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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Tap, tap, tap. Is this thing on? It is? Ok then, let’s get started. I thought that for my very first post I would talk about my absolute favorite piece of furniture in our house. That this furniture became my favorite happened as kind of a wonderful accident. When hunky and I were moving into our current home, we realized we need to fill up some of the additional space we were acquiring with new furniture. If you know me, I am not too flashy, enjoy neutral colors and like traditional furniture with clean lines. However, I wanted an accent chair for our living room. We came across a lovely paisley fabric that was a bit more bold than the usual patterns I gravitate to. You know how you only get a 1×1 swatch of the fabric, and are supposed to be able to visualize the furniture piece with the fabric on it? Not all that easy, if you ask me. Well, we decided to go for it: put that pretty paisley all over that wingback, baby. And, what could have been an uh-oh-this-chair-is-ugly-but-cost-a-fortune-and-is-mine-no-matter-what chair, turned into one of the best things I’ve done in decorating. We’ve already made a bunch of memories on this chair, and some of my favorite pictures ever of C1 and C2 were taken on it.

See what I mean? Worth the investment just for these three pictures!
I did some searching and found some pretty amazing accent chairs. They make a huge difference in a room, don’t they?

Gilded Chair
spaces design

I just love the navy and gold combination in this room, and the subtle tone on tone pattern on the chair.

Vanessa De Vargas  living room
living room design by los angeles interior designer Vanessa De Vargas

And be still my heart, the patterened rug and chair combination in this picture rock my world.

Pottery Barn

I love the simplicity of this chair and the fact that it adds a bit of texture, instead of a bold pattern. Not sure why, but it makes me think of spring.

So, what about you? Do you have a favorite furniture piece?

The comments +

  1. I don’t have a favorite furniture piece because my husband thinks spending more than 50 bucks on something you found on craigslist would be insane. I do love the pottery barn crib we snagged for Leah for 50 bucks though!

  2. oh my goodness I made it!! I found your blog vis Pinterest yesterday ( LOVE pinterest!) and spent a large portion of last night whilst siting up feeling sorry for myself (honestly who gets a cold in summer??) ready through from your most recent post to know! My pinterest is full and my head is buzzing with must do ideas – I must do them all NOW!! where to start? I have recently made a bedhead out of pallets which I will be blogging about this week and love looking through and seeing what you have made! your homes are gorgeous. COngratulations on an awesomely awesome blog. Can’t wait to keep reading!

    Josie xx

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