Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outdoor Painting Tips & My Garage Makeover

Hi lovelies! I am working on so many great things that I can’t even post about yet…gggrr! However, I can post about two tutorials that are available (and written by yours truly) over on the True Value DIY Squad website.

The first is my garage makeover. I’ll admit it is not nearly as organized as it looks in the photo below because we’ve been working on the foyer/hallway makeover and cutting TONS of moldings.


I offer some practical advice and tips in the post that you can implement in your garage to make it more DIY friendly for those of us weekend warriors.

Up next is an outdoor painting project that has made my patio SO much brighter. That awful salmon colored paint drove me bonkers, and I am thrilled it’s gone from that space. We still have the rest of the trim on the house to paint though. It never ends.


Enjoy those updates, and I’ll be back later this week with more DIY ideas. Stay warm!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blog Office Makeover Plans

If you all can’t tell, I’m on a black, white and gold KICK. It is my fave color palette, and it’s so timeless to me. I’ve always been a fan of black and white. Now that we have our new dining table (review coming soon!) I really wanted to move my computer and blog stuff out of the dining room and into the 2nd spare bedroom. The bedroom has a ton of natural light, it’s small, and it’ll be perfect once I get done with it.

I put together a bit of an inspiration board to help me stay focused on my goal—a beautiful, productive, stunning space that fosters creativity and joy. As usual, lots of the things I like are IKEA hacks, but I’ll be near one in a few weeks, so I guess it all works out. YAY.

A chic black, white & gold office inspiration board. Check out more ideas and home inspiration at

Source: Amazing office, gorgeous vase, IKEA hack, and polka dot wall

I’ve already done a few DIY office projects to get a jump start. The first DIY project was using this AMAZING Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. It is magical, I use it on everything, and I simply cannot get enough.

From silver to gold in minutes using a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. Find other quick DIY projects at

I also took an old $75 Office Depot desk and did a gold faux bois treatment on it much like Jenny did for her laundry room table. That’s another DIY tutorial I need to write out…anyone else ever DO a lot of things and then not write about them? I really need to get a day planner and get organized.

Here are my other ideas for my blogging office:

  • A gallery wall with a mix of white and gold frames filled with photos of those I love and foil typography prints
  • A place to stage photos of my DIY projects/crafts
  • A gift wrapping station (because I am practical, ya know)
  • Plenty of lighting
  • Gorgeous window treatments (like these, maybe)
  • Organized & efficient storage (the IKEA Vittsjo shelves in that collage are calling my name—soooo beautiful!)
  • Luxe finishes of gold and acrylic

Confession time: most of you can tell I am totally frugal (or cheap, your call), but I’ve been lusting over these acrylic office pieces by Kate Spade since I first laid eyes on them in July.

Kate Spade acrylic office collection is gorgeous! Read about a cheaper version at

Source: stapler, pen cup, tape dispenser, letter tray

The set would cost me well over $150, so that is simply not going to happen. Lucky for all of us frugal folk, there is a cheaper option that with a little DIY elbow grease could look great, too.

So far I have the accent wall painted, a few desk accessories, and the desk completed. I also have the chandelier installed. I have a lot of work ahead of me, so stay tuned for my progress.

What projects are you working on right now in your home? Leave a comment or give me a shout out on Instagram.

Friday, November 14, 2014

DIY Metallic Scented Candles with Swarovski Crystals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayMood #CollectiveBias

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

Do you ever smell certain candles that just transport you back in time to a favorite memory? I know I do, especially with holiday scents since they usually have hints of cinnamon, gingerbread, and even frosted cookies. My grandma always loved to eat her pan dulce, or bakery sweets, with her coffee, and around the holidays I remember going to the local Hispanic bakery to pick out empanadas, pan de polvo (Mexican wedding cookies), and other treats.

Although my grandma passed away on Christmas Eve in 2006, I still keep her memories, and love of sweets, in my heart. A scent I am loving this year is Glade® Frosted Cookie Party—it takes me back to the bakery and our Sunday mornings around the dining table. I picked up a candle and a plugin from a holiday end cap during a recent grocery-shopping trip. It’s always convenient when I can go to HEB and grab baking supplies AND home fragrance products that smell like I’ve just finished baking.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

I’ve been bitten by the DIY bug, as usual around this time of year, so I wanted to bling out the candle so it’d fit in with all the other festive décor on my dining table. This project took me about 15 minutes, and that included hand-affixing 10 tiny Swarovski crystals.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

As a special bonus, I’ll also give you a quick idea on how to present your creation as an upscale gift for co-workers, teachers, or neighbors.

-1 Glade® scented candle of your choice
-Metallic paint pens in silver and gold
-Swarovski crystals (easily found in most craft stores in the jewelry section)
-12x12 cardstock
-4” of ribbon & floral wire
-Clear tacky glue

Step 1: Start swirling little dots of various sizes in one color. Try to concentrate them more on the bottom of the candle to create a “cascading dots” effect.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

Step 2: Swirl around more dots using the other color. Make sure to overlap the dots a bit to help pull it all together.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

Step 3: Glue the Swarovski crystals to the glass using tacky glue. Make sure to apply them evenly for a polished look.

The result is a beautiful, handmade candle with a ton of sparkle. Swarovski crystals are pretty inexpensive (can usually get about 40 for $5), but if you’d like to use plastic rhinestones that would work, too, but they won’t be as sparkly.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

If you’d like to create a cool wrap to gift these, simply cut a piece of 12x12 cardstock to 2”x12” and wrap it around the top and affix on the bottom of the candle with a Glue Dot. A cute bow on the front makes for a beautiful, chic (and inexpensive!) gift.

Create an upscale DIY metallic polka dot (with crystals) Glade candle. Check out more DIY gift ideas at

Make sure to keep the safety label on the bottom of the candle for handy tips for basic fire safety. Candles are gorgeous, but please, PLEASE use them when you can keep an eye on them. Be safe!

I really think this project would be a fun for a holiday cookie exchange or girl’s night in. As a bonus, you can find coupons for Glade® scented candles (and plug-ins, wax melts, and aerosol sprays) in Sunday circulars around the nation on December 7, or online at

So, you've now gotten an official glimpse of my black, white, and gold holiday decor. It's also the color palette for my new home office. I'll have a mood board tomorrow to show you all my vision. See you soon! xoxo.

What is your favorite candle scent during the holidays?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Home Decor: Fall Color Trend Ideas

I know in my own home I tend to use a lot of gray and beige because bold colors kind of frighten me. Can I live with them awhile or will I have to paint again (I despise painting, true story)? So, I think of other ways to bring color into my home in simple ways.

One super easy way is with window treatments, like the ones in this beautiful space below. With all the bold fall color trends, it's really easy to pick a fun color to incorporate in any room of your home. My fave "hot" fall color is the fun and bright Pantone Bright Orchid, as well as all the deep, bright blue hues. These fall colors are classy and they look high end when used in small doses.

While window treatments can be pricey, I consider them an investment. They can lower your energy costs, enhance your space, and help filter natural daylight. Hunter Douglas custom window treatments from Décorview come in many different colors and sizes (and some are even motorized), so it's easy to upgrade from drab mini blinds or bare windows to something more chic.

In our house I love to incorporate bold window treatments that will transition beautifully throughout the seasons. Plus, I also try to pick window treatment designs/colors I know I will like for many years to come-- like a gorgeous royal blue that will always be luxe and classy. It's easier to splurge on something if I know I will love it for a long time, so that's my approach to window coverings and other decor in my home.

If you're like me and are nervous about measuring for window treatments, Décorview's process takes the guess work out of the equation. They offer a free consultation (no pressure at all), they measure everything for you, and then they install it all. No muss, no fuss...just a beautiful new space.

So, tell me, what are YOUR favorite window treatments and colors this fall? Do you love Radiant Orchid as much as I do?

Schedule your free design consultation from Décorview and save on your window projects before December 16th. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Décorview. The opinions and text are all mine.

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