Julee Ireland
April 21, 2015

Home Space Saving Tips

There is nothing worse than a cluttered home. It makes a clean home feel dingy even when its not, creates a feeling of chaos in your home and makes any space no matter its size, feel small. With spring-cleaning in full swing I thought I would share a few simple tips to help you save space and start decluttering your home at the same time!

Use space under a staircase to create a home office, library or study area.

Use space under a staircase to create a home office, library or study area.

1. The Family Room is usually one of the most used rooms in any home and it often becomes the dumping ground for magazines, newspapers, mail, blankets, television remotes and more. Try using an ottoman or chest with a storage compartment inside as a coffee table. It’s a great place to store items and keep your family room from feeling cluttered.

2. To create space for books, nick knacks and accessories in your family, living or sitting room use low bookcases along a sofa back to double as a sofa table with storage. Another great idea to take advantage of wasted space in a room is to use corner bookshelves. Here’s a design trick: If you take your bookshelves up to the ceiling it can make a short room appear taller because it instantly brings your eyes up and out.

3. To create storage for your movie night blankets in your family room or home theater use a wicker hamper as an end table and a storage space for blankets. You can also purchase spray paint from a craft store and easily paint them an accent color to add a punch of color to your room. Think about using masking tape to tape off a simple design such as stripes or a chevron pattern. You can also use multiple paint colors, all of which add pattern, texture and color to your room.

4. Windows are a great place to add extra seating and storage simultaneously to save space. Consider adding a window seat with a lid or hinged top to store items in such as your extra china, linens, clothing, crafts or photos. You can also create a window seat with built in shelves below for books or shoes. Take advantage of using an interesting fabric to make cushions for your seating to add a charming touch of color and pattern to your room.

5. Lastly, look for unused space in your home to reclaim for use. Under the stairway is always a perfect place to do this. You can add pull out shelves for hidden storage, built in bookcases or shelving or open up the wall to build in a small home office to fit a desk, chair and storage closet.

The tips I have shared with you are all simple inexpensive fixes that you can do yourself. If you have any questions feel free to email me at info@juleeireland.com. Now that you have the tools to save space and declutter your home you are ready for wall décor! Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post on tips to create the perfect gallery wall in any room of your home using your family photos and art. Until then, love your home!

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April 14, 2015

DIY organization

I Love this clever and inexpensive DIY idea to organize a room with wall storage boxes. These are old wood crates that are painted with a variety of different colors inside and then hung on the wall as storage. What a Simple, Creative and Easy DIY project for any room in your home. Love it! Let’s get organized!

DIY on the Fly Home Organization

DIY on the Fly Home Organization

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March 18, 2015

DIY envelopes for your next party

I love this simple DIY idea for making an envelope.
Use a square paper doily and fold the sides in around your card or invitation. (You can find these at Joanne Fabrics or Michaels Craft Stores) Fold the sides and bottom in around your card or invitation so they overlap slightly.  Make sure to leave enough room to slide in your card or invitation. Use a clear glue stick to hold them in place. (See photo for folding example)

DIY enveleope

DIY enveleope

Finally, you can add a wax initial stamp, sticker, or label for an added touch to seal your envelope. Simple, inexpensive, elegant, and a truly unique way to set the tone for your special occasion.
Have fun, and then send me a photo of your beautiful creation to post or let me know how it goes!

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February 9, 2015

Party Perfect Cocktail Hour

I LOVE this concept for a wedding, party or celebration. A nice eclectic mix of the old with the new…it’s simply chic and charming with every detail from the lighting to the linen bar and ottomans to the punch of hot pink as the accent color that is carried throughout the theme of the design. Hmmm…this makes me what to start planning my next party!

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Photo Credit: Stylemepretty.com

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January 15, 2015

DIY on a Dime

There are a few things that I am passionate about as a designer, lighting, saving more than a dime, and using my hands to get really creative.  I love this simple inexpensive way to repurpose and bring new light to your room by adding trim to a lampshade.  You can find basic shapes and sizes of lampshades at local craft stores such as Joanne Fabrics or at popular retail store chains such as Target and Walmart or you can simply take your current lampshade and embellish it.

When you have your desired lampshade that fits your lamp all you have to do is find a simple trim from a fabric store that has the right pop of color, texture and style that strikes your fancy.  Be sure to take your lampshade with you when you go to select your trim so that you can lay it against your shade to measure the correct yardage.  You don’t want to end up short! If you don’t have basic sewing skills the shop clerks are always willing to help out so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.  Now that you have your trim you are ready to go! I found this no sew sample lampshade on Pinterest via hercampus.com.  I wanted to share it with you because the photos are simple to follow step by step and it demonstrates just how easy this project really is!

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Photo credit: hercampus.com

Remember, you don’t have to be an expert seamstress to create a beautiful, inviting lampshade that fits your unique style and personality. All you need is a lampshade, trim and a hot glue gun with some of your own creative juice!  Have fun with it and please share your creations with me so that I can post and share them on my all of my social media platforms. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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January 7, 2015

Five Money Saving Home Decorating Tips for 2015

I love the fresh start that a new year brings. In my book, change is good and that includes altering your living environment, breathing new life into it. This year add, “home makeover” to your new year’s resolution list and make subtle changes turning a room from drab to fab quickly, setting the tone for a brilliant new year! Here are my top five money saving decorating tips for 2015

  1. This year take the time to go room by room and collect things that you don’t wear, use, or absolutely love and donate them to a local charity. Eliminate clutter from your countertops, cabinets, cupboards, and dressers by putting away what you don’t use on a daily basis. This simple task will easily change the look of any room without having to spend any money.
  1. The mantel is always the center of attention in a room. Instead of the traditional mirror, piece of artwork, or a family portrait try using three smaller works of art to create pattern and a new interesting focal point in your room.

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  1. Change your accent color to give each room a renewed look. Start by finding a color that you love, then change out your accent pillows and accessories in the same color scheme to rejuvenate the look of your room. Purchase a colorful rug or runner, which can also help to anchor your space. Try painting your chairs and picture frames, or even swapping out the seating of your chairs. Don’t worry about having everything match exactly; it’s much more interesting to see a color in varying hues combined with pattern.
  1. Lighting is essential and it’s “the jewelry” for each room, yet it’s often given the least attention. It sets the tone for your space just as an invitation does to a party. Make your room more inviting by changing out a lampshade with a splash of color or pattern or replace a tired fixture with something new. You can also add dimmer switches to create mood lighting throughout your home.

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  1. Add some plants to your space. You don’t have to have a green thumb to add some greenery to your room. Consider using succulents. They provide texture, color, and require very little maintenance. An occasional spritz of water will do. Consider using larger silk potted plants – they’re beautiful, realistic, and carefree. Plants bring new energy to a room and are often in decorative pots, adding both texture and a design element. Nature’s botanical color palette fits with any environment and offers an inexpensive way to create harmony in any room.

Make it your new year’s resolution to breathe new life into your home in 2015! After all, change is good.

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January 5, 2015

Mongram your New Year

It’s a New Year, Make it all about You with monogram stationery and home decor.  Monogram is a centuries old art that adds a special personal touch when writing a letter or thank you note to someone that you love or by using monogram pieces around your home. This segment for IndyStyle TV is all about how to utilize Monogram items to personalize your home or to write a heartfelt handwritten note. I would love to hear your feedback and any creative ideas that you have to share. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Click Photo to view Monogram show segment with It’s a Glam Thing Host Julee Ireland

Thumbprintz Square Monogram Pillow $25

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  1. Pillows are an inexpensive way to update and add color to any room in your home.
  2. Reversible double sided print for indoor and outdoor use.
  3. Chic pattern available in most letters of the alphabet
  4. 100% polyester
  5. Water repellent and mildew resistant
  6. Easy to spot clean

Monogram Metal Wine Cork Wall Decor $15

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  1. Unique Wall Décor
  2. Ideal for wine enthusiast
  3. You can purchase other letters to spell out a word on your wall
  4. Ready to hang, no assembly required
  5. Makes the perfect unique gift for any occasion

Jonathan Adler Monogram Lucite Block Initial $195

www.jonathanadler.com

  1. Monogram Lucite Block Initial by Jonathan Adler
  2. Modern update to the traditional Monogram style Lettering
  3. Available in all 26 letters of the alphabet
  4. Unique screen print artwork that is suspended between two blocks of Lucite
  5. Beautiful decorative piece of art for your home or as a special gift for family or friends!

Monogram Kate Spade Correspondence Cards $24.95 (set includes 10 cards with lined envelopes)

www.papyrusonline.com

  1. Everyone should have a set or two of correspondence cards at your fingertips for times that call for a handwritten thank you card or heartfelt note.
  2. Classic design with Gold Monogram initial on the front and Kate Spade polka dots on the back.
  3. Chic lined envelope in black and white stripes
  4. Makes a great gift
  5. Available online and in over 180 Papyrus locations in the US and Canada

 Monogram Punch Studio Pocket Notepads $4.95

www.papyrusonline.com

  1. The pocket notepads by Punch Studio are available in a variety of fun colors and patterns.
  2. Small and compact so it easily fits in your purse or bag
  3. Perfect for reminder notes or lists
  4. Makes a great gift or party favor
  5. Available online and in over 180 Papyrus locations in the US and Canada

DIY for Under $20

No Sew Monogram Burlap Table Runner

supplylistburlaprunnerStep 1. Purchase pre-cut Burlap table runner and a Black Sharpie Pen from your local craft or fabric store

Step 2. Print your initial of choice scaled to your desired size from your printer

Step 3. Tape your initial to a flat, dry surface and lay your burlap fabric on top. Tape sides to keep it from moving.

Step 4. Use your black sharpie pen to trace your letter onto your Burlap Fabric

Step 5. Enjoy your beautiful new table runner.

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Tip: You can also purchase pre-made burlap decorative ribbon and use a glue gun to adhere it to the sides of your table runner for an added touch.

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January 1, 2015

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! How Exciting! This is the first day of the start of a new beginning. Here are some of the things that I live by and words that I hope will serve as inspiration for those who need it. Make it a great year. You deserve it!new year menu2

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December 31, 2014

New Year’s Eve DIY Glam

My DIY under $10= Glitter and Glam Champagne, Wine or Beverage Bottles

This is one of my favorite simple DIY ideas (under $10) to Glam out any party especially your New Year’s Eve celebration! It’s inexpensive, easy to do and it’s a fun way to present a bottle of wine or champagne as your next hostess gift.

It’s as easy as spray adhesive and glitter!

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Glitter and Glam photo credit: madiganmade.com

Step 1: Apply spray adhesive suitable for glass to your bottle

Step 2: Sprinkle Glitter on the bottles in your desired color, colors or pattern

Step 3: Prepare to Wow your friends, family and guests!

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December 30, 2014

Get Creative

Get Creative with your next party!

Get Creative with your next party!

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