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Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
Hello - I'm Julea


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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Monday, January 14, 2013

Lifestyle Functionality is the 2013 Look for Homes

Lifestyle Functionality is the 2013 look for homes.  Easy and efficient is what is trending in Home Design these days. Our no-fuss, fast paced lifestyles demands that our home places are the same.  From open floor plans to savvy multi-function rooms, to smart apps to control home's temperature - We want our homes comfortable, easy, and to work for us.


  • Work horse not show places.
  • Cabinets - Natural stains and white. Forget the fuss. Clean, simple contemporary styles is replacing fussy details.

2013 home design trends, white kitchen cabinets, sorbet yellow, benjamin moore

  • Counters - No maintenance quartz composites are not only eco-friendly, but require no extra work.
  • Single Sinks - Deep large one sink bowls replace dual to house large pots and make entertaining easier.
  • Floors - Hardwood - Engineered for simple installation and maintenance and friendly to adding heating element. Wide plank and washed and weathered lighter finishes.

2013 flooring trends, oak, whitewashed wide plank, home design

  • Back splash - Glass or glass tile, subway tile and simple designs - Tiny mosaic on its way out.

2013 home design decorating trends, glass back splash

2013 home design trends, organic kitchen garden, backyard
  • Commercial Flair - Under counter refrigeration, hefty 6 burner stoves, pot fillers and multiple ovens - Everyone is a TV Chef!
  • Kitchen Garden - Growing your own heirloom tomatoes, herbs and veggies from city rooftops to suburban yards is a guaranteed organic on your table.

Home Remodeling

  • Open floor plans.
HGTV 2013 home design decorating dream home
2013 Home Decorating Design trends, open floor plan, kitchen ideas

  • Homes that age with us -  Wider halls, bigger doors for accessibility, bathrooms designed with aging in mind.
2013 home design decorating trends, bathroom,

  • Special Function Rooms - Work from home offices, laundry gets its own room, and tricked out storage and closet space makes the most of every square foot of the home.
Beautiful laundry rooms, 2013 design trends, decorating

  • Energy Efficient - From window replacement to apps upgrade your home to conserve energy.

Home Decorating Trends
  • Color - Muted with pops of color. 
  • Wood tones switch from super dark to beech, birch and wicker tones. 
  • Colorful powder rooms get the WOW factor, less saturated living spaces in linens, grey or grey-hues.  Pops of color in accents:  Emerald Green, Lemon Yellow, Marine Blue and Melon.
Neutrals mixed with bright colors

  • Materials - Brass is back, updated for the 21st century and showing up in lighting and accents. Calacatta marble replaces Carrara for its more defined veining and color from tile to accents pieces like bowls and vases. 
  • Retro botanicals,  over sized floral patterns (Think Lucy Lui’s Golden Globe gown) and textured solids in fabrics and wallcoverings.
Johnathan Adler Brass Lamp

  • Re-purposed Anything - From recycled denim wall insulation to redoing your childhood bedroom set, to petrified wood accent table - Re-use, re-purpose, reinvent.
Petrified wood John Mazur accent table from One Kings Lane

  • Statement in home decor - One of a kind art, furniture and accents by local artists and artisans allows the homeowner to put their personal stamp on their space.

Julea Jane Joseph
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

How My Laundry is Cleaner Because of Pinterest

As we all know Pinterest is just a wee bit addicting. Pretty pictures, DIY projects and a whole lot of recipes to help you forget your New Year's diet resolution. Most of my Boards have to do with home decorating and entertaining, but I do like scour out cleaning and organizing ideas since it's an area I appreciate, but none too keen on.

So it was a delight when I stumbled on a zillion homemade laundry detergent recipes.  Since I do try to be frugal and am conscious of  chemical loaded stuff, I thought I could do this!  I looked at a bunch of the recipes and came up with my own mix.  I've already made a batch and I have to say - My wash is super clean and smells fabulous.

I scouted out all the Products at Target including the jumbo sized covered glass canister (kitchen supply isle.) From home you'll need a kitchen box grater, a large mixing spoon and a scoop of some sort - I grabbed one of my vintage Fiestaware coffee cups.  The essential oil can be purchased at   (C.O. Bigelow - Essential Oil - Lavender )

All the ingredients are "old school" washing products found in any grocery store.

1.) 1 Box Borax (20 Mule Team)
2.) 1 Box Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
3.) 3 Bars Laundry Bar Soap (Fels-Naptha)
4.) Essential Oil

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Once you've gathered your ingredients the process is simple.  Grate the bar soap. I used the cheese side of the grater. The soap is pretty soft, so to fine grate it would make a mess.
Grate Fels-Naptha laundry soap with kitchen grater.

Clean canister and dry well.  Add powdered ingredients and mix well with large spoon. I found it easier to mix in layers tan try to dump everything in at once. I then added some of the essential oil and mixed again.  Start with a few drops and increase to your desired scent.  The 1st time I made a batch I used Tea Tree Oil, this last batch I used Lavender Oil.
Arm and Hammer washing soda, 20 Mule Borax
Mix powder ingredients well with large spoon.
The added grated bar soap to canister and mix.  For this step I just dug in with my hands and mixed well.  
Grated Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
To style the canister, I had some left-over chalk board wall decal - So I just cut out a label with my Pinking sheers and wrote out the label in chalk.  The soapy canister looks sassy on my laundry room counter and with just a scoop makes my laundry squeaky clean and fresh!
Homemade Laundry Detergent

Julea Jane Joseph
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