R•Home Magazine’s March/April Issue

In my quest to live and work harmoniously at home, I’ve embraced my inner hausfrau. I wrote a personal essay in the March/April issue of R•Home Magazine about my journey to find balance when I feel torn between writing and mastering domesticity. Do other freelancers experience this when working from home?

I also had the pleasure of writing about the talented and awesome Alyssa Salomon, a local photographer and screen-printer. Grab a copy off newsstands now, and happy reading!
xo xo, marissa

The Knot’s Spring/Summer 2017 issue

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The spring/summer issue of The Knot’s DC/Maryland/Virginia is on newsstands now! I had so much fun writing the local content for this issue, which includes amazing vendors and venues from across the DMV, sweet and sappy proposal stories, along with some lovely weddings (our’s included!).

Thank you so much to my wonderful editors at The Knot for including our wedding in the mag! Looking back on our wedding photos fills my heart with so much love, and this is a keepsake we will always treasure. xo, marissa

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Need Supply Co. feature story for Racked

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Photo by Justin Chesney

Recently I wrote a feature story for Racked on the evolution of Need Supply Co. from a small vintage denim story here in Richmond, Va., to a brand with global fashion influence. A little excerpt from the story …

Richmond, Virginia’s fashion and retail scene is on the up and up. Shops and contemporary art galleries have revitalized the downtown area; the city’s popular Carytown district now has hundreds of locally owned businesses to shop; and indie boutiques are popping up from Church Hill to the historic Fan District.

Two decades ago, it was a different story. Richmond was home to a just a handful of locally-owned fashion boutiques. One of the best of them then, as it is now, was Need Supply Co., a brand that’s grown from small local gem into an international player in the fashion industry, paving the way for many of the cool indie stores and brands that make the Richmond shopping scene so vibrant today — while staying true to its RVA roots.

Looking at the brand’s global influence (two retail stores in Japan, a thriving e-commerce business, a quarterly magazine, and a newly-launched line of men’s and women’s basics) it’s hard to imagine that Need Supply Co. had humble beginnings. Founder and CEO Chris Bossola opened the shop in 1996 under the name Blues, as a pocket-sized boutique selling vintage Levi’s. At the time, vintage Levi’s were a rarity, and Bossola had a trove to sell in a small market that didn’t have access to such cool finds.

And to read the full story, head on over to Racked. xo, marissa

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ISSUE OF R•HOME MAGAZINE

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I’m trying to be better about posting my clips on the blog. Lately I’ve been working on five (give or take) stories a week (on top of other communications and editorial projects), which makes it hard to keep the site fresh. So here is a feeble attempt:

I wrote two fun stories for the November/December issue of R•Home — one on Verve Home Furnishings‘ Kim Vincze and her wild cache of decor, and another on my neighborhood, the Near West End. (Note the photo below, taken by the talented Jay Paul of my BFF Harvey and I walking down Westmoreland Avenue.)

harvey-and-meHappy reading! xo, marissa

Embracing my Scandinavian Heritage (+ Journalism)

A few of my favorite things from a recent trip to Stockholm.

When graduating from college, I didn’t forsee that one day I would be able to use both my areas of study (journalism and Nordic studies) simultaneously. Oddly enough, it never occurred to me to write about my heritage (I’m Swedish, Norwegian + Danish) and my love for all things Scandinavian (meatballs, included). But then that all changed about six months ago when I started writing for Umgås Magazine, an online publication created by Swedish Match. The website was created as a meeting place (which is what umgås loosely translates to) for Swedish Americans or Americans who have a deep appreciation for Scandinavian culture.

For the site, I’ve written a variety of lifestyle pieces ranging from a brief history of Swedish Colonialism in American to a profiles on organizations such as the American Swedish Museum in Philadelphia.

Recently I wrote a profile on my alma mater University of Colorado at Boulder’s Nordic Studies program, which was fun to write, as it was a trip down memory lane.  While at CU-Boulder, I received a concentration in Nordic Studies.  I read Icelandic Sagas, J.R. Tolkein’s books (yes, there is a class for that), and Norse mythology. I also learned conversational Swedish (hejsan!) and all about the social welfare state.

For those of you who know me, I can’t help but write about food. So naturally, a portion of my Umgås writing has been food-related. Here are a few of my fave posts:

The Incredible Rise of Magnus Nilsson
A Taste of Fäviken
The Five: Nordic Cookbooks 
Swedish Breakfast Spreads
Fika from the Ones Who Write the Book on It

And, as a fan of the clean, contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic, I also have written a few design pieces, as well:

14 Must-Haves from the Fall IKEA Catalog
6 Scandinavian Design Shops that will Transform Your Home

If you are a Scandinavian American like myself, or have an interest in Swedish culture, feel free to reach out and let me know of any stateside happenings that might be of interest for Umgås.

med vänliga hälsningar, marissa

R•Home Cover Story on Artist Lee Baskerville

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In the September/October issue of R•Home Magazine, I wrote the cover story on artist Lee Baskerville, and his historic New England Saltbox in Midlothian. Here’s a little excerpt from the story:

Artist Lee Baskerville approaches interior design much like he composes a painting – with deliberation and openness. “There are rules that you can follow,” he says, “but there also is an emotional response to shapes and forms.”

Baskerville’s style can’t be confined by era or place. And, in his life, Baskerville himself isn’t bound by definition either. While he is best known as a portrait painter, you can find his landscape paintings on display at The Country Club of Virginia, The Commonwealth Club and Chesapeake Capital Corporation. His historic murals line the walls at The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs and his equestrian scenes at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. He also is an art historian, a furniture maker, a hunter and a safari guide in Africa.

To read the full story, you’ll have to get in your car and drive to Barnes & Noble at Libbie Place and buy a copy. Support print media. Print is not dead! xo, marissa

P.S. Now that the issue is off newsstands, the story is posted here.

The Knot – Fall/Winter 2016 issue

Up until a few days before our wedding I was writing local content for the The Knot’s fall/winter Mid-Atlantic issue. So, as you can imagine, I’m very excited to see this baby in print. Inside you’ll find inspiring D.C., Maryland, and Virginia real weddings, along with the latest and greatest vendors and venues. Go out and grab a copy off newsstands now. In the meantime, you can read up on some real wedding blog posts I’ve been writing for The Knot’s site. xo, Marissa

An Urban, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Event Space in Nashville, Tennessee
A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Old House Vineyards in Culpeper, Virginia
A Classic Southern Wedding at The Plantation on Sunnybrook in Roanoke, Virginia
A Laid-Back Seaside Wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland
An Elegant Winery Wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards in Mount Crawford, Virginia
A Classic Nautical-Inspired Wedding at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, Maryland