Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Easy Accent Wall Treatment Ideas

Shiplap. You either love it or hate it. I'll admit it looks fabulous in homes which style lends itself to it (aka: farmhouse), BUT there's no way in heck I'd ever install it myself because I love lazy easy ideas for adding an accent wall.

If you've landed here from House by Hoff, welcome! Isn't this non-shiplap blog hop organized by Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof awesome? I have so many ideas brewing after seeing everyone's posts.

I don't generally take on projects which require a ton of meticulous work and measuring, so I'll show you how I've created accent walls in my home using moldings, paint and closet doors.

Door Trim/Molding Accent Wall

In the guest room we had painted all the walls a gray color, and then we added in the new furniture...that meant I wanted to give the wall behind the headboard a bit of drama without repainting. Luckily, I had a bunch of door trim left over, so I made two simple boxes on the wall (this part did require meticulous measurements when cutting and installing) and added in some plug-in wall sconces from IKEA.

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Home Style: Before & After Edition

Today is my last day at the job I’ve had for 8 years, but in-between prepping a house to sell and moving to an apartment, I wanted to participate in the My Home Style Blog Hop hosted by Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living. The purpose of the blog hop is to showcase our home decor then and now in various rooms of our home and give you some ideas as to how you can snag our style.

If you're coming this way from My Life From Home, welcome! It's so nice to meet you! Pee Wee says hello, too. He loves people.

Learn how to get glam, livable luxe decor in your home.

My style has definitely evolved from when I started blogging in 2009, but overall I feel I’ve been working towards refining my style and sticking to more timeless decor and furniture. That way, it’s easy to layer in affordable accessories such as throw pillows, artwork, blankets, florals, and other home decor when the seasons/holidays/trends change.

At the core of my style is black and white (and gold for the past 3 years or so). Another style choice of mine that is always prevalent is my penchant for tufted furniture, classic damask patterns, and nailhead accents. Something about tufts, damask and nailheads exudes classiness to me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

3 Reasons to Rent Stylish Furniture

This post brought to you by CORT. The content and opinions expressed
 below are that of Monica Wants It.

As you all know, I got a new job and will be moving in a few weeks into an apartment. This is all really sudden and emotional, and truthfully it’s still all settling in my brain.

Other than the typical panic of starting something new, I feel so apprehensive about renting again because I’ve gotten used to having a really stylish home. I don’t want to sacrifice having a beautiful, well designed/furnished home just because it’s a temporary one.

CORT Dining Room Furnishings

Knowing that my 12-month apartment lease will likely be a one-time thing, I’m not looking to invest in new furniture pieces. Also, I have to keep most of the furniture in the house to help with staging and selling.

What’s a home decor/DIY blogger to do?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Easy Accent Wall Treatment Ideas

Shiplap. You either love it or hate it. I'll admit it looks fabulous in homes which style lends itself to it (aka: farmhouse), BUT there's no way in heck I'd ever install it myself because I love lazy easy ideas for adding an accent wall.

If you've landed here from House by Hoff, welcome! Isn't this non-shiplap blog hop organized by Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof awesome? I have so many ideas brewing after seeing everyone's posts.

I don't generally take on projects which require a ton of meticulous work and measuring, so I'll show you how I've created accent walls in my home using moldings, paint and closet doors.

Door Trim/Molding Accent Wall

In the guest room we had painted all the walls a gray color, and then we added in the new furniture...that meant I wanted to give the wall behind the headboard a bit of drama without repainting. Luckily, I had a bunch of door trim left over, so I made two simple boxes on the wall (this part did require meticulous measurements when cutting and installing) and added in some plug-in wall sconces from IKEA.

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Home Style: Before & After Edition

Today is my last day at the job I’ve had for 8 years, but in-between prepping a house to sell and moving to an apartment, I wanted to participate in the My Home Style Blog Hop hosted by Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living. The purpose of the blog hop is to showcase our home decor then and now in various rooms of our home and give you some ideas as to how you can snag our style.

If you're coming this way from My Life From Home, welcome! It's so nice to meet you! Pee Wee says hello, too. He loves people.

Learn how to get glam, livable luxe decor in your home.

My style has definitely evolved from when I started blogging in 2009, but overall I feel I’ve been working towards refining my style and sticking to more timeless decor and furniture. That way, it’s easy to layer in affordable accessories such as throw pillows, artwork, blankets, florals, and other home decor when the seasons/holidays/trends change.

At the core of my style is black and white (and gold for the past 3 years or so). Another style choice of mine that is always prevalent is my penchant for tufted furniture, classic damask patterns, and nailhead accents. Something about tufts, damask and nailheads exudes classiness to me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

3 Reasons to Rent Stylish Furniture

This post brought to you by CORT. The content and opinions expressed
 below are that of Monica Wants It.

As you all know, I got a new job and will be moving in a few weeks into an apartment. This is all really sudden and emotional, and truthfully it’s still all settling in my brain.

Other than the typical panic of starting something new, I feel so apprehensive about renting again because I’ve gotten used to having a really stylish home. I don’t want to sacrifice having a beautiful, well designed/furnished home just because it’s a temporary one.

CORT Dining Room Furnishings

Knowing that my 12-month apartment lease will likely be a one-time thing, I’m not looking to invest in new furniture pieces. Also, I have to keep most of the furniture in the house to help with staging and selling.

What’s a home decor/DIY blogger to do?