Christmas Design Series…KICK-OFF!

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It is that time of the season again…Christmas Holiday Decorating!  I know this year just flew by like all the other times, but this Christmas season just seems to have arrived just a tad bit too early…especially to a person who does seasonal decorating that starts early in September and finishes up on Christmas Eve.

I am kicking off my Christmas Design Series with two great Christmas gift ideas for the men.  Yes, you read it right…for the men.  Men just seem to always get those last minute gift ideas and that rarely seem to generate excitement during the gift opening celebration on Christmas day…LOL!

My first gift idea is a Christmas DIY that is easy to make especially if you can find one already pre-made.  The man in your life will absolutely squeal with delight as he opens this gift on Christmas Day.

6 pack drink caddy christmas

Rowling Leather Products reached out to me again this season and asked for me to do a review of their Men’s Leather Storage Collection.  This collection is absolutely amazing and receives “two thumbs up”.   This amazing collection comes in two colors, black and brown and is made of top materials and fabrics.  They offer ample storage and compartments for holding everything from keys to cellphones, eyeglasses, pens, notepads, coins, money, and special jewelry.  These make the perfect gifts for the man who has everything and loves storage organization.  In addition, Rowlings is offering a “Black Friday” Coupon just for you. *Coupons are in my description box of my YouTube Channel listed below*

mens valet for christmas

Please click on the video to take advantage of the “Black Friday” coupons.


Now with these two great Christmas gift ideas that you can do for the man in your life, there is no reason why you should be wrapping up ties and socks as presents this year…LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to your Christmas Holiday Season!



New Design Client…Timeless Elegance with Contemporary Edge

OB-JHannah's Formal Dining

I always see a new design client as an opportunity to make someone’s dream home turn into a reality.  It is an adventure that as a designer I am afforded the opportunity to live vicariously through their dreams while bringing them to fruition.

This client has just moved into her dream home and she wanted it to be a reflection of timeless elegance with just a little contemporary edge.  She had never worked with an interior designer before, so this was an opportunity for me to educate her on the process while making it fun and exciting.

The dining room space is the first area in the home that we are tackling, so this is the design board for the space.  Everything has been placed into the space except the custom window treatments and the console table…which are soon to be added.

I can not wait to share the reveal of this space, so please stay tuned!

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Interior Design Office “On-The-Go”

rowlings complete set

Rowling Leather Products has reached out to me to review their home office storage boxes. This review and comments are 100% my opinion. 


As an interior designer, I found myself working more out of my car traveling between my many design projects than out of my home office.  I came to the conclusion that I needed to create an on-the-go office system to use in my car.  I knew that I wanted an office system that was functional as well as beautiful.  So when I was contacted by Rowling Leather Products to review a line of their home organization items, this was the answer to my dilemma.

Although this particular line can be used in various ways, I decided to use it as storage for my office products to use while on the go.  What I love the most about Rowling Leather Products is their attention to detail, quality and the excellent craftsmanship that put into each of their items.  The light woven material mixed with the chocolate brown leather-like material makes for a chic and professional look.

rowlings open boxes

The storage boxes are generous in space and are collapsible which makes for easy storage when not is use.   The large carrying case can double as a file holder as well as a magazine holder.

rowlings small set

The collapsible trays are perfect for holding pens, pencils, paper clips, and other small office necessities.  The small boxes are perfect to hold scissors, a stapler, sticky notes as well as large office utensils.  In addition, these storage boxes can double as a remote control holder or a holder for your favorite eyeglasses.

If you are a busy mom, a working mom or an entrepreneur who works more out of your car than you do your home office, then this office on-the-go will work perfectly for you as well.

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Pottery Barn Inspired…”Abbott Island & Hutch Set”

I always love a great challenge…so when I stumbled across this free pallet sitting outside of my local FedEx store,

pottery barn pallette

I was inspired to re-create Pottery Barn’s Abbott Island and Hutch Set that retails for around $2248.00.

pottery barn abbott

Pottery Barn Abbott Island and Hutch Set…

With the pallet in-tow in the back of my truck, I headed home to begin creating my version of the set.

I began my creation by repurposing my gift wrapping station table to mimic the island base.  You can use any table of your choice according to your height specifications.  My table base dimensions were:

height…34 inches

depth…24 inches

width…36 inches

image of island table

My old gift wrapping table base was perfect because it already had several of the same features as the Pottery Barn’s version.

I had to make just one cosmetic change to the table by simply enlarging the existing table top with a piece of plywood.  The plywood dimensions were 42 inches width x 26 inches depth.

image of island table with plywood

 *Please be sure to screw down the plywood onto the table base.  I just screwed 4 wood screws into each corner. 

Next, I cut the pallet in half in order for it to fit on top of the table base. I secured the pallet to the table base with “L brackets in the back and on the sides.  *This is a MUST to prevent the pallet from falling forward.  

image of island table with pallet


I then added a shelf on top and a small shelf inside using left-over wood, stained, and decorated it and now here is my version of the Pottery Barn Abbott Island and Hutch Set.

pottery barn full view Ooops, I was so excited with the final outcome, that I forget to turn one of the flowerpots to the front…well I am human, you know…LOL!

My plans are to use the set for different purposes, but for this purpose it was being used as a drink and hors d’oeuvres station for guests.

pottery barn cheers

pottery barn main shelf


pottery barn bottle of wine view

Hopefully, I have inspired you to do a DIY pallet project…and if you do please be sure to share it by tagging me on Instagram at hauteondesigntx or on my Facebook page, Haute On Design, I would love to see what you made out of a pallet.

*Please be sure to only use pallets that have an IPCC code with a HT (which means the wood has been heat transferred treated) for safety purposes.

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Rowling Leather Products: Luxury Jewelry Box Organizers & Traveling Bags

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Click on the highlighted link for purchase and more information…Jewelry Box Vintage Armoire by Rowling

Rowling Leather Products has reached out to me to review their Jewelry Box Organizers/Armoires and Travel Bag. This review and comments are 100% my opinion. 


Every “fashionista” should have a luxurious jewelry box organizer to store her jewelry, watches and precious gems.   Rowling Leather Products have several deluxe leather-like jewelry box organizers that offers class and sophistication for jewelry storage.

rowling white open

Click on the highlighted link for purchase and more information…Jewelry Box Organizer by Rowling

Rowling Leather Products take pride in making professional handcrafted jewelry box organizers with strict attention to detail.  The beautiful outside leather-like material offers durability and the velvet lining inside helps to protect your jewelry and precious gems. These jewelry box organizers/armoires make perfect birthday, Christmas and Mother’s Day gifts.


rowling traveling bag


A travel bag is a must for any “fashionista” always on the go!  This travel bag is waterproof so it will make the perfect carry-all bag to take to the lake, beach, and even on a picnic. The fun, bright and cheery pattern makes it a whimsical bag to carry in style.

rowling tamela holding bag

Hopefully, you fell in love with these fabulous jewelry organizers/armoires and travel bag just as I did.  Overall, the jewelry box organizer/armoires are a beautiful and a functional edition to my bedroom dresser as well as my teenage daughters.  The travel bag has already come into being handy on several outing with friends to the lake…Yeah me!


Chanel High Tea


Spring is here and what better time to host a spring party or event at your home.

I love hosting parties in my home especially during the springtime because I am able to incorporate my “Five Spring Entertaining Essentials” into my party theme or event.

1.  3-Tier Stands in different sizes and colors



2.  Table cloths and wrapping paper



3.  Decorative Faux Foliage



4.  Serving Platters and dishes



5.  Decorative Accessories


By incorporating these five essentials into my set-up, I was able create a “Chanel High Tea” event for my women’s Bible study group.

I chose to do a “Chanel” theme for my event because I love everything about Chanel and what it represents in class, luxury and sophistication…not to mention, I love the Chanel No5 perfume.

And if you are curious about all the Chanel decorative accents, please stay tune because I am going to do a DIY video on how to make those items.

In the meantime, click on the video to get more tips on how to create this look.

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“Spa” Bar Cart

spa bar cart front view

Want to create a “spa” like environment in your master bath?  Why not repurpose your bar cart into a “spa bar cart”.  By incorporating all your favorite bath accessories onto your bar cart, you can create a 5-Star spa-like environment in your master bath.

spa bar cart top view

Here is a close-up view of some my “spa goodies” that I have incorporated onto my “spa” bar cart.

1.  Bath body brush

2. Favorite candle, scented lotions and perfumes

3. Dream platter to place my jewelry

4.  Apothecary jars filled with my favorite bubble bath, Q-tips and Epson salt for soaking

5.  Plush white robe (draped over the handle)

spa bar cart towels

6…and don’t forget to add in plush white towels.


If you want to get more tips on how to create a “spa” like environment in your master bath, then click on the video below…Enjoy!

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Curtains…A Functional Decorative Element

We all know that curtains are the window fashions in a space.  Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they also serve as a functional decorative element in a space.  Decorating with curtains is easy to do because of these three functional decorative elements:  decoration, privacy, and protection.  As a designer, whenever I am designing a space, I always look for a collection of curtains –Yorkshirelinens that have all three of the decorative elements.


Photo Courtesy of Yorkshire Linen…Pencil Pleat Curtains- Pewter

Curtains are the finishing jewels for windows when decorating a space.  Decorating with curtains in various patterns, colors, and styles can help to define a design style or introduce a new style in a space.  Grommet curtains give a space more of a transitional/contemporary look; whereas pinch pleats and rod-pocket curtains offer more of a traditional look in a space.

Privacy is also one of the functional decorative elements of curtains.  Decorative curtains can be used as room dividers to define an area in a large open space or it can provide privacy barriers for areas in small space living quarters.  In addition, decorative curtains can be used to camouflage open shelving as well as doorless closets in bedrooms.  However, when using curtains in this manner of decorating, the length and fabric choice should be of most importance.

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Photo Courtesy of cnbhomes

And the last functional decorative element of curtains is to provide protection.  Curtains provide protection against the sunlight fading of fabric on furniture pieces and flooring (especially hard wood floors).  In addition, it can provide protection against the outside elements of cold and heat.


Photo Courtesy of Marks & Spencer


So now, I am sure that you did not realize how curtains could be a functional decorative element outside of just hanging there looking pretty…LOL!  I now challenge you to walk through your home to see if your curtains have all three functional decorative elements.


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Awkward Spaces: Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen above space blue white ginger jars

Photo Courtesy of House

Decorating the space above kitchen cabinets can be somewhat tricky if not downright complicated.  It is an area that will not received constant usage and the complexity of trying to keep up with the dusting makes one wonder why such an area even exists.

Well if you are lucky enough, if you want to call it luck, to have an empty area above your kitchen cabinets and need ideas on how to decorate that area, hopefully these pictures will give you some design inspirations.

kitchen above space cookbooks

Photo Courtesy of The Design Files

kitchen space above a wired baskets

Photo Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

kitchen above space with stylish message

Photo Courtesy of The Handmade Home


Well, I have to admit that this is not an issue for me because I have another issue with the space above my cabinets…the ceiling slopes…now, whose bright idea was that?!!!…LOL!

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Nate Berkus Spring/Summer 2015

Nate Berkus is one of my favorite designers hands down.  I love his approach to design and his flair for creating fabulous office and home accents to fit every budget.  With that being said, I was excited to see his new spring/summer collection for 2015 exclusively made for at Target.  You can check out a few pieces of his collection here or visit to see the entire collection to purchase.

nate burks gold metal art

Nate Berkus Gold Metal Wall Art at


nate burkus rugs

Nate Berkus rugs at


nate burkus pencil holder

Nate Berkus Asymmetrical Organizer at


nate burkus soap dispenser and decorative tray

Nate Berkus Soap Dispenser and Decorative Tray at


nate burkus gold table

Nate Berkus Brass Metal Accent Table at


I know that I am about to head to my nearest Target store to purchase a couple of these items…I will be sure to save a couple for you…LOL!

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