Home Office Design

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Click here to see the full video on my YouTube Channel…https://youtu.be/7TRHULiA8w0

Once every blue moon, I get the chance to work AND complete a space in my home.  About a year ago, I decided to transform my fourth bedroom into my home office. It was was more out of a necessity than a true desire.  I needed a space to work at home while I temporarily look for another commercial building to relocate my design business.  Now moving forward a year later, my home office is exactly how I designed it to be…finally completed!  Although I am still in the process of looking for a new commercial spot, this will be my design office until then.

Here is my design board for my home office.

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Design Board Inspiration

Being my own client meant that I could take my time at designing my office.  I was able to shop my home for some of the larger furniture pieces such as the bookcases and the accent cabinet.  The only new purchases where the office desk, chair and wall decor.

I am pleased to say that I love how the space finally came together and I was probably one of my own best clients…LOL!

Hopefully, I have inspired you to turn one of your empty bedrooms into a home office.

Thanks for stopping by!



4 Designer Tips: Choosing a Correct Chandelier

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When it comes to designing and planning a space, scale and proportion are two key design elements needed especially when it comes to choosing a chandelier.

However, the incorrect size and placement of a chandelier can make or break a space.

Here are 4 designer tips on how choosing the correct size and placement for a chandelier.



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The chandelier should be hung at least 30″ to 36″ inches above your table. Keep in mind the height of any decorative accessories that will be placed on the table. For spaces that have ceilings that are over 8 feet, be sure to add 3″ per foot.


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Spaces Without A Table

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Hanging a chandelier in spaces that do not have a table, the chandelier should be hung at least 7 feet from the floor. Taller ceilings can handle a higher chandelier.

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Sized to the Table

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The chandelier size should be 1/2 to 3/4 the width of your table. For example, if you have a 48″ table, then the diameter size of your chandelier should be at least 24″ to 36″.


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Sized To A Room

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Make sure to use this figure as a point of reference when sizing a chandelier for a room. If the space is larger and the ceiling is higher, then you can go bigger.

If you are in the market of purchasing a new chandelier or if you need to make adjustments to an existing chandelier in your space, hopefully these 4 designer tips can be helpful when making your decision and also in helping to hang it correctly.

Thanks for stopping by!  And please comment below if you had no idea that there were rules on how to hang a chandelier…LOL!  Take care and thanks for stopping by!







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3 Quick Tips on Proper Rug Placement

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Decorating with rugs can be both beautiful and functional at the same time.  Beautiful in a sense that they can provide color, pattern and texture to a space.  Functional in that they can help to define an area in a space while pulling together a cohesive look and feel.

Rugs can be used almost anywhere in a home, but they are mostly used in the living room, bedroom and dining room spaces.

A proper size rug and placement can add to the beauty of a space while still serving its purpose.

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Proper Rug Placement for Living Rooms

This is the perfect example of a proper rug size and placement being used in this family room.  The rug is large enough so that each furniture piece seating is not only able to touch the edges of the rug but also able to sit on-top of the rug without crowding the seating arrangement.



Proper Rug Placement for Underneath Beds

Placing a rug underneath a bed can add an extra level of luxury to a bedroom space.  In addition, rugs placed underneath a bed serves two purposes:

  1.  They provide a soft underlayment for your feet when getting in and out of the bed.
  2. They can help to pull the bedroom design together to give it a more polished look.

The key is to use a rug that is large enough so that you will be able to extend it to the front of each nightstand while leaving a minimum of 2 feet on each sides of the bed along with a minimum of 3 feet in the front of the bed.


Dining Room Rug Placement

Proper Rug Placement for a Dining Room

Rug placement and size in a dining room space can sometimes be tricky.  The key is to make sure that the rug is large enough to accommodate for the chairs to remain on the rug when being pulled out for sitting.  If the rug is too small, then the chairs will become unbalanced or unstable when they are forced to be partially sitting on the rug and off.


If you are currently in the market for a new rug or will be making a new rug purchase in the near future, hopefully my 3 quick tips for proper rug placement for your living room, bedroom, and dining room spaces will help to make the process much easier. Also, don’t forget to click here…https://youtu.be/mL-FDPUvb7E on the my YouTube Channel link to see the complete video…ENJOY!

Proper Rug Placement



Tuesday’s Trend Alert: Black Stainless Steel Appliances

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We all know that trends are cyclical.  If you just wait a couple of seasons, your favorite home decorative item or that favorite shirt will eventually come back into style.   I am not implying that stainless steel appliances went out of style and now are making a comeback…they are still a widely popular choice for appliances.  However, what I am now saying is that the color “black”  has made its way back into style for kitchen appliances…yeah!

I was never a true fan of the look of stainless steel appliances because they just make a kitchen feel so commercial and cold…just my opinion.  When I did a “soft” redecorating of my kitchen, I decided to forego the industry’s standard of installing stainless steel appliances and just purchased black appliances…<YIKES> I know, a designer not following a trend…LOL!

However, I am glad that I decided to follow my own trend and stick with my decision of purchasing black appliances.  Although my kitchen appliances are not stainless steel, my kitchen appliances are still in style because they are black…LOL!

Now, what I might do to update my appliances since they are fairly new would be to add stainless steel handles and knobs…who knew…LOL!



Dallas Market 2016!

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It is that time of the year again….The January Dallas Market 2016!

This year was an amazing market full of color, bling and always full of fabulous home décor, furniture, furnishings and fashion!  Here are some pictures of my time spent at the Dallas Market.

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Stopped by one of my favorite showrooms…Two’s Company.  I love all the blue, white and gold accents.  Metallics are still in trend in 2016.  You can actually see me standing there taking the photograph…LOL!

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I love this trefoil wallpaper on this wall and furniture piece in another one of my favorite showroom…Global Views.

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One day, I am going to have a Bourne settee in my master bathroom…or master closet.

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Since I am in the process of redecorating my formal dining, I fell in love with the dining room vignette in the Global Views showroom.  Grey is still in-trend as a neutral in 2016.

In addition, if you would like to see more of my adventure at the Dallas Market, please click on the video and enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by and I hoped you enjoyed yourself!


Organization Project for 2016: Hallway Closet Transformation


I am very excited that you chose to stop by and visit my website/blog in 2016.  I really appreciated your support in 2015, but it means the world that you decided to continue to support my website/blog in 2016…THANKYOU!

Now, what better way to kick off the beginning of a new year than with a “Organizational Project”.  Yes, an organizational project!  We all make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of each year, so one of my many resolutions for 2016 was to get my home completed organized…well at least attempt to…LOL!

  Tori of Homestaging by Tori Toth made this new year’s resolution challenge of mine come to a quick fruition by inviting me to participate in an organizational collaboration on YouTube…this was exactly the motivation that I needed!

My hall closet was the first organizational project I wanted to tackle in my home…take a look at it for yourself.

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During the holidays, I hosted several parties at my home and had to squeeze my guests belongings into this unorganized and cluttered hall closet…how embarrassing!

After hosting my last party of the year, I made the not-so- hard decision to transform that hall closet into a well organized and clutter-free coat closet.

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 But the transformation did not stop there.  I wanted to make sure that my guests had a fancy space to store their belongings during my parties, so I enlisted the help of a design colleague of mine, Charmaine Wynter of Wynter Interiors, to offer some ideas on how to take my everyday coat closet and transform it into a “fancy cloak closet” when entertaining guests in my home.

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Charmaine did a fantastic job at upgrading my everyday coat closet into something I would be proud to hang my guest’s belongings.  She thought of everything that a guest would need for perfect storage while at my home…thank you Charmaine!

In addition, click here if you would like to see video on the transformation…enjoy!

Hopefully, you were able to get some great design and organizational tips on how to declutter, donate and transform a space in your home for the new year!  Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Design Series: Episode 5 “Home Tour”

This is the last episode of my Christmas Design Series…a tour of my home decorated for the holiday season.  Please grab your warm cider, your favorite blanket, put your feet up and enjoy this tour.  Take care, God bless and have a Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour!



Christmas Design Series: Episode 3 ” Luxurious Drinkware Station

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Are you hosting any parties at your home this holiday season and suddenly realized that you are short on servicing space for your guests?  In episode 3 of my Christmas Design Series, I show you how to create more service space by taking a simple shelving unit and turning it into a luxurious drinkware service station.

In addition, I show a different way to repurpose this wine bottle holder…

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but you have to click on the video to see…you will not be disappointed!



In addition, here is the recipe and directions to creating my favorite “Holiday Punch”.

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1 canister of Lipton Iced Tea in the Lemon flavor

1 liter bottle of Ginger Ale in the Cranberry Flavor…*regular Ginger Ale will work if not available

1 medium size lemon

1 bag of fresh cranberries


In a glass pitcher or large container combine the following ingredients:

In one gallon of cold water, add 1-1/3 cups of the Lipton Lemon Ice Tea, then add the entire liter of Ginger Ale, next slice the lemon, add the lemon slices, then add a cupful of the cranberries.  Stir the mixture…then serve chilled and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check back often so that you will not miss out on the Christmas tour of my home!



Christmas Design Series: Episode 2 “Designer Style Mantel”

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In my second episode of my Christmas Design Series, I share with you the designer “tricks of the trade” on how to create a holiday mantel…designer style!

Each holiday season, I change the theme of my fireplace mantel in my home.  My family and friends love to see what great mantel theme I come up with each year.  They honestly believe that I spend 11 months out of the year coming up with a theme when in actuality, I normally come up with the theme as I am putting out my holiday décor…seriously.

This year’s theme is tied around my love for the faux deer heads.  I have found myself drawn to these heads so much that you can not visit any room in my home and not see some version of a deerhead…lol!

Well enough of my gibberish, please take a sneak peak of the some of the decorative items I used on my mantel…

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Christmas noel sign

But in order to get those designer “tricks of the trade” on how to decorate a mantel…designer style, you will have to click on the video below…ENJOY!


Thanks for stopping by!  Please be sure to check back to see the continuation of my Christmas Design Series…AND check out my YouTube Channel…HauteonDesign!


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.

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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*

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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!



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