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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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Okay, so we weren’t really “gone, gone,” just kind of in overdrive and really, really swamped with about 1000 things going on at once.  The good news is that even if we weren’t technically “gone”… we’re BAAACK (just like Twinkies!)
Yesterday we finished up seven straight weeks of filming for Knock It Off with only one week off during that time.  Yeah, it kicked our butts!  Our schedule won’t always be like that, but we wanted Jess to be able to take a nice long maternity leave break, so we did tons of episodes close together.
This is how we looked at the beginning of our 7 weeks…
And this is how we looked at the end!
Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much! 🙂
We’re off for the next 20 days (woo-freakin’-hoo!!!) then we have one more episode to film, and then we have a long baby break! Here’s a little peek into some of the fun things we have planned and what you can expect the next few months here at EC2!
For the first two years of our blog we posted 5 times a week and were the queens of consistency.  Throw a TV show into the mix and it messed with our game!  Our goal is to get back to 4 solid posts a week.  We actually have SO many things we’re excited to post about- including Jess’ baby nursery (coming soon!!)
Remember how we hosted the biggest DIY contest in blog land- Creating with the Stars??  Well, believe it or not- we’re already in the planning stages for our 2014 season!  We don’t want to tell you all the details yet, but we’re going to have a fun fall/winter series that will win one lucky blogger a coveted spot in the 2014 season of CWTS!

Not only will we be blogging more, we’re super excited about having some time to work on fun projects in our own homes!  We’ve done 14 complete room makeovers in the last few months (which equals about 150+ projects) and we’re so ready to DIY in our own homes for a bit!  We’ll also be sure to keep on posting all the KIO tutorials for projects we’ve done for the show!

Tomorrow night we’re honored to be the guests at a Ladies Night Out event raising money for Worthwhile Wear.  In 90 minutes we’ll be completely transforming a blah, ho-hum room and doing it in front of 450 people!  DIYing on TV is one thing, but doing it live and hoping every project turns out as planned and that everything can be completed during the 30 minute intermission just might be crazy town!
We’re honestly so excited about the challenge and we’re looking forward to challenging the women there to use what they’ve got in their homes and also in relation to the gifts God has given them.
We’ll be sure to have tons of pics taken and we’ll share the projects on the blog next week!  Here’s a hint… think cheetah print, ikat, and teal!
 
So, that’s what we’ve got in store for the blog!  
We’re excited to share all of this with you guys!!
Do you have any special requests for us over the next few months?  

 

The comments +

  1. Glad you’re back and I can’t wait to sign up for that spot in CWTS….even though I’m a tiny blogger I have BIG ideas!!!

  2. ahhhhh I want that CWTS SPOT!

  3. Congrats on the show! I’m so excited to be joining you for the Ladies’ Night Out event tomorrow night and meeting you in person!

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