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Julea Joseph

Julea Joseph
Hello - I'm Julea


A stylish home 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 adventures to enhance, celebrate and appreciate all things home.


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Not so Fast - Thanksgiving is in-between.

Not so Fast - Thanksgiving is in-between.

It may be the day after Halloween, but don't be decking the halls with red and green just yet - there is a holiday in-between, and it's called Thanksgiving!  Here are some great home decorating and hosting ideas that can ease you into the jingle jangle season.  

Container Gardens: 

As our 1st frost approaches, it's time to replace the product in our outside container gardens.  Opt for  mainstays of cut Evergreen greenery or even a live small Evergreen species or tree or bush as your anchor  Add fall materials such preserved leaves, pods or flowers and sprayed pine cones in autumn colors. As the season turns into winter, the autumn picks can simply replaced with frosty, winter finds. 

Thanksgiving Container Garden
Photo: Midwest Living


The timeless eucalyptus wreath can be dressed up or down with any season. The elegant, interesting, round leaves are the perfect foil for any decorating style.  Add your favorite elements of the season, then swap them out when you are ready for the next - no need to reinvent the wheel with a whole new wreath. From doors, windows, table centerpieces to tiered plate stands, wreathes are a perfect elevation. This wreath is from Joann.  
Eucalyptus Wreath
Photo: Joann

Photo: Michael's

Simple added elements such as these fall eucalyptus stems can transition your wreathes from one season to another. Eucalyptus multi-leave stems by Michaels 


Whether foyer, sofa or dining - your table will always look better dressed in fabric.  This in-between time is ideal for texture and neutral color tones.  Burlap, linen, jute, cheesecloth, sacking, or any natural fabric in a neutral tone will create the perfect styling veneer for your tables.  Used as a runner, wrap or layer, these natural fibers will celebrate the season and give you that base to build on.   Runner from Ashley Furniture

Photo Collage: Julea Joseph/Source

What to do About Pumpkin:

As cold weather, especially snow or a frost comes in - your exterior pumpkins need exit the exterior of your home or they'll be nothing but mush. Extend their use by adding them to your interior decorating, and if you are hosting Thanksgiving - those pumpkins can be a part of your holiday table too. 

Photo collage: Julea Joseph/Source

With these in-between home decorating ideas, your in-between holiday, Thanksgiving will get it's highlight.  Enjoy! - Julea

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Store Bought Floral Upstyle - With Yard Finds!

Store Bought Floral Upstyle - With Yard Finds!

Store Bought Bouquet UpStyle

Don't let your grocery store bought flowers look droopy and sparse in a vase.  Add office tape to your vase, and yard stuff to plump up your display.

After UpStyle
Create a beautiful floral display with grocery flowers and yard greenery.

Start with adding office tape to your vase.

Walk your yard for greenery - 
hosta, ornamental grasses, tree or bush snips all work.
Add those stems to create a base.
Make sure to cut the stems of your 
store bought floral first. I measure the cut 
to the size of the vase and preferred height above rim. 
Add floral and final yard found fill.
Upstyled Floral
From lonely to lush with yard finds.

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10 Home Styling Sins - Selling or Dwelling

10 Home Styling Sins - Selling or Dwelling

Home Stylists have some pet peeves when it comes to our craft - selling or dwelling. Here's 10.

1.) Faux Greenery in Odd Areas. Always place trees or greenery in areas that they could actually GROW! Their sole faux purpose is to give the illusion they are real, therefore need photosynthesis (light) to grow.  Home Styling tip: Pop your faux tree in size appropriate woven basket, topped with Spanish moss to complete the look.
(Photo: QVC)
2.) Too High Art. When hanging art over a sofa or a case good, associate the height to the item to retain good visual contact. The display will not look right if it seems to float too high above the object - it needs to be grounded. 18" from the back of the sofa is a good rule of thumb. And slightly above the smallest arrangement for the case good.
Photo: Hayneedle
3.) The Rug Scale to Conversation Area Faux Pas. A rug can create and define a conversational grouping. Make sure that the scale of the rug is in-tune to the scale of the furniture/objects associated to it. A sofa should either be sitting on or no more than 8"away from a rug.  Just about the same size as the cocktail table is NOT a scale formula for rug size.
Choosing the right rug
Photo: Mohawk
4.) Accessorizing with Evens. When accessorizing or creating vignettes, the golden rule is "Always in Odd Numbers."
(Photo: Pottery Barn)
5.) Forgetting the Focal Point. Every space has a fabulous purpose or emphasis. Focusing on the purpose and/or emphasis of the room will allow you to set the mood and arrange the furnishings and accessories properly.
Photo: Country Living Magazine
6.) Flood Window Treatments. Traditionally drapery panels are set 1/2 in. off the floor. 1" is pushing it and 3" off the floor is creating a Capri style curtain...
Photo: Overstock
7.) Being Light Challenged. Every room should have at least three light sources for the function of space. Can ceiling lights do not count. The perfect formula is to have them placed in a triangle pattern around the room; which will create movement and flow to the space.
Photo: Elle Decor

8.) Table Short. Anywhere someone sits should have a table in reach of a seated person. The exception is a transitional space such as a foyer or hall.
Photo: Home Depot

9) A Mirrored Mess. Mirrors over fireplaces, sofas, or lonely on a wall oh my... Mirrors should always reflect something beautiful - Not a ceiling fan, 2nd floor rail or blank wall. You can be excused if it is a decorative mirror that shows as art rather than function.

10 Home Styling Sins
Photo: Source
10.) Oddly Angled Furniture. Don't think your being creative if you put it on an angle. Angles instantly slice through visionary planes, can make people psychologically feel uncomfortable, can eat up floor space and can render the piece or room function-less. Home Styling Tip: Follow the room's walls, focal point and traffic pattern for clues on how to arrange furniture. 
Photo: CR Laine

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