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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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When Denise emailed and asked us if we’d like to come visit her at the Philadelphia Home Show, we immediately said, “Um, yeah. That would be awesome.” And it totally was. Denise from The Painted Home guest-posted for us (and we did for her, too!) a while ago, and we’ve been emailing back and forth for awhile, but haven’t ever connected face-to-face. Until now. She was asked to design a bedroom/office for Greg Murphy, and did an amazing job. Head on over to her blog for all the behind-the-scenes stuff, but here’s a glimpse of her great work:
I know, right? You could look and look and look and still not see all the clever things she did!
Monica and I both loved the dresser with those pieces of old luggage. Denise has a knack for including vintage and salvaged items in her designs!
You know that we love pallets, so Denise’s pallet wall treatment was a huge hit with us!
Still liking the old grain sack trend….
This is Denise.Isn’t she cute? And we know how crazy it can be working in within time constraints, (thanks to our old buddy Nate Berkus), but she did such a good job!  And you better believe that Monica was eying up that gold, framed mirror in the back there. I was pretty sure she was going to ask me to distract Denise while she stuffed it under her sweatshirt.
Denise worked with Philadelphia Salvage who allowed her to use some amazing old doors for her giant headboard. They were gorgeous, and sadly, already purchased by the time we got there. All of these reclaimed materials made me weak in the knees. Seriously. I swoon over them.
 We were so not prepared to have our pictures taken, and we might have accidentally made it onto the Home Show facebook page. Ha! Check out Monica’s ski cap. Love it.
The Home Show is really a unique experience. It’s filled with so many creative ideas that you can use to improve your homes. We were definitely intrigued by The Smart Masker, which claims it significantly cuts prep time for taping before painting. Has anyone ever tried it? With the amount of painting we do between our two households, it might be worth getting one!
And, oh my goodness, the best part of the entire show was called Clover Market. It was in a section of it’s own and was full of handmade jewelry, skincare, clothing and my favorite, reclaimed materials from NYC. We found out that it’s an upscale vintage outdoor market located in Ardmore, which isn’t too far from us, and has tons more vendors during the spring. We can’t wait to go there when it reopens on April 15th!
Yes, those are skeleton key necklaces in what might be the cutest display ever by Charms City Company. {Love}
We had a great time with two of our girlfriends (heck- any time out with your girlfriends is a good time! Especially when it includes lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market) Thanks so much for inviting us, Denise!
We’ll be doing some fun stuff today for The Nate Show. Stay tuned for more details on all we have planned!

The comments +

  1. love the terminal market! and looks like you all had a fun time 🙂

  2. thanks girls! It was so fun to finally connect in person. Here’s to more fun events for the 3 of us!
    d e n i s e

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