All posts filed under: Celebration

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 …

Christmas Foyer

The foyer houses a few antique-store-finds and hand-me-downs. I found the old potato basket and wood folding chair at antique stores in North Dakota. The table belonged to my grandmother and my mom bought the rug for me almost ten years ago from Lowe’s, which I think I am eventually going to replace with this cream/dark grey rug. The jute twine Christmas trees came from the bargain section at Target and could easily be made with styrofoam or paper mache cones, a glue gun, and some twine. West Elm Table Runner //  Weathered Seaboard Table Lamps // Glitter Twine Trees On Stands // Faux Leather Ottoman // Ottoman // Red and Cream Framed Floral 5 x 7 Rug // 2″ Burlap Ribbon // 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon Artificial Unlit Christmas Tree // Burlap // Basket // Wood Folding Chair Save

Christmas Details

This is a “hand-me-down” vignette for sure. The old French doors came from a thrift store in rural Alabama. The pointer print was found by my mother-in-law at a garage sale in Kentucky.  The silver tray belonged to my mother.  The Waterford Christmas tree ornament was a gift to my parents from my great aunt and like my Aunt Susan I found an ornament stand to display it. My mom bought the tiny covered dish from an antique store in Georgia. The rest of the items are finds from Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods. Target no longer carries the silver and wood bar cart I have but I found a relatively inexpensive alternative. Mercury Glass Ornaments // Waterford Crystal Tree Ornament // Ornament Stand // Ice Bucket // Cocktail Shaker // Decanter // Whiskey Decanter // Lowball Glasses // Round Silver Tray // Small Covered Dish // Home Is Where The Heart Is Tea Towel // Bar Cart Pinecone Garland // Pointer Print // Frame and Mat // Old French Doors Save