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Home Sweet Home tag

Hey guys! I get so many questions about my living space, so I decided to give you all of the details in  my

Home Sweet Home

tag video! Check it out

HERE

or head on over to my

YouTube page

to catch up on other videos you may have missed. I love creating YouTube content for you guys so please leave videos you're interested to see in the comment section below! Enjoy!

The Icon Collection

If you follow me on Instagram (@

TheMonaLisaa

), then you've seen that I've recently changed my gallery wall from the layout above (blog post coming soon about that), and although I LOVE my new wall, it was very hard for me to part with some of the images I used in the gallery! 

You'll notice the not so common wall art such as photos of

Dorothy Dandridge

,

Eartha Kitt

, and

Diahann Carroll

on this wall, and those images mean so much to me. This is why I decided to incorporate them in my entryway as a "hall of fame"...

You wont find these faces in your local TJmaxx or HomeGoods on a beautiful canvas like you would find an image of Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, and its very unfortunate. These are the women that I look up to and admire. These are my Icons.

I recently came across a post on my sweet blogger friend Lauren's Instagram (@

ChicUrbanMom

) and she was rocking a shirt that caught my eye! Lauren has the cutest shop with what I would call "wearable art". 

Its called "

The Icon Collection

"...and when I read up on the meaning behind her shop I felt as though she was reading my mind! 

 Here's a little blurb from the site (http://myiconictee.com

) about "The Icon Collection":

"

As a young girl I grew tired of trying to find trendy items that featured beautiful brown girls like me. When I had my daughter the longing to have images that look like her became even stronger and that is how The Icon Collection was born. On a daily basis I see t-shirts, artwork, home decor etc. highlighting the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and others. It is very rare and almost impossible to find things that showcase women of color who are trendsetters in their industries. The Icon Collection’s goal is to change that, to make it a normal experience to see beautiful, trendsetting women of color on artwork, t-shirts, and home décor as role models for our girls!"

I was SO excited when Lauren sent me a shirt I couldn't help but put it on and twirl around proudly! There are so many Icons that go unrecognized, whether its in fashion or home decor, I believe creating things that represent what/who you love is so very important! 

Im no model, so I cropped out my face, but its about the shirt..not me haha!

Hats off to you Lauren for creating this beautiful wearable art!

If you're interested in

"The Icon Collection"

check out the site

here

and grab a few t-shirts for you and your friends!! 

Follow @

ChicUrbanMom

on IG and subscribe to her Lifestyle blog:

http://chicurbanmom.com/

Splurge vs Steal

Okay guys, we're one month into 2016...how are you doing? Are you staying on track? One thing that has kept me focused in the new year is my 2016 planner! I mentioned how important it was to start the year off with a great planner in my

2016 Glam Guide

. In that post I raved about my

 Kate spade planner! 

Now, don't get me wrong... I LOVE it, but I recently walked through the Target office aisle and noticed a very similar one for under 10 bucks! I've decided to compare and do a splurge vs spend for you guys!

The entire top row is Kate Spade, and the bottom row are all from target! Check out the links to each one below.

Kate Spade black stripe

Target purple pineapple

Now, the Kate Spade agendas and journals aren't going to break your bank or anything, and like I said, I absolutely LOVE my planner (I have the black and white stripe), but I'm also loving that fact that Target has very similar cute ones all for under $10! That's such a great steal. 

P.S. this is the inside of the Kate Spade planner I have. The layout of this thing is awesome! I definitely think its worth a few more dollars if you're a Kate Spade fan like I am.  

I also picked up these

GLAM gold pens

 & adorable

To-Do pad

!

If you happen to grab one of the Target journals, let me know how you like it!

-Lisa

Stone Mountian Refresh

One of my clients, was in need of a major home refresh! Fortunately, she did have good taste and a LOT of things to work with! My great design partner Gavin & I were able to completely transform her home.

My client loves to entertain, so she was looking for spaces that had even flow for her guest. We made sure to create cozy nooks for guest to gather including conversation pieces to get the party started. The colors in the home are rich and earthy and each room has its own story while flowing perfectly together.

Check out the E-Designs and photos of her living room, dining room, den, and half bath:

Living room E-Design

Absolutely LOVING this 

Rooms to Go sofa

 topped with earthy patterned pillows snagged from Home Goods!

Our goal was to completely brighten the space while keeping it rich and earthy. We left out a coffee table in this room to keep the room "walk-able" for her guest while entertaining. This room features a pretty cozy conversation nook with the cutest chairs from TJ Maxx!

Dining room E-Design

Our design challenge for this room was keeping the dining room table. We kept it simple with the dining room and complemented her existing grand gold mirror with gold chargers. We added a small pop of color with the beautiful sea shell with hint of purple and cream as a centerpiece. 

Den E-Design

(The mantle art in this photo was moved to the reading nook once the client purchased a TV.)

My client already owned the red furniture, so we moved it all into the den. This room stays cozy and earthy as well, with a dash of class. Plenty of spaces to cuddle up and read a book or watch a movie

.

Half bath E-Design

Didn't need too much in this tiny bath. We kept the colors calm and added a splash of red to flow with the attached red den. Oh, and those soaps from World Market smell delightful ;)

My client absolutely LOVES her home. She says that it "finally feels like home" and that was the main goal! We hope she's ready to entertain because we definitely want our invite over ;)

Launch Party

What better way to kick off the spring than with a MonaLisaaStyles launch party? I decided to put on a small soiree to celebrate with family and friends. If you missed this glam event, check out the details :

 I couldn't have asked for a better time! Sending thank you's out to my guest for coming and to all of you for the many "congrats". I'm so excited and I can't wait to share more with you!