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I Gotta Praise & I Gotta Let It Out: New Job Alert!


I Gotta Praise & I Gotta Let It Out: New Job Alert! Report New Job Alert

I came up because God came through 🙌🏽

I’ve been in the home building, design & decor industries since I arrived in ATL six years ago. I went from being one of the best paid, first-year teachers in New Orleans to a 3-month UNPAID internship where I hustled for the only paid contractor position. I was promoted and later transitioned to my first salaried PR position in the industry. I later jumped into tech PR and drowned. I never knew a failure so tough to swallow. I continued freelancing until I decided to try in-house PR for the first time at a home accessories company - back to my bread and butter.

Well, two years later, God brought me to the top company of my industry. I’ve applied to THD at least 5 times in my 6 years in Atlanta. As a 5 year old girl, I would tell my parents I worked at the lumber yard on Rt 301 in Maryland😅. I used to help my mom decorate our house as well as friends’ and family members’ homes. I redesigned my bedroom - paint, decor and all - for fun lol. God is funny in how He brings things full circle.

This journey has been amazing and He is so so good. I made the mistake of positioning my job as my source, when it is just a REsource. God is my source! When I got that order correct, the peace He brought over me and the ways I SAW and felt Him work became amazingly clear. We can talk in detail offline 😁 Just know, He’s working modern day miracles alluhduhtime! I’m a witness and testimony! 🙌🏽



International Home

Going abroad is always a memorable experience. You return home with an opened mind to the lifestyles and cultures of other countries and people. Why not bring back some mementos from your trip? I’m not talking about key chains or t-shirts. There are ways to bring home great décor pieces from abroad, whether within the country or from overseas. 

Now, when it comes to international shopping, there are two types of buyers:

1. Organic, International Curators

These are my passport-carrying, travel-daydreaming, "set-and-ready to go" shoppers. If you go on a trip you are bringing something good and worthy back! If this is or will be you, before your trip, be sure to familiarize yourself with the history and art of the region from which you intend to buy. This will allow you to properly gauge the value and authenticity of potential purchases. The last thing you want is to get scammed out of your precious money while overseas…no bueno!

Also, if the item is durable enough and you are willing to check / carry it onto your flight, prepare to have to “claim” the item at customs. Your flight attendant will hand you a Customs Declaration card, on which you “declare” any purchases you made while overseas and state the approximate amount spent on those items. Don’t let the movies get your nerves riled…going through customs is not that bad. I came back from Jamaica multiple times with Blue Mountain Coffee in my suitcase and police dogs sniffed their way right on past it. No problem mon! My coffee was the least of their worries coming from Jamrock! ;)

2. International Shoppers...without Passports. 

First off, if you do not have a passport yet, GET ONE! That’s the first mandatory step to beginning your world-class life journey, abroad. However, when it comes to being a worldwide shopper, passports are not required. All you need is the worldwide web! You can easily locate local or regional specialty boutiques and consignment shops. You could certainly order furniture, antiques or accessories from any of the millions of online retailer stores, as long as you are willing to pay for the shipping.

Another way to “fake it” fabulously is to buy look-a-likes! Pier 1 Imports is famous for its multicultural home décor. Try One Kings LaneJoss & MainDot & Bo, and more! There are tons of sites dedicated to home décor and each cater to a variety of home styles. If Moroccan is your pleasure, go to Z Gallerie! Do you favor upscale, Italian, contemporary design? Call on Calligaris! You just have to do the research...or ask me!

Cultural home décor truly does become a treasure. From my tapestry from Istanbul to my coconuts and beads from my very first Mardi Gras while living in New Orleans, each have become so dear to me and I will never be able to give them all up. The memories are too precious for me to let go…well I did have to get rid of some beads…I had a ridiculous amount…evidence of a good time! ;) 

What are some of your most prized décor pieces? From abroad or from the States…what is one piece you will never go without?

See you soon “HOME-ies”! 


Closet Addict...Not That Kind!


Closet Addict...Not That Kind!

Have you ever been in a really nice clothing store's dressing room and thought, "This is niiice!" Well, you can bring that look home in small, inexpensive ways! 

Find Your Style

Remember last week's article on design styles? Yeah! Continue your design style from your bedroom and bathroom into your closet decor by choosing complimentary colors in paint, art and accessories. Maintaining a flow with style will allow a seamless transition between spaces and create a connected feeling from room to room. If your bedroom has contemporary finishes, keep your closet's decor in the same design family.

Light It Up

Task lighting is essential in closets, but that doesn't mean it can't be decorative. Hang sconces, pendants or track lighting to illuminate your walk-in or add baseboard lights to display shoes and boots on the floor. Use light bulbs that emulate natural daylight to see clothing and shoes in their truest colors. Hang mirrors to reflect light and to add an open concept feeling.


Honestly, this is probably the easiest paint job for your home. Think about it, it is probably the smallest room in your entire place…and lucky you if it’s not! You can paint your closet any color you feel. Go dark for a high-class, luxury look. Stay light and airy with a pastel or bright, refreshing white. Either way, don’t overlook the closet for a paint job, just because it’s the smallest space...don’t be afraid of wallpaper either!

Use Your Clothes as Decoration!

Unless you have enclosed cabinetry (which would be the easy, chic route), there will be no hiding your clothes in your closet. Therefore, the way they are displayed is crucial to the overall look of the space. I suggest either of these two options: 1) organize by color or 2) organize by item.  If your closet’s paint color of choice is white (or that's the color your apartment stuck you with and your aren’t changing it ;), then I suggest the color coordination. It makes the space seem more thoughtfully planned. If you are down for a colored closet, then you may go either route, but organizing by item may keep your closet from looking like there is “too much going on.” Be sure there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.

What are your concerns or questions about decorating your closet? Let's solve them so you can get to work! :)



Wallpaper? Why Not??

Wallpaper used to be the home décor burden of the 80s. I developed a disdain for wallpaper early in life when I helped my mom redecorate our guest bathroom…a prolonged and painful removal process. I swore to never, ever install wallpaper in my home.

I am going back on that promise. Today, it has been revamped with fantastic styles, designs and even textures! I feign for a good, bold pattern or soft, shimmering textured wallcovering…it sends chills up my spine! Below are a few tips from me and select interior designers for selecting, installing and decorating with wallpaper.

1) Choose your wallpaper and where to put it.

Interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper advices to “use wallpaper in unexpected places: on the ceiling, in a paneled room, in closets, hallways, and small foyers. A great pattern or texture in small spaces can be a prodigious twist.” I could not agree more. 

However, when you do add pattern to a major surface, you will want to layer various types of patterns throughout the space. It does not have to match and it certainly should not match, but each should be complementary to the others.

2) If you can, hire a pro!

It is possible to hang wallpaper on your own, although preferably with someone’s assistance. The assurance with hiring a professional is their expertise and you saving time, energy and money. How are you saving money when you have to pay for the service? Well, I’d rather pay a pro and get the job done right the first time around rather than possibly mess up my wall(s) and /or wallpaper, which is usually bought per square foot. We cannot waste the goods!

3) Proper use and accent to wallpaper.

The main fear when considering wallpaper is creating a busy space.  Insert visual relief by breaking up the patterns with molding (temporary or permanent), chair rails or other architectural features. If you are not too keen on the idea of a fully covered room, create an accent wall. Designer Summer Thornton says to “match either the background or an accent color for the remaining walls of the room” in order to complete the space.

Check out the slideshow for more tips and ideas for incorporating wallpaper into your home! Which are your favorites? Let me know!

Ttyl, HOME-ies!



Color Theory Part II: The 60-30-10 Rule

Last week, I broke down how to use the color wheel when selecting colors for a space. This week, I’ll share how much of each color to use in order to achieve a harmonic, stylish balance. This is the 60-30-10 rule.

Following this rule will allow your eyes to seamlessly flow from one focal point to the next without startling obstructions. Sixty percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color! Simple right? I know! :)

An easy way to apply this rule is to focus the 60 percent portion on your wall color, the 30 percent for your furniture or upholstery, and the 10 percent for accents like throw pillows, floral arrangements or other small decorative accessories.

Here are some examples in the slideshow! Stay tuned for my article about my own living room “redeco” job, where I put my own advice into action!

TTYL, “HOME-ies”!!