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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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10 Great Home Decor and Accessories You Should Buy

When styling your home, seek out 'Good Bone' pieces that can transform any space in a big way. These home decor items can be shifted to another room at a whim. They have a timeless design and will have a place in your decor and accessory arsenal for many years. Ten great home decorating pieces that you should always be looking to acquire.

1.)    A CLASSIC SET OF BLACK TURNED CANDLESTICKS/HOLDERS.  Their curves, the color, and their varied height make for a classic lesson in good design.  A nice set of candlesticks can be used in any setting - from al fresco dining to adorning an entryway table.

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2.)    A SILVER TRAY.  Modern or detailed, sterling or silverplate - a silver tray sets a rich stage for any vignette. It works for hosting hand towels and mints in a powder room prepped for a party, to a setting place for business cards, holiday cards or daily mail.
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3.)    A PARSONS STYLE CONSOLE TABLE. Simple, timeless chic - this mainstay can slide behind a sofa, in a foyer or can double as a desk.
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4.) A CHINESE GARDEN STOOL.  These little wonders come in traditional and modernized versions and can be seated anywhere.
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5.)     A SET OF NESTING TABLES.  Table chameleons. Can be tucked next to any seating, or be all spread out.
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6.)    A BOWL SHAPED VASE.   From creating a crafty terrarium to showcasing summer peonies, this vase style will bowl you over with its many uses.

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7.)    18”x18” SILK COVERED DOWN FILLED PILLOWS. Sized right, organic, textural and totally comfortable.  These pillows can dress up any sofa or chair. 
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8.)    A 6’x 9’ JUTE RUG.  Rough yes, but in a good way! This style of rug can create the perfect juxtaposition in any space.
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9.)   A 'WOW' PIECE OF ART. Whatever your medium, whatever the subject, whatever your style - Every home deserves to have a great piece of Art.
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10.) A LARGE, REAL ORCHID.  Easy to take care of, not too pricy and long lasting - Orchids are just beautiful.   Add an orchid on a cocktail table or as a centerpiece and your plain space just got elevated to high style.
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10 Bad Home Accessories You Should Never Buy

Certain home accessories should be left at the store when you are decorating, or staging your home. Let's take a look at what is considered in my opinion - to be the most offensive decor-ruiners.

1.) A 6 foot silk ficus tree from a craft store.

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2.) Mass produced art that you see over and over again in every store.
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3.) Pillows too big for the seating you are buying them for.

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4.)Anything you would consider putting on top of your kitchen cabinets.

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5.) An area rug just right for the width of the cocktail table rather than the conversation area.
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6.) A large Plain Jane framed mirror for over a fireplace mantle or sofa.

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7.) Really short lamps for your nightstands next to your pillow top bed.

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8.)    Ivy garland to adorn or drape a piece of furniture.

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9.)    Your 36th photo frame for family pictures.

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10.) Anything that has a moose, bear or angel theme.

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Selling Your Home? I don’t want to offend... but you don’t belong here - I do the Home Stager.

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Honestly, don’t be offended and don’t get emotional, but you don’t belong here anymore. We all know there is a perfect formula to selling a home and you are not part of the equation - but I am. From your basement crawl space stuffed with holiday decorations to your favorite purple hue you just adore in your master bedroom - when you are ready to sell it's time to remove you from your home.

I have been in the Home Staging business for 14 years, specializing in occupied homes rather than empty ones. Houses filled with people, complete with pets, kids and the whirl of our daily, crazy lives. I get it - I too have a house filled with just about the same stuff (well maybe not the purple bedroom). I am sensitive to understanding the emotional connection we have with our belongings and the place we call home. But if you want to sell your home, it all boils down to you and your stuff - No offense.

Here’s the bottom line, when you sell your home, there is a particular group of people that want to buy it.  Your Realtor and I will help make that determination. He/She does this for a living and is familiar with your demographics such as schools, transportation, affordability, floor plan and amenities. I know what people want and what makes your home desirable to someone. One of first questions I ask when walking through your door is “So, who’s buying your home?”

What does this group want?  They want to move into your home and not have to do a bunch of stuff. I promise they will not love your kitchen wallpaper, your purple bedroom, or Illini themed basement. They can not see past your overstuffed storage space, Mom's and your collection of Llardros or your cat box.

It’s my job to help you prep, paint and style your home so it is irresistible to that group. Can you do it on your own? Some can but not most. Most sellers are emotionally involved - what you think is great most likely needs to be tweaked. What you think is uncluttered is not, and guess what, I can smell your cat!  Pay the price and have a seasoned expert help you detail the most expensive thing you have ever owned. Build your sales team - You, Me and the Realtor. Our goal is to sell your home so you can go buy another one. Now let go and let me in.

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