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Mercury Glass Tablescape

Are you tired of seeing posts about this table yet? No matter what it is, I am never fully happy with any decorating arrangement. I revisit decorated areas of my house constantly, moving and shifting items. Eventually, I get bored and just tell myself to walk away and move on to something else.

Professional designers, decorators, and other people who happen to be born with the decorator’s eye can just throw together a vignette, a tablescape, or an entire room and it looks natural, effortless, and stylish. I tend to overthink everything. I decorate an area and walk away and then I walk back by and move something or stand a stare at the area, rethinking my initial arrangement.

In some cases, you just do not have a choice but to walk away and leave the arrangement because you have no other options (which is probably the ideal situation for my overactive brain). In the past year, I have rethought, rearranged, and revisited every room in my house. I have settled on most areas but based on my fall decorating, my Christmas decorating will be revisited a lot even though I currently have a relatively clear plan.

I decided to remove all the greenery and white pumpkins from the dining room table, and use all my silver candlesticks, mercury glass votives, and for the fourth time, remake the floral arrangement in a silver footed bowl. Of course, in my mind, something was missing. I went to HomeGoods and saw a few mercury glass pumpkins. They cost more than I was willing to pay so I started looking online. I found this small mercury glass pumpkins for 70% off.

I was not sure what to do with the large white pumpkins I placed one on the garden stool in the foyer, one on the kitchen table, and one in the chair next to the china cabinet. I had considered cutting the top off one of the pumpkins and putting the flowers in it but I did not want to damage the pumpkin because chances were that I would end up not liking the floral arrangement and then I would have ruined a pumpkin for no reason.

I stacked the smaller white pumpkins on a silver platter on the foyer table. I also dug out my acorns (the same ones I have been using for Christmas for ten years) and put them in the matching footed bowl on the foyer table. The navy blue pumpkins and eucalyptus garland ended up on the coffee table in the den upstairs.

I am officially walking away. I am excited to purchase real pumpkins for the patio this weekend. It will be time to decorate for Christmas pretty soon. I have a lot of ideas. I am hoping Christmas decorating will go a little more smoothly.



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 proposed distance between each plate, the distance between where the plate holder would meet the picture hanger and the top of the plate, and then drew everything in AutoCad. There was way too much math involved in this project. During the install, I just walked away and left it to the math guy.

This picture is one that I decided to re-frame and mat a couple of years ago. I found a new 16 x 20 frame and had double mat made. The frame is actually a grey brown with a little metallic sheen. The mat is ecru and the inner mat is called “Tuscan Brown.” I think Matt’s mom found this picture at a garage sale. It appears to be really old. I purchased the picture light from Amazon.

I originally purchased a runner and small rug for the bathroom. The cream stripe was a little more peach than I anticipated but what really drove me crazy was the fringe. The rug itself did not handle foot traffic well so I recently purchased this navy and rust rug. I think the colors flow better between the bedroom and bathroom now and I am hoping this rug will handle traffic and wear better than the previous rug.

The Japanese print and orchid came from my grandmother. I put the orchid in a blue and white pot from TJMaxx and added some moss.

Eventually, I would like to get plantation shutters for the bathroom window and replace the tub. I removed the apothecary jars and moved some of the blue and white ceramic vases and jars into the bathroom.

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 grandparents (that I am still using) in proper “Design Sponge style.”

This blog began before lighting kits, high quality photos, and sponsorships were the norm. This was back before everyone had Photoshop or deluxe photo editing tools on their computers. Phone cameras were not that sophisticated either.

This was when posts consisted of images with cutesy text (like an online collage or dream board). You would add descriptions or “Before” and “After” at the bottom of the photos you displayed. A couple of years later, enter Instagram. I regrettably overused those filters and borders for few years.

I’m looking forward to all the projects we have planned for the rest of the year. We are working on the front yard flower beds, landscaping the backyard, painting the front door, and installing a new kitchen faucet. I am sure I will think of more things to add to the list. I will be sure to document everything.