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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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I don’t know about where you live, but here in PA, September was the most beautiful month ever!  We had more perfect days than we could count!  We just LOVE fall weather!
We thought we’d look back over the month, because a whole lot of awesomeness was going on!
September’s Instagram…
As you can see, I’m really enjoying my time off from filming!  Our days have been spent going on field trips, picnics at the lake, girl’s night out, and of course puppies!!
Follow along my day to day on IG @EastCoastCreative
Jess’ September revolved around the new little man on the scene- Bennett.  Her days off have been filled with lots of family time, a date night with her hubs, and celebrating that her rings fit again! lol.
Follow her on IG @Jess_EC2blog
Okay, now let’s see what went down on the blog…
We had so much fun reading through all your comments and input for EC2. Definitely check out the stats and see who reads this little old blog.  (PS you’ll also learn that men are afraid to admit they love reading blogs! )
We shared the inside scoop on many of our Knock It Off Projects: Stencil WallHow to Remove WallpaperDreary to Cheery Outdoor Sectional,
If you’ve missed any episodes of our show… watch them here!  Knock it Off: LiveWell Network 
We were pretty excited that Silhouette offered to partner with us to give you guys a sweet deal on their cutting machines!  Check out this post to get your Silhouette Discount
Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of this month… The Arrival of Baby Bennett! The little man made an early appearance and Jess and Kev are loving up every minute with him!  He’s totes adorbs people!
Check out the adorable pics of Baby Bennett, And you MUST check out his awesome Nursery Reveal 
We started a fun series called Right Now…What’s Going on in Our World where I shared a behind the scenes peek at what’s going on.  And yes, it involves insane animal cuteness!!  Check it out!
One of my favorite things this month was adding a New East Coast Creative Team Member!  Diana is our new intern and she rocks socks!! Seriously, she is doing an amazing job, and it’s been super good timing with Jess having the baby.
One majorly exciting milestone for us was having a nice, big feature of my piano in HGTV Mag.  Check out the details:  Painted Piano HGTV Magazine 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 family is), we went way, way outside the box with my How to Cut a Perfect Mohawk using Frog Tape   post.  He’s still rockin’ the ‘hawk two months later!
So, all-in-all, I think September was pretty stinkin’ swell!  Oh, but lest you think otherwise, October just might have it beat!!
Here’s a peek at what you can expect…
-Blog redesign & we’re moving!! (to WordPress that is!)
-10,000 Facebook Fan Celebration Giveaway!
-We’re visiting Martha (umm, yeah THE MARTHA!) in NYC
-A Playroom Makeover on a budget
-Fall Decorating ideas for indoors and out!
As always, thanks for supporting EC2-
we couldn’t do it without you!

 

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