3 DIY’s: Luxe Looks for Less

I absolutely love creating DIY’s for my home. I find that my creativity is challenged in a way to create things that can be over-the-top or a little quirky simply because it is going to be used in my home.  I decided to challenge myself to take some everyday items and create a “luxe look for less” using those items.

The three DIY’s I decided to create were a mirrored 3-tier stand, a jewelry/ring holder, and a toilet tissue holder.  Now, I am not implying that these particular items would always be considered luxury items, but if you were to visit some of the high-end retail stores, items like these would be more on the high-end cost.

If you would like to know how to make these, please be sure to click on the video at the end of this post for instructions and materials needed.

Mirrored 3-Tier Stand

Perfect for holding perfume bottles, small jewelry items, and small bottles of creams.

luxe glass stand.

Jewelry/Ring Holder

Large enough to hold watches, necklaces, and rings in style.

luxe ring stand


Toilet Tissue Holder

Store an extra roll of tissue in class.

luxe tissue holder

Luxury does not have to cost you an arm and leg, just a little creativity.




Madison 214

Highland Park Village is one of Dallas’s most premier upscale shopping centers.  If you have a taste for the finer things in life and money is of no object, then you will feel right at home shopping at this very high-end boutique style center.  Chanel, Tom Ford, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Madison, and Stella McCartney are just a list of some of the high-end, upscale stores in the village.

Madison is a store that is filled with beautiful items for the home and body.  According to their website (www.madison214.com), the many findings in their store are mostly from the New York City’s renowned Madison Avenue. The different beautifully decorated vignettes throughout the store make it a pleasurable shopping adventure.

m store front

Here is just a sample of their store…

Gold and Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Board.

gold tic-tac-toe


madison blue and gold

This is a whimsical way to save your coins…gold monkey bank.

gold monkey bank

They have a huge selection of great coffee table books…

madison books

and an even larger selection of Herend luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain.

madison herend collection

The next time you are shopping in the Dallas area, please be sure to stop by and visit Madison and experience shopping New York City’s Madison Avenue without having to leave the state of Texas.

Madison 214

45A Highland Park Village

Dallas, Texas 75205









Styling a Bar Cart

Bar carts are still in trend for 2015.  They are chic, cosmopolitan and can add instant class and sophistication to any space.  There are so many different styles of bar carts  to fit any design style of a home.

I was lucky when I found this bar cart for my home.  I love the brush gold color and the  bamboo detailing on the frame and the handle.  The two mirrored shelves add a touch of pizzazz and the rolling wheel coasters make it easy for mobility.  The built-in stemware holder was an unexpected added bonus.

bar cart plain


Now my bar cart is ready to serve my guests in style.

bar cart styled

Here are some tips on stocking your bar cart.

1.  Your favorite liquor or spirits

2.  Bar tools

3.  Mixing tonics

4.  Fancy serving glasses

5.  Linen cocktail napkins

6.  Lots of ice


In addition, when not being used as bar carts, they also make for great storage on wheels to take breakfast in bed to someone special or for use in small space living.




The Beauty of Doors

I have a fascination with beautiful doors.  Doors hold the secrets to the contents of a space.  Doors can also tell the story of a space especially if the doors are from another country or design era.

The doors in my home are your typical builder grade doors…no fascination there.  However, I plan on making a design statement with my doors in my next home.  So I searched on the internet for “door inspirations” for my next home.  Enjoy!

door 4

Courtesy of Delight By Design Blog

door 1

Courtesy of Decorating Files.com

door 5

Courtesy of BravoTv.com

Which door would find itself into your home?


Luxury Guest Bathroom

I am kicking off the New Year by redecorating several spaces in my home.  The first space to get redecorated is one of my guest bathrooms.  This space was originally remodeling in 2012 where we added new tile flooring, new Travertine tile in the tub/shower area, new lighting fixture, new bath fixtures and I replaced the builder’s grade mirror with a custom mirror.  Well, three years later and I have redecorated the space to that more of a modern luxury feel.

bathroom full view 2015

bathroom toilet view 2015

bathroom stand 2015


bathroom sink view 2015

 What are some of your redecorating projects for the New Year?  Please comment and share your projects on my Facebook page at Haute On Design.

Warm Regards,


New Year’s Eve Party Tips!

Now that Christmas is officially over, millions of people are gearing up to ring in the year 2015 with a bang!  If you are hosting this year’s New Year’s Eve Party and need some quick party tips, then you have come to the right spot.

New years eve party tips YouTube picture

Here are my Six Tips to Hosting a Fun, Exciting, and Memorable New Year’s Eve Party!

1.  Invitations… Since there is a short span of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the best way of inviting people to your event would be to send an Evite or simply pick up your telephone and call to extend an invitation.

2.  Music Play List…Music is an integral part to any party or event.  Make sure that you have a music playlist of some of your favorite party songs.  In addition, make sure that it will play the duration of the party and on a continuous loop.

3.  Party Decorations… Try to incorporate a consistent party theme.  Purchasing your party supplies and decorations from the same store will ensure consistency and give a sense of cohesion.  Your local Party City Stores will have a great selection for New Year’s Eve Party decorations.

new year hat

new year comb

4.  Food… Having the right type of food at your New Year’s Eve party is important.  You want to avoid heavy-feeling types of food.  Lightweight snacks such as mini pizzas, chips & salsa, chicken wings, vegetable trays and fruit trays are the best lightweight snacks to serve to your guests to keep them light on their toes.

5.  Create A Memorable Event…Hang a large white sheet of paper around the size of 3×5 or 4×6 on a wall and encourage your guests to write their most memorable event in 2014.  Next year, if you are hosting the New Year’s Eve Party in 2015, your guests will be able to look back at their 2014 year in comparison to year 2015.  Here is a sample image of what it should say:

New years 2014

6.  Beverage Center… What is a New Year’s Eve Party without beverages.  The key to a successful beverage center especially for a New Year’s Eve Party is to have a variety of beverages.  Make sure to offer more than just alcoholic beverages.  Your bar should be stocked with champagne, sparkling water, juices, sodas, and bottles of water.  You want to be able to meet and satisfy everyone’s drink choices .  *Important Message.  Please be sure to encourage your guests to drink responsibly*


Hope that you will be able to incorporate some of these tips while you are setting up or hosting your New Year’s Eve Party!  Have fun, be safe and have a Happy New Year!


Best Wishes in 2015,





Christmas Series: Decorating A Formal Table & Bookcase

Are you still in the process of decorating your home for the holiday season?  Well, obviously you can tell that I am still putting the finishing touches on the holiday décor in my home.  Once again, we are hosting the family holiday dinner at my home, so which meant that I needed to get my formal dining table decorated and prepared to meet and greet friends and family.

I did not go over-the-top with the decorations as I have in times past.  For one, I am so behind on getting my home decorated for the holiday season that simplicity and understated elegance was the quickest and easiest way to decorate under time constraints.  I am sure that some are going to look at my photographs and say to themselves…”simplicity and understated elegance”…LOL!  Why yes, if you only knew of the Christmas design I had in mind for this year, you would have to agree that this is a very scaled down version…lol!

But to no avail, holiday decorations are going up and my family is very happy to say the least because they were getting very concerned about not having any holiday decorations in the home this year .


I decided to go with the “sugar plum” theme on my formal dining table this year.  The apothecary jars are filled with sugarplum coated lemons, pears, and white grapes.  In addition, the Christmas floral arrangement is in a sugarplum theme.

neiman full view

A closer view of the floral arrangement.  If you noticed I placed tealights on the candelabra instead of the candle tapers.  I was wanting to keep from obstructing the view of me and my guests as we are dining and having conversation around the table.

neiman apothercary jars large

I found this plates at Horchow, Neiman Marcus last year on an after-holiday clearance table.  They were only $7.99 for a box of 4 plates (original price $60.00)….what a deal!  I purchased two boxes for that price.  I love the fact that each plate says  “toast” or “cheers” in a different language.


Now, if you watched my Christmas DIY Projects video, these were two of the three projects that I created and have now used them in my dining table décor and bookcase.

This is my Christmas setting DIY project.  I added some additional trees along with townspeople to complete the look…I love it!

neiman christmas setting


And here is the Reindeer Canvas picture, another one of my Christmas DIY Project.  I am so proud of myself…LOL!

neiman reindeer canvas

I actually did a video tour of my decorated formal dining table and bookcase.  So please click on the video tour and enjoy!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Christmas Series: Decorative Christmas Fireplace Mantle

The countdown has begun to counting the number of days left until Christmas Day.  I am sure with this coming weekend that the shopping centers are going to be swamped with last minute shoppers trying to purchase that last minute perfect Christmas gift.

Well, I am going to let everyone enjoy that last minute hustle and bustle while I sit back and enjoy my hot cup of cocoa and enjoy reading my favorite magazine.  You are probably asking yourself “how is she able to be so calm and relaxed with less than 9 days until Christmas?”…that is because I finished my Christmas shopping early…LOL!

However, I maybe finished with all my Christmas shopping, but I am very behind on getting my home decorated for the Christmas holiday.  So for your viewing enjoyment and my procrastination, I am still in the process of decorating my home and posting videos for my Christmas Series.

Each year, I change up the look of my fireplace mantle for the Christmas holiday.  Out of all the spaces in my home to decorate for the holiday season, my fireplace mantle is my favorite.  It is a small area to decorate, but it makes such a big impact in the space.

tamela fullsize mantle

This year, I decided to go with the colors in gold, silver and white.  In addition, I wanted to keep the fireplace simple in design to flow with the clean transitional design style of my home.  I kept my wreath very simple just by adding in small decorative balls in gold and white.  By keeping the wreath simple, it allowed my deer faux taxidermy head adorned in its gold and white ribbon to take center stage on the wall.

Next by adding the glass hurricane lamps with white candle jars inserted on the inside, it helped to bring some glamour and understated elegance to the mantle.  The white apothecary jars nestled in the corners bring a fresh and clean feeling to the mantle.

Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post so that you can see my unusual way to make an easy “lift” to elevate items in your decorative vignettes.

tamela sideview mantle

I finished off decorating my mantle by scattering decorative balls in various sizes and colors and also adding the word plaques, “peace” and “noel”.

I just had to post an up-close picture of my wreath…isn’t it gorgeous!tamela wreath mantle

Now don’t forget to click to watch the video tour of my decorative fireplace mantle.

Thanks for stopping by and have a “Merry Christmas”!



Scout Design Studio: Dallas’s Best Kept Secret

I am always on the lookout for the best places to shop for unique and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and decorative accents.  So while checking my email on Thursday morning, I came across an interesting email from Scout Design Studio that featured pictures of unique furniture pieces that immediately caught my eye.  As I was scrolling through looking at all the great “winter arrivals” at their studio, I immediately put this place at the top of my “to do list” to check out their studio and their great finds.  So with my keys in hand and my design assistant in tow, we headed over to Scout Design Studio.

Scout Design Studio is located in the Dallas Design District.  And if you know anything about interior design, this is the area where interior designers, decorators and antique lovers come and peruse some of  Dallas’s premier design showrooms and studios.  So it is quite fitting for Scout Design Studio to have their premier showroom located in the heart of the Dallas Design District

scout front entrance

Scout Design Studio has a 15,000 square foot showroom full of eclectic finds well- suited for any design style ranging from vintage, mid-century, contemporary, modern,…let’s just say, they have a little bit of something for everyone.

Their showrooms are full of fabulous finds from around the globe such as art & accessories, lighting, furniture, case goods, one-of-a-kind, and eccentric items.

In addition, not only do they have a great selection of furniture and decorative accents, they also offer professional services such as re-upholstery, refinishing, laquering and painting to re-imagine their existing items to meet your specific design needs or to refurbish your existing furniture pieces.

While I was there, I even had the pleasure of meeting and taking a tour of the studio with co-owner, Flann Harris.  He is so upbeat and welcoming that he makes your shopping experience fun, exciting, and educational at the same time.

flann and tamela with Lisa

Left to right (Flann Harris, Co-owner, Lisa the “showroom giraffe, and me)

As you can see, I had a great time visiting and touring Scout Design Studio and I even found a couple of items that may find a new place in my home. If you are ever in the Dallas area and you are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, then please be sure to visit Scout Design Studio…you won’t be disappointed!

Scout Design Studio

155 Howell Street

Dallas, Texas 75207




If you want to see the full tour of Scout Design Studio, please click on the video below.  And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE, THUMBS UP & SHARE!



Christmas Series: Haute Find for The Day

It’s around this time of the year when our local thrift stores have an over-abundance of great items in their stores.  Not because more people are donating but because less people are doing their holiday shopping in thrift stores or Goodwills.  I take full advantage of this overlooked opportunity to browse in thrift stores and Goodwills on the hunt for DIY projects, gently used accent furniture, and decorative accessories for the home.

Since I have begun hosting more dinners and events in my home, I have been on this crusade of acquiring the best in entertainment dishware for the best in presentation.  The only thing that was missing from my entertainment dishware inventory was a “plate and silverware caddy”.  So when I ran across this plate and silverware caddy in my local Goodwill store, I squealed with delight not only because I had found my plate and silverware caddy but I had also found my “Haute Find for The Day”!


This is what it looked like before…

plate and silver caddy

I love the brass color, and the brown handles give it an “old-school” vibe.

Now here it is sitting so pretty in my Christmas buffet bookcase…

platter 2

The gold in the plates makes the brass color pop and tying the gold ribbon around the silverware gives it a festive feeling.  I am so excited about my new…(well it’s new to me) plate and silverware caddy that I could not resist in setting it up all ready to serve dinner on Christmas.

Yeah!…I can now scratch that off my Christmas wish list…LOL!!!


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