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Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
Hello - I'm Julea

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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.

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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

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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.


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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


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Monday, February 5, 2018

5 Furniture Pieces You Should Take With You When You Move

5 Furniture Pieces You Should Take With You When You Move



As an interior stylist, I get to work with clients moving out, moving in, or just wanting a change to their home environment. Many times, clients are not sure which furniture pieces should make the transition to a new home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or even furniture shopping,  these 5 furniture classics can be used in just about any room and for multiple purposes - and I’ll tell you why.


#1 The Drop Leaf Table. If you have been lucky enough to have inherited one, keep it in your grip, and pass it down to our favorite person. A drop-leaf table is a table that has a fixed section in the center and hinged sections (leaf) on either side that can be folded down. Perfect for any space, it can serve in a foyer or behind a sofa. It's the perfect dinette table tucked into a niche with one side down or it can be fully extended to host a evening dinner. If you don’t like the finish, paint it.
Drop Leaf Table Decorating Ideas (Photos - Source)


#2 . Parson Chairs. Today's chairs are inspired by a 1930’s designer at Parsons School of design in Paris. Usually upholstered, these classic, all-purpose chairs can be used in a dining room as side or head chairs, moved to a living room for extra seating, sit solo in a foyer or bedroom, and can be reupholstered in infinite ways - skirted, unskirted, slipcovered, etc.


Parsons Chair Ideas  (Photos - Source)



#3. Parsons Tables. These beautiful, clean lined, modern tables can serve as dining, console, cocktail or side tables. It’s perfect, simple design, (also created at the Parsons School of design in Paris) can slip, seamlessly into any style or home environment.  

Parsons Tables

#4 The Wingback Chair. Back in the no central heating days, they were used to warm yourself by the fire and the ‘winged’ back kept away the drafts by embracing you within the chair. Today they come in a variety of styles, materials and shapes, but always in that classic shape. A wingback chair can adjust to any room from dining to master, in singles or pairs.

5 furniture pieces you should take with you when you move
Wingback Chair Decorating Ideas (Photos - Source)

#5 A Trunk. Every ancestor had them in their homes. They moved with them, holding what they most treasured. The trunk is a symbol of the concept of moving. Instant conversation makers, whether new or old, because of what they stand for - trunks are always a furniture focal point. They can be used for storage at the end of bed, as a table in a living space, in a mudroom or back entrance. Trunks can be refreshed with paint, taller by adding 4 legs, and protected with a glass top. You should move with yours as well.

5 Furniture Pieces You Should Take With You When You Move
Trunk Decorating Ideas (Photos - Source)

Join me for my next post on  5 Accessories you need to take with you when you move!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Don’t Scare Potential Buyers Away When Selling Your Home - Home Staging Tips

Don’t Scare Potential Buyers Away When Selling Your Home - Home Staging Tips


Selling your home ideas
Don't Scare Potential Buyers (Photo: Source)


Yes, Halloween is just around the corner and we’re all feeling the spirit of the season, but you may not realize if selling your home - that your decorating and living choices are the ones that are scary!  You may think your stuff is wonderful. You may think, “come on, this is how real people live”. You may think, “I’m not changing that to sell my home”. The reality is, you may be scaring your potential buyers away with the condition of your home. 

When prepping your home for sale, the goal is to make the home appealing to everyone. You want buyers to picture themselves living in, and seeing the potential of your home - not leaving and labeling your home the clown picture collection home. 

From too personalized collections, too much stuff, to just plain everyday life – When it comes to selling a home, you have to remove these things when selling a home. That means you need to remove distractions, pack up the too personal stuff, keep it clean and tidy and consider - what may be normal to you, may scare a potential buyer.


Lawn Ornaments/ Overdone Seasonal Décor:  Angels sculptures, crouching bunnies, blow-up Spiders, Hay bale and scarecrow greeters at the door and sneaking gnomes.  Instead, showcase your lovely manicured, mulched and cut lawn. Exterior 1st impressions are a clue of a well maintained and beautiful home.

A Cluttered Foyer:  Your foyer is like a handshake – the introduction to your home. Welcome your potential buyers with hospitality and panache.  A foyer should be spotless, shoeless and has a guest closet that Marie Kondo would swoon over, not the people from TV’s ‘Hoarders’ show.  If you have a foyer table, add a vase of fresh flowers and your Real Estate agent’s listing materials.


Collections:  Although you may have a passion for clown paintings, taxidermy or Precious Moments figurines - people buying a home may not - and if they do, may get distracted by seeing them.  Collections, especially personalized ones, should be packed up.  Instead, focus on a room’s arrangement; showcase your rooms’ detail, layout and how the potential buyer can use the space.

Acres of Family Photos: Too many photos overwhelm, especially the huge family portrait over your fireplace mantle. The psychology of marketing a home for sale - is allowing the buyer seeing themselves in your home, not you and you and you in the home.  A few small frames in a bookcase or on a bedroom dresser are fine, just not on every wall and surface.

Animal Items: Cat towers in the living room, fish tanks in foyers, cages, beds and exposed litter boxes.  Most people are animal lovers, but not when buying a home. While the home is on the market these items need to be removed or tucked into a remote area.  People respond to the 5 senses when viewing a home - even seeing a cat box that is clean, will make a person scrunch up their nose.

Bathroom Rugs: Tank covers, toilet seat covers and small bath area rugs. No need to blanket a bath in fluff.  Showcase your bath’s shiny bright condition by exposing all its shiny clean surfaces and well maintained tile.

Too Many Personal Items:  We all know what happens when we shop at Costco or Sam’s Club.  From bursting linen, bedroom, pantry closets to inside a shower, on top of a counter or dresser and under the sink – too many personal products take up space, make a space look cluttered and tells a story of you and your family. Instead, organize products in opaque plastic bins or handled baskets that can be tucked away for showings.

Messiness:  You wouldn’t sell your car unwashed and with chicken nuggets in it? So the same goes for your home.  Give your home bath.  Wash the windows, cleaned carpets,  paint if the walls need it and live like Model Home family with it ready-to-show at all times.  Try purchasing some large flip top containers you can have stationed in each room. Use them to tidy up every morning or before showings.

Darkness:  Drawn drapes, burnt bulbs, missing lamps, turned off lighting.  If they can’t see it, why would they buy it?  Light up your home like a beacon.  Get those exterior lights on a timer, open your sheers and blinds, replace and check every bulb in your home and if a room can’t be shown in the evening because there isn’t a lamp in the space – Go buy some.
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