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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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Happy December, everyone!  If you’ve been following us then you know that our 3rd appearance on The Nate Berkus Show airs today! If you’re new here as a result of the Nate Show, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. We honestly still get a little giddy when we think about Nate calling us his best DIYer’s, and are hoping all of this is not some crazy dream. No matter how often we get called back to the show (fingers crossed they ask us again!), it is still so surreal. But, we can’t.get.enough.  We’re going to give a little glimpse of the two day room transformations, and our time in NYC for the live taping. Plus, we have a fun announcement, so read on!
Behind the Scenes
The first part of the process is getting miked, which was stinkin’ hilarious to me this time. Monica’s outfit created all sorts of problems for our sound guy, Matt.
Case in point. Hehe. Tell me that doesn’t make you giggle.
Then the filming started with an interview with Jesse, the big shot producer (which did not make it onto the show, but we thought we were really funny. Obviously, they did not. 🙂
Love this picture!
And this cutie is Jesse:
Adorable, right? (Sidenote: he is our age and so successful! Kinda made us feel like underachievers.)
Dean, cameraman #1, was on our very first shoot with the show, and is phenomenal. Just sayin’.
Eventually, we got to do our ridiculously silly and goofy smooth and athletic run out to take a peek at Nate’s Crate.
The rest is history, as they say. Anyway, we’re so excited to show you the rooms we decorated for Christmas for the show. Of course, Nate pulled another switcheroo on us (see our first house swap here), and I had to decorate Monica’s family room, and she had to Christmas-ify my basement den. Switching houses totally puts us out of our element because we have to find all their DIY supplies to use without their guidance. Plus, it’s a lot more pressure to decorate someone else’s house! We couldn’t use any of our existing Christmas decorations and could pretty much use only what was in the crate, although we could shop the house.  But the end results turned out pretty good, if we do say so ourselves. 🙂  Ready for some before and afters?
Monica’s Family Room
Jessica’s Basement Den
Wheeeeeee! Don’t they look amazing? There are soooooo many projects we want to share from these two makeovers- way too many for one post- so we’d like to invite you to:
Beginning tomorrow we’ll be breaking down each of the projects from our room makeovers. We’ll be sharing loads of ideas for Christmas decor that are easy and cheap- anyone can do them! You don’t want to miss it, so come back with pens and paper in hand. 🙂
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Ok, so back to Nate….we headed into NYC in mid-November for another live taping. This is super fun for us, especially watching all fun, crazy stuff that goes on behind the scenes. When we arrived, we headed up to our green room to get settled in and make ourselves look presentable.
Yes, this is another pose-in-the-mirror shot. We’re sorry. We won’t do it again.
Thank goodness for the wonderful makeup ladies. Each time they do our makeup differently, but every time it’s great!
We kind of coordinated without planning it. Great minds…..
Our green room didn’t stand a chance against us make-a-mess-of-everything girls.
I was so hungry that I needed two plates full of food. (Sadly, this is not abnormal.)
Oh, wait, here’s another mirror shot.
And another. Oops! She’s cute, though, so that kind of makes up for it, doesn’t it?
Once the show was over, we met up with Ed: the sweetest, most personable, down-to-earth, extremely successful producer on earth. I can’t say enough nice things about him, so I won’t even try. But, we love him.
Then it was off to see the sights!
I can’t believe we toted some of our projects around Times Square. We are such dorks.
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So, that’s it in a nutshell! We’re seriously hoping to be asked on the show again, and if we are, we will be pulling out all the stops to get a picture with Mr. Nate himself. (We’re coming for you, Nate! 😉
Please don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for Monica’s easy handwritten lamp shade transformation.
Thanks so much for all of your support! Have a great day!
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Welcome, Moo & Puppy, our newest sponsor! Moo & Puppy is a modern digital paper shop, and their stuff is seriously amazing. We created our 12 Days of Nate Show DIYs header with paper from her shop (Brewster Red & Teal). You should totally go check it out, and use the code HOUSEWIVES20 for a 20% discount on your order. .
You’re welcome.

The comments +

  1. abbey says:

    Fabulous room makeovers…FABULOUS. I can’t wait to see your holiday DIYs, hopefully one will be the deer print/canvas? – LOVE it. Was wondering if you could tell me where i can get kraft/white wrapping paper? having a heck of a time finding PLAIN wrap. love your blog =)

  2. beth says:

    love the room makeovers!..AND….isn’t M wearing your necklace J? I’m creepy, I know!

  3. so exciting!! You guys are such hot shots 🙂

  4. Courtney says:

    The show was fabulous, ladies!

  5. Shannon says:

    Just found your blog today after seeing you on Nate’s show. Great content! Now I have a new DIY blog to be inspired by 🙂

  6. Jesse says:

    You guys are rock stars! I just watched you on Nate’s show and you guys were fabulous as always! Thanks for all the great tips and I cannot wait to see more details on each room! So fun!

  7. Becca says:

    Okay, so I saw the first picture and thought it was funny…but what’s even funnier is that I read it as getting “milked” and REALLY thought something wacky was going on.
    So sad I missed this segment. I’ll have to search your site to see if it’s posted somewhere?

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