June 3, 2016

“Celebrity Home Decor” Get the look for less!

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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 1, 2016

DIY Mother’s Day Gift

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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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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!

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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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January 7, 2016

Home Hacks to Declutter and Get Organized for 2016

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Studies show that clutter and disorganization cause stress and can lead to depression. That is no way to start off the New Year!  Here are some of my favorite DIY Home Hacks to get organized and get off to a good start in 2016!

1. Dreaded Dresser Drawers-Dresser drawers especially socks, under garments and t-shirts always seem to find themselves in pure chaos.  I’ve got a great solution for you! It worked for me so I’m sure will work for you. Here is Home Hack number one to reclaim your dresser drawers and start the New Year off on the right foot! Use PVC pipe to create storage units for drawers and closet to keep your shoes, undergarments, socks, t-shirts and anything else that will fit in them in a neat orderly fashion. You can also use PVC pipe to hold your shoes or to keep your office supplies organized!
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2. A Clean Slate For Your Clothing and Closet-We are all guilty of holding onto clothing that we no longer wear because we think we will wear someday soon.  The fact of the matter is that if you have not worn it in the last six months you most likely will not wear again.  Rather than hold onto things that you really don’t need I have the perfect Home Hack to help you make room for something new and retire the rest to a new home by donating your old clothing to your charity of choice.  Here’s Home Hack number two.  Hang all of your clothing hangers in your closet backwards. As you wear an item rehang it the correct way. Every six months remove any items hung backwards and donate them.   I promise, if you have not touched it in 6 months you are not going to wear it and it is just taking up space.  It does the heart good to donate. You can also take your items to a consignment shop so you can earn some money for your unwanted clothing.

3. Disheveled Linen Closet- Sheet sets have a way of separating themselves from their mates just like socks.  I don’t know about you but it was always a source of frustration for me trying to maintain my linen closet and keep things together and organized until I thought of a creative way to solve the problem.  Here is Home Hack number three. It is so simple and it works! You are going to love it! All you have to do is store your sheets inside their matching pillowcase to keep everything neat and organized as a set and to save space at the same time!

4. Simplified Desk Drawers-Part of what makes us most productive in life and at work is having a little organization. It all starts with your desk and desk drawers.  It is really easy for your desk drawers to become a junk drawer and we don’t want that. Here is Home Hack number four to help you start your year off headed straight toward success.  And you can start by creating an orderly and efficient desk! Use old ice trays, boxes or silverware trays to line the inside of your desk drawers and create compartments to keep all your office supplies neat and organized!

5.  DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland-Jewelry Organization and Wall Art
It’s easy to loose jewelry and if it is not in sight you will forget that you have it and it will never get worn.  Trust me. I have been guilty of this also. Here is a great Home Hack and DIY project that you can do to create a chic wall hanging to display your jewelry as wall art, while keeping it organized at the same time! All you have to do is use an old frame and some radiator mesh. Here’s how you make it!
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Supplies:

Old Frame, Hot Glue Gun, Radiator Sheet Metal, Fabric, decorative paper or photo, Sharpie pen, Scissors, Picture Frame Hanging Kit, Paint and Four Door Knobs (optional)

Step One: Take apart your frame and remove the glass and backing. Paint your frame your desired color or leave it with its current finish.

Step Two: Lay your glass on top of your radiator sheet metal and trace an outline with your sharpie pen. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Three: Use your frame back as a template on top of your fabric, decorative paper or photo and use your Sharpie pen to trace and outline. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.

Step Four:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your fabric to your backing. If you use decorative paper or a photo a glue stick will do the trick!

Step Five:  Use your hot glue gun to glue your radiator mesh to the inside back of the frame.

Step Six: Install your fabric frame backing to your frame behind your radiator sheet metal.  Optional: Install two to four doorknobs spaced evenly across the bottom of your frame to hang your necklaces.

Step Seven: Install your picture frame hanging kit if your frame is not already equipped with picture frame hooks.  You are now ready to hang and organize your jewelry on your wall as wall art!

I hope you enjoy these great tips and have fun making your own unique jewelry organization hanging wall art. I would love to brag about you on my blog so feel free to send me before and after photos of your projects along with your name and email address.  Happy New Year!

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October 2, 2015

Home Interiors with the Pantone Color of the Year Marsala

I Love the Pantone color of the year Marsala!

I’m obsessed with the Pantone color of the year Marsala!

The color that you surround yourself with in your home sets the tone for your living space. People often forget that their walls are just as important as their furnishings. Your walls are a canvas and when they’re perfectly balanced together with your furnishings, lighting and accessories they create a masterful painting that reflects your personal style and taste. Our home is our haven. That’s why I love Tempaper removable wall paper! From a design standpoint, it’s the perfect way to revitalize and incorporate the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, into any room in your home. Tempaper is self-adhesive, removable wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. Simply remove its backing and adhere to a smooth, primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove! It’s fun, has an amazing pattern and color selection and it’s easy to remove when you want to try something new! Add Tempaper to just one wall or your entire room. Prices range from $75 to $125 a roll.

As a designer I really love storage ottomans. Especially ones with multiple functions like this one from Kohl’s. This is not your ordinary storage ottoman, it also has a built in removable tray table on the reverse side of its lid! It serves multiple purposes and incorporates the Pantone color of the year Marsala into your home decor at the same time. It provides extra seating, storage and can be used as a service tray, tray table or side table. $129.99

I always say, “Lighting is the jewelry for your home” because it is! It does much more for your home decor than light your way across the room; lighting brings with it, color, vibrancy, shape and texture helping to set the tone and mood for your room. I love the simplicity of the round design elements and the rich Marsala color of Irene lamp by Safaveigh found at Wayfair. It comes as a set of two lamps 31”H x 14”Wx14”D making is a nice overall scale for side tables, nightstands or the office. It also has a maximum wattage of 100 which, allows for a nice bright light if you need it. As a designer, Wayfair has always been a great source for finding unique products at an affordable price for my clients.  It’s truly a one-stop-shop to finding everything that you need for your home or office with designer looks for less. Wayfair’s Price for the Irene lamp set of two is $159.99.

A decorative accent bowl serves more than one purpose and is a great way to bring a punch of color and design into your room. It’s a great investment because it’s what I call a double duty decor item. What I mean by that is that it looks great as a decorative display piece in a cabinet, on a book shelve or table and at the same time it’s a great way to serve food in for your guests at your next dinner party. I found this beautiful accent bowl in white and Marsala at Home Goods for only $12.99!

Have fun incorporating the Pantone color of the year Marsala, with its rich tone into your home!

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May 21, 2015

DIY on the Fly™- Dip-Dyed Stationery

Handmade Dip-Dyed Stationery

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Photo Credit: Dana Gallagher

As the owner of my own greeting card company to say I am passionate about paper and people is an understatement! There is nothing more sentimental in this day and age of technology than that of a hand written note. I believe everyone needs a personal set of stationery and handmade stationery for mom will make her think of you each time she sends a note. This is a simple, fun project that the whole family can enjoy and it also makes a great gift for teachers or other important people in your life.

Step One:

Find some plain white, uncoated stationery, envelopes or gift tags from your local craft or paper store.

Step Two:

Using a plastic cup or Tupperware dish fill it with hot water and your desired color of Rit liquid dye. Let the solution cool before dipping your stationery or envelope.

Step Three:

Carefully dip the paper about an inch into the solution until you have your desired color. Don’t worry about creating a straight line. Perfection is in the imperfection. Each piece is unique and that’s the true beauty of this project!

Step Four:

Lastly, you will want to hang your paper to dry before you package it together and embellish it with a beautiful decorative ribbon and a handwritten gift note.

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February 5, 2015

DIY Clever Organization

I Love this clever and inexpensive DIY idea to organize a room with wall storage boxes. These are old wood crates that are painted with a variety of different colors inside and then hung on the wall as storage. What a Simple, Creative and Easy DIY project for any room in your home. Love it! Let’s get organized!

Photo Credit: solutions.com

Photo Credit: solutions.com

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February 5, 2015

Innovative Office Furniture

One Word…Innovative!  I Love this simple innovative conference table for an office space.  What do you think of it?

Photo Credit: Dezeen.com

Photo Credit: Dezeen.com

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