When I began building my dream house I’d regularly reference the beautiful homes featured in Better Homes & Gardens. I’d snap pics and tear sheets to include as inspirations for what I would one day call my very own space. To have the tables turned and actually be the one inspiring others with my home is surreal, to say the least. The fact that Lexi and Harley got in on the action makes this feature one of my favorites. Lexi propping her arm up on the arm of the sofa is pretty much the best thing ever, right? She is so hilarious.
I have gotten lots of questions in my “Ask Jules” inbox about my home décor, but the room I’m most excited about (currently) is my kitchen! I’ve been having some super fun dinner parties and I have found myself actually looking forward to cooking dinner as much as possible. It’s amazing what a difference having a space you love can make! Check out this question from Kellyanne and get the scoop on all my kitchen secrets below.
Hello and happy Thursday! We are Megan and Dawn from E. Interiors, a mother/daughter design team, and we are THRILLED to be guest posting today — we are huge fans of Julianne and all her amazing talents.
E. Interiors is a full-service design team as we take on custom home renovations and new build projects, e-design clients as well as room makeovers, we do it all and love what we do. We run a lifestyle blog as well as a brand new shop, Shoppe E. We’d love for you to come say hi!
Today we are excited to show you how you can freshen up your space while sharing home decor inspiration in a few of our favorite styles. We took one space, a sitting room, and styled it three different ways, showing you how you can get the look.
Our first look is Bohemian and is an ever popular style right now. Bohemian, or “boho” is an overall eclectic and earthy look full of color and character. Urban Outfitters is a great place to start when shopping this vibe.
Nothing says spring like having fresh flowers in the house, and right now I’m loving tulips! They come in the most gorgeous colors, and have such a sophisticated, architectural shape they can instantly make any room seem like it’s professionally decorated.
If I’m going to have a beautiful bouquet on display, I want to keep it fresh as long as possible. I did some research on the best way to take care of cut flowers, and discovered it’s a lot less difficult than I thought!
One of my favorite holidays is almost here! I LOVE Thanksgiving. Not only for the scrumptious feast and the opportunity to surround ourselves with loved ones, but also because it’s another chance to take a step back and truly think about all there is to be thankful for.
When it comes to decorating this year, I want to do something special that goes beyond being decorative. I want to create décor that evokes thought and gratitude. I did some digital digging and found some impressive inspirations. Thought I’d share them here with you!
You guys know how much I love changing things up around the house based on the holiday or season. Since the temperature in LA is finally starting to feel more like fall, I’ve been inspired to follow suit. Getting crafty with the decor is definitely on my to-do list, but first I want to get into the spirit by changing up the scent. Out go the summery florals and in come the chai, vanilla and pine.
As bummed as I was to see the Move Tour come to an end, I was ecstatic to finally move into my new house! Building this place practically from the ground up has been a massive project and I have learned a ton about renovations and decor. There is still so much to do as you can see from these heaping piles of junk and dirt but it will all be worth it in the end.
Being on tour has been a perfect opportunity to collect inspirations and ideas for my new home. When I return to LA in a few months, I’ll begin to fill my blank space with furniture and accents. My goal is to select pieces that have personal meaning or remind me of a place I visited and admired.
New Orleans definitely got my design wheels spinning. I was in constant awe of the city’s approachable opulence. The blend of French, Spanish and African influences create such a dreamy, elaborate environment. It’s something I would love to recreate in parts of my grand manor… I mean, my house. 🙂
I took tons of pictures for my mood board of cast iron railings that decorate the balconies in the Quarter. I’d love to find an antique or vintage inspired one to hang on a wall, use as a headboard, or maybe cover a fireplace I also took pictures of the gas lights and lanterns, which would be beautiful in any backyard.
Speaking of the yard, NOLA’s lush, elaborate gardens got me thinking about my own. I’m into the idea of incorporating sculptures into the landscape. Also took note of the large pots and abundance of hanging plants.
What city inspires your interiors?
Fish. Bacon. Broccoli. While the savory smells are wafting from the stove you salivate over the anticipation of your first bite. But once the dishes have been washed and you’re post food coma, the once incredible smells become – well, stinky. The other night, I slow cooked a delicious spicy chili. I thought for sure the kitchen walls would somehow soak up the peppery stench and by morning it would be back to its fresh and clean state. But holy jalapeno it still stank like last nights dinner!
I figured, if cooking is what got me into this stinky mess… cooking was going to get me out of it. I thought about the rich, fragrant apple cider my mom makes during the holidays. It makes the whole house smell unbelievably warm and festive. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but I did have some vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the pantry. I had to get ready for the day and didn’t have time to monitor an open flame on the stove, so I put the ingredients in my slow cooker instead. I added 2 cups of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 capfuls of vanilla extract and turned it on its lowest setting. In not time at all my home smelled sweet, warm and inviting. Not a trace of chili leftovers lingered in the air.
As I scope and poke around for decor ideas and inspirations, I’ve noticed one of the common threads in houses with a wow factor is they all treat every room like it’s a special room. Meaning, not only dining rooms and living spaces get decked out with design elements such as candles, chandeliers and accent rugs, but laundry rooms, bathrooms, and walk-in closets do, too. I appreciate and see why it makes sense to give the usually overlooked rooms some love, too. Even though we don’t lounge or entertain in there, we still spend some time in those rooms and plus, it’s still an extension of our home. And why not make the laundry room feel like a beautiful space to work in while doing something that’s anything but glamorous?
I’ve decided that over-the-top opulent chandeliers are not the way for me when it comes to dressing up these “other rooms.” I just want to give it a hint of warmth and elegance, nothing too grand. I like the idea of using capiz pendants and lights for this purpose. Capiz is the name of the translucent outer shell of oysters found mostly around the Philippines. They’re delicate and exquisite yet casual in essence. Pieces made out of Capiz range in price, so there’s an abundance of choices for every budget.