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Q. Monique Allen is a Washington, D.C. based residential interior design and lifestyle blog dedicated to capturing and chronicling my experience as a first time custom home builder, consultant on design projects, and consumer of all things "mountain modern" including furniture, fabric, accessories, lighting, and more.

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Before you read any further, let me tell you that I am biased. I love Houzz. However, when I started blogging, I kept being directed to Pinterest as the best place for home décor and design. I've had a Pinterest page for many years, but I've rarely used it for anything other than inspiration for clothes and photo shoots (and the occasional gift idea). So, I jumped back in and reworked my Pinterest page. As I started pinning, I struggled with a number of things that made me...

Let’s be clear, I am a design enthusiast, not an interior designer. Yes, I’ve taken a class or two and decorated a handful of houses, but I’m not a professional (I just blog like one - ha!). Hey, that’s ok! I work in institutional investment management and I love it! In addition to building and decorating a new vacation home and rental for my family in Wintergreen, VA, I have a number of finishing touches to make to our current home – a 100 year old rowhouse in the heart o...

The home makeover continues! While I wonder if it will ever be done, I'm not complaining because it offers an endless array of fun design choices. This week, my husband and I are trying to find the perfect light fixture for our master bedroom custom closet makeover. He has created a custom closet design with shelving, hanging storage, and drawers (we checked and this closet would retail for nearly $10,000 - thankful for a handy hubby!!). The finish is a gorgeous walnut wit...

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Q. Monique Allen

Have you ever felt like there is something really special that brings you joy that you simply don't do enough of? I'm not sure what that might be for you, but for me, it's feeding my passion for interior design, furniture and the arts (all of them - visual, performing, culinary...). With a full time career in financial services in Washington, DC, a bustling family, a demanding schedule (and the list goes on), it's tough to find time for things that you love! But, I've committed to MORE. More inspiration...more hands on expression of my own creativity...and more beauty in my world. As I explore and expand my own space and fill it with chic "mountain modern" design, experiences, and ideas, I look forward to using this lifestyle and design blog to share them with you.

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