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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 didn’t know Jess was going to mention one of our favorite blogs yesterday, but it was the perfect lead-in for my post today.  Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage have a wall that I love and want to create something similar to. 
Now, their wooden walls were hiding out under the drywall, because they have an old home, but I’m going to have to bring in wood to create this look.  Eric and I were talking about where to get inexpensive old, wood flooring, but then we thought about pallets.  They’re free, they’re easy to aquire, and I think they just might work.  Thus began my search for pallet inspiration. 
 This wall is not my style and I think the TV is completely out of place, but I was able to get some good tips from this DIY project.  I’m pretty sure I want to whitewash or colorwash my wood. 
During my pallet search I found tons of other ideas and creative uses for pallets…
I’m learning that they’re all the rage right now!
Children’s Headboard
I really love this headboard.  I’m not sure if I love the headboard or just the fact that it’s in my favorite colors and my style bedding. 
This reading nook is adorable! I need to find a spot in my house to create one for my kiddos! I might need to wait until we finish the basement, but I’m saving this project idea for sure!
I’m not a big coffee table fan (perhaps because we have four kids and have had a toddler around for the last 9 years) but this is a cool idea and I think you could give it a rustic or very polished look. 
 A Sweedish company makes interrlocking furniture that doubles as art.  This is just a sample of their colors, but check out the link below to see how it’s used functionally. So cool!
How fun are these bright outdoor chairs?  This company sells them, but there are tons of DIY directions online.  They would be fabulous in an urban backyard or patio. 
Lastly, an adorable idea that my kids would love! Seriously, what little kid wouldn’t love to play inside this… of course I’d add some fun accessories and a pop of color, but the idea is awesome. 
What do you think of these Green building ideas? I think I’m all about it and I just need to decide which room I’m going to attempt it in… I’m between Callen’s bedroom and the Master Bathroom.  We’re leaning towards Cal’s room because the master bathroom has really high ceilings and is a much bigger project for the hubs.  Currently “Pallet Wall” is about # 4 or 5 on the Honey-do-list…
Eric’s Honey-do-list…
1. Hang DIY hardware in kids bathroom (I’m pretty sure he’s doing that now. I hear banging!)
2. Build Dining Room Table (we’re in the planning and researching stage still, but making progress)
3. Assemble the kids’ new swingset (a Christmas present, but we’ve been waiting for grass to grow)
4.  LANDSCAPE this crazy yard (the builder is re-seeding this week and then we can start!)
5. Create Pallet Wall
I’ll keep you posted on our projects, and until we get to #5 on the list, I’ll just keep being inspired by other people’s DIY ideas.  What cool Pallet Possibilies can you think of?

The comments +

  1. AmyAlves says:

    I love this post Monica! I’m going to need some fun ideas like this when I move into my parent’s “prairie” house.

  2. LishaP says:

    I’m new to your site, I was given the address from my beautiful sister that has two blogs: #1) Be Thou A Knight and #2)Growning Our Garden….of course both sites are followed by .blogspot.com. She got me into the Pinterest site and now I’m TOTALLY addicted! I have SO many ideas saved up that I want to do, and your site is filled with new ideas too! I just love the beach chairs you made from the pallets. I have finally found a place near my house that sales them and I can’t wait to get some to start some of my ideas! Thanks for your ideas and I will stay posted and also keep you posted on my pallet projects! Thanks again for all the wonderful ideas!

  3. Jus Wing It says:

    don’t know where you are getting free crates…no one here offers them for free…I have tried….they are like gold to those who have them…we have a place nearby who makes them, for selling…they are new however. I love the ideas in this blog..thank you juswingit

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