Apr 11, 2016

Designing Outdoor Spaces Class

Summer is coming!  Is your deck, patio, or porch ready for outdoor lounging and entertaining?

If not, you're in luck!  Julie will be teaching a Designing Outdoor Spaces class through South Washington County Community Ed on April 28th.  In this class you will learn how to use the basic elements of design - proportion, balance, scale, color, and texture - to create functional and attractive outdoor spaces for patios, porches, 3 season rooms, and decks.  Hands-on planning activities will enable you to begin to create a plan of your own!

You can see more details and register for the class here.  We can't wait to see you there!

Outdoor Spaces


Oct 06, 2015

Business News for Decorating Den Interiors by JT, Inc.

Article featured in the November Connector Magazine in Woodbury, MN

“FACE-LIFTING” Your Home for a Fresh New Look

Sprucing up your home can happen at any time of the year, but with Minnesota’s cold months and more hours spent indoors, now is a good time to make some changes.  You can start with simple color changes, new accessories, sleek storage ideas, or new furniture or window treatments and breathe some new life into a tired old space!

Here are a few ideas guaranteed to “uplift” any tired room:

  1.  Accumulation Elimination – Clear out the clutter!  Would your home benefit from some closet or pantry organizers? Are your current storage spaces maximized?  The key to storage is not only the ease of access, but the ease of returning items to their designated places - “A place for everything, and everything in its place”.

Create spaces to store things you don’t want to see every day.  Versatile and adaptable storage units can be created with decorative woven or fabric baskets, shelving units with drawers and doors, pantry organizers, and storage ottomans to fit your home’s specific needs.

  1. Rearrange Your Artwork, Displayed Photos, & Collections –Change out your artwork for the season.  You do not have to display all your artwork all the time!  Put different pieces on your walls or your shelves throughout the year to create interest and a fresh look. Create a gallery wall of your family photos and special memory pieces.   Centralize your collections into one space for a dramatic look.
  2. Refresh Your Accessories – Change out a lamp or even just the lamp shade.  Add lighting to a dark corner. Add accent pillows in bright colors and patterns, coordinating fluffy throws, and colorful decorative vases to pull the colors of your room together.  Maybe an interesting sculpture or some botanicals is needed to create a desired aura for your room.  Would an area rug warm up the room and connect furniture into conversational areas?
  3. Start Your Own Decorating Notebook - If a whole new look is in the future for a room or rooms in your home, plan now!  Save pictures of rooms you really like – what are your favorite things, preferred colors, style of décor.  By including personalized notes in your Decorating Notebook, you’ll not only save yourself valuable time, but your design professional will be thrilled with the thought you’ve given to your project!

Your home should be your retreat where you can take refuge to seek clarity, relax, and do life with family and friends.  As your neighborhood designer, I am happy to help you with a “facelift” or a full redesign of your spaces to help you retreat in your home!

Article featured in the Woodbury Bulletin - Local Focus - October 2015:

Holiday Décor Ideas for Every Home

By Julie Hartmann, Interior Designer/Decorator

Decorating Den Interiors by JT, Inc.


It is my pleasure to serve the areas of Woodbury and Cottage Grove as your neighborhood designer and decorator. I have lived in Minnesota for three years, an “implant” from Sioux Falls, SD, and have been a designer and decorator all of my life while I served many years as an educator.  I want this article to get you thinking about Holiday décor.  The holidays will be here before we know it, so start your engines! 

As a child, I couldn’t wait to bring out the boxes of ornaments and decorative things that would fill the house with seasonal joy.  Fondly, I remember the shiny tinsel as we tediously added one string at a time to the aromatic tree.   Arranging tabletops and displays with traditional trimmings was so fun to do with my mom and sisters.  Preparing for holiday gatherings is half of the fun as we create lifelong memories for the people most important to us.

Festive Fruits, Vegetables, & Nuts

Put “green” in your holiday decorating by using nature’s bounty decoratively!  Adding cloves to oranges, lemons, and limes will create a beautiful and fragrant pomander. Stack colorful fruit like limes, lemons, and oranges in a tall glass hurricane to make an impressive statement.  Display gold and silver spray-painted walnuts in the shell and gourds in a decorative basket.  Fill a large crystal bowl with red and green apples, sprinkled with cranberry twigs.  Make a basket or wreath arrangement filled with pine cones, evergreen sprigs, cinnamon sticks, nuts, limes, and lemons.  Your local grocery store can provide you many essentials for the accents you need.

Chic Table Tops

Setting a beautiful table can set the mood for all your holiday entertaining.  Decorate your wine glasses with bows or miniature bulbs, place gold tassels around your napkins, and add garland, holly, or metallic ribbon to your chandeliers.  If miniature pumpkins are included in your table décor, they can also accent a dinner setting if the top and center of the pumpkin is carved out and used as mini-vases for appropriately scaled flowers.  Or, you can make the opening large enough to accommodate votive candles.  For Christmas, the same concept works equally well with artichokes.  When you use coordinating shades of chargers under you china, you’ll add a dramatic finish.  Pull it all together with a table runner that ties the color theme together. 

Glowing Candles Everywhere

If one pair of candlesticks on your fireplace mantle is good, then collections are even better!  If you collect crystal, for example, pull together a grouping in all sizes and shapes, old and new.  Add candles of varying heights and use glass beads or small hobby store stones to hold them in place.  Nothing softens a room more than the soft glow of candlelight.  From tall and tapered to short and stout, candles set a celebratory tone.  As the seasons change, just change the colors of candles!  Do not be afraid to mix and match the style of your candles.  An eclectic collection invariably says something about your personal style making your decorating scheme more memorable.


Mirrors, silver and gold ornaments, picture frames, decorative boxes, and candles make your rooms shine.  Mixing metals is stunning and adds visual interest. Nothing says “Holidays” like the twinkle of hundreds of tiny lights in any number of colors to match your color theme.  Whether they are added to small or large plants or draped inside silver or gold netting or garland wrapped around your staircase or outlining your doorway, adding sparkly items will always accentuate you holiday décor. 


Home Consultations Are Complimentary

                Do you have a home decorating project ready to be launched?  Call and schedule a complimentary home consultation for all of your decorating and design needs.  I can take the risk out of decorating on your own.  Working with your lifestyle, taste, and unique home design, Decorating Den Interiors is ready to take you from the idea stage all the way to the delivery and installation.  No project is too big or too small!



Decorating Den Interiors opens franchise in Woodbury


            Easton, Md.---- Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s leading in-home decorating service and largest home furnishings and interior design franchise company, announced that Julie Hartmann, of Woodbury, has been selected to open a  franchise to serve the area. 


            “We are very pleased to have this talented and creative lover of design became part of our interior decorating family,” said James S. Bugg, Jr., president and chief executive officer.


            “I am excited to become part of this wonderful organization and eager to help homeowners create more beautiful rooms,” Hartmann said. “We represent some 100 suppliers offering our customers furniture, case goods, accessories, lighting, floor and wall coverings, draperies and other hard and soft window treatments. We take samples directly to the client’s home or office, provide complimentary design services, and personally see projects through to completion. Our extensive choices enable us work within a wide range of budgets and lifestyles.”


Hartmann became a Decorating Den Interiors franchise owner after progressing through an extensive qualifying process and completing the company’s Professional Decorating and Sales School. “I have always loved decorating and almost chose interior design as a career before choosing a career education. After teaching students of all ages for many years, I have decided to make a career change. I can continue to educate people, although about design, but also provide the furnishings that will make for a beautiful room, one that my clients will love coming home to, where they can live life, relax and enjoy family and friends. It makes for a great combination.”


Hartmann has a doctorate in leadership in addition to her various education degrees. Her teaching and educational administrative experience ranges from preschool to college.


She can be contacted at or 651-504-2080. Her website is