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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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Grow old with me,
the best is yet to be.
E.B. Browning
I have great parents. I mean, really great, Totally in love and fully committed to each other, God and their three daughters. Not only that, they are tons of fun.
In early September, my sisters and I threw a 40th wedding anniversary celebration for them and it was so much fun to plan! The party was held at the country club my parents belong to, Saucon Valley Country Club, which is absolutely breathtaking. My wedding reception was also there, and I have pics of my hubs and me in that very courtyard above in all of our wedding finery (do people say “finery” anymore, or have I been working with the elderly a bit too much lately?). They do a top-notch job on all their events, and this was no exception!  My sisters took care of the order of events for the evening, which included a roast of my parents by one of my uncles (stinkin’ hilarious, I tell you), a special song sung for them by David Felty, a family friend and broadway musician, and a dance to their wedding song played by Lou Lanza and his band. They got the hard part (at which they are amazing!), but I got to do the fun stuff: the decorations!
The welcome table housed an old window on which I wrote the guest’s names and seating arrangements. I absolutely loved the way this turned out and added just the right touch of vintage. I also included three cute  photos on canvas from different decades in their marriage, a guest book where each guest was encouraged to leave a note or a memory, their wedding album, and a bouquet of dried lavender.
I used this method for making the canvases and they turned out awesome.  My only wish was that I used matte Mod Podge, instead of glossy, but I just didn’t have time to run out and buy it. If you’re going to attempt this, buy the matte kind!
The invitations were Tiffany blue and chocolate brown, so I wanted to use that color scheme in the centerpieces. My sister, Chrissie, and I toyed around with a bunch of different centerpiece ideas, but finally settled on using dried lavender from the Peace Valley Lavender Farm. We loved the subtle light blue color, the rustic, organic texture of the stalks and the smell, which was heavenly! We placed coffee beans in the bottom of simple vases, cut the stems of the lavender to the appropriate height and then placed the bouquet in the vase. Finally, I wrapped the vase with a brown grosgrain ribbon.  We bought round mirror chargers form Michael’s that reflected the light of the votive candles we placed around the vase. The centerpieces were very simple, but oh so pretty, and we were thrilled that we could incorporate a local Bucks County product into the decor!
Some of the fun details…
Mmmm…..sangria. I prefer the white wine sangria, in case you were wondering.
We told our guests that they should expect heavy hors d’ oeuvres, but we ended up having a pasta bar which was a blast and so delicious! Guests could choose their pasta, alfredo or marinara sauce and a variety of toppings like crabmeat, scallops, chicken, green peppers, onions, artichokes, olives and more. Perfect!
Because of all the miserable rain we had prior to the party, we weren’t able to use the courtyard, so most of the party was held on the terrace where the band played and the guests danced.
Can’t forget the cake!
All in all, it was a beautiful night of celebrating an inspiring couple. Here’s to 40 more!

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Happy Monday!

*Thanks to Steph and Ammon Perry,, for taking the photos for us!

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