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,  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 

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



My Entertainment Armoire: UpCycle TV Armoire

First, I am excited to share some great news!…..I was asked to participate in MY FIRST YOUTUBE COLLABORATION!….doing my happy dance!  The collaboration is with Keri with YouTube Channel….”Veri Keri” and with Denise with YouTube Channel…”Be My Guest With Denise”.  These women are both very talented in organization, interior decorating and event planners.  I was asked by Keri to participate to kick off her new YouTube series…..Where Do I Keep It All?  You have to stop by their channels to take a look at how they store their entertainment pieces.  I am sure that you will walk away with tons of great tips and ideas.

Veri Keri collab picture


be my guest with denise collab picture


I decided to showcase how I upcycled my outdated tv armoire into my new entertainment armoire.  Now that flatscreen tvs are on trend, old tv armoires are appearing in overload at local thrift stores and Goodwills…..not mine!…LOL!  I decided to keep mine and repurpose it into another functional piece of furniture in my home….hence my new entertainment armoire.  Be sure to click on the video for a complete tour of my entertainment armoire.  Please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP & SHARE!….And don’t forget to “decorate your home to tell your story….It’s Haute!”




bar one entire view


bar one middle


bar one animal


bar one door right


bar one door left

Transitioning Your Home from Summer to Fall with Color

Raise your hand if you are a person who likes to decorate your home for each season?  I know that you can’t see my hand but it is raised very high in the air….LOL!  I am a serious seasonal decorator in so much that I can change the look of my home on the whim without having to spend one cent….well sometimes I purchase a few new things just to change up each season.  However, this fall season I decided to do something different.  I decided to transition my home from the summer to the fall by using color instead of the traditional fall decorative accents….i.e.  pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves.   I think I pulled it off and it might become a new tradition for me every fall season.  Well, take a look at this video and you let me know.  Happy Fall Decorating!


fall 2014 living room


fall 2014 coffee table


fall 2014 sitting area


fall 2014 fireplace


fall 2014 bedroom 3


fall 2014 bedroom 2


fall 2014 bedroom 1

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



Weekend Wrap-Up

This weekend was somewhat less hectic than my usual weekends….who I am kidding!…LOL!  I spent my entire Friday working on two organizational projects in my home which has spilled over into this coming week.  On Saturday, we drove across town to bless a young family with a new puppy. Did a couple of hours school shopping for my soon to be freshman in high school.   And on Sunday, spent the entire day shooting and editing my “July Favorites” video.   So without further adieu, please take the time to enjoy my new video….and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE!!!


Weekend Wrap-Up!

I do so much over the weekends…some productive activity….some not…LOL!  However, the majority of my weekends are spent pouring over design boards, looking at fabric and accessories, shopping for clients, all while attempting to complete design projects in my home.  Well this weekend was a little different in that I performed all those great design feats while away in another state watching my daughter’s basketball team compete in a major tournament….multi-tasking is not designed for the weak…LOL!  With victory in hand in both areas; my daughter’s team made it to the “Sweet Sixteen” and I was able to find some “sweet decorative accessories”, I felt the need to share my success with you…..So enjoy!

Whenever I am in another state, I always try to visit some of my favorite retail stores.  I have found that each store selection varies from state to state.  This is great for me as a designer because I am able to entice my clients with something different for their home that can not be found in their home state.  I ran across these acrylic chairs (some may call them “ghost chairs”) in HomeGoods.   These chairs are going to be used in the dining space of one of my client’s home.  When I forwarded the picture of the chairs to my client, she squealed with delight which means that she absolutely loved them…me too!

weekend acrylic chairs

And in keeping true to design trend, this bench with it’s furry seat and acrylic legs stole my heart and my wallet!  I found this gem at one of my favorite fabric stores.  This is a “Monday Must Have” for my home.  This bench would look great in my foyer or at the foot of my bed.  No matter where I decide to place this bench, it is going to be a show stopper for sure!

weekend acrylic bench

Right about now, I am in love with anything gold….gold mirrors, gold decorative accessories, gold fabric, streets of gold…oops, got off track there for a moment…LOL!  Once again,  while in HomeGoods, I fell in love with all the gold accessories.  Decorating with gold this season is “haute”, so of course I had to pick up a few pieces for my home.

Gold Mirrors

weekend gold mirrors

Gold Accessories

weekend gold accessories

Well it’s Monday…which means back to the old drawing board….design, decorate and videotape!….oh the life I have…..It’s Haute!



My Summer Deck for Entertaining

Yeah!!!  And the “yeah” is for the fact that my deck redecorating is finally completed!  We were in the process of doing some deck repairs that were long overdue.  So of course, with deck repairs comes re-decorating…at least in my eyes…the hubby may feel somewhat different…LOL!  Well without further adieu, here is the tour of my finished deck redecorate…Please enjoy and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE!


This is the view of my deck from the patio door.  My deck is located right off my kitchen so it makes it much easier to entertain and serve food.

deck door view


This is the close-up of my dishware.  I was excited when I found this dishware and matching platter at Ross for a reasonable price.   The white apothecary jars serve as a candy dish perfect for popping a mint after eating.  Texas is no stranger to mosquitoes, so the starfish citronella candles that I purchased at TJMaxx serves its purpose while still looking cute on my table.

deck table side view right


I knew exactly what I wanted to place in this space.  I wanted a piece of furniture to serve a dual purpose.  So after not finding exactly what I wanted that would stand up to the outdoor climate, I just decided to make my own creation.  I purchased two tall white pillars from Hobby Lobby and placed a custom made glass to fit perfectly over the top….Voila!  Now it can serve as a small buffet table and when not in use as a buffet table, then a perfect console table to hold my decorative outdoor accents!

deck sofa table


Here is a full view of the console/buffet table space.  Notice my little man statue secretly hiding underneath….LOL!

deck console view


A deck can never have enough seating space, so I carved out a little niche in the corner of the deck.  This area is perfect for those who enjoy sunbathing or just taking in some sun rays.

deck chairs


Decorating with mirrors is not only for interior spaces but exterior spaces as well.  Here I incorporated a starburst mirror over my outdoor bar area.  When decorating with mirrors, be sure that your mirror is reflecting something of visual interest.  In this case, it is reflecting the console area of the deck.

deck star burst mirror


Here is the full view of my outdoor bar area.

deck bar


Hopefully you enjoyed this tour of my summer deck for entertaining.  I am hoping to get full usage of this deck for the remainder of the summer.  Comment below on what is your favorite part of my deck.  I would love to hear from you!




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