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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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How’s Summer going so far guys? If you need a little inspiration on where to go, what to put in your beach bag, or what tunes to listen to, I’m Summer Road Trippin’ this week with my friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm. She’s also sharing some fun things she’s been doing since CWTS… KariAnne has been both a contestant and a star- last season, mentoring our winners!

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Mon: Have you had any exciting features or collaborations in the past year?

KariAnne: I was featured in several different magazines including Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas, Redbook, Reloved and HGTV Magazine.

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{KariAnne’s feature in Reloved}

Mon: Have you gone on any amazing trips? Work or Pleasure?

KariAnne: I went to New York city to cover a television commercial with Brooke Shield’s for La-z-boy. I went to Alabama with a group of bloggers to tour a house in progress for Phantom Screens. I went to Nashville to tour the HGTV Smart Home. 

Mon: Wow! Those sound amazing- I’d love to see one of the HGTV homes someday!!

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{HGTV Smart House}

Mon: Got any funny memories or stories from your experience trying to survive CWTS?

KariAnne: We were trying to create faux walls so no one would know it was my house, so we built new walls on the back porch.  I liked them so much, I almost kept them. 🙂

Mon: CWTS is an insane time as a contestant… building faux walls- that might take the cake as the craziest ever!!

Mon: What’s one TIP you’d give to someone considering entering CWTS in 2016?

KariAnne: Be yourself. Be authentic. Listen to your decorating voice and think outside….waaaaaaaaaay outside the box.

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{source}

Mon: What’s your favorite summer food?

KariAnne: corn on the cob

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{How to Grill Corn, Perfectly}

Mon: What’s in your beach bag? Must Haves!

KariAnne: Glamour Magazine, any book by Kate Morton, over-sized sunglasses, and a spray mister.

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Mon: What’s your summer song of 2015?

KariAnne: Sugar

 

Mon: Did CWTS push you to be a better blogger? more creative? take your business to the next level? give you more confidence? etc…

KariAnne: Yes. CWTS definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to become a more creative blogger. One of my most popular projects on the blog, the bicycle wheel clock is one I created for CWTS.

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{ CWTS and Thistlewood Farms}

Here are a few of my favorite projects she’s done recently.  Check them out- and if you don’t know KariAnne is a master storyteller… she’ll totally pull you in with her writing and sweet personality!

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{Before and After Dining Room}

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{Hanging Mason Jar Vase}

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{DIY Bench}

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{Summer Home Tour}

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