Designing a home is (or should be) just as personal and just as much fun as getting dressed. As an editor and writer on design, my mission is to bring the best of what I find to readers: The work and design wisdom of top talents such as Nate Berkus, Alessandra Branca, Patricia Urquiola, Jeanne Gang and more; the products and ideas that will help them bring design home; and homes that have one thing in common no matter the price tag — great personal style. I've shaped home design coverage with the goal of emphasizing the most intriguing, singular spaces: the ones in which the story of the person who brings the space to life is written in every detail.
From a quest for the perfect oyster on the shores of Puget Sound, to the food-obsessed farms of Oregon, to a journey through India's stepwells — travel is the ultimate experience. I shaped the Trib magazine Travel issues around the notion that every destination is chosen for the story behind it, adding a layer of richness that doesn't come with pointing readers to standard-issue resorts. A healthy dose of style, inside knowledge from the smartest travelers, and a ton of visual inspiration got readers ready to pack their bags and go.
You are the life of the party: The home entertaining coverage I’ve created is beautifully balanced on the line between eye-popping aspiration (who wouldn't want to serve her dinner guests a menu handcrafted by Jean-George Vongerichten?) and completely achievable. (Drop a croquet lawn into your Chicago apartment gangway? Not as hard as you might think.) The secret that turns readers into armchair guests and real-world hosts is the carefully cultivated mix of inspiration and concrete, actionable ideas.
Centerpiece of this annual crowd-pleaser: A year's worth of the best stuff an editor sees and seeks out, handpicked and presented as a style-forward, instantly useful guide for shopping. Unlikely star of the show? The essay, a favorite project undertaken to enhance the magazine's narrative thread and focus its voice. Spotting and working with talented writers to craft pieces that exhibit wit and sensibility is one of the highest uses of an editor's skills, a true labor of love.