Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Monday, August 14, 2017

How We Saved $1000 on Light Fixtures for Our New Home

This post, which contains some affiliate links, is long but full of money saving information and details, so you’ve been forewarned!

The day we signed the contract to begin building our new home, my first thought wasn’t about tile, kitchen cabinets, or paint colors. My first thought was about all the lighting I’d get/have to select for our house.

I’ve tried to be transparent about the price of stuff for our new house so that I’m showing how we are doing this within our beer budget builder’s allowance even though we I have champagne taste. Our lighting allowance was $2150 tax inclusive, which was a bit of a challenge had I chosen to use our builder’s vendors here locally.

Although he got a discount, the lighting fixtures were still way more expensive than Overstock, Wayfair, Lowe's, Lamps Plus, and Build.com, which is where the majority of our lighting ended up coming from.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Affordable Tile Selections for Your Home

I promised you all a post about our tile selections, and today I'm here to deliver. I'll also share with you our tile allowances per square foot to give you an idea and to showcase that we are totally doing this on a budget even if it is a new house construction.

So whether you're building and trying to fit champagne taste into a builder's beer budget OR thinking of doing a renovation in your current/future home, this post will hopefully resonate with you.

Tips and ideas for choosing stylish and timeless tile for all of your home on a budget.
As a recap, our new home will feature tile all throughout. We will have ZERO carpet in this house, and I am thrilled. We will definitely have rugs, but I really hate carpet. 

To keep the flow and look of our new home cohesive, we used one tile all throughout the floors I begged and begged for D to let me use the black and white cement-look tiles for the half bath or laundry room, and he was adamant about me not doing that, and ultimately, I think he was right on this one.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New House Update: Walls, Tray Ceilings & Doors

Hi, friends! I took most of this month off because between managing a new house being built, work, physical therapy for my knee, and life, I just needed a break.

But I'm back and there's been soooo much progress. We now have drywall, trim/moldings, paint, interior doors, and I believe tile starts this week.

Now, I will admit my paint choices may seem a bit out there, but there’s a method to my madness. In our housing allowance, I got to pick just ONE color for all the interior walls…so I chose my favorite trusty white color—Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen. I chose this color because any décor looks great against it, and because I didn’t want to commit to a certain gray or greige for the whole house. White is a lot easier to work with, and I can paint later if I want.


Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen in a foyer. | via monicawantsit.com

We also have four tray ceilings in our new home (foyer, dining area, living room, master bedroom), and I chose a really unconventional color…Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams in a flat sheen. I wanted the tray ceilings to really pop/contrast. I love how the living room tray ceiling looks and am so pumped about having a super tall Christmas tree in here this year.


Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen for walls and tricorn black for tray ceilings. | via monicawantsit.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

How We Saved $1000 on Light Fixtures for Our New Home

This post, which contains some affiliate links, is long but full of money saving information and details, so you’ve been forewarned!

The day we signed the contract to begin building our new home, my first thought wasn’t about tile, kitchen cabinets, or paint colors. My first thought was about all the lighting I’d get/have to select for our house.

I’ve tried to be transparent about the price of stuff for our new house so that I’m showing how we are doing this within our beer budget builder’s allowance even though we I have champagne taste. Our lighting allowance was $2150 tax inclusive, which was a bit of a challenge had I chosen to use our builder’s vendors here locally.

Although he got a discount, the lighting fixtures were still way more expensive than Overstock, Wayfair, Lowe's, Lamps Plus, and Build.com, which is where the majority of our lighting ended up coming from.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Affordable Tile Selections for Your Home

I promised you all a post about our tile selections, and today I'm here to deliver. I'll also share with you our tile allowances per square foot to give you an idea and to showcase that we are totally doing this on a budget even if it is a new house construction.

So whether you're building and trying to fit champagne taste into a builder's beer budget OR thinking of doing a renovation in your current/future home, this post will hopefully resonate with you.

Tips and ideas for choosing stylish and timeless tile for all of your home on a budget.
As a recap, our new home will feature tile all throughout. We will have ZERO carpet in this house, and I am thrilled. We will definitely have rugs, but I really hate carpet. 

To keep the flow and look of our new home cohesive, we used one tile all throughout the floors I begged and begged for D to let me use the black and white cement-look tiles for the half bath or laundry room, and he was adamant about me not doing that, and ultimately, I think he was right on this one.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New House Update: Walls, Tray Ceilings & Doors

Hi, friends! I took most of this month off because between managing a new house being built, work, physical therapy for my knee, and life, I just needed a break.

But I'm back and there's been soooo much progress. We now have drywall, trim/moldings, paint, interior doors, and I believe tile starts this week.

Now, I will admit my paint choices may seem a bit out there, but there’s a method to my madness. In our housing allowance, I got to pick just ONE color for all the interior walls…so I chose my favorite trusty white color—Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen. I chose this color because any décor looks great against it, and because I didn’t want to commit to a certain gray or greige for the whole house. White is a lot easier to work with, and I can paint later if I want.


Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen in a foyer. | via monicawantsit.com

We also have four tray ceilings in our new home (foyer, dining area, living room, master bedroom), and I chose a really unconventional color…Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams in a flat sheen. I wanted the tray ceilings to really pop/contrast. I love how the living room tray ceiling looks and am so pumped about having a super tall Christmas tree in here this year.


Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams in a matte sheen for walls and tricorn black for tray ceilings. | via monicawantsit.com