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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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Hello world! Welcome to our blog! We’re pretty darn excited you’re here.  So, hang out a while and get to know us; we hope you’ll like what you see and come back and visit us often! 
Did you get a good night’s sleep?  Because, we were pretty wound up for some reason… hmm, what could it have been??  Oh, right… today we finally get to reveal our Nate Show projects and you get to see our TV debut!
Weekend Warrior Room Reveals
As you know, Nate pulled a fast one on us and did the old switcheroo.  Jess turned my empty dining room into an amazing space (that I love) and I took Jess’ basement from “basementy” to a comfy, coastal hangout (that she says is perfect for her style!)
As you know, Nate gave us some pretty random items to work with, but we were up for the challenge.  Here are a few of the projects that you might have seen on the show!
Monica’s Farmhouse Table Remix
This table wasn’t made during the 48 hours of taping, but we worked like crazy to get it done before the show. This is really Eric’s masterpiece, and I couldn’t appreciate his hard work any more than I do (ok, enough mush! Geesh, this is a public blog!)
Click HERE for the complete table post.
Jessica’s Barnwood Coffee Table
I made this using Adirondack tables and reclaimed barnwood. We have a slight obsession with barnwood, so you can check out some of our other barnwood projects HERE and HERE.

Monica’s Barnwood Art
Jessica made this piece of art during the show and man-alive is it awesome.  It’s the kind of piece where people walk in and go, “Oh wow! That’s incredible!” Then I proudly tell them that my bestie made it and I mention that Nate Berkus said he wanted it!

Click HERE to read our post on how this beauty was made

Jessica’s Beach-Cottage Shelves
I made these using… you guessed it… Barnwood! The combination of the wood and the accessories just screams Nantucket.  I was thrilled that Jess liked them.

Monica’s IKEA Hack Sideboard
Jess blew me away with this one!  This table was originally a bar-height, square table from IKEA.  With the help of her trusty husband and a saw, it was transformed into an adorable  two-tiered addition to my room.

Jessica’s Bench
This is another project that was created pre-taping and we need to give a huge shout out to Kevin and his dad for doing the handywork on this one.  There were many late nights spent in both of our homes getting projects ready for the show’s taping.

Click HERE to see how this piece came to life.

Jessica’s Faux Built-Ins
I didn’t have the time, materials, or know-how to make custom built-ins for the weird nook in Jess’ basement.  So… I got a little creative with the storage units Nate gave us and voila… faux built-ins! To achieve this look in your home, you just need to be sure to get some super-strong mounting brackets (I also recommend a handsome assistant, but I guess that’s optional. Sorry, my hubs is taken!)

Phew, that was a lot of projects in 48 hours… and now I’ll mention that 48 hours in TV land is very different than the real world.  Between interviews, mic checks, and all that jazz, I think we had about 12 hours to work and that was between 7PM and 7AM! Let’s just say, we were beyond exhausted when everything was said and done, but we’d do it again in an instant!

And now the elephant in the room… the awkward kiss.  If you’d like to try this at home here’s how you do it… When a famous celebrity leans in to give you a side-cheek kiss trick him by going the wrong direction, then hesitate, pause, act like you’re going for the lips, and then finish it off with an incredibly awkward little air kiss.  This method works every time and will give you a story to tell for ages.

So, thanks so much for supporting us in this crazy, amazing, stupendous, “are you kidding me, is this really happening” event! Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of the show (and don’t worry, we have thick skin!) Check back tomorrow for a special annoucement and… we might even include a few pictures from the VIP anyone we could get to come over Episode Viewing Party we’re having tonight!


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We thought today would be the PERFECT day for us to announce the launch of our Etsy shop, “The Barn”. We’ve had several requests for custom signs and art pieces, so here you go!  Take a peek at the stuff we’ve created and shop until your heart’s content!

The Barn

Click here to see our “Shop the Barn” page and here to go straight to our Etsy shop. Enjoy, and please, let us know what you think!
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The comments +

  1. Incredible! I did notice the window pane with the lights behind it and am hoping for a closer look at it. It’s got the wheels spinning in my head with ideas of what to do with the six sash windows I just scored at the antique mall.

    Can’t wait to see the show tomorrow.

    gertie @ The Old Block House

  2. Hi Gertie! Thanks for your comment! Here’s the link for how to make the faux stained glass window. All I did additonally was run some wiring, and then add Christmas lights to illuminate it from behind. It would have been awesome with natural light, but it’s a basement, so we got creative. Good luck with your project, let us know how it turns out!
    -Monica (&Jess)
    http://realhousewivesofbc.blogspot.com/2011/07/faux-stained-glass-window-tutorial.html

  3. Yay!! I was so excited to see some fellow Bucks County-ins (?!?) on Nate!!! Congrats to you both! And doing almost everything in only 48 hrs, yikes!

    I love the Barnwood Art piece – so pretty and different – and the faux built-ins are great, too! I just may have to try them out in our basement!

    ~Jenn

  4. […] on that later!) These cube shelves are from Ikea- Monica actually hung them during our first Nate’s Crate challenge on The Nate Berkus Show. They totally look like built-ins and fit that little nook perfectly. […]

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