I am a journalist who spent more than a decade as a magazine editor in New York (This Old House, Avenue, Manhattan, inc.) before moving to Washington, DC, to freelance and raise a family. I am currently working on a narrative nonfiction account of an American family’s saga, which I hope to share with you soon.
In addition to being a contributing editor at Interior Design, I have written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, HGTV, Nature Conservancy Magazine, Science News, O: The Oprah Magazine, Preservation, and Texas Monthly. Along the way, thanks to some fortuitous collaborations, magazines under my leadership garnered three design awards and I co-authored several best-selling books of practical nonfiction including, yes, the indispensable Weddings for Dummies. I also wrote a column for The Washington Post “Home” section, founded a blog called “Secret Science Geek,” logged countless hours as a public school volunteer, and became a certified Maryland Master Naturalist.
I hold a B.A. in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, where I interned at Texas Monthly, edited UTmost magazine, and perfected my guacamole. When I’m not writing, I can be found getting my daily Hamilton fix as my intrepid poodles escort me around the neighborhood.
Portrait by Emily Weiss