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Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful
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Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful
Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home

"A radiant, high-energy mistress of ceremonies."
-- The New York Times

Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful is a step-by-step guide featuring simple, must-know party planning secrets. Designer and HGTV host Monica Pedersen explains how readers can worth with what they have in their home when planning a party, taking direction from their very own interiors and generating creative ideas. She demonstrates how anyone can create beautiful, innovative parties for a range of occasions and budgets.

In ten gorgeous chapters, Pedersen presents ten separate events—each for its own occasion and with its own themes—using her accessible approach and distinctive style to set the tone. Also featured are sample recipes, including one from Top Chef fan favorite and All-Star Fabio Viviani, and exclusive wine pairings from Napa Valley's Rutherford Hill Winery, to round out this reader-friendly guide to all-around entertaining.

This book is sure to become the go-to guide for those who want to host stylish and beautiful events in their own homes.


Monica Pedersen can be seen as an interior design expert and television host on HGTV's Designed to Sell, Bang for Your Buck, Showdown, and Dream Home. Her writing has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, and the Washington Post. She lives in suburban Chicago. Visit her on the web at


Photographer Peter Rosenbaum lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, where he collects photography, tattoos, and china. He has photographed supermodels and, now, super tablescapes. Visit him on the web at

Monica joins Val from Windy City Live! to discuss a few party planning tips for the summer--baby showers, weddings, and even tea parties! (Jun. 11, 2012)


Title Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful
Subtitle Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home
Edition First Edition
Imprint Surrey
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 08 May 2012
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 208 p.
ISBN-10 1-57284-128-1
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-128-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572841284
Reference no. 978-1-57284-128-4
Publication Date 08 May 2012
Main content page count 208
Dimensions 9.3 x 10.3 in.
Weight 38 oz.
List Price $35.00
Format ePub
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-696-8
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-696-8
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572846968
Reference no. 978-1-57284-696-8
Publication Date 19 May 2012
List Price $12.99

Additional Materials

Monica Pedersen on Glossed & Found
Monica shows Glossed and Found's Graham Kostic how to set a gorgeous table.

Monica Pedersen shares design ideas for your home with 9 News.

MIB presskit ( pdf 457 KB )


Press Reviews

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 17, 2012
For Monica Pedersen, everything revolves around a good tableskirt. Whether she is designing a beautiful room or setting the table for a party, there has to be a tableskirt.

In her

- Hali Bernstein

Jun 14, 2012
This book offers some good reasons to catch up with friends and family, in addition to giving you great designs if you are planning any type of event. 'Make It Beautiful' is an inspiring book for the hostess who wants to impress, without breaking the bank!

Desire to Inspire
Jun 17, 2012
This wonderful coffee-table book is filled with smart, savvy advice and how-tos for entertaining at home on a range of budgets.

Aug 4, 2012
[F]rom the cover to the last page I was totally impressed by the content, the creative ideas and the photography. … Some truly amazing ideas and a total inspiration for anyone looking to do a little something special at their next gathering!
- Carmen Christensen

My Daily Find Chicago
Jun 11, 2012
Make It Beautiful offers both design that will make you wish you were living in the pages as well as simple steps that people can implement for their own gatherings.
- Maris Callahan

May 29, 2012
I can't tell you how stunning this book is (you must see it for yourself!) and how much I want to recreate everything she featured.
- Candace Rose Anderson

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-Abbe Wright Oct 25, 2012

Monica Pedersen does everything at hyper speed. For example, the HGTV star wrote her first book, "Make it Beautiful," in nine months.

HGTV star creates beautiful party settings
-Deb Donovan Jun 24, 2012

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