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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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If we win, will give Worthwhile Wear Five Thousand Buckaroos!  For a new organization like theirs, that could be a major game changer and we really hope we can win it for them!
(If you want to skip the project and just vote you can! lol Click HERE to Vote)
You can read all about our project first, but then you have to pinky promise to follow the voting directions at the bottom of the post okay?  Ok! Thanks!
Wood Shim Wall Art
I (Monica) have had this project in my mind for a few months now.  It was inspired by a printed pattern I had seen in the window of a shop.  I couldn’t remember exactly where I saw it, but I was pretty sure it was a cool shop we had passed when we were in London in November.  Great story right?  Crafty DIY project inspired by a European city… Then, two weeks ago it hit me… It was JCrew at our local mall!  I just about died laughing when I put it all together!
Well, JCrew or London, I sure am glad it inspired me…
For under $20 we created the coolest DIY Wood Shim Wall Art

(You could go vote NOW since you’ve seen it! Click Here!)
I wanted something with BOLD color, and a modern feel, that married well with a bit of industrial flare!
How’s that for a Before and After?
Who knew our dumpy oak piano could be such a show stopper?
Here’s a peek at the details- the DIY light isn’t my entry, but man I love how it works with the Wood Shim Art! (Light tutorial coming soon!)
(Or you could vote now?)

Want to know how we did it??  
You’ve gotta head over to for the full tutorial (but only after you’ve voted!)
Click HERE for the full tutorial
There were a lot of DIY elements around our Crafting for Charity project, and we’ll post about all of them over the next week or so!
And now for the really important stuff! We’re blogging for a charity that we love and are so proud to support.  Worthwhile Wear was founded by our close friends Dan & Steph and they’ve committed their time and talents to make it their life’s work.
Jess and I both have daughters and we couldn’t imagine any of them having to endure human trafficking.  We love Worthwhile Wear’s mission…
Worthwhile Wear exists to rescue and restore girls from forced prostitution, and more importantly help prevent girls from ever entering it. We target highly trafficked areas both internationally and domestically, and offer women the opportunity to overcome two primary factors which are at the root of sex trafficking; poverty and lack of education. This solution is offered through vocational training centers which teach women how to make wears, such as jewelry, handbags, and clothing, which are sold to provide them employment. Additionally, the women are offered free education, a safe place to stay, and restorative programs geared toward encouraging personal growth and re-establishing self-worth.
We had the honor of working on the planning committee and doing all the decor and design for Worthwhile Wear’s launch in 2012.  The following images and statistics were used as artwork at the launch benefit-A Worthwhile Evening.
Those beautiful faces are not stock images.  They’re from Dan’s last trip to India a few months back.  The work Worthwhile wear is doing is critical and we hope you’ll check out their site and follow along with them on Facebook.
Now it’s Time to Vote!
There are 8 bloggers in this competition and some of them have a lot of followers, but none have the amazing fans we do!  We know you guys have our back! 
All voting will be done via’s Facebook Page
(On their Facebook Page, there’s a little button that says Crafting for Charity. Click there)Click HERE to VoteA HUGE Thank You to for sponsoring this awesome contest and for spreading the word about amazing charities like Worthwhile Wear.  If you’d like more information about the organization and how you can help, click here.

Thanks so much!
Now, Go Get Your Vote On!



The comments +

  1. I really love this – you have my wheels spinning with ideas! And your painted piano is just so fun -love that color!

  2. I LOVE this. It looks amazing with the green piano. Talk about an inexpense way to fill up some wall space!

  3. Christine says:

    I went to the facebook page but I don’t see where I’m supposed to vote. Sorry, facebook novice here.

  4. brooke says:

    Love all of this. I want to make the wood shim art now!!! And what a good cause to be supporting. My sister and I were just talking a couple of weeks ago about human trafficking and if any organizations existed to help women/children get out. It’s one of those things that people don’t talk about so no one realizes how bad it is. I will definitely be looking into Worthwile Wear.

  5. 1. I love every bit of your piano wall! The GREEN…the fun framed Bingo card and accessories, the ceiling, and the fabulous shim art! And 2., so happy to go vote for your charity! My heart dropped and tears came to my eyes reading those statistics. I know human trafficking is such a huge problem, even in the US, that most of us know nothing about. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

  6. I LOVE everything about this! The green piano is amazing (we are getting an old oak piano from my parents…guaranteed it will be painted! 🙂 and the shim wall is SO awesome…I love it all the colors!!! (Would have been a killer CWTS Round 3 paint project!! 😉 and most importantly, what a truly wonderful and important charity you are crafting for. Just voted and will continue to vote each day of contest!! good luck!!

  7. Julia Konya says:

    I remember what fashion window because I took an Instagram photo of it and it’s been on my to do list, you beat me to it. It was the JCrew window. Love it! Great minds think a like I guess LOL. I screamed out loud when I just saw this post!

  8. gina says:

    Wow – that is gorgeous!
    Question about chalk paint – did you use a brush or a roller? I want to try it but wasnt sure how to apply it! Thanks

  9. Your piano vignette is amazing! That wood shim art is very cool…really sets it all off!
    I’ve never heard of Worthwhile Wear, but this is definitely a worthwhile charity, I have heard of this trafficking before. 🙁 It makes me sick that people get away with this sort of crime…a horrible crime against women. Kudos to you for supporting them!
    Off to vote and take a look around your other links. (had a chuckle at all the ‘vote’ links/hints!!) Thank you, Monica & Jess.
    Debbie 🙂

    • I’m having a problem voting. I’ve been to facebook page, liked them, and the link to the Crafting for Charity comes up as ‘page not found’. There is a post on their page talking about it on Tuesday, but nothing since. Am I missing something?

  10. […] Feature, And if you want to see how I did it, check out our Painted Piano Project,  and the Wood Shim Wall Art above it! And if you didn’t already know we are a tad crazy (well at least the Mangin […]

  11. […] knew painting my piano green and a DIY wood shim wall art would get us into HGTV magazine! The original project was featured in April on ECC but it […]

  12. […] Remember that little contest we were a part of a couple weeks ago? It was a great contest run by for an awesome cause- […]

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