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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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Hey guys! Thanks for all your encouragement and positive feedback about the Real Design Series yesterday!  I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one that believes you can have livable Real-life style that also looks awesome.  Now we just need more TV networks to catch onto that and we’ll be golden- wink wink!

Since we’re talking about attainable design, let me introduce you to my friend Kim from Manayunk Calligraphy (if you’re not from Philly, you might not know that Manayunk is a really cute area just outside of the city known for great food, stores, and style!)


Kim is an artist and she specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and calligraphy.  Pretty much she’s got all the artistic skills I’ve wanted since I was a little girl!  I figure if at 33 year old I don’t have the skills, I’d better just buddy up to someone that does (like Kim!) and together we can make magic happen!

Today I’m excited to announce the release of the East Coast Creative Collection at Manayunk Calligraphy!

View the entire collection HERE

Manayunk Calligraphy East Coast Creative Digital Download Artwork

Being in so many homes while taping “Knock It Off!” Jess and I were always amazed at how many people had empty frames all over their walls… it almost got a little eerie, like the empty frames were following us! Creepy!  I wanted to create some fun, simple prints and phrases that would be an affordable and stylish way for you guys to fill those frames and add some personality to your homes.

Mock up poster with ceiling lamps, 3d illustraton

Kim and I teamed up to create seasonal artwork designs that you can either download and print at home or choose an actual physical print that will be mailed to you.

Contemporary workspace with computer

Both options are awesome- the digital prints are simple to print at home & frame, and you can even print extras to give as gifts! The physical prints are such amazing quality- I love how they feel… you might actually want both formats! Ha!

Autumn Thanksgiving Background

To see all the designs and to place an order, head over to Kim’s Etsy shop but here’s a peek at some of the Fall East Coast Creative Collection:


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Gratitude Full small file

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Pumpkin Spice


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Hocus Pocus Black Full


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I don’t know if I’m dating myself here, but Hocus Pocus was one of my little brother’s favorite movies! We watched it on VHS year round. There are so many classic lines, so we knew we needed some Hocus Pocus in the collection! If for some absurd reason you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading and go watch it online immediately!

Hocus Pocus Purple full


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I love music, all kinds, but right now the throwback 80s vibe is still killing it!  This is a verse from the song “Black Magic” by the girl band Little Mix (listen here).  It’s kinda like Wilson Philips but way cooler.  It’s cheesy and awesome, and even if you’ve never heard the song, how can you resist that little spider?  You can’t that’s how.

We’ll be adding more Thanksgiving prints to the collection over the next few weeks, and of course, we’ve got a rockin’ Christmas Collection all designed and headed your way… think Elf quotes, meets baby Jesus, meets world peace & happiness. It’s pretty awesome!

I’m excited to begin this collaboration with Kim- she’s so darn talented and I see lots of cool projects in our future!

Head over to her online store now.  Click HERE!

We’re still working on some additional designs for Thanksgiving and Christmas- Got Any Requests?  Let me know and maybe I can make it happen! 

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