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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

Well this is fun… I was asked to do a little Q &A session with Porch.  Not familiar with them? Porch is a network where you can find local, reputable professionals for home projects.  Not every project is a DIY and Porch helps hook you up with the right people.

They sent me a bunch of questions. I’m sharing half here and you can read the rest over on the Porch Advice Blog! Okay, without further ado, let’s get this party started…

On The Front Porch with Yours Truly…

Current Favorite Song

My musical tastes are fickle- I have a new favorite song every month, but right now I’m loving  My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit… it’s kind of a 70s throwback, but super cool and fun.

Pinterest or Facebook?

Pinterest! So much inspiration and far less political opinions and mommy rants! Ha!

If you’re not following EC2 – we can fix that right now!

Visit East Coast Creative’s profile on Pinterest.

If your walls could only be painted one color for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

I honestly can’t pick.  Not being able to have tons of color in my home would kill me, so my life would be over and this question void! Love Me Some Color!!

Wood Shim Wall Art

What are you exceptionally good at? (Permission to brag)

Selling it- whether it’s an idea a product, or really anything, I’ve got mad powers of persuasion! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told I could sell ice to an eskimo.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve collected?

This is embarrassing … I had a collection of soap figurines as a kid.  Yes, soap in various shapes and sizes… think farm animals, automobiles, people, you name it, I had it in the form of soap. Don’t judge… I know it’s crazy weird!


New years resolution?

I refused to to make one this year, because I typically break them by February… okay, that’s a lie, I break ‘em by Jan 3rd.

What’s a home trend you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years?

Coordinated Furniture Sets… Matchy Matchy is the worst!

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Favorite words to live by?

We’ve got this… After 13 years of marriage Eric and I finally understand that we have no clue what is coming next in this crazy life of ours.  One thing has remained true through every  event and challenge, we work together as a team and know that “we’ve got this” Monica Mangin

Want more inside scoop on me?  Head over to Porch and read the rest of my interview Q & A!


The comments +

  1. Jane says:

    I saw a recent episode on “Knock It Off”, where you and Jess did a small galley kitchen makeover. It was a great episode, but I was really taken with something you were wearing…a green short-sleeve V-neck T-shirt printed with navy blue dogs. I LOVE that T-shirt and want one! Can you tell me where you bought it? Thanks, and I love watching your show.

  2. […] asked Monica from East Coast Creative 16 quirky questions! This designer, DIYer, and TV Host dishes on everything from her biggest DIY […]

  3. Monica-
    Seriously LOVE this. Your style and photos are the best. Thanks for being On the Front Porch today!
    -Taylor 🙂

  4. Shavonda says:

    Looove this Monica! Omg coordinated furniture sets should be outlawed. They are seriously death to the well designed room. And I can totally see you selling WATER to the eskimo and convincing them to make their own ice with it!

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