TJ Maxx/HomeGoods: Holiday Tablescape

Once again, I am participating in another YouTube collaboration…yeah me!  I was invited along with eleven other fabulous YouTube channels to create a holiday tablescape with an item purchased from the clearance isle from these following stores….TJ Maxx, HomeGoods or Marshall’s.

Now anyone who knows me, is well aware that I can shop very well in the clearance section and create fabulousity on a budget…LOL!   So with that being said, I ended up finding two clearance items at HomeGoods to create my holiday tablescape.  Now, I am not going to tell you what I found and how I used them, you will have to watch my Haute On Design video episode to see my creation.  And please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP and SHARE this video!


When it comes to decorating a tablescape, your set-up is a very important step in creating a functional and beautiful tablescape.  Whenever I am creating a tablescape for any event, there are specific steps that I take to ensure a perfect tablescape.

You first want to set-up your work-horse items in an arrangement that is user friendly and easy to navigate.  I normally place the larger items in the back and do a gradient downsize towards the front.


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Your next step would be to add in your decorative accessories.  I would suggest keeping your decorative accessories to a minimal on the table because you want to highlight the items in the tablescape and not the decorative accessories.

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If you notice, I only added in a few gold ball ornaments and placed three Christmas word plaques on the table.


In the next step which I call the “fill-in process” is where you would fill in the items or jars that are not going to hold any food items.  If you noticed, I have added in the white florals, and ball ornaments in the large jars.  In addition, this step is where you would also add your labels, your signage and the serving utensils.  I would say that this is the most important step in the process.

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And now for the REVEAL!

tj full view

All the sweets are in their respective jars ready to be taken home by my friends and family.  And this is special message in the picture frame from me to my guests.

Thanks for coming

Your presence was sweet

So please grab a box

and take home some sweets. 


I found this quote on Pinterest and it really fits the tablescape.  Please comment below if this has inspired you to create a holiday tablescape or a Christmas Candy Buffet!   Thanks for stopping by!



The Gold Office

Gold office supplies are all the rage in the design industry.  Almost every picture of a home office on Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook or Instagram has at least one or two pieces of office supplies that are gold in color. To my amazement, I have seen oversized gold paper clips, gold scissors and even a gold tape dispenser.  I normally try to stay the curve when it comes to decorating on a trend, but I have been hit by the gold fever, in so much that it motivated me to create this design board for a potential client who might want a gold office.

OB-Golden Work Space

When I discovered the 3-piece black and gold desk set by El Casco on One King’s Lane, I decided to add the black office chair to help ground the desk.  The black and gold tray helps to continue with the black and gold theme and the lamp and the star burst mirror adds a shiny gold finish to the office space.

For the spring and summer months, the black office chair can be replaced with a white office chair along with adding in white accessories.  You can not go wrong either way when decorating with gold accessories.



Main Street Mercantile…..Best Kept Secret in Lewisville, Texas

Shh!…I have a little secret!  I have found the “best kept secret” in Lewisville, Texas.  Of course, I am going to spill the beans because anyone who knows me knows that I can not keep a secret….LOL!

Lewisville, Texas is a suburb located about 25 miles north of Dallas, Texas.  We are proud to boast about maintaining a small town feel even with a population of 100,000 plus residents and growing.  One of our greatest assets is our “Old Town Lewisville”.   This area is comprised of several small businesses located inside of original brick buildings from over 100 years old along with historical homes and monuments.

And it is where I discovered….”Main Street Mercantile”

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Today was my first time visiting Main Street Mercantile and let me tell you, I instantly fell in love with the store.  They have everything that a person could every want or need all under one roof…from antiques, collectibles, gifts, handmade items, primitives,  Art and much more.

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In addition, they have chalk paint supplies not to mention they even offer chalk paint classes once a month (please contact store for dates and times of classes.)

mercantile chalk board paint


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And I was lucky enough to meet the owner of Main Street Mercantile, Ronda Owens.  She was very delightful to talk with, eager to answer any questions and very personable and professional…and the staff is awesome too!.

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So with over 30 unique vendors, gorgeous decorative vignettes, and great customer service, there is no reason why you should never walk out without a purchase in your hands.

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Now if you live in Lewisville or the surrounding areas, please stop by and visit Main Street Mercantile, you won’t be disappointed!

Main Street Mercantile

156 W. Main Street

Lewisville, Texas 75057

(972) 436-8418  









It’s Tasty Tuesday!

It’s Tasty Tuesday y’all…in my Paula Deen voice…LOL!  I love anything that is made of sweet potatoes…sweet potatoe fries, sweet potatoe pies, sweet potatoe casserole and now this delicious “Sweet Potatoe Bread Pudding” recipe that I found on this website at  Please be sure to click on the link to get the recipe and the preparation instructions.

I am most definitely going to make this Sweet Potatoe Bread Pudding for my Thanksgiving dessert.  I will let y’all know how it turned out right after Thanksgiving!


Happy early Thanksgiving!





Tasty Tuesday!

Hey Y’all (in my Paula Deen’s voice)….It is “Tasty Tuesday”!  Every Tuesday, I am going to share delicious and delectable recipes that I find on Pinterest, Facebook or on the internet.  So if you are an “at home cook” or consider yourself a “cooking connoisseur”, then be sure to check out these great recipes.  Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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Industrial Chic

It is amazing how much my taste in design for my home has changed within the last 5 years.  But just when I am in the process of transforming my home from an Old World design style to more of a transitional style, I fall in love with this industrial chic look.  Well, I guess it is back to the drawing board to incorporate some of these industrial decorative accents into my home décor.  I can hear the hubby’s wallet slamming shut right about now….LOL!!!

OB-Industrial Chic





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!


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fall bookcase side view


fall bookcase plate


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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

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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!”





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