I’m Back and I’m Alive.

Hello, friends! I decided to take the summer off from blogging for numerous reasons, mainly my emotional and mental well-being, and I just honestly needed a break. Without divulging too much of my personal life on here, I can say that sometime in April/May after High Point Market I got really depressed about this whole blogging thing. I mean, I literally would sob over blog stuff to my husband.

Bright white and gold master bathroom with marble look granite counters and chrome fixtures.

Blogging and the subsequent rat race that comes with it was making me miserable and sad.  Truthfully, it still does sometimes, but I’ve tried to step away from the stuff that makes me feel bad about myself because life is too short. I want this blog to be successful, I want to feel part of a community, I want to feel like this blog matters, and I just want the same opportunities other bloggers get.Did I want to continue blogging is the question I asked myself hundreds of time during the last few months. Is this worth it? Ultimately I decided I’d give myself a three-month grace period to blog when I wanted to and not really force it. If I missed it, if I still had something to give, I’d come back early August. If I didn’t, I’d step away and never look back. Obviously today is August 7 and I’m writing here, so I have made a decision. I’ve made a decision to blog on my terms, about what I want, when I want, trends be damned. I’ve always been a bird of a different feather, so I am back to blogging with a renewed focus to be true to who/what I am. Not every post is going to be an amazing DIY project, and I won’t be working on a room makeover every month because honestly most people aren’t either.

I’ll share bits of my antique hunting finds/tips/ideas, simple recipes, styling ideas for areas of your home to make it feel new again. I’ll also ask for advice on my decorating dilemmas because after all this time, putting art on my walls in an organized fashion still gives me hives when I think about it! I’m trying to get back to my roots and hone in on the whole reason I started this blog eight years ago- to inspire everyday people to make their homes more beautiful no matter their budget.If you’re reading this, thank you. And a gentle reminder that a lot of work and energy is spent putting together the content for this blog, so anytime you can pin a project of mine, share on Facebook, or tell a friend to visit makes a huge, huge difference to me. Thanks in advance for the support! xo.I’ll be back Thursday with info on these gorgeous end tables I scored last month at a local collectibles/antiques store in town for only $29.99 each. Aren’t they stunning?! I’ve been on the prowl for end tables like this for a solid 2-3 years.

Chinoiserie inspired bamboo vintage end tables.

The only problem is they were a hair too short for my liking given my chesterfields huge arms…so I’ll be sharing how I made them 2” taller in a chic and easy tutorial (in the pic below they’re still the original height). Stay tuned!

Chinoiserie inspired bamboo vintage end tables with a gray chesterfield sofa



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    August 7, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Nice to see you back. I am so glad you are going to return to your roots and do what Monica does best. Those end tables are fabulous too.

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 7, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      You're so sweet, thanks Marty! I'm actually really happy to be back at this. <3 I have so much to catch you all up on. 🙂

  2. Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    August 8, 2018 / 1:21 am

    Yay! I’m glad you’re back Monica!! I feel like that too so often, and yet I can’t quit the daydream. I’m so looking forward to following more of Monica Wants It, all the big and little projects!!

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! I'm happy to be back. 🙂

  3. Jamala Wallace
    August 8, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Welcome back.. you've been missed. I truly understand how you needed a break, but truth be told, your blog is marked as one of my favorites.. I see you soaring and am inspired by you. I don't know quite what you're wanting more of, but know that I'll be following along with open arms. You must continue to do what makes you happy and not be pressured just to go along. Life is stressful and the outlets we choose in should be our joyful moments. So, with that.. I look forward to seeing more of what monica wants. BTW great score on those tables.

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Jamala, that means so much to me! I appreciate all your support and kind words over the years. It's also so lovely to see your own blog and such expand the way that it has. I'm SO proud of you and all your hard work and passion.

  4. Sharon
    August 8, 2018 / 5:39 am

    I love your blog and I’m glad you’re going to keep at It. It’s fun seeing how the new house is coming along. You’re still my favorite blogging buddy even though I’m a quitter. 🙂

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Sharon- I MISS YOU! But truth be told, if I moved to Hawaii I'd likely not find time to blog either. I miss our Facebook chats though. We need to catch up- hope you and your family are doing well.

  5. Unknown
    August 8, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Glad you decided to stick around. XO

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      XO right back atcha! <3

  6. Anonymous
    August 8, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Thanks for being so honest! I have missed reading your blog! Love those end tables…can’t wait to see what you do to them.

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      I've always worn my heart on my sleeve, and I always try to be honest with you all on these pages. Thanks for missing me, and thanks for being here when I came back! 🙂

  7. Carrie Meitzler
    August 8, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    You were missed and a Blog should be your pleasure not a chore. I first found you through the vanity makeover and I've enjoyed your style ever since personal and decorating. There's so many people who offer hints when you are on a budget but you seem to enjoy the thrill of the hunt and helping others enjoy the hunt. Thanks for coming back!

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Carrie, I think you totally captured ME in your comment. You're absolutely right that I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and I love it when my readers do, too. I love saving money and having pretty things, what can I say? 😉 xo.

  8. Marsha Jones
    August 8, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I recently started following you after my friend, Jamala @urvintagegirl mentioned your blog. I completely understand what you are going through. Welcome back! You do you and to hell with all the pressure of trying to keep up with the blogging chaos. I tell myself this when I'm feeling down and I have a strong support group of blogger friends who keep me grounded.

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Hi Marsha- it is so lovely to meet you through our mutual friend! I am thrilled you've found a group of blogger friends to keep you grounded throughout this crazy blogging world. It'll make a huge difference in not feeling so alone and overwhelmed. I'll make sure to swing by your blog and support you!

  9. LMoore
    August 8, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Love the tables! I would have been doing the happy dance if I found them at that price.Welcome back.

    • Monica Benavidez
      August 8, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Hi! Yes, I totally did a happy dance- it was so worth the wait to find these beauties. 🙂

  10. Mini Confessions
    August 8, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Welcome Back! You were missed. Your Blog matters to your followers. You matter. Sending positive vibes your way. Hopefully you will be inspired to do something great. Your Blog is YOUR creative outlet that serves as inspiration to many. I remember the post that brought me here(refurbished Cabinets) and you have come a long way since then. I like that you are honest and relatable. Don't lose that…

  11. Kimberly
    August 8, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    SO glad you're back! One of the things I enjoy most about your blog is that you're undeniably you – well, that and your gratuitous use of pumpkins. #GiveMeMoreFallDecor We've missed you!

  12. My O'verlays
    August 8, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    We're glad you decided to keep up the blogging. Journaling your design adventures and sharing the results, that's what it's all about! Enjoy….Cheryle

  13. Slope z
    August 13, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Glad you are back. I missed your posts. Love browsing through your blog and looking at the beautiful things you buy and the DIY projects. Keep on keeping on!