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.

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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.

Black, white and gold glam and feminine home office.

I also adore feminine and metallic touches. I love, love, love florals and pinks, and I work in metallics in every space/vignette for a glam factor.

Pink, coral and gold breakfast nook decor inspiration.

I had to really sit down and think about defining my decor style because it really is a mix of my love of traditional decor (wing chairs, tufted pieces), metallics (gold, silver) and pattern/color (floral, damask, pink, coral, black & white).

I finally came up with Glam Livable Luxe. I want my home to be liveable (realistic) for a household with a dog that leaves a trail of pet hair everywhere, but still feels and looks glam and luxe on a budget.

Let’s take a look at the dining room transformation. In 2011, I went super safe and went with a beige (Sahara Desert Sand) paint color and striped beige/white curtains. The sofa I knew we’d have for 5+ years, so I chose one with a silhouette and color I love(d) from Macy’s. The rest of the accessories were very blue/teal inspired.

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Now the walls are a flat navy color (Naval by Sherwin-Williams), the rug is bold, the accents are more eclectic and the curtains are white with a black accent stripe on the sides. The addition of the rustic dining table is a nod to the traditional furniture I love. Overall this room transformed from safe and neutral to bold and glam with lots of contrast.

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Rug | Ghost Chair | Gold Coffee Table 

Black & White PIllow Cover | Gold Candle Holder

Another good example showcasing my style transformation/evolution is our master bedroom. In 2012 I opted for gray and white stripes and a beige tufted headboard (see how consistent I am with those tufts?), and a gray damask rug and curtains. It’s all very monochromatic, simple and totally worked for us for several years.

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Early in 2016 I ditched my beloved stripes for a matte black accent wall. I kept the same furniture, rug and curtains, but added in some bolder throw pillows to amp up the style/wow factor. The black paint really highlights our beautiful crystal lamps (which are a timeless decor piece), and makes our headboard/bed seem even more regal.

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Crystal Ball Lamp | Black & White Striped Pillow Cover 

Hotel Inspired Bedding | Tufted Headboard

In both of my before/after photos, you can see that the furniture (for the most part) stayed the same — those are my investment pieces. What changed were things like paint, accessories, curtains, etc. If you take nothing away from the post, please take away the following: invest in furniture pieces you can see yourself loving for 5+ years and you cannot go wrong.

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I am currently working on a mini-living room makeover to prep our house to sell… we’re hoping it’ll be on the market in early October, so I’ll have another before and after to show you soon. Also, I’m working like a mad woman on our guest/hall bathroom, which I’ve pretty much ignored since I stained the vanity 4 years ago.

I look forward to the many posts I will share with you all over the coming weeks of prepping the house to sell AND decorating an apartment. Never a dull moment for Monica!

Now I turn you all over to The Striped House. Please check out the other bloggers participating in this blog hop below. Looking at their beautiful homes may help you figure out your design style/aesthetic, plus it’s fun to look at where other people live, right? Enjoy!

So many home styles to explore and find inspiration for my home!


Casa Watkins Living

Polished Habitat

Lovely Etc.

Blue i Style

Organized Nashville


Roots North and South

My Life From Home

Monica Wants It (You’re Here Now!)

The Striped House


Pocketful of Posies

Up To Date Interiors

Copper Dot Interiors


PMQ for Two


The DIY Mommy

Boxy Colonial

The Happy Housie

Domicile 37

Willow Street Interiors


Cassie Bustamante

House Full Of Sunshine

Farmhouse 40

Iris Nacole




  1. Shelley from Roots North and South
    September 13, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I love the bedroom! The white desk looks like one I just ordered… So pretty!

  2. Amy Dowling
    September 13, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I just love your style! You use color so well. Your spaces are beautiful.

  3. Melissa @ Polished Habitat
    September 13, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    LOVE your style and your three words, especially all the tufting and metallics. Both make me quite happy too

  4. Caroline Dilbeck
    September 13, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    I love love love your office space. Dark walls are so moody and wonderful.

  5. Ariel Garneau
    September 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    You know I love some glam and luxe! with the added livableness of your home, it's hard not to love what you've done!

  6. Stephanie -Casa Watkins Living
    September 13, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Monica your home is always so well styled!! Love your glam luxe style and how it's feminine but still great for husbands. 🙂

  7. Kimberly Duran
    September 13, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Oooh I do love a good glam space! Stunning!

  8. Laura @ Willow Street Interiors
    September 14, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Wow, your home is stunning, Monica! It's the perfect balance between luxe and livable. And all of the tufting! So beautiful <3

  9. Ali Lang
    September 14, 2016 / 2:42 am

    All of your updates are amazing! You have such a beautiful home!

  10. Anonymous
    September 14, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Your rooms look good! In the one bedroom; the one with the black headboard and orange pillows-I would get those (usually paintable plastic)hollow 'rods' that one fits the wall cords into. You take any cords-usually from wall lamps or scones and cut those plastic rods to fit all the way down the wall. Paint them the same color as the walls-and the cords (are tucked inside the hollow rods) 'disappear'! It looks real crisp and clean that way. I did this and it made Such a difference!! Good luck in your new life. 🙂

  11. Gretchen
    September 15, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    You can't go wrong with black, white, and gold! I love that rug!

  12. Cassie Bustamante
    September 15, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    love your style, monica! so dramatic and pretty! and your before is not so bad…. mine is embarrassing!

  13. Domicile 37
    September 16, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    This was such a pretty post. I love looking at your house, it is so glamorous and swoon worthy. Love it and it looks very comfy on top of chic, which is always a plus!

  14. L. Smith
    September 16, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    That's wonderful style Monica!! Your home looks beautiful as usual.

  15. Iris Watts
    September 16, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I adore your style Monica! Can't wait to see it unfold in your new home!!

  16. Karen @ a house full of sunshine
    September 17, 2016 / 1:11 am

    Oh, I am so loving this gorgeous eye candy!! What beautiful glamorous spaces you've created! You've really nailed your style! xo

  17. Carrie @ lovely etc.
    September 18, 2016 / 3:00 am

    So beautiful! I love how you manage to incorporate glam and luxe with liveable. So smart.

  18. UptoDateInteriors
    September 19, 2016 / 12:11 am

    Love, love, love your style Monica!! I can't wait to see what you do in your new place but for now, I'm still swooning over these photos.

  19. Jen @ The Striped House
    September 19, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Monica, we love so many of the same things 🙂 Your living room rug is calling my name, I might just have to get one, LOL 😉

  20. Julia Konya
    September 19, 2016 / 11:21 am

    I really enjoyed seeing what your spaces looked like before and have evolved into. So pretty.

  21. Karen @ Year of Serendipity
    September 19, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I love the added drama in the afters! Totally glam 🙂