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February 16, 2016

DIY on the FLY Box of Roses

DIY on the FLY Box of Roses

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In honor of the month of February, Valentine’s Day and the celebration of Love especially for the love of beautiful roses; I thought I would share with you my latest video and a DIY on the FLY box of roses craft project.  This is so easy anyone can make it and the real beauty is that you can make this any time of the year for yourself, as a gift or as a centerpiece for any holiday, event or life celebration.  Be sure to check out my YouTube channel and my new web series DIY on the FLY  that’s produced by Sky Princess Studios at www.youtube.com/c/juleeireland and please like, share and subscribe. Each week I post new DIY on the FLY video tutorials with great projects that are always chic, easy, super fun and  budget friendly to make for your home and lifestyle.

Now, let’s make craft magic happen! Here’s how you make a gorgeous box of roses…

Supplies: box, plastic liner, disposable plastic container that will fit into your box or Saran wrap to line your box, wet floral foam, floral tape (optional), spray paint or wrapping paper to decorate your box (optional), ribbon (optional), scissors, blue painters masking tape for stripes (optional), flowers (various varieties of roses and peonies work beautifully).
Step One: Use your masking tape to mask off a design for your box. Such as: Stripes. (this is optional) Next, use your spray paint to paint your box in your desired color. Option Two: Use decorative wrapping paper, old sheet music or photos to wrap or create a collage with ModPodge on the exterior of your box.
Step Two: Line your box with your plastic liner, container or plastic wrap.
Step Three: Cut your wet floral foam to fit inside your box. When your floral foam is cut to fit; saturate it well with water and put it into your box. Optional: Use your floral tape to create a 1” grid on top of the box as a guide to insert your roses into the center of each square.
Step Four: Cut your roses at a 45 degree angle so that they are the correct height to fit just over the top of your box. Insert your cut roses into your wet floral foam or into the open areas on your tape grid.
Step Five: Add a Ribbon band, bow or handwritten message of Love and Voila! You’ve just created a lovely box of Roses!

Lastly, be sure to email me photos of your own creative box of roses so that I can post them on both of my blogs. I would love to brag about you! Email your photos to: juleeireland@gmail.com for consideration.


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January 15, 2016

Create Success By Clearing Your Clutter


Clutter hinders your psyche more than you know both at work and at home. When physical items invade your space that are not needed or that are unorganized it affects you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s like an invisible force that causes stress, has a negative effect on relationships and your health and it can hinder your ability to act and think clearly blocking success in all areas of your life. With each passing year you continue to grow and change. While change is good holding onto things that no longer reflect who you have become is not a good thing because it creates negative energy. Let’s start the New Year off by clearing out the clutter and opening up your heart, home and workplace to create success! Here are some simple tips to help guide you.

Step One: Take time to walk through the different spaces in your home and office and sit for a while. Look around the space and write down the items in each room that make you feel discomfort, that clearly no longer reflect you and that you feel you can do without. If you give yourself time to sit, think and explore each space you will be surprised at what you discover on your own.

Step Two: Now that you have explored and taken notes throughout your home and office it’s time to prioritize! Make a list of the areas you wish to declutter first. Pick the space in your home or office that makes you feel the most unsettled and that’s the most disorganized.

Step Three: Before you start with your first space be realistic about setting a time frame to complete the task and start small! Begin with a drawer, cabinet or counter and create three piles. One, to give away, two, to throw away and three, items to keep.

Step Four: Remove pile one and two from your room and begin placing your third pile back into your space in an organized fashion. Don’t just toss or put things back into your cabinet or drawer because all you would be doing is creating smaller clutter. It’s important to reintroduce your items into your room in an orderly, organized manner with thought and intention behind it. And be sure to dust and clean along the way to truly revive your space and your soul at the same time.

Step Five: As you finish eliminating clutter in each area of your home or office take the time to marvel at your success. With your hand over your heart take in some deep breaths through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Ask yourself how do I feel? Do I feel calmer? Do I feel lighter? Do I feel inspired to move on? If your answer is yes to any of these then by all means carry on!

I sincerely hope by clearing out the clutter in your life it helps you to open the door to a renewed home, health, happiness and success in 2016. I would love to see your before and after photos and feature them on my blog. Please feel free to email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com along with any of your thoughts or comments. Happy New Year!

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