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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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Last year Jess and I shared with you our 2012 goals for our homes, the blog, and our community. We did a pretty good job chipping away at our lists (more on that later).  This year, we’re going start with our goals for this little ole blog.  We have some fun changes and some big aspirations for EC2 in 2013.  This is kind of like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, but a blog version!  Here goes…

For the first two years we’ve pretty much kept it all DIY projects and home decor on the blog.  Occasionally we’ve shared some of our lives and what’s important to us.  From all your emails and comments, you like the inside scoop, so we’re gonna give it to you! We plan to work in the occasional post about our friendship, how we survive as moms (did you know Jess’ son is a super picky eater? Well, soon you will), and just life in general.  Don’t worry, we’ll still be focused on DIY, but just injecting a bit of “Us” along the way.
  Holy moly we are beyond excited about this one. Here’s a BIG hint- we’re going to be hosting a contest that we won last year! We purchased it back in October 2012 and will be giving you all the details soon.  Think HUGE prize packages, some crazy famous bloggers, and you!
In 2013 we’re going to invite you into our casas (I’m fancy because I took four years of Spanish… casa = house. Ha!) We’ll be adding home tours to the blog.  You’ll get to see the layouts, finished rooms, rooms in progress, and the downright ugly, unfinished.  Trust me, this will boost your self esteem! We hope to have these up in the next month.
Blogging can feel like a one-way conversation sometimes.  We love interacting with so many of you on Facebook (don’t already LIKE us? Go do that now, then come back and finish reading)
and other social media outlets, but we also want to have an intentional forum for Q & As.  About once a month we’ll be answering your questions (anything goes) and giving you ideas on your own design dilemmas.
We’ll admit that we loved seeing our names and faces in HGTV Magazine and Ladies Home Journal in 2012 (ok, I-Monica-didn’t love seeing my face. Can you say Bad Pic?)  We’ve made it a goal to have a full article or feature in another publication. I was doing a little magazine research and do you know that these are actual magazines: Bacon Busters, Miniature Donkey Talk, & Girls with Corpses… Umm, I don’t think you’ll find us in those, but who knows, maybe Bacon Buster readers need some DIY help?

We never want to compromise our commitment to keeping it real here on EC2, but we do want to provide you guys with better pictures.  We’d like to be more intentional about learning about photography and using what we learn to take it up a notch with our blog pics.  Don’t worry, we’ll still take plenty of cheesy midnight pics that look so grainy you think they were taken in 1963.
Yes, we know the “Big Screen” refers to movies, but saying “be on TV” doesn’t sound as fancy.  Jess and I are both Big Idea people and when you combine the two of us, the combo can be pretty intense.  We loved working with Nate Berkus on his show last year and we were surprised how much we enjoyed the process of working on a TV show.  So, I’m happy to announce that we’ll be taking over for Whoopi and Barbara Walters on The View!  Ok, nope that’s a total lie… we are however, in the early stages of pursuing our own TV show.  We’ve gotten feedback from so many of you that you’d watch us again, so we figured we’d give it a shot!  If you think it’s something you’d want to watch, be sure to leave a comment or email us and let us know!
So, tell us: What do you think of our goals? What would you like to see us do this year? What are your big plans for 2013?? As always, thanks for joining us on our blog journey!


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  1. Joy Crile says:

    Oh my goodness, I would love to see you guys get your own TV show! I loved seeing you on Nate (which is how I found you in the first place). Love your blog and cannot wait to see what you have in store for 2013!

  2. Corrie says:

    I would SO watch you on TV!

  3. Philothea says:

    I would totally watch your guy’s show!

  4. TaraLee says:

    I would love to see you guys have your own TV show! Although I don’t watch much TV (except Treehouse and other toddler related shows), I would definitely tune in to watch you guys! I would also like to see more posts this year that include your families, and maybe some more helpful parenting posts (like the lunch post with the PB&J) or crafts with kids (loved the kids garden feature!). More posts with great ideas like your Thanksgiving to go packages and girlfriend parties are fun to read and copy too!

  5. In an incredibly unusual event…I’m up before the baby this morning. Catching up on your blog; I love your goals for the year! Shoot for the stars, I say!! 🙂

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