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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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Earlier this year, we shared goals for our homes, and one of mine was creating a big boy room for my baby, Charlie. I guess he’s not really a baby anymore, he’ll be 3 in July, but you know what I mean.  And now that there will actually be a baby in our lives, we need to move Charlie’s crib into the nursery. Rather than kick him out of the crib right before the baby arrives, we decided to make the transition far in advance so that he doesn’t feel like he’s being replaced. Last week we moved a twin bed into his room and he’s been sleeping in it like a champ ever since!
Now that the hard part is out of the way, I’m ready to begin decorating the room! Of course, I’ve been gathering lots of inspiration on Pinterest and have a pretty good idea of what I want the room to look like. Want to see? 😉 Here are a few of the elements I’m planning on incorporating:
1. I’m so in love with the way the designers layered the headboards in this room. I’m not going to do two upholstered headboards, but am hoping to achieve the same affect with something a little different. Also, man, do I love stripes! That exact striped fabric is defintiely going to make an appearance.
2. Navy!  Enough said.
3. Planked walls. I’ve done enough entire wall planking for a while, but we are going to be dressing a small area of the room with some planks. I just can’t get enough of this style of walls!
4. I know this has been done millions of times, but I’m still digging the monograms on the wall. I love the graphic statement these big letters make without costing a fortune!
5. Sadly, there won’t be any nautical elements like I had originally hoped for. When given several choices, Charlie chose rocket ship sheets (I didn’t even know he knew what they were!) , and even though I’m not going full on space theme, I know nautical stuff would be much more for me than him. Boooo.
Anybody know the source??
I can’t wait to get started but we start filming another episode this weekend, so it might just have to wait. I hope to give you an update as soon as I can!


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The comments +

  1. I love your inspiration photos. Last year we updated my then 8 year old’s room from a ‘babyish’ room to a big boy room. I think it’s a great idea that the inspiration pics you chose would be able to last your son many years. We went from nursery decor, to toddler to big boy in just 8 years and I wish I had thought ahead more when I did the toddler decor! They just grow up too fast! Have fun!

  2. Tami Delong says:

    The source of the last picture is from I believe. Love the ideas!

  3. love the double headboard too!!! Might have to steal that for my guest room redo…

    I’m new here in blogland! 🙂

  4. Lovely designs and colors. Your work is inspiring and do-able for regular folks, with basic skills and average budget. You nail it every time, clean, crisp work and fresh ideas. I always enjoyed you when you were on Nate’s show and now this is delicious as well. Good job ladies. Your happy fan in California.

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