My name is Nicole, and I am so grateful you are here. My husband and I started The Marshmallow Monkey in 2010 as a way to share our creativity with others. Long before our sweet little store, we dreamed up a name after our kids’ nicknames. For the longest time I really wanted to have a bakery, but home decor is where we landed. We bought our first store in Franklin, Indiana in 2010.
Imagine the most darling Hallmark movie scene and that’s where our home decor store started. As our little store grew, so did my passion for interior design and homemaking. My husband Brandon helped breathe life into my dream with the intention of just having a side hustle to my full time healthcare executive career. I wanted to channel my inner furniture refinisher, floral designer, interior decorator and all-around inner Martha Stewart.
We started with a small 750 square foot retail store and in a few short years took on renovating and restoring historic buildings in our hometown, growing our store into one of our building projects; an old feed and seed store. Over time, the store and renovation projects grew, we were approached by production companies long before Chip and Joanna were the famous fixer-uppers. We declined, we didn’t want to be in the spotlight THAT much. With so much hustle and bustle, we finally took a step back in 2019, sold the store and moved to our farm where we slowly sunset our store to focus more on family—we literally turned our farm store (barn) into an in-law barndominium. After overcoming a cancer scare, and illness, our priorities shifted and I now share my love for all things home here on the blog. My intention was never really to grow a store; it was more about connecting people with my love for design sharing ideas to create a beautiful home.
Check in here to see how I blend found objects, vintage treasures, classic home staples and a shmidge of things only my grandma inspired me to love.
If you miss the days of The Marshmallow Monkey, here is where you can find me in all my creative glory; in the new season of our journey.
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