Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: Summer House Tour 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer House Tour 2015

Hi everyone! So thrilled to be here with my very first house tour! If you’re stopping by from Courtney’s blog, A Thoughtful Place, welcome! If you’re new here, I’ll tell you that my posts tend to focus on affordable glamour/DIY posts sprinkled with easy recipes that give me more time to play with glitter.

And again, thanks to the lovely and kind Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for deeming me cool enough to be included--thanks, doll!

It’s kind of odd that a home decor blogger like me hasn’t done a home tour before, but truth be told our house is under constant chaos from projects. Given that we work full-time (10+ hour days), we fit in projects as we can into our ranch style home in South Texas. We’ve lived here nearly five years, and it’s amazing how much we’ve done…and how much we have left to do.

I’ll be upfront that today’s post isn’t a full on house tour, but I am showing you our most used spaces—living room, dining room/parlor, bedroom, and my NEW (nearly finished) home office. The torrential rains last month hampered my outdoor makeover plans, so you’ll have to stick around for those.

I’m usually a gray and white and beige kind of girl, but this season I really wanted to use colors that made me happy, so you’ll see lots of color today.

As soon as you enter my front door you’ll see the dining room to your immediate right, so we’ll start there.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
I love, love, LOVE my Home Decorators Collection Aldridge Dining Table. It’s beefy and stunning.

Some brass candlesticks from Hobby Lobby ($4 for the pair) are adorned with some simple floral arrangements I made using Dollar Tree flowers. They’ve really upped their faux florals game. The DIY tutorial is coming up next week.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
My dining room is super long and narrow, so at the end we have what Daniel calls “Pee Wee’s parlor." Pee Wee loves to lounge on the sofa with me while I read magazines. A pink tray from HomeGoods holds a fan that moves from room to room with me—it is so hot in Texas right now.

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 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.  
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Now, let’s head over to living room! This is definitely where we spend hours and hours each week. We love to watch TV, and we each have our spots around the room. Recently we splurged and had recessed lights installed, and I am in heaven. I truly wish we had done it sooner-- it makes the room feel brighter and more modern. The wood paneling used to be something I hated and painted (tutorial here), but now it's a trait I find charming. That being said, if someone were to offer to drywall this room for me for free, I'd jump at the chance.

A fun summer living room filled with bold colors and patterns.
I have been debating what to put over my sofa for over a year now, so it stays blank for now. I’m still waiting to find the perfect art piece or mirror. The black/white stripe pillow covers are from IKEA and the watercolor-ish ones are from Hobby Lobby.

We bought the Kingston recliners from Home Decorators Collection last fall, and they’ve held up beautifully. They were a total bargain and are SO comfy.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
I find mantle decor really, really challenging, so I opted for simple. Metallics and creamy white/ivory are set off by bright florals and bold patterns.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
My Target bar cart is to this day one of my fave purchases. I snagged it on clearance in 2014, but I am glad they still carry it for anyone else who wants it. The top shelf is now glass in the 2015 version- fancy!

This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style.
The glassware is from HomeGoods, the lamp is from Target and the various other accessories are gifts and garage sale finds.

 This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
The curtains below are beauties from World Market, and those canvases are DIY projects from my Christmas 2014 decor

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Decorating bookshelves is a challenge for me, but I tried my best. All are accessories I personally love (especially that Lily Pulitzer for Target plate), and I try to just show off items that make me happy. 

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Pee Wee truly loves this couch, and I am happy to share it with him. :)

 A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Let’s move onto the bedroom…the one place where I despise color and I go for minimal decor and clutter. This is my retreat. I love for a bedroom to have a monochromatic, hotel room feel. It pretty much looks the same as when I did the reveal last year, but I did add some luxurious gray sheets from JCP to our linen repertoire, along with some fancy and uber luxe pillows from Brookstone.

A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
 A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
And now onto my MWI corporate head quarters…my almost finished home office.
I am in LOVE with this room. I LOVE IT! Today I'll give you a sneak peek. If you want to see all the beautiful details and DIY tutorials, those will go live next week. Squee!

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
These M&M’s have Pee Wee’s ADORABLE little face on them. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat them. They were a very thoughtful gift from Pee Wee for mother’s day. I’m a lucky gal.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
Below I have a clearance mug from Kirkland's, acrylic stapler and tape dispenser, Nate Berkus for Target gold scissors, and a gorgeous Kate Spade telegram gold foiled edged memo pad. The pencils, clipboard and pens are all from the Michael's Dollar Spot. And that fancy schmancy gold coaster is actually a lid from a holiday Bath & Body Works candle. I am all about upcycling.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
And one last sneak peek...I hope this is enough to keep you wanting to come back next week for the full office reveal that will contain oodles of photos.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.

Thanks for stopping by my house tour! I hope you enjoyed it and got a bit of inspiration. If you're new here, please subscribe for updates over on the right sidebar. Head on over to Rain On A Tin Roof  as the next stop on this wonderful summer tour of homes!



10 comments:

  1. Love your home and your style. Everything is so inviting, and I agree your dining table is amazing, and I can't wait to see your office reveal. The sneak peaks are fabulous. Wonderful tour.

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  2. First of all I have to say that Pee Wee steals the show - oh my gosh, what a cutie! I love your balance of soft neutrals with color and that you have so many beautiful (and affordable!) accessories. Glad to have found your blog through these home tours!

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  3. So fun seeing new to me blogs on this tour. Love the pops of color! xo

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  4. Everything is just beautiful, Monica. Love all of your pops of color and mix of patterns. Well done!

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  5. I love it all - I think you need to be an interior designer - you have such great taste...totes jealous ;) Congratulations!

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  6. What a gorgeous home you have! You styling is perfect. Love that bar cart!

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  7. Such a beautiful tour, Monica! That bar cart is one of my favorites too, and your styling is top notch! Pee Wee is too cute, and those M & M's! :) Have a wonderful summer!

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  8. Your home is beautiful, love your dining room set! Gorgeous styling, well done!

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  9. After reading your blog I want to redecorate my entire house! We love your blog at Hey Abigail :)

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer House Tour 2015

Hi everyone! So thrilled to be here with my very first house tour! If you’re stopping by from Courtney’s blog, A Thoughtful Place, welcome! If you’re new here, I’ll tell you that my posts tend to focus on affordable glamour/DIY posts sprinkled with easy recipes that give me more time to play with glitter.

And again, thanks to the lovely and kind Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for deeming me cool enough to be included--thanks, doll!

It’s kind of odd that a home decor blogger like me hasn’t done a home tour before, but truth be told our house is under constant chaos from projects. Given that we work full-time (10+ hour days), we fit in projects as we can into our ranch style home in South Texas. We’ve lived here nearly five years, and it’s amazing how much we’ve done…and how much we have left to do.

I’ll be upfront that today’s post isn’t a full on house tour, but I am showing you our most used spaces—living room, dining room/parlor, bedroom, and my NEW (nearly finished) home office. The torrential rains last month hampered my outdoor makeover plans, so you’ll have to stick around for those.

I’m usually a gray and white and beige kind of girl, but this season I really wanted to use colors that made me happy, so you’ll see lots of color today.

As soon as you enter my front door you’ll see the dining room to your immediate right, so we’ll start there.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
I love, love, LOVE my Home Decorators Collection Aldridge Dining Table. It’s beefy and stunning.

Some brass candlesticks from Hobby Lobby ($4 for the pair) are adorned with some simple floral arrangements I made using Dollar Tree flowers. They’ve really upped their faux florals game. The DIY tutorial is coming up next week.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
My dining room is super long and narrow, so at the end we have what Daniel calls “Pee Wee’s parlor." Pee Wee loves to lounge on the sofa with me while I read magazines. A pink tray from HomeGoods holds a fan that moves from room to room with me—it is so hot in Texas right now.

HouseTour53
 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.  
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Now, let’s head over to living room! This is definitely where we spend hours and hours each week. We love to watch TV, and we each have our spots around the room. Recently we splurged and had recessed lights installed, and I am in heaven. I truly wish we had done it sooner-- it makes the room feel brighter and more modern. The wood paneling used to be something I hated and painted (tutorial here), but now it's a trait I find charming. That being said, if someone were to offer to drywall this room for me for free, I'd jump at the chance.

A fun summer living room filled with bold colors and patterns.
I have been debating what to put over my sofa for over a year now, so it stays blank for now. I’m still waiting to find the perfect art piece or mirror. The black/white stripe pillow covers are from IKEA and the watercolor-ish ones are from Hobby Lobby.

We bought the Kingston recliners from Home Decorators Collection last fall, and they’ve held up beautifully. They were a total bargain and are SO comfy.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
I find mantle decor really, really challenging, so I opted for simple. Metallics and creamy white/ivory are set off by bright florals and bold patterns.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
My Target bar cart is to this day one of my fave purchases. I snagged it on clearance in 2014, but I am glad they still carry it for anyone else who wants it. The top shelf is now glass in the 2015 version- fancy!

This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style.
The glassware is from HomeGoods, the lamp is from Target and the various other accessories are gifts and garage sale finds.

 This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
The curtains below are beauties from World Market, and those canvases are DIY projects from my Christmas 2014 decor

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Decorating bookshelves is a challenge for me, but I tried my best. All are accessories I personally love (especially that Lily Pulitzer for Target plate), and I try to just show off items that make me happy. 

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Pee Wee truly loves this couch, and I am happy to share it with him. :)

 A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Let’s move onto the bedroom…the one place where I despise color and I go for minimal decor and clutter. This is my retreat. I love for a bedroom to have a monochromatic, hotel room feel. It pretty much looks the same as when I did the reveal last year, but I did add some luxurious gray sheets from JCP to our linen repertoire, along with some fancy and uber luxe pillows from Brookstone.

A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
 A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
And now onto my MWI corporate head quarters…my almost finished home office.
I am in LOVE with this room. I LOVE IT! Today I'll give you a sneak peek. If you want to see all the beautiful details and DIY tutorials, those will go live next week. Squee!

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
These M&M’s have Pee Wee’s ADORABLE little face on them. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat them. They were a very thoughtful gift from Pee Wee for mother’s day. I’m a lucky gal.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
Below I have a clearance mug from Kirkland's, acrylic stapler and tape dispenser, Nate Berkus for Target gold scissors, and a gorgeous Kate Spade telegram gold foiled edged memo pad. The pencils, clipboard and pens are all from the Michael's Dollar Spot. And that fancy schmancy gold coaster is actually a lid from a holiday Bath & Body Works candle. I am all about upcycling.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
And one last sneak peek...I hope this is enough to keep you wanting to come back next week for the full office reveal that will contain oodles of photos.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.

Thanks for stopping by my house tour! I hope you enjoyed it and got a bit of inspiration. If you're new here, please subscribe for updates over on the right sidebar. Head on over to Rain On A Tin Roof  as the next stop on this wonderful summer tour of homes!



10 comments :

  1. Love your home and your style. Everything is so inviting, and I agree your dining table is amazing, and I can't wait to see your office reveal. The sneak peaks are fabulous. Wonderful tour.

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  2. First of all I have to say that Pee Wee steals the show - oh my gosh, what a cutie! I love your balance of soft neutrals with color and that you have so many beautiful (and affordable!) accessories. Glad to have found your blog through these home tours!

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  3. So fun seeing new to me blogs on this tour. Love the pops of color! xo

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  4. Everything is just beautiful, Monica. Love all of your pops of color and mix of patterns. Well done!

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  5. I love it all - I think you need to be an interior designer - you have such great taste...totes jealous ;) Congratulations!

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  6. What a gorgeous home you have! You styling is perfect. Love that bar cart!

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  7. Such a beautiful tour, Monica! That bar cart is one of my favorites too, and your styling is top notch! Pee Wee is too cute, and those M & M's! :) Have a wonderful summer!

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  8. Your home is beautiful, love your dining room set! Gorgeous styling, well done!

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  9. After reading your blog I want to redecorate my entire house! We love your blog at Hey Abigail :)

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