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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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A few weeks ago, we headed to New York to work with the Nate Show again. We were super excited when they invited us back! We weren’t 100% sure what we’d be doing on the show (and we can’t tell you… you’ll have to watch next Wednesday, the 26th.) However, we did know we’d be doing something on the set and it involved DIY. That got us thinking about DIYers Must-Have Supplies… what things we couldn’t do a project without.
DIYers Must-Have Supplies
We started making a list, and checking it twice (no, I’m not bustin’ out the Christmas music this early… the day after Halloween is the acceptable date in the Mangin family!) and then we got a rolling suitcase to transport all of our DIY must-haves to NYC.
Here’s Jess packing up after our time with Nate!
We thought we’d share a list of our must-haves with you! You know how sometimes husbands aren’t 100% sure what stocking stuffers to buy?  Well, slap this list on the fridge and tell him anything on there would be a great stocking stuffer and make a DIYer very happy on xmas morn!
Of course this list is not all-inclusive, and we most likely forgot a few essentials, but it’s a working document.  These are all things that I have in my house right now.  Well, lots of these items used to be stored in Eric’s tool dresser, but we all know what happened to that!
I figured I could give you a peek into my supplies and how I keep them all semi-organized.
Welcome to my basement…
Ok, I know it seems a tad overwhelming, but let me break it down a bit!
1-Caulk, spray paint, mini paint samples
2- Spackle tools, Roller heads, chalkline
3- Paint… lots and lots of paint
4- Oodles of picture frames (and dust!)
5- Extra lamp bases (from my staging days)
6- More paint… I have about 4 shelves dedicated to paint
7- Rollers, paint trays, brushes
8- Artwork, frames
There’s a whole lot more, but that’s the main gist.  The more projects we do, the more supplies we gather!
How about you? What items are your DIY Must-Haves? 
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The comments +

  1. Jessabells says:

    My husband can’t understand why in the world I have so many picture frames. lol. I have some with glass, some without, some that need painting, etc. I have ideas in my head but if they actually turn into reality it would be great.

    So jealous that you got to see Nate. I truly love him. I am hoping he has shows in January since I have some time off of school so that I can take a trip into the city and see his show. Can’t wait to watch next week. You girls rock!

    Jessica

  2. Jessabells says:

    My husband can’t understand why in the world I have so many picture frames. lol. I have some with glass, some without, some that need painting, etc. I have ideas in my head but if they actually turn into reality it would be great.

    So jealous that you got to see Nate. I truly love him. I am hoping he has shows in January since I have some time off of school so that I can take a trip into the city and see his show. Can’t wait to watch next week. You girls rock!

    Jessica

  3. Darci says:

    I love your blog…your ideas are great. I felt so lucky to find this blog after the post on Apartment Therapy and read the entire thing in one day (work is slow right now).

    However great my love, your centered text is very difficult to read and I find myself skipping to just the photos.

  4. Suesan says:

    tape measure, finishing nails, flat head & phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and needle-nose pliers are all tools I use pretty regularly and would want in my kit.

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