Julee Ireland
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.


  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.


  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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Thumbprintz Square Monogram Pillow $25


  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


  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


  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)


  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


  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.


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!

Glitter and Glam

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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December 11, 2014

Hostess with the Mostess on IndyStyle

Today, on IndyStyle Wish TV, I presented :

Hostess with the Mostess
Entertaining Party Perfect Products

Julee Ireland on IndyStyle

Julee Ireland on IndyStyle

Watch the segment here: http://wishtv.com/2014/12/11/entertaining-party-perfect-products/

As a designer and all around DIY gal I love to get creative when it comes to entertaining and setting the perfect scene for my next party. I had a great time today on IndyStyle Wish TV sharing some really innovative party products that are sure to help simplify and add delightful conversation to your next party! Remember, get creative and have fun planning your perfect party. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback as well as any of your own creative party tips or tricks. Please feel free to share them with me and everyone at It’s a Glam Thing.

Tilt twin Chilling Spheres – includes 2 gel-filled stainless steel chilling spheres, metal stirrers/hooks, & bases.


Price: $34.99

Tilt’s chilling spheres don’t melt like an ice cube so your favorite beverages are preserved and never diluted!

It stays cold for about 45 minutes/ lasts longer than ice cubes.

Made with 100% stainless steel filled with medical grade non-toxic gel.

Simply store Tilt chilling spheres in your freezer for 2 to 3 hours.

Comes with stainless steel stirrer and retrieval hook that can be as an appetizer or cocktail accompaniment stick.

The Tilt is not just for cocktails, beverages and wine it’s also great for punch bowls, cold soups, dips or iced tea and coffee.

The Go Plate


Price $18.99 for a set of 10

Load your Go Plate up with your favorite food or appetizers, place it on top of your beverage and take both with you as you mix and mingle at the party.

The Go Plate has a center hole that fits most bottles, cans and plastic cups.

To take a sip of your beverage simply lift off The Go Plate, enjoy your beverage, and then place The Go Plate back on top of your beverage container to continue eating with your free hand.

The Go Plate is available in 7 basic colors

The Go Plate is Reusable; Hand Washable and made of recycled BPA free plastic.

Di Potter Wine and Champagne Shades with accessories


Price $22.99 for a set of 6

Create a custom chic look for any party or event with Di Potter translucent Wine and Champagne shades.

Over 32 different fabulous themes and patterns available in a variety of trending color combinations.

Made of paper and easy to assemble.

Reusable and Made in the USA

.Made for use with any traditional Wine or Champagne glass and a flameless candle.

Di Potter also makes beautiful paper candle bands, placemats and charger plates to further enhance your table scape.

Simple, Affordable and Unique making you the hostess who is sure to be the talk of the town.

Moda Flame Ethanol Fireplaces:


Price ranges from $59 and up

The Moda Flame Fireplace comes in 21 different Sophisticated and Elegant designs. So there’s something to fit everyone’s personal style.

It’s completely Ventless so you don’t need a chimney, gas or electrical hook up.

It runs on clean, eco friendly bio-ethanol fuel

It Burns smokeless, odorless, non-toxic, non-polluting without soot or ash to clean up making it maintenance free.

Produces Real Flames that adding warmth and ambiance to any atmosphere.

It can be used on a table or on the floor and it’s safe to use inside or outdoors.

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

It’s as easy as spray adhesive and glitter!

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 guests!

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December 3, 2014

The Art of Gift Wrapping

I love the art of gift wrapping and this is the gift giving season.  For me, the little details and the presentation of the gift are what matters most.  I adore this idea of using sheet music, old or new to wrap up your special gift for a unique touch.  You can take it a step further and search for music that matches the occasion.  Maybe it’s the Happy Birthday song for a birthday gift, a special holiday song that reminds you of a joyous Christmas past, or a love sonnet such as “The Greatest Love of All” for an anniversary.  
As a final detail try adding a vintage brooch, decorative button, or old piece of jewelry on top of a beautiful ribbon.  Whatever the occasion, this simple do-it-yourself gift wrap idea has a truly deeper meaning that adds to the gift itself.  So, next time you have a gift to give try adding a some music to your wrap and watch as you evoke a melody of pure joy from the receiver!
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Send me photos of your beautifully wrapped creations.  I would love to post them and share them with my readers for you.  Have a blessed Holiday season filled with gifts of love, peace and hope for the new year.
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November 27, 2014

Feeling Grateful on Thanksgiving Day

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November 21, 2014

Do I Need to Brand Myself?

As someone who works in the field of product development and “branding” I am often asked: ” What needs to be branded?”  “What does it even mean to “brand” oneself?”  “Do I need to brand myself?”

These aren’t simple yes or no questions. No matter your field, your goal, your dream, your current position, branding yourself doesn’t hurt your image and it can even help guide you towards creating your dream job.

Business branding is, in large part, protecting yourself.  Buying your business domains, trade marking your name and/or business name, getting copyright or patent protection on things you create or invent is crucial in building your brand and business.  In the sense of business, consider branding as protection and a necessary step if you want to ensure no one can recreate what you do exactly as you do it.

Personal branding is different.  It’s about making sure that when a group of people picture you or your personality they are all thinking of the same things.  It doesn’t have to be what you wear, but it can be as simple as that, especially if you are in the field of design or fashion.  It doesn’t have to be your comedic timing, but it can be, if you are a writer, comedian or television personality.  It doesn’t have to be your products or services, but it could be if you are to be considered an expert in a certain field.  It is truly about representing yourself on any and every platform in a way that is uniquely and authentically you.  It’s about being remembered and having the true you represented so well that you leave a lasting impression with people whether it be at the close of a meeting or when someone reads your “about” page on your website. 

Photo by Debbie Walton

Photo by Debbie Walton

Do you need to brand yourself? Only you can answer this question and your answer depends largely on if you want to be thought of and remembered for what you contributed to the world when you’re not around. Personally, my greatest contributions that I hope to be remembered for above all else, is as a woman who inspired others through her work and who was a really good mom at the same time.

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