Fall Buffet Bookcase

Each year, I try to incorporate a new look in my home especially when it comes to seasonal decorating. I love decorating for the Fall because of all the new colors that come out each Fall.  This Fall I decided to forgo decorating my home with all the traditional Fall décor, i.e., pumpkins, gourds and Fall foliage and just bring in the Fall through color.  But all that quickly changed when I visited my local Pottery Barn store and found it all nicely decorated for the Fall.  I could not get home fast enough to start adding in my Fall décor, BUT, adding it only into my newly created “Buffet Space Bookcase”.  You can check out my latest video to see how it turned out!


fall bookcase 1


fall bookcase side view


fall bookcase plate


fall bookcase 2


fall bookcase 4

Comment below and let me know if you like it!




Home Depot Challenge/Collaboration

I had so much fun participating in my first YouTube collaboration, so much that I put a challenge to some of my fellow YouTubers to participate in a Home Depot Challenge.  The Home Depot Challenge/Collaboration consists of creating one design project for under $10.00 which has to be used in your home.   The project had to be from one of these departments:  garden, tile, wood/lumber, and plumbing. (Disclaimer:  This challenge was not sponsored by Home Depot)

The seven YouTube channels that participated were:

1.  Be My Guest With Denise

2.  Veri Keri

3. The Unfrumpy Mommy Life

4.  Live Love Latte

5.  Amateur Decorating Like A Pro

6.  The Frugalnista

7. Keitha M

So be sure to check-out their channels to see their Home Depot Challenge.  But in the meantime, please be sure to click on the video to see my Home Depot Challenge.  Please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP & SHARE!

Hopefully, we have challenged you to get creative in your home!




Come With Me On A Shopping Spree: Episode 3

It is that time again….another SHOPPING SPREE!  Well actually, I am taking you along as I tour a MODEL HOME.  Model homes are the best place to get the scoop on the newest design and decorating trends.  You can get the latest information about energy efficient building materials, appliances and construction….not to mention great decorating tips.  Check out the video and please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE!

Sneak preview of the tour!


Luxury Family room

fm living room


Luxury Master bedroom

fm master bedroom


Luxury Master bathroom

fm master bathroom




2000 Subscribers GIVEAWAY!!

Yeah!  I have reached my “2000 SUBSCRIBERS” milestone on YouTube….applause!  I am doing a GIVEAWAY to show my gratitude to all my YouTube subscribers by giving away a 1-year free subscription to Traditional Home Magazine.

Traditional Home Magazine is one of my favorite magazines to get tips on design and decorating.  They have great articles and beautiful pictures of spaces for inspiration.  I have been a long-time subscriber and want to share my love of reading Traditional Home magazine with one of my lucky YouTube subscribers.

Please click on the video to see how to enter.

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored video.


And don’t forget to “decorate your home to tell your story…It’s Haute!”





Come With Me on A Shopping Spree: Episode 2

I have started a new series on my YouTube channel called, “Come With Me on A Shopping Spree”.  In each episode, I take you along as I go on shopping sprees for design projects in my home or for a client.  You get to follow along as I peruse my favorite thrift and retail stores, visit fabric and flooring outlets and sometimes shop for samples at the Dallas World Trade Center.

In this episode 2, I am out shopping for decorative accessories for a living room/dining room redecorate project as well as shopping for new lamps for my husband’s home office.  Well, I don’t want to tell you everything….you just have to watch the video.  Now don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE!  Enjoy!





Repurposeful Decorating

“Repurposeful Decorating” is a term that I use to mask the fact I am a hoarder!…LOL!  I loosely use the term “hoarder” because I have no problem at any time of letting go of all my decorative accessories.  It’s only because I have a different means by which of disposal.  Instead of discarding items, I just simply repurpose them into something new to use in my home!  My husband tells me that sometimes my creativity gets in the way of sensibility, but at the end of the day, why throw away trash just to become someone else’s treasure!  So with that being said, take a look at three items in my home that I repurposed into new items to use in my home.  Now don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE the video!


“Decorate your home to tell your story….It’s Haute!




Girls Day Out: Antiquing In Dallas

Today was a wonderful day in Dallas for antiquing.  The sky was beautifully blue with picture perfect weather and my vehicle with a full tank of gas!….LOL!  So, I could not pass up the opportunity to head into Dallas to do a little antique shopping.  So with my assistant, my mother, my sister and my nephew’s girlfriend all loaded up in my vehicle, we were on our way to having a “girls day out” event…. complete with food, friendship and most importantly…SHOPPING!

This antique mall is located on Inwood Road in Dallas, Texas, hence their name “Inwood Antique Mall”.  It is small compared to some of the other antique malls in Dallas, but their showrooms have some spectacular antiques, decorative accessories and furniture.  Take a look for yourself!


This wall had a huge collection of taxidermy heads.

antique taxidermy head


These chairs are actually very comfortable, believe it or not.

antique steel chairs


When I saw this “old school” record player, it immediately brought back memories of playing my favorite Natalie Cole and Michael Jackson records.

antique radio


I instantly fell in love with this Midcentury standing lamp.

antique midcentury lamp


Everything in this showroom screams “midcentury man-cave”.  Check out those speakers and that oversized taxidermy head.

antique taxidermy room


Needless to say, I was good today and did not make any pricey purchases….the hubby was glad.  However, I may make a trip back next Friday to purchase that record player…don’t want to mess up the perfect shopping record with the hubby…LOL!

So, what do you do on Fridays?








Fabulous Thanksgiving Dishware

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for two reasons:  1.  I have a legitimate excuse for excessive overeating…LOL  and  2.  I  have the opportunity to pull out the fancy dishware.

Since I made the decision to decorate this Fall season with color instead of the traditional Fall décor, I instantly fell in love with this dishware set because of its lack of a Fall pattern but instead has incorporated the Fall verbiage.  The simplicity of this dishware is going to look great on my Thanksgiving table and serve as a reminder for me and my guests to always be “thankful” as we should always be year-round.  I found this dishware set at one of my favorite stores, HomeGoods, and they are priced just right!  Can’t wait to share my Thanksgiving table with you using my new Fall dishware!


thanksgiving plate 1


thanksgiving candle


thanksgiving plate 2


thanksgiving plate full stack


What are you thankful for?  Please comment below.





Five Design Essentials: Z Gallerie Style

By now, if you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you would have discovered my love for the retail store….ZGallerie,  www.zgallerie.com.  Their stores are always freshly filled with great furniture selections, elegant accessories and fabulous design inspiration vignettes.  So be sure to stop by and visit one of their store locations nearest you to get great design and decorating tips for your home….and be sure to purchase something too!


zgallerie pillows


zgallerie mirror


zgallerie lighting


zgallerie art


zgallerie vase


And don’t forget to “decorate your home to tell your story…..It’s Haute!”








Tour Through BlogLand

This has been an exciting and fun year for me and the nomination by Denise Cooper with….Be My Guest With Denise to participate in the “A Tour Through Blogland” is just icing on the cake.  For those bloggers out there who spend countless number of hours creating and writing content for your blog, you know that it is an honor to have your blog recognized by others especially those bloggers who are great at what they do….and Denise is one of the bloggers that do great work and create great content.


Denise with www.bemyguestwithdenise.com 

All I would have to do would be just to post pictures of some Denise’s work and you would see the reason why I am honored to have been nominated by her.  But I want to tell you a little bit more about the great person of who she is.  I know Denise by way of her popular YouTube Channel….Be My Guest With Denise.  She is a talented decorator…


a fabulous event planner…


and a coupon connoisseur.  She is not just stockpiling all these products for use at her home, she actually donates them to local charities and non-profits organizations…..Go Denise!


I thought that I was superwoman until I met her…well virtually met her.  She does all these amazing things while holding down a 40+ hour job plus being active in her community….whew, I am tired just thinking about all that she does!….LOL!  So don’t forget to check out her blog and YouTube channel for great decorating ideas, awesome DIY projects and fabulous event planning tips and inspiration!


Allow me to introduce myself!

tamela single head shot

I am an interior designer who loves to create fabulous spaces for my home and for my clients.  I discovered my love for design at an early age and by trial and error.  You are probably wondering…..”trial and error”?  Well, allow me to briefly explain. At the ripe age of 10, I painted my grandmother’s guest bathroom walls a dark navy blue color….and the ceiling too.  It wasn’t the dark navy blue color that was a cause for concern, but the fact that I used “outdoor paint” to tackle this design project….LOL!  Needless to say, that is when I discovered my love for design and my family’s need to hide all the cans of paint.  Now fast forward 34 years later, I am still painting walls navy blue but with design knowledge and skills under my belt…LOL!  So let’s begin this tour….

Since we are now in the Fall season as I begin this tour, I found it fitting to share with you my home as I transition it from summer to fall decorating.  The first space in my home is my family room.  I decided to decorate this Fall season using color in lieu of the traditional fall décor.  The color I decided to use in my decorative accents is a deep gold.  I used this color in my pillows, decorative accents and lampshades.

fall 2014 living room

I added a touch of gold by incorporating three gold vases ontop of the mantle.

fall 2014 fireplace

Decorative throws are a great way to introduce a different pattern and color into a space.  This plush throw by Tahari had all the colors I am working with in this space…browns, golds, and creams with a touch of soft gray.

fall 2014 sitting area

And I even used the gold and brown colors in my bedroom to bring in the Fall feeling to the space.

fall 2014 bedroom 1

Now outside of design and decorating, I also love to organize and this year was a big year for me to tackle and complete several organizational projects in my home.  My laundry room space and my pantry were two of my biggest organizational projects.

laundry full view


completed pantry

Now when I am not designing, decorating or organizing, I am very active in my local city government and community.  And sharing God’s Word is one thing that I actively do on a daily basis.    I share God’s Word through social media…YouTube channel Face To Face TV3 and on my Face To Face TV3 Facebook page!…So don’t forget to check out those channels as well!

1.  What am I currently working on?

My formal living and dining room spaces are currently under design construction.  I have been in the process of redecorating these spaces for the past 3 months.   I have a few more furniture pieces to purchase, new window draperies and flooring.  It is a work in progress but I am hoping to get these two areas completed before Thanksgiving….let’s keep our fingers crossed!….LOL!

tour living room


2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My work differ from others in that I can transform a room on the smallest of budgets and make it look as if we spent millions of dollars.  My creativity allows me to see a treasure in the things that people see as trash.  And my design skills allow me to create unique and one-of-a-kind items for my clients.   It is amazing what I can create with a can of spray paint….LOL!

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

Hiring an interior designer is a luxury and it is a luxury that many households can not fit into their budget.  That is why I created my YouTube Channel…Haute On Design to be able to show others how to become the interior decorator for their home and then be able to create the home of their dreams. I love to share the designer tricks of the trade to give the design enthusiast the encouragement to decorate their own home on a budget.

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

My design process begins with a decorating dilemma or a challenge.  Normally that is what prompts a design project…a space is no longer working for the client or it is no longer aesthetically pleasing.  It is these challenges or dilemmas that I use to share with others to help guide them through a design dilemma or challenge that they might be facing in their home.

Well, that is the end of my blogtour and I was excited to have you over as a guest.  Hopefully you had a great time visiting and I hope you stop by and visit again!….don’t forget to “Decorate your home to tell your story…It’s Haute!” 




I nominate Tamika Johnson founder and owner of  “Tamika Johnson Events”.

tamika bio picture

Tamika is the founder and owner of Tamika Johnson Events- The Experts Event Planners and Wedding Coordinators.  Not only is she beautiful,  but she is wonderful at what she does.  She pays close attention to detail, and customer satisfaction is her number one goal.  I have had the pleasure to attend several of her events and they have been the most elegant and sophisticated events I have ever attended.  Quality, class, and great customer service is what you will be guaranteed to receive when you work with Tamika and her great staff!  Take a look for yourself, then be sure to contact her for your next event or wedding…you will not regret it!


tamika cover phote



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