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 31, 2016

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

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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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April 15, 2016

DIY on the FLY No Sew Easter Tutu Basket

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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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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

Sky Princess Studios and DIY Expert & TV Personality Julee Ireland Launch YouTube Series

Julee_Ireland_DIY_Holiday_Christmas_Craft_Clock_Gift_Home_DecoratingWestlake Village, CA – Sky Princess Studios and award winning producer, Jenna Winters, announced today the launch of DIY Expert, Television Personality & Author, Julee Ireland’s weekly DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Instructional Video Series. Each week Julee will demonstrate simple lifestyle do-it-yourself projects from her own home that cost fewer than twenty-five dollars to make derived from her book series or from things that simply inspire her everyday. With over twenty-five years of design and DIY craft experience, she teaches viewers how to tap into their own creativity to make craft magic happen!

When Jenna was asked what captivated her most about producing the DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Series, Jenna responded, “I love Julee’s unique approach to crafting and her fun-loving personality. She is down to earth, funny and really teaches what she preaches. With the camera rolling she amazes me with her ability to think on her feet and take something she finds in her refrigerator or garage and literally transform it into something beautiful to display in your home in just a few minutes. It really is DIY on the Fly! I never know what craft project she is going to whip up next so she keeps me on my toes.”

Julee uses her experience and creativity to inspire others to turn unused items otherwise tucked away in cabinets, closets or the garage that are left collecting dust into something new. Her series will cover everything from do-it-yourself home décor, gifts, parties, tablescapes, kids crafts, weddings and so much more! The weekly series will keep you entertained while learning how to craft simple budget-friendly projects from the comfort of your own home.

When we asked Julee what inspired her to write her books and launch her own You Tube channel, she said, “When I was a young girl my family did not have a lot of money so I learned early on to use my imagination and hands to make things. It truly was my greatest gift because if I wanted new clothes for my Barbie doll for instance, I didn’t have money to buy them. I had to make them. It was in those moments that I discovered my passion for designing, creating, and crafting anything I could conceive. It’s so gratifying to take a vision formed in your head and bring it to life. I believe everyone has the ability to create something beautiful; they just need someone to open up their heart, mind, and spirit to discover what lives within them. I am also really passionate about people. I want to use my talents to reach the masses and inspire others to put down their phones and tablets for a minute and use their imagination. Crafting is so much fun and it teaches you to think-outside-the-box. My book series and YouTube channel are opening the door for me to achieve my bigger dream of inspiring others!”

For more information contact Jenna Winters, Sky Princess Studios, Producer @ jenna@skyprincessstudios.com or Lisa Cocuzza, Public Relations @ 818-795-6449 / lisa@itsaglamthing.com. Visit Julee Ireland on You Tube to view her channel or visit her websites to learn more @ www.juleeirelanddeisgn.com , www.juleeireland.com and www.itsaglamthing.com . Visit Amazon.com to purchase DIY on the FLY Under $25: Monogram Home, in paperback or the kindle version

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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

Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas

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Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knives, are not exactly cut out for kids. That’s why I fell in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or church party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for Adults. Now, let’s head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz pumpkin craft kit!

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Planning the perfect party always begins with the perfect party theme. I love Halloween and dressing up in a costume but I am not into the horror aspect of it. I would rather decorate with bright colorful colors or happy jack-o-lanterns. I ran across some of the cutest party decor this year at Target and I especially love the bright colored Day of the Dead party themed plates, napkins, cups and more. You also can’t beat the price! They start at $1.00 and go up to $2.50, so it’s affordable. My advice, get there early before they are sold out and enjoy the party! Price $1.00 to $2.50

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Thank goodness for cameras! They help us to preserve our memories in photographs and when it comes to Halloween and our children, family, and friends we want to capture every one of lifes moments. I love the current party trend of using photo props and photo backgrounds, so naturally, I could not resist the Spritz photo kit that I found at Target either! From Batman, to Frankenstein to Dracula lips this photo prop kit will have everyone howling with laughter as you snap photos at your party. Get it now while supplies last! Price $5.00

Playing dress up is not just for kids when it comes to Halloween. I love to go all out when putting together a creative costume, which for me usually includes some face paint, and it’s not always easy to do on yourself. Target has a new craft section and I found these amazing temporary face tattoos that are quick and easy to do. I also love the fact that I can use clothing from my own closet to create a complete costume look! For the spider face I can wear all black or for the deer I can outfit myself in brown and so can you! The real icing on the cake is the price, at only $3.00. Now you can get creative and join in on all of the Halloween fun without spending a lot of money. I don’t know about you, but three dollars for a costume is just fine by me!

I would love to see photos of your Halloween party decor and share them on my blog and social media. Feel free to e-mail them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com. Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween!

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October 1, 2015

Laugh, Love, Live

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September 29, 2015

Choose to Blossom

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September 9, 2015

Be Your Own Best Competitor

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