Growing up Monika was inspired by her mother's eye for interior design and her father's talent at photography. Her mom's endless wallpaper books and the pictures hanging in his darkroom captured her imagination and led Monika to a career as a style journalist covering home design for the past 20 years. She began on staff at Traditional Home magazine and later went on to become part of the founding editorial team of the original Domino magazine. Following its closure, Monika worked as a freelance writer and editor while based in London, Miami and then back in New York. She produced content for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Condé Nast Living, Martha Stewart Living, Bon Appetit, and special editions of House & Garden and Architectural Digest, among others. Today, she is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
In addition to generating story ideas, producing photo shoots and writing and editing copy, Monika has traveled the world searching for beautiful objects to cover – from trade shows in Milan to flea markets in Paris to artisan shops in Jaipur. She has appeared as a guest on national American television shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN’s Open House and HGTV. Monika has also been interviewed as a design expert for articles in national and regional American publications including USA Today and Hamptons magazine.
Beyond publishing, Monika has worked with international brands, including AERIN, Balineum, Compass, Stylus and more, to provide services ranging from content creation, brand writing and native content to marketing direction and trend forecasting. She also consults on interior design and renovation projects for private clients. Her work has been published in the books Design*Sponge at Home (Artisan), Domino: The Book of Decorating (Simon & Schuster), and Domino: Your Guide to Stylish Living (Simon & Schuster).
"I believe passionately in the importance of good design, be it a well-appointed room or a perfectly crafted vase. These are the things we experience in our daily lives and they should make us smile."