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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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I’ve decided that it’s about time I dedicated some of my decorating/reorganizing energies to our master bedroom. I am in love with our Nautica paisley bedding (a Christmas gift from my parents), and I even like the paint colors in the room, but the artwork, flooring and disorganized closets are just not working for me. Let’s start with the artwork, shall we? Nothing in our room says “Kevin and Jess”. It doesn’t capture our personalities, or even our design style. Most of what I have hanging on the walls were gifted to us for our wedding, and while they are lovely, almost seven years have gone by and I’m ready for something new.

Artwork above bed: BEFORE

Baby on the left is my daughter at about 1 month old, and baby on the right is my son at about the same age. (The colors are sort of wierd- must have been a different time of day. The colors on the right are more true to life.) The babies are adorable, but take a look at the artwork. Too country-ish. And the picture really is a nice picture of lilies, but I was over it. (Also, if you are wondering, my husband made our headboard from an old door that he cut down, painted and mounted to the wall. I love its simplicity and the fact that it was FREE, since we had removed the door from another area of the house to open it up a bit. It’s a really easy DIY project for those of you looking for a headboard.)
Right before Christmas, Monica and I went to Hobby Lobby, which, sadly, is all the way in Easton. If you are in to crafting/decorating, you will want to plan a day trip to this store. We planned a special trip where we had dinner and then meandered throughout the store for hours. I was so giddy at the checkout counter that I rambled on and on about my love for Hobby Lobby and how far we travelled to get there. I’m sure the lady thought I was crazy and wanted me to move on, but I didn’t even notice so high was I on all the possibilities of this amazing store.  Anyway, one my purchases was two chipboard letters, a K and a J. They cost $1.77 each, and I knew I could use them for artwork above the headboard.
The first thing you may notice is that I’m extremely impulsive. I didn’t really think this project through, and so I took many, many steps to get to the finished product. But I’m a trial and error kind of girl, and I’ve accepted that. My first thought was to decoupage a really cool french script paper to the letters. They looked awesome and I was thrilled. Until….

…I held them up against the wall. I hated the color of the paper against the color of the wall, and it wasn’t working hung next to the awesome brassy-gold ampersand that I also bought at Hobby Lobby.

So, I decided to rip the paper off, and try spray-painting the letters in a metallic finish. Turns out that ripping off paper that has been decoupaged is no easy task, so I decided to stop that, and sand the paper (really? Sand paper? Yes, I told you I’m impulsive and not always sure of what I’m doing.)

The metallic finish was equally awesome, but again I didn’t like the finish of it against the wall, in the dark brown frames, or next to the brassy ampersand. So, what did I do? I painted the darn things the same color as the headboard.

Artwork above Bed: AFTER

I love it! It’s just a touch modern, which is fun against the more traditional lamps and bedding. And you can’t tell from the picture, but the “&” really brings out the goldish color in the bedding. I’m super happy with the finished product.

Just to keep it real, here’s an up-close picture of my bedside table.

Eeeeww! Dust much?
I have a few other projects up my sleeve for our master bedroom that I hope to start in the next few weeks. (I guess I should add dusting to that list.) It may take some smooth talking and the perfect timing to get the hubby onboard, so we’ll see!
Next up: the floors
We have disgusting carpet that was disgusting before we moved in, and is even more disgusting now since we’ve lived here for 3 years. We are planning on ripping it out and then painting the subfloors,
ala Ashley. Not exactly traditional, but it’s cheap and pretty!


We won’t be doing an elaborate stencil, though. We’re thinking big, broad horizontal stripes in muted colors. I can’t wait and I’ll keep you posted on the progress. I also have a few other ideas for art for the other walls that includes some of my favorite photos of the hubs and me. Time to get crackin’!

So, we’re one step closer to making the master our own.

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The comments +

  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog! Alot of great ideas!!! Thanks girls!

  2. MusiK says:

    I like the “K & J”–clean but personal! And we are contemplating pulling our bottom floor carpeting back and “finishing” the concrete. (I love polished concrete floors. Sounds weird but can look very cool!)
    Looking forward to all the “after” photos. 🙂

  3. AmyAlves says:

    It looks super cute Jess! Thanks for sharing!

  4. It looks good. I would have just given up after I didn’t like it the first time. That’s the difference between you and me.

  5. Thanks for all the comments everyone. I know Jess will be thrilled to get your feedback. {Twenty}Something, I checked out your blog and it’s GREAT! You and Jess definitely have some “same brain” going on.
    -Monica

  6. Thanks for all the comments everyone. I know Jess will be thrilled to get your feedback. {Twenty}Something, I checked out your blog and it’s GREAT! You and Jess definitely have some “same brain” going on.
    -Monica

  7. Becca says:

    i’ve been thinking about cheap, yet classy looking headboard ideas… love the door idea-any further tips on how to do it? was it a solid door? how did he hang it?

  8. Becca- next week we’ll do a post on DIY headboard ideas. There are TONS of great idea!
    -Mon

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