Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Friday, December 9, 2016

Eclectic Holiday Decor Tour

I’m back and it’s time to showcase my 2016 Winter Eclectic Holiday Home Tour! Apartment living has really forced me to embrace my eclectic side since the spaces are small, and I only brought certain pieces of furniture over from the house. So whether they work together or not, they’re going to be together. I showed you all a bit of my living room when I first moved in, and since then I’ve made quite a few changes!

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

Before I dig in though, I’d like to give a shoutout to the hostess of this fab blog hop, Jess from Domicile 37. And if you’ve landed here thanks to my friend Rachael's blog, This Is Our Bliss, welcome! Pull up a chair, grab some cocoa and enjoy.

Ok, so back to the layout. Ultimately I chose this apartment because it had separate living and dining areas…and I use the word “areas” loosely because both spaces are still small compared to my house. The position of the TV was driving me nuts because I couldn’t see it when I was in the kitchen, so I moved it to the wall adjacent to it, and GASP…I covered up a window, which to some is a cardinal sin. I’m sorry. I figure my wall of curtains creates a wall of sorts, so I’m cool. 

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment living and dining space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

This meant I had to switch around my sofa, too, for optimal Netflix bingeing. I still need to do a post about my whirlwind of emotions after the Gilmore Girls revival. #NotMyRory

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment living and dining space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My Home Style: Glam & Glitz Christmas Tree

Happy Hump Day, friends! I’m counting down till the weekend, are you? This year I had epic plans for totally different Christmas tree décor, but this whole moving thing kind of put a damper on things, so I decided to stick to my fave black, white, gold and silver color scheme. It always looks so classy, and it’s a no fail color scheme. I’d love to thank Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for inviting me to this tree hop and giving me an excuse to deck the halls in my apartment. And a warm welcome to those of you coming from Farmhouse 40— I’m so happy you’re here!

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

The most obvious thing about my Christmas tree décor style is the color palette, but there’s a few other key décor accessories that I include in any Christmas tree regardless of the color. I’ll highlight those things in this post so you too can have a glam, glittery and dramatic Christmas tree in your home.

FEATHERS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

I love, love, love these feather-type things from Michael’s, and they make them in nearly any color. For under $1 each, they’re a bargain and they add color, glitter, height and texture to a tree. I have a dozen in the gold color seen on my tree this year, and I also have six of them in silver.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

If you can snag some of these on clearance or sale, buy them in all the colors, k? They're also ridiculously cheap online (affiliate link).

FUN, DIY ORNAMENTS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

Store bought ornaments are great, and they’re pretty affordable thanks to places like Dollar Tree and Walmart, BUT I think having some unique ornaments can really make a tree standout. On my tree I have my Kate Spade inspired electrical tape ornaments. I also have my gold dipped ornaments that I did for True Value two years ago. Basically, I like to shake it up a bit from the everyday ornaments that take up most of my tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

FLORALS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

It is no secret I love me some pretty florals, so it should come as no surprise that they have found their way onto my Christmas tree. I used some of these faux magnolias on my DIY glam holiday wreath, and the leftovers ended up getting placed on the tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

These particular flowers are from Dollar Tree— they’ve had them every year for forever and they have them this year. They’re a bright, true white, and the gold center adds a bit of a luxe look to a generic dollar store flower. You can find similar flowers online and they're about the same price as the ones from Dollar Tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

Those are the main components of a very merry Monica tree, and I am of the school of thought that there’s no wrong way to decorate a tree. Use what you love, add in some glitz, and throw in some unexpected touches to create a unique tree that’ll look beautiful all the holiday season!

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

You’ve gotten a few tiny glimpses into my living room holiday décor today, and I’ll post the full tour on Friday of my tiny living and dining room space decor. It won’t be as grand as my 2014 or 2015 holiday tours because of the whole apartment situation, but I’m a firm believer in blooming where you are planted. See ya on Friday, and in the meantime, I’m handing you over to Boxy Colonial where you can get more decor ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY Gourmet Foodie Gift Wrap Tutorial

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

Today I have a quick and easy DIY tutorial to spruce up a store bought food item to look more festive and polished for gift giving. These types of gifts are great for teachers, neighbors, co-workers, or as hostess gifts if you get invited to someone’s home over the holidays. My foodie item of choice is the Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar from Walmart. I bought myself one and I picked up an extra to have on hand as a last-minute hostess gift this holiday season.

Creative gift idea plus DIY wrap tutorial for foodie gifts under $10!

It’s a great gift for nearly anyone because honey can be used for baking, for tea lovers, for oatmeal/yogurt or even for those pesky winter sore throats. And with January fast approaching, honey is a great sweetener for those New Year’s resolution smoothies and overnight oats. Don Victor® Honey is raw and unfiltered, and it's so tasty on biscuits, pancakes and over vanilla ice cream.

The honey itself comes in a gorgeous glass jar and a simple stretchy gold bow that holds the nutritional info card. My goal was to make this a beautiful, gourmet style gift using some common craft supplies such as scrapbook cardstock, adhesive rhinestones, tape and scissors. This comes together in minutes!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Eclectic Holiday Decor Tour

I’m back and it’s time to showcase my 2016 Winter Eclectic Holiday Home Tour! Apartment living has really forced me to embrace my eclectic side since the spaces are small, and I only brought certain pieces of furniture over from the house. So whether they work together or not, they’re going to be together. I showed you all a bit of my living room when I first moved in, and since then I’ve made quite a few changes!

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

Before I dig in though, I’d like to give a shoutout to the hostess of this fab blog hop, Jess from Domicile 37. And if you’ve landed here thanks to my friend Rachael's blog, This Is Our Bliss, welcome! Pull up a chair, grab some cocoa and enjoy.

Ok, so back to the layout. Ultimately I chose this apartment because it had separate living and dining areas…and I use the word “areas” loosely because both spaces are still small compared to my house. The position of the TV was driving me nuts because I couldn’t see it when I was in the kitchen, so I moved it to the wall adjacent to it, and GASP…I covered up a window, which to some is a cardinal sin. I’m sorry. I figure my wall of curtains creates a wall of sorts, so I’m cool. 

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment living and dining space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

This meant I had to switch around my sofa, too, for optimal Netflix bingeing. I still need to do a post about my whirlwind of emotions after the Gilmore Girls revival. #NotMyRory

An eclectic holiday tour of a small apartment living and dining space decorated for Christmas! The black, white, gold and silver touches are gorgeous.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

My Home Style: Glam & Glitz Christmas Tree

Happy Hump Day, friends! I’m counting down till the weekend, are you? This year I had epic plans for totally different Christmas tree décor, but this whole moving thing kind of put a damper on things, so I decided to stick to my fave black, white, gold and silver color scheme. It always looks so classy, and it’s a no fail color scheme. I’d love to thank Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for inviting me to this tree hop and giving me an excuse to deck the halls in my apartment. And a warm welcome to those of you coming from Farmhouse 40— I’m so happy you’re here!

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

The most obvious thing about my Christmas tree décor style is the color palette, but there’s a few other key décor accessories that I include in any Christmas tree regardless of the color. I’ll highlight those things in this post so you too can have a glam, glittery and dramatic Christmas tree in your home.

FEATHERS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

I love, love, love these feather-type things from Michael’s, and they make them in nearly any color. For under $1 each, they’re a bargain and they add color, glitter, height and texture to a tree. I have a dozen in the gold color seen on my tree this year, and I also have six of them in silver.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

If you can snag some of these on clearance or sale, buy them in all the colors, k? They're also ridiculously cheap online (affiliate link).

FUN, DIY ORNAMENTS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

Store bought ornaments are great, and they’re pretty affordable thanks to places like Dollar Tree and Walmart, BUT I think having some unique ornaments can really make a tree standout. On my tree I have my Kate Spade inspired electrical tape ornaments. I also have my gold dipped ornaments that I did for True Value two years ago. Basically, I like to shake it up a bit from the everyday ornaments that take up most of my tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

FLORALS:


Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

It is no secret I love me some pretty florals, so it should come as no surprise that they have found their way onto my Christmas tree. I used some of these faux magnolias on my DIY glam holiday wreath, and the leftovers ended up getting placed on the tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

These particular flowers are from Dollar Tree— they’ve had them every year for forever and they have them this year. They’re a bright, true white, and the gold center adds a bit of a luxe look to a generic dollar store flower. You can find similar flowers online and they're about the same price as the ones from Dollar Tree.

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

Those are the main components of a very merry Monica tree, and I am of the school of thought that there’s no wrong way to decorate a tree. Use what you love, add in some glitz, and throw in some unexpected touches to create a unique tree that’ll look beautiful all the holiday season!

Tips for creating a beautiful, glam and chic black, white, gold and silver Christmas tree for your holiday decor!

You’ve gotten a few tiny glimpses into my living room holiday décor today, and I’ll post the full tour on Friday of my tiny living and dining room space decor. It won’t be as grand as my 2014 or 2015 holiday tours because of the whole apartment situation, but I’m a firm believer in blooming where you are planted. See ya on Friday, and in the meantime, I’m handing you over to Boxy Colonial where you can get more decor ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY Gourmet Foodie Gift Wrap Tutorial

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

Today I have a quick and easy DIY tutorial to spruce up a store bought food item to look more festive and polished for gift giving. These types of gifts are great for teachers, neighbors, co-workers, or as hostess gifts if you get invited to someone’s home over the holidays. My foodie item of choice is the Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar from Walmart. I bought myself one and I picked up an extra to have on hand as a last-minute hostess gift this holiday season.

Creative gift idea plus DIY wrap tutorial for foodie gifts under $10!

It’s a great gift for nearly anyone because honey can be used for baking, for tea lovers, for oatmeal/yogurt or even for those pesky winter sore throats. And with January fast approaching, honey is a great sweetener for those New Year’s resolution smoothies and overnight oats. Don Victor® Honey is raw and unfiltered, and it's so tasty on biscuits, pancakes and over vanilla ice cream.

The honey itself comes in a gorgeous glass jar and a simple stretchy gold bow that holds the nutritional info card. My goal was to make this a beautiful, gourmet style gift using some common craft supplies such as scrapbook cardstock, adhesive rhinestones, tape and scissors. This comes together in minutes!