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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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Remember that time that we were invited by that cutie Nate Berkus to be a part of one episode on his show?

Remember how we loved working with Nate and were so flattered when he invited us back for 3 more episodes?
Well those amazing experiences helped us realize a few things…
1- We love a good DIY challenge
2- We really enjoyed being part of a TV show
3- People said we’re not half bad at it
We are crazy, over the moon, still can’t believe it ourselves, excited to announce that starting July 2013 we’ll be the hosts of our very own DIY Show!!!
We’re so glad that we can finally tell all of you! This has been such a hard secret to keep!
So here’s the deal…
Our show is called, “Knock It Off”  and we get to do exactly what we love… Get high end looks and amazing style without spending a fortune!!  We’re going to help viewers “knock off” those pricey styles the DIY way!  Being on a show is great, but having a network believe in you enough to create an entire show around you is beyond amazing!
We’ve noticed a bit of a trend in home shows… it’s all huge makeovers with enormous budgets- fun to watch, but not something most people (including us) can do in their own homes.  Knock It Off is the home show for REAL people- people with a budget- people who want to have an amazing home, but not break the bank- people that love simple, creative ideas- people like YOU!!
We’ll have tons more details to share as our premiere gets closer, but for now, here are a few details
What: Knock It Off 
Where:  Live Well Network (ABC/Disney)
When:  Starting July 7, 2013
Make sure to check your local listings for The Live Well Network- it’s a national network.  If you’re not familiar with LWN, don’t worry, you will be soon!!  The team behind LWN is amazing and they’re putting together so many cool, new shows!  They just premiered a new vacation rental show called “Sweet Retreats” and we’re loving it!

As we get further into the show, we’ll be sure to fill you in on some fun behind the scenes peeks.  We love our crew and it has been a blast to work with them!

Our official Knock It Off Facebook page is live we’re ready for followers!!  Of course our regular EC2 page will still be active, but if you want sneak peeks, exclusive show content projects and more, be sure to LIKE our Knock It Off page!

Also, we’d be so thrilled if you’d help us spread the word!  

We want the world to know that Knock It Off is coming soon!! Thanks!

We’re sure you guys have some questions about the show, how it all went down, and more and we’d be super happy to answer them!! Leave a comment below.  


Thanks so much for taking this amazing journey with us! 

We are beyond excited and hope we make you all proud!! 

PS- We’ll still be posting regularly here on EC2, but don’t panic if you see a tiny slow down.  Monica is still working full-time teaching, so we do all of our Knock It Off work on the weekends. Our pace is a little intense until summer, but we’re so excited about it all, that we hardly notice!!  We have plenty of fun posts planned for the next two months!! 

PSS- The design team is working on the show graphics and we can’t wait to be able to share those with all of you too!!  Make sure you’ve liked the FB page so you’ll know as soon as it’s ready!! 


The comments +

  1. Erin says:

    Congrats!!! I cannot wait to see the premiere!

  2. Tricia says:

    Congratulations!!! THAT IS AWESOME!!! Best wishes for a long running show!!!

  3. Pamela Bates says:

    whoop whoop! congratulations ladies!

  4. Liz Marie says:

    So amazing!!! Congrats ladies.. can’t wait to see your show!! xx Liz Marie

  5. Erica Simon says:

    Yay! That is so exciting! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting!

  7. Congrats! That’s so exciting!

  8. Natalie says:

    What the what??!! That’s awesome, girls!! SO excited for you both!

  9. congrats!!!!! what an amazing opportunity.

  10. holy congratulations, batman! that’s awesome 🙂

  11. InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Jess and Monica –

    Way to go!!! How exciting for you. Can’t wait to see the show and your smiling faces on TV. Best of luck – you are going to be great.

  12. Congrats ladies! Such exciting news!!

  13. ~Kim says:

    That is so awesome!!! I’m pumped to watch. We don’t have cable but we DO have LWN!!! Woot Woot!!! Congratulations!!!

  14. Woohoo! Can not wait!!

  15. So fantastic! Really proud of you two!!!! What an accomplishment! God is good!

  16. Oh my gosh you guys!!!!! This is so awesome! I am so happy for you and SO excited to watch!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. You guys are amazing and this is totally well deserved! So happy for this opportunity for you and can’t wait to see it! Do you know if the episodes will be available online?

  18. This is so wonderful for the two of you! I love everything you post and have done so many of your ideas in my own home. This show will be an awesome addition to your lives. I am so happy for you!!!!

  19. Mimi says:

    Congratulations! Yay! A show for real people and real budgets and bonus ya’ll are doing it : )

  20. wow! that’s very cool you guys! Can’t wait to see it…xo Kristin

  21. Wow! When I read the title I thought the, {knock it off} was in reference to how much great news you have had lately. Very cute show name. I have to run now and find out what channel Live Well Network is on my tv.


  22. Holey Moley! this is AWESOME! if you every need any crafty local extras, you can count on me! LOL. but seriously so exciting for you guys!

  23. Elaine says:

    amazing! Many congrats to you both. Not sure if we will get it in Canada but will take a look and see!

  24. Marnie says:


  25. I am so EXCITED for you. Congratulations! You guys are AmaZing, you will be great. Super fan over here, can’t wait to watch your show ALL THE TIME:)

  26. Oh wow!!! How exciting for you, and what an experience! We don’t get that channel so I’m going to miss it, but I’m following along on FB so I’ll catch all the latest. I’m so happy for both of you!!
    Debbie 🙂

  27. Wow! That’s huge! Congratulations, you are living my dream!

  28. This calls for it… you ready?!!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!! Girls.. I am over the moon excited for you both! WOW! Can’t wait to see you both do your thing… this show is going to FLY! Congrats my loves! XO Jen

  29. Virginia says:

    HOLY TURDS!! This is fantastic news! I’m in Canada so we don’t get that network, but I’ll be checking you out online, best of luck with your endeavours!

  30. Wow, what amazing new! Love the show name too!!

  31. Congratulations!! Too excited for you.

  32. Marcia says:

    I. Can’t. Wait. I think I even get LWN with my rabbit ears. Congratulations!

  33. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Such a clever name for the show!!

  34. I was out and about this morning and I think I startled people at the GAP with my SQUEALS of delight!!!! I kept trying to comment from my phone but it wouldn’t let me…so this is what I originally typed….
    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!!!! 🙂 SO excited for you guys…and Jess; God’s totally got this baby thing figured out already. Ha! His timing is perfect and y’all are going to do amazing things through HIM; I just know it!
    THRILLED. Going to let everyone know!

  35. Kelly Reber says:

    That’s totally amazing!!! You two are so awesome and deserve to have a show!! Love everything you do

  36. Holy wow, this is fantastic!! I can NOT wait to start watching this summer. If you ever want to come to my house in Collegeville to knock something off, I’m game :-p Congrats ladies!!
    xx Jess

  37. BJewelryBox says:

    That’s SO awesome! I’ll be watching for sure and I wish you both much much success with the show. C’mon July!!! 🙂

  38. Judy says:

    Yay! Hooray! I can’t wait for the first episode. You were “naturals” in front of the camera when you did the Nate Show and very entertaining. That combined with your creativity, laughs and cuteness made for a perfect pair. I’m glad someone took notice!!!!!

  39. THRILLED to see the blogsphere as a place where the next generation of home/diy leaders are being found.

    Congratulations, best wishes, and I really hope this network is carried on my cable system. 🙂

  40. BlueOrchys says:

    Congrats girls !

  41. Congrats! That is amazing news! I just love how blogging has turned into so many new ventures and opportunities for so many people! I can’t wait to watch your show.

  42. Doreen says:

    OMG OMG OMG! Congratulations. Looking forward to your amazing show!

  43. What? This is very exciting! I will have to figure out where LWN is on my DirecTV. Congratulations!!

  44. 1HotGran says:

    OMG!!!! OMG!!!!! OMG!!!!! This is so great, I knew you two looked familiar! I Looovvveee Nate and miss his show soooo much!!I remember when you were on and you did a great job. I am so jealous that you two got to meet him and work with him, too. I am so excited for you, I know your show will be great, but crapola, now I am going to have to finally breakdown and get cable, I have thus far refused to pay for TV but you guys, excuse me, GALS are worth it. I am sending my sister an email right now to set her DVR to record your series in case I can’t find a cable package I am willing to pay for-Thank God for DVR’s. I’ve also put off digging out my old FB info so I will do that today too so I can ‘like’ your FB page and keep up to date. You go girls, you will be fantastic!!! Send extra thank you along to your families for being so supportive in your endeavors and for sharing you with the rest of the world. Blessings to all!!

  45. 1HotGran says:

    OH YES!! follow up to my earlier comment-after reacting to the news (posting a comment) I went back to read the other comments – Thanks to Marcia’s comment I realize-I DO HAVE LWN, Don’t have to pay for cable!!! Yeah!! So funny that Doreen had my same reaction, LOL! OMG OMG OMG!!!

  46. Jesse Bodine says:

    Congratulations ladies!!!! That is so exciting and I cannot wait to start watching your show!!! AMAZING!!!! 😉 Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

  47. Becky says:

    That is so exciting. I can’t wait to watch

  48. Congratulations! All your hard work is paying off! I am looking forward to watching especially since I have been so disappointed in the decorating shows that are currently on TV!
    Cheers to you! – Shelley

  49. That is SOOOOOO awesome!!! Congrats ladies! Totally agree that decor and redos on TV need to be brought down to a realistic level! So glad you guys get to do it!! So so excited for you all…and can not believe you guys do all this while Monica is teaching full time!! I taught 2nd grade and know what a massive commitment teaching is by itself! p.s. Just received my package from Perfectly Imperfect for winning the round 1 linkup of CWTS!! Thank you all!

  50. Lauren says:

    No freakin’ way! That’s awesome. Congratulations! 🙁 Disappointed that we don’t get the LWN though…

  51. BeingBrook says:

    That is AMAZING!!! So freaking excited for you two! Can’t wait to see the show!

  52. AWESOME! Congratulations! Also, 6abc is my local tv jam! I grew up on the Jersey side of Philly (NOT camden tho. Ew.) and when I moved away for college, and then again to be a ‘grown up’, watching 6abc news online was how I would get a ‘fix’ when I was feeling homesick. I mean, Jim Gardner is a legend! (And, I mean, watching the weather is always sunny with Adam Joseph lol) The local news in DC oscillates between awkward and just unprofessional, but 6abc has stayed classy even through the technology changes. So glad you’re going to be part of the extended 6abc family! Congratulations!

  53. How wonderful! Congrats!

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  55. frances says:

    Hi Monica and Jess

    my husband and i love your show!!! you are truly inspirational and out of this world creative. don’t know where you come up with all your ideas!!! i have a question for you ….we see all the heavy duty dewalt tools you use on your show….we are not so lucky in the way of tools….we would like to make a coffee table and leaning shelves (with desk) but, don’t know where to begin and if it is possible using just the bare bones tools from our garage. is it possible to do some of these projects w/out the high power tools?
    thank you for providing us such a great show and inspiring us all….may you know many many years of success.
    raggedy fran

  56. cindy says:

    Hi I’m Cindy, ;
    I live in Nashville, Tn.and I NEED help with my finished basement. It was a daycare / den area but after 2010 flood and no flood insurance well never could reopen with my budget. Can you come help me please. I got laid off my other job and can really use the income to support my three young girls. Can you come knock off my space back to a functionable daycare/ den PLEASE! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Budget $2000
    Please. Respond ASAP
    Thanks in advance Cindy

  57. I need help redoing my first floor and my roof into a patio

  58. I need help with my house my first a d my roof into a patio I love your show I watch you guys everyday

  59. Could you please help me with my house I need help with the first floor and my roof into a patio I have 3000.

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