Author: Monarch Way

Master Bedroom & Bathroom

Like most of the rooms in the house, I would like to paint the master bedroom and bathroom.  In real life, the walls and curtains look like a similar tan color but in photos the walls look really dark and yellow-toned. This room is also a mix of new and old. The blue and white plates, headboard, dresser, and nightstand were given to me by my aunt (they came from my grandmother’s house) and the other items were acquired over time. The rug came from Pottery Barn and has been worth every penny. The chairs are from Wayfair. The cream garden stool was purchased through Walmart’s website. A few of the blue and white plates were purchased from Replacements Ltd. I have a love/hate relationship with TJMaxx/HomeGoods (they are always so messy) but a lot of things like the pillows, lamps, and some of the blue and white ceramics were purchased there. Hanging these plates was a mathematical conundrum. I drew out what I wanted and measured the plates. My husband measured each plate, the …

Nine Years

Monarch Way will soon celebrate its ninth anniversary. Compared to the plethora of home and lifestyle blogs that currently exist, this blog might not look like much but it means a lot to me. I used this blog to document life in our very first home, a decor style evolution, two moves across the country, and our first home purchase. This blog has also served as my personal database for tried and true recipes and fond memories. My very first post was the documentation of a minor home improvement project. We replaced the old linoleum floor in the hallway. I forgot to take a “before” photo but I vividly remember the harvest gold. We then painted the kitchen and the guest bathroom. As a receiver of many hand-me-downs, I remember purchasing the book, Design Sponge by Grace Bonney and could not wait to try the painting techniques and crafty home projects inside. I painted an old desk that belonged to my mother-in-law and a 45 year old kitchen table and chairs that belonged to my …

Fall Wreath Revisit

I kept staring at my front door wreath, thinking it was not full enough. I was bored this weekend so I added an additional piece of green garland and a few more eucalyptus picks. CURRENT BEFORE I like the wreath with more fullness. The door is wide enough that the fuller wreath doesn’t overwhelm or cover too much. All I know for sure is that I am looking forward to cooler weather so I can paint this door and switch out the door knob.