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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!

learn more about ME + MY BIZ

We thought we’d start the week off with the results of our 2013 Blog Reader Survey! You guys get to learn about us daily here on the blog and by watching Knock It Off, but we rarely get the inside scoop on you, so reader surveys really excite us!
Alrighty then… let’s get started shall we?
We were thrilled to see that so many of you have stuck around for a while!!  So, if you’re new here, you totally should keep visiting, all the cool kids are doing it!


Okay, so maybe we added the flirty part, but…  we think it’s true!
It’s actually still kinda weird to me that we’re in the 30-45 range too! 31 is like really grown up!
So, not the Al Bundy, Married with Children demographic, but the cute little family with kids kind.
We definitely still want to appeal to the masses, but it’s good to know that kid-friendly decor ideas, kid crafts, and family stuff works with you guys! To be completely honest, I read a lot of blogs and there are a few I LOVE and sometimes I want to emulate some of their style, but then I remember I have 4 kids and my house needs to be livable.  So, we think it’s a good thing that you guys are cool with kid-friendly!
Okay, so this made us laugh! We know that we have about 98% girl power readers, but I know at least 10 guys that read and comment.  So, we’re just going to assume men aren’t fans of surveys (on a somewhat girly blog)  Trust us, we gave our husbands a hard time for not completing the survey! The Nerve!!
Now for the MOST important part… What you want more of from EC2.
1- We had lots of requests for videos- we’re cool with that! We think they’re fun to make, usually they involve a lot of laughing and ridiculous jokes that only we think are funny! Sidenote: Anytime you want to watch us, go and watch some episodes of our TV show Knock It Off by clicking HERE- lol!  We know that’s not completely the same, but if you need an MJ (Monica/Jess) fix, it’ll do.  We’re going to try to do some home tour videos too! The only tricky part is getting our homes clean enough to show you!
2- DIY Home Projects- well, the good news is that we’re a home DIY blog, so yup, we’ve got that one covered!  We plan to deliver a solid amount of our home projects, and sometimes we’ll just put KIO tutorials on our DIY page, so we don’t have constant show tutorials.  Some upcoming rooms we’ll be sharing are Baby Bennett’s Room, My “new” Living Room, My Playroom Makeover, and Jess’ porch!
3- LOTS of Posting!  Did you notice we posted like 6 times last week??  It was semi- accidental, but still awesome!  Our goal will be no less than 4x a week- sometimes 5, but that will just be a surprise! We’re glad you like regular posting, because we like having regular readers!
4- Letting you into our Brains!  This was an interesting request that came through many times… You guys want to know what the process looks like as we plan and work through a room.  We love that idea!!  Although, this weekend my planning process involved me walking around my house, going to the pantry for a snack and staring because I didn’t know what I wanted, walking more around the house, and then back to the pantry.  Repeat 10x.  But seriously, we’re excited to share inspiration boards and ideas with you- thanks for the suggestion!!
We gathered lots more info, but this post might actually put you to sleep if I keep going.  The bottom line is that, knowing more about YOU guys helps us to make this blog the best it can be!  So thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping us out!!
Here’s a peek at what we have coming up for ya this week…
Bennett’s Room Update
A Perfect for Fall Chicken Chili Recipe
and More!!


The comments +

  1. Judy says:

    I feel like I shouldn’t be reading your blog 🙁 I’m dragging the bottom in the 55+ age group. I LIKE your blog! What’s the matter with my contemporaries?!?! I might be 55, but I’m hardly a “senior”, let alone interested in senior citizen activities. The hubs and I don’t take planned bus tours, or eat at 4:30 p.m. sharp, much less go to bed at 9:00 p.m. Most of the time, I’m up ’til 2:00 a.m. painting furniture or, now, making Halloween costumes for the grandkids while the hubs is on the internet. Those other 55+ don’t know what they are missin’! Love you, love your blog!

  2. Unknown says:

    Just a comment on Judy’s post from one “senior” to another…..”PREACH IT SISTA.” This blog is refreshing. Written by real women with families for real women with families. Thank you Jess and Monica!!!

  3. xocheeta says:

    I’m right there with you, Judy! I’m 56 and love both the blog and their show, “Knock it Off.”

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