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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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I’m going to keep it real here and first say that I felt like I was in a blogging slump the last few weeks. But a wonderful Christmas break and looking back over our past year has rejuvenated me! I’m so proud of the projects Monica and I completed, and of this blog that we love! I’m going to try to keep it short and sweet (I tend to be a bit wordy, yes? 😉

1. Ever hear of a guy named Nate Berkus?
I just couldn’t do a 2011 recap without mentioning our whirlwind love affair crate challenges with Mr. Nate Berkus, himself.  You can see what we did for the show here, here and here.
This beauty was, by far, my favorite project of the year. Modern, rustic, simple. Plus it was made with love for my best friend- you can’t beat that!
This sort of makes me laugh, but this project is one of our most popular. My hubs and I made this headboard on a whim using some very non-traditional methods, but it’s a winner!
I had been wanting to do this for a long time, and the Crafting with the Stars challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to give it a go! Monica and I spent one looooong evening getting it just right, but now I can’t even express how much I love this vanity! (That sentence is ridiculous, but oh so true.) You can check out two of the other projects we did for CWTS on Monica’s post yesterday.
Oh barnwood, how I adore thee. Same to you, typography. Why not marry the two and make something fabulous? Well, ok, I will. Thankyouverymuch.
Who loves free projects? This girl (said with thumbs pointing at chest)! This shelf was free, easy and quick. Love that.
Drop-cloth window treatments have been floating around the blogosphere for a while now, but I tried my hand at making some valances for my living room when I heard aforementioned Mr. Berkus was sending a team to my house to film. That sure got my rear end in gear, and boy, am I glad. Those naked windows were in desperate need of some clothes!
That this mirror turned into something I’m proud of, is an absolute miracle and purely an accident. It made me so thankful that, sometimes, persistance pays off!
I have a crush on old things of all kinds, but can’t often pay for the real deal, so I came up with this idea of using a wall decal from Home Depot and an antique window from my in-law’s barn and making a faux stained glass window! I really liked it then, but liked it even more after Monica used it in my basement makeover!
I brought a bit of green into my kitchen by creating a garden wall with succelents. You know, the kind that are ridiculously hard to kill. It’s true! I’ve had these since May, and they’re still living, for which I can take no credit!
Monica and I were so excited to combine our talents this year to design and create one-of-a-kind products using reclaimed barnwood. We opened our etsy shop in September amidst all our crazy Nate show stuff/ Crafting with the Stars submission/ and our first appearance on our local news. Can you say bad timing? 🙂 Even so, we love the items and our shop, so if you are ever in need of a unique gift or item for your home, we’d be thrilled to make one for you!
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So, we’ve had a GREAT year, and owe you a huge, fat thank you! This year would not have been possible without you and we so appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to stop by our blog! Here’s to another fantastic year in 2012!

The comments +

  1. i still LOVE that vanity. So many great projects!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I discovered your site! LOVE IT!!! I can’t believe you met Nate!I’m sure I saw that episode, as I watch him faithfully. Sadly I read in People magazine and his show was not renewed for another season. I am soo mad!
    Anyway, can’t wait to check you guys out on etsy!
    Happy 2012! Jenny

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