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 must have been slow learners because we sat in time out ALOT.

Little did my parents know, they were birthing a decorator in those time out moments.

Therese M Sullivan

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 bite their nails, others tap their feet on the wall or floor……I redesigned and decorated with what was already in the room and in that time out moment, I found a way to enjoy being right where I was.

As I grew up I dreamed about my own place and how it would be decorated. Finally, I moved into an older apartment and the only attractive thing about that place was….. I lived on my own. I artfully placed the free furniture and decorations given to me into a cute and cozy place to call home. One day my mom came to visit me and as she looked around, and knew what I started with, 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. In time, friends asked if I could help with their homes and it evolved into setting up businesses; book shops, flower shops, counseling offices, administrative offices, executive offices, worldwide TV studios, children’s and youth ministries, grand foyers, administrative entrances, staff work stations and of course houses, smaller homes to very high end homes. Then came event and holiday decorating. It’s been quite the journey.

Along the way I realized decorating a space, balance and artful placement didn’t just apply to decorating, IT APPLIED TO LIFE.

It’s really about using what you have been given, making the best of whatever the situation may be and to love where you live, whether it is home, work or play.


I know I have a gift to share as far as decorating but also on how to enjoy life in spite of outside circumstances. I want to build your confidence the same way my mom did mine. I want you to believe you can make mud look good too! My goal is to help you create a space that you love to live in.

I hope Decorate Our Lives will bless you and give insight to things you can do to decorate your space and your life.

Love Where You Live~


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