I hope DecorateOurLives.com will bless you and give you insight to things you can do to decorate your space, and decorate your life with what you already have.


I have been decorating and redesigning rooms since I was a little girl. I think it all started when I was bored from being sent to a time out corner. My brother, who is 13 months younger than me and my first best friend, would drive my mom nuts arguing with me about the stupidest stuff. We both were right about everything and we didn’t back down until we were sent to opposite corners to sit quietly.  We must have been slow learners because we sat in time outs weekly. But, little did my parents know they were birthing a decorator in those time out moments. To help pass the time I would be laying on the floor redesigning the room on the ceiling in my mind. Some kids cry in time out, some kids chew their nails, others tap their feet on the wall or floor….I redesigned and decorated.

My parents wouldn’t let me move our bedroom furniture, mainly because we had beautiful wood floors they didn’t want scratched up and our bedroom furniture was way too heavy for kids to move safely, but my sister and I would “sneak move it” when we were feeling strong and brave. After awhile our parents actually let us keep it that way. We moved a huge desk with attached hutch to the middle of the room to divide it in half. It looked horrible, but I think they couldn’t bear to pop our decorating bubble, we were so proud of our cool design, and we didn’t scratch the floor. Thank God for rugs to help pull furniture.

As I grew up I would dream about my own place and how it would be decorated. Finally, I was living in my own older apartment and it had older, ugly, long, yellow-gold shag carpet. I had hand me down everything, because that’s all I could afford. One day my mom came to visit me, for her first time at this place, and as she looked around she said something that has stuck with me since.  She said, “Therese, you could make mud look good.” I felt so proud of myself and she boosted my confidence that day more than she knows.

As an adult I would walk into a room or an office and be redesigning it or thinking about how I could make it look even better, by moving things around. In time, friends would see what I did with what I had and ask if I could help them too. I started to help friends with their homes and then others to set up their book shops, flower shops, many counseling offices, administrative offices, executive offices, a TV studio which was worldwide, children’s and youth minstries, foyers and administrative entrances, staff lounges, and of course homes, smaller homes to very high end homes. Plus more. It’s been quite the decorating journey.

The one common thread for all of this decorating is I used what they already had. Sometimes it would look like we had nothing to work with whether it was an apartment, home, office or a flower shop. They had a tight budget or no budget and we used what they had. I like to call it artful placement. By moving things around, repurposing items and placing them artfully we could make a space look amazing. It would be a shocking difference and that is why so many people asked for me to help them do it with their space too.


I know I have a gift to share as far as decorating and using what you already have, plus, where to find inexpensive decor items if you need or want something brand new or used. I’ve personally done it for years. Most of us are budget conscious. You can change the look of your space in a day with no cost. I want to build your confidence the same way my mom did mine. I want you to believe you could make mud look good too! My goal is to help you create a space that you love to live in.




I’d love to hear your comments or ideas, if you have questions, ask away, I’ll do my best to answer them. 

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