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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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They say great minds think alike, right?  Well, we were definitely on the same page when it came to our vases.  The Nate Crate had plain, glass vases in it and we both used the same DIY process, but achieved totally unique looks.  We love how one idea can be done so many different ways!
Monica’s Birch Vases
My vases were just intended to be a little accessory on Jess’ shelves and I think they did just the trick.  I love how using the tall, cylindrical vases gave the look of a real birch tree. They ended up being one of my hub’s favorite projects in the room! I’d seen this DIY technique used tons of times before, but it was my first time trying it out and I was shocked at how simple it was!
The birch vase idea was actually a Plan B for me. Originally I planned to create sweater vases… they were all the rage in blog-land for a while.  I just really didn’t love them for this room.  I might have liked them plain, but the red accents made me pretty much detest them.  Thank heavens for Plan B’s right?
Jess’ Birch Vases
I thought it was hilarious that at the time I was making these vases, I was also saying to the camera that I wondered how many projects Monica and I were doing in the same way. And those camera guys totally knew too. Oh well, we do often have the same brain, so  I guess it’s not too surprising. These are admittedly less birch tree-like, and more frosty, winter-like because of their shape. These are the actual vases that came in the crate, and wouldn’t you know it, I came prepared with loads of rubber bands in my supply kit (we’re allowed to bring a few DIY tools of our own), just in case. The beauty of this is that a random placement of the rubber bands is key. There is no right way to do it! Yippee!!! I used plain, old white spray paint, but I’ve seen a bunch of people doing this with Krylon’s Frosted Glass Finish. Pick your poison and get to work!


Some of you might not have seen this project before, so here are the oh-so-simple steps…
Mark Montano, (TV host) has a tutorial on his blog for doing this same project, but using yarn.  Check it out if that’s what you have on hand.
So, talk about easy peasy huh?  We love how different our vases are, and how both of them fit their rooms so nicely.  We also love that they aren’t holiday specific… I (Monica) will be keeping mine out all winter!
 So, grab some cheap vases and birch em up! 
(Of course share pics with us if you do!)

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