Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Apartment Patio Outdoor Decor Ideas


I really am trying to get myself into a zen like state by relaxing more since I'm going through a lot personally right now. Life gets overwhelming sometimes, and I tend to retreat offline and onto the couch to cuddle with my boys and watch entirely too much TV. It's fun to escape mentally sometimes since I can't physically escape to Paris or something anytime soon.

Another thing I like to do to escape the chaos in my head is to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Living by the gulf means there's plentiful sunshine and breezy days, but since we've moved to the apartment, I'm not outside as much as I'd like. I really miss our huge acre of land and gorgeous backyard from our former Beeville home, and while we did bring some outdoor furniture to enjoy our (fairly large 6x15) apartment patio, we haven't actually spent anytime out here.

Decor ideas and inspiration on how to maximize style and space in a small space or apartment patio with some gorgeous finds from Walmart.

And to make matters worse, I packed up all of our outdoor pillows and put them into storage... #fail I guess I kind of had to splurge on some new stuff, right?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Best Renters' Hacks for the Living Room


Hi everyone! Sorry for my absence—life’s been a bit hectic, and I’ve been taking time to unplug and be more “present” with friends and family. Visited my mom this past weekend in San Antonio, and my father-in-law’s tumor has shrunk to a 1/3 of its original size since the cancer treatments started. My whole life perspective has changed in 2017. Family is everything, seriously y'all.

What hasn’t changed is living in the apartment (7 more months to go!), and truthfully I’ve lived longer in apartments than I’ve lived in a house, and I’ve learned a few things. Today I’m sharing my top 3 renters’ hacks for the living room as part of a series developed by Kathy from Up ToDate Interiors. She is a MASTER of making a rental look magazine worthy, and I love keeping up with her adventures as she lives abroad in Japan.

We’ve been in this apartment for 5 months, and there’s been a few things I’ve done that have made this space feel chic and cozy. All of these ideas are definitely renter friendly and can be looked at as small space solutions. 

Tip 1: Use appropriate sized furnishings

In the house, we had a huge sofa that we sold before we moved, and we opted to keep the Chloe sofa from Macy’s (no longer sold, but this one is nearly identical and under $500!) that had been used in our former dining room for our apartment rental. It’s small scale measurements, but large scale style, make it a great piece for our very small living room.

Apartment and home decor tips and ideas that are renter friendly and perfect small space solutions.

Lots of companies are embracing the “tiny” movement in terms of homes, so you can find smaller sofas at places like Pottery Barn and CB2. However, Target, Overstock, and Wayfair also have super affordable options.

Picking a properly sized furniture piece like a sofa for a rental space can give you more room, style and options for how to arrange your space. So, if you have a large piece of furniture and you’re moving into a tiny rental, you may consider selling it to buy something more to scale.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Apartment Guest Room/Office Makeover Reveal

It’s time for the big reveal of the guest room/office space as part of the New Year, New Room Refresh with Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living.

Originally my plans were for this to primarily be an office space, but also serve as a guest room. That has now flip flopped to mostly guest room, less office, due to some sad news that I haven’t publicly shared yet…over the holidays my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.

The one fortunate part of this terrible, terrible news is that our apartment is literally 2 miles down the road from the cancer center where my father-in-law has to undergo daily treatment, so he can stay with us rather than driving back and forth 140 miles roundtrip everyday to and from Beeville to Corpus. So, this very floral and girly room will be enjoyed by my father-in-law as he kicks cancer’s butt.

The big showpiece of the room is the floral wall mural from Walls Need Love. I LOVE IT! I have been really honest in that yes you can see the texture on the walls and yes it was fairly easy to put up. I still think that seeing the texture is a minor issue when you consider the mega impact it has on this 10x13 bedroom in our apartment.

And these photos were taken at night after work...so I will have to reshoot them this weekend so they don't look so warm/dark. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Apartment Patio Outdoor Decor Ideas


I really am trying to get myself into a zen like state by relaxing more since I'm going through a lot personally right now. Life gets overwhelming sometimes, and I tend to retreat offline and onto the couch to cuddle with my boys and watch entirely too much TV. It's fun to escape mentally sometimes since I can't physically escape to Paris or something anytime soon.

Another thing I like to do to escape the chaos in my head is to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Living by the gulf means there's plentiful sunshine and breezy days, but since we've moved to the apartment, I'm not outside as much as I'd like. I really miss our huge acre of land and gorgeous backyard from our former Beeville home, and while we did bring some outdoor furniture to enjoy our (fairly large 6x15) apartment patio, we haven't actually spent anytime out here.

Decor ideas and inspiration on how to maximize style and space in a small space or apartment patio with some gorgeous finds from Walmart.

And to make matters worse, I packed up all of our outdoor pillows and put them into storage... #fail I guess I kind of had to splurge on some new stuff, right?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Best Renters' Hacks for the Living Room


Hi everyone! Sorry for my absence—life’s been a bit hectic, and I’ve been taking time to unplug and be more “present” with friends and family. Visited my mom this past weekend in San Antonio, and my father-in-law’s tumor has shrunk to a 1/3 of its original size since the cancer treatments started. My whole life perspective has changed in 2017. Family is everything, seriously y'all.

What hasn’t changed is living in the apartment (7 more months to go!), and truthfully I’ve lived longer in apartments than I’ve lived in a house, and I’ve learned a few things. Today I’m sharing my top 3 renters’ hacks for the living room as part of a series developed by Kathy from Up ToDate Interiors. She is a MASTER of making a rental look magazine worthy, and I love keeping up with her adventures as she lives abroad in Japan.

We’ve been in this apartment for 5 months, and there’s been a few things I’ve done that have made this space feel chic and cozy. All of these ideas are definitely renter friendly and can be looked at as small space solutions. 

Tip 1: Use appropriate sized furnishings

In the house, we had a huge sofa that we sold before we moved, and we opted to keep the Chloe sofa from Macy’s (no longer sold, but this one is nearly identical and under $500!) that had been used in our former dining room for our apartment rental. It’s small scale measurements, but large scale style, make it a great piece for our very small living room.

Apartment and home decor tips and ideas that are renter friendly and perfect small space solutions.

Lots of companies are embracing the “tiny” movement in terms of homes, so you can find smaller sofas at places like Pottery Barn and CB2. However, Target, Overstock, and Wayfair also have super affordable options.

Picking a properly sized furniture piece like a sofa for a rental space can give you more room, style and options for how to arrange your space. So, if you have a large piece of furniture and you’re moving into a tiny rental, you may consider selling it to buy something more to scale.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Apartment Guest Room/Office Makeover Reveal

It’s time for the big reveal of the guest room/office space as part of the New Year, New Room Refresh with Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living.

Originally my plans were for this to primarily be an office space, but also serve as a guest room. That has now flip flopped to mostly guest room, less office, due to some sad news that I haven’t publicly shared yet…over the holidays my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.

The one fortunate part of this terrible, terrible news is that our apartment is literally 2 miles down the road from the cancer center where my father-in-law has to undergo daily treatment, so he can stay with us rather than driving back and forth 140 miles roundtrip everyday to and from Beeville to Corpus. So, this very floral and girly room will be enjoyed by my father-in-law as he kicks cancer’s butt.

The big showpiece of the room is the floral wall mural from Walls Need Love. I LOVE IT! I have been really honest in that yes you can see the texture on the walls and yes it was fairly easy to put up. I still think that seeing the texture is a minor issue when you consider the mega impact it has on this 10x13 bedroom in our apartment.

And these photos were taken at night after work...so I will have to reshoot them this weekend so they don't look so warm/dark.