Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

No

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

Blog Archive

Powered by Blogger.

Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
Hello - I'm Julea

Hello-

Stylish homemaking shouldn't be out of your reach or cost you a fortune. From entertaining to decorating, home should be celebrated and your special place in this busy world. Join me on my quest to enhance, celebrate and appreciate all things home - from choosing lettuce seeds to that perfect sofa.

Symphony

Connect With Me

 photo 

mail_zps793320b3.png Pinteresticon photo 

pinterest_zps86954fe7.png Facebookicon photo 

facebook_zpscbaa8773.png Etsyicon photo 

etsy_zps6a4bf45a.png Twittericon photo 

twitter_zps899d66e4.png YouTubeicon photo 

youtube_zpsb8bc64f4.png Google icon photo 

google_zps953c7303.png LinkedInicon photo 

linkedin_zpsa4e7f860.png

HOME STAGING

HOME STAGING
HOME STAGING

OUTDOOR SPACES

OUTDOOR SPACES
OUTDOOR SPACES

DESIGN

DESIGN
DESIGN

Friday, July 12, 2019

Paint, Accessory Shopping and a Whitewashed Fireplace

Paint, Accessory Shopping and a Whitewashed Fireplace



#roommakeover
Room Makeover ( Photo: Reinventing Space)

Change is good - especially when it comes to your home.  I recently met with a new client who was thinking of putting her house on the market. The kids have flown the coop, and she is ready for a new life chapter, which includes, perhaps, a smaller home. All her home decorating had been done when the home was built, years ago.   Her spaces needed a new color palette and major accessory rejuvenation. My goal was to give her place a fresh new look whether she sells or not.

My design motto at Reinventing Space is- let's use as much of what you own first by assessing your furniture, accessories, art and then come up with a plan.  A goal is to compliment what we keep, shop for new pieces and accessories to redesign, and pull it all together.  And if needed, I'll suggest updates such as paint projects, light fixture replacement, floor re-staining/replacement and more.

For this client, her furniture was great, but in dire need of a new paint palette. Change your paint, and your old stuff looks like new stuff.  Home decorating colors change over time, so what was stylish then, may not be stylish now.  We focused in her living room as a template for the rest of the home. The room had been painted a Merlot red - including her built-in cabinets. My goal was a room that was bright and airy with a casual comfort style.  I picked a pale gray (greige)  for the walls, along with an off-white for her built-ins, fireplace and trim.  While she had her painter busy, I was enlisted to shop.

Keep the bones, up-style with new accessories.  My shopping plan was to pull in a new accent color for her - Blue. Trending, but classic; if she decides to move, she can bring these accessories with her, and was we style her other spaces, we have a color to sprinkle about.  The blue shows up in new pillows, a throw, art and rug.  To raise the style level of her existing taupe furniture, I included rattan lantern candle holders tucked into her bookcases,  and the candle sticks on the mantle are oak with a whitewash, so will pull that color over to the bookcases and mantle. The new abstract art over the fireplace adds that POP of color, as well as brings down the formality of the living room.

With the living room styled, we moved onto the family room. That too was painted, but we also whitewashed  the fireplace.  The same off-white trim paint color was used to give the fireplace a fresh new, updated look. While shopping for the living room, I found family room mantle accessories as well.  With the room's focal wall complete, we could move on to the rest of  the space.

#whitewashed
Whitewashed Fireplace (Photo: Reinventing Space)



Read more »
Julea Jane Joseph
0 Comments

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving Hosting - Decorating Tips and Hostess Techniques

Thanksgiving Hosting - Decorating Tips and Hostess Techniques





Ah...Thanksgiving. Its essence, just that one word, makes us think of family, friends, good conversation, and celebrating the simple joy of giving thanks for what we have. No need to feel harried as a host or hostess - follow these decorating tips and hosting techniques and you'll be relaxed and ready to celebrate this great holiday.


Decorating.
Fall harvest items such as gourds, dried corn, and pumpkins are the perfect decorating collection for Thanksgiving.  You may already have a stash, but you can always add to your collection by shopping your grocery store's produce department. Head outside and collect some fallen leaves, dried vines, pods and berry branches. If you want to add a bit of twinkle, cut a few longer branches, pop them into a floor vase and add string lighting for that holiday glow.    

Use the Good China.
Dig out the good stuff. Whether it’s your own, or you inherited it, you'll set a sophisticated atmosphere and an old-school flair by using the real deal. My favorite tradition is to use favorite pieces of those relatives no longer with us - It's like they are part of the celebration. And it’s not just to be used to serve on; you can add a battery operated votive to a wine glass, a silver coffee pot as a vase, or create a mini floral arrangement in one of Grandma's old tea cups - perfect for little touch of green in the powder room and a nostalgic note.


Photo Source - Pinterest



Set the Table Properly.  
Thanksgiving dinner has many courses, make sure you set the table to accommodate. Just remember forks to the left, wine to the right.

Photo Source - Emily Post

Instant Centerpiece.
Keep that centerpiece low and long. A simple, quick, yet effective centerpiece, is creating a 'runner' with small pumpkins, gourds, dried corn, pomegranates (or other fruit), dried leaves, etc. I use an old door mirror as my base, but you can use anything, a series of place mats, rustic wood, slate tiles. This will give you an anchor, a stamp to start building the centerpiece. Add the decor items, then sprinkle in candles, and weave in a string or two of those battery operated wired twinkle lights - instant centerpiece!

Photo Source Country Living

Not a Cook?  
From local food stores to on-line sources, many places offer precooked menus delivered right to you. All you have to do heat, and pop them into one of your serving pieces. (No one will know!) You can also enlist your guests and have them bring a specific dish or a beverage. Even better, have them bring a dish in a dish that they inherited. Now that will create a great dinner conversation!

And with that, I wish you and yours a beautiful and thankful holiday.


Read more »
Julea Jane Joseph
0 Comments

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Witches Tea Party - Milk Bottle Party Favors

Witches Tea Party - Milk Bottle Party Favors


At my annual Witches Tea Party I always send my dearly departing witches home with a party favor.  

This year's party favor was a mini milk bottle with Halloween candies with a witchy tag and spooky key. Once the candy is devoured, the favor is still a great Halloween decor item.

Halloween party
Witches Tea Party Favors

Get the Look

Mini Milk Bottles:  Small, with a cork top. I found mine at Tuesday Morning.  But Amazon has plenty.  Amazon Link.

Keys:  The key ingredient to the favor. These funky Halloween inspired keys were the perfect focal point to the favor. Tim Holtz Idea-ology. 

Tags:  Found when checking out at Joann's fabrics. 
Ms Sparkle & Co (Joann Fabrics)

Raffia: You may already have some white or black yarn, ribbon or raffia. White and Black  (Michaels)

Candy: The one and only! Candy corn combined with jellies. Yum.

Instructions:  Pop bottles in the dishwasher and allow to dry for a few days.  Add candy and secure cork firmly.  Cut raffia a bit long to double tie around neck of bottle. Create slip knot with key and tag.  Trim ends.

I stacked the favors on a three tiered serving stand and added it to the spooky decor.
Halloween Party Ideas
Witches Tea Party - Party Favors Display


Please stop back later to see more of my Witchy ideas and decor from my annual witches tea!  -Julea.


Read more »
Julea Jane Joseph
0 Comments

Monday, May 7, 2018

From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own

From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own



“Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself so it can introduce itself to you.”  Frances Mayer - Under the Tuscan Sun


The keys are yours!  You’ve gone through the process... the searching, deciding, inspection, stress, closing and finally, the elation of buying a new home.  Now, you have to make it your own. Here’s how.


Color -  Paint is the least expensive, easiest way to update a space.  It can individualize a room and put your personal stamp on your home. Pick your color style -  From modern farmhouse neutrals, to Boho bold colors, whatever is in your style files (Pinterest, HOUZZ, tear-sheets), color can showcase it.  And color doesn’t have to be just on the walls - If you want to keep the wall color simple, infuse color with your furniture, art or accessory choices.  Get your craft on by painting a piece of furniture, or recover your dining chairs seats with new fabric. Try trending wallpaper on a single accent wall or power room. Create a signature look with a statement making front door color. With color, the change is quick, easy and all you.
From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own

Your Favorite Things -  Home should hold your beautiful art, furniture, passed down family treasures and loved flowers in your garden beds.  Simple daily rituals with favorite things, cozy slippers slipped on at the end of day, or tossing your keys into that old bowl, will infuse you into the home.  It could be something new that defines your new chapter of home. That perfect comfy sofa you spied, a fresh new style that you’ve wanted to try out, fun new pillows to add a splash to a patio set. By incorporating these favorite things - you’ll become instantly grounded in your new space.

From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own

Make Your Bed!  A bed is your personal haven and cocoon.  Dressing your bed makes your home environment feel luxurious.  Even if the bedroom still has boxes, you can sleep well with a beautifully made bed. Make your bed so that every time you see it, you want to jump into it.  I like to mix old with new. New, fresh, very fancy (the best you can afford) sheets, a stylish linen duvet set slipped over your old favorite down comforter and pillows. Pair the bedding with Grandma’s quilt or your favorite throw at the end of the bed and you'll be ready for a great night's sleep.
From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own

Room to Room - This is where you channel Frances Mayer, the character from "Under the Tuscan Sun" - by going room to room to make it yours. Don’t try to tackle the entire home’s decorating and styling needs, instead, try to work on the spaces you spend the most time in first.


From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own

5 Senses - Nothing says home more than seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, and feeling your favorites things of home. Put out those family photos, beloved books, play music, light some candles in your favor scent, open your favorite wine and curl up on that fluffy sofa and celebrate home!  

From House to Home – How to Make Your New House Your Own


Read more »
Julea Jane Joseph
0 Comments
Follow