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  • Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.

    Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.
    Photo courtesy of Monica Pedersen

  • HGTV interior decorator Monica Pedersen says she learned her sewing and remodeling skills from her parents while growing up in Wood Dale.

    HGTV interior decorator Monica Pedersen says she learned her sewing and remodeling skills from her parents while growing up in Wood Dale.
    Photo courtesy of Todd Everett

  • Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.

      Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.

      Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.

      Wood Dale native and HGTV celebrity designer Monica Pedersen says she's been living her dream.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 

People follow her around Home Depot. Strangers approach her with cabinet handles or paint samples, asking her opinion on which would look best in a bathroom or kitchen. But the No. 1 thing people ask HGTV designer and Wood Dale native Monica Pedersen when they see her out in the suburbs is: "How do I get on the shows?"

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