R•Home’s May/June 2014 issue

Rhome may:june 2014 coverIn the May/June issue of R•Home magazine I did a Q&A with Bill McCarthy, a local picker and furniture transformer. A few months ago when doing a scour of Born Again Furnishings, I came across a delightful bar cart that he made. I asked the owner of Born Again Furnishings about Bill and found out that he works with my friend designer Wendy Umanoff. (If you saw Wendy’s loft in the September/October issue of R•Home you’ll see that indeed her space has some of Bill’s pieces.) Anyways, I bought Bill’s cart, brought it home and now use it as a bar cart in our home. Buying this piece and seeing his other beautiful pieces inspired me to reach out and do the Q&A for the mag. To read the story click here.

My last issue as editor of R•Home

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The March/April issue of R•Home mag was my last issue as editor, and coincidentally it was an “artful” issue. I left my job at Richmond mag mid-January to take on a new job opportunity as communications manager with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. So, it goes to show that as I was wrapping up my last issue of R•Home, my mind was already embracing a new artistic perspective.

Here’s the line-up of R•Home content:

Department stories

The Goods Pantone’s colors of the year — Radiant Orchid
The Expert The art of collecting: Buying art for your home is as simple as knowing what you like
The Gallery Gallery Hopping: What’s happening now in Richmond’s art scene
At Home The Trouble with Sofas
Favorites Decisively on Display: Kenneth Byrd uses his merchandising background to accessorize his home with precision
Gardening Hardy Heirlooms: Zinnias take a licking and keep on ticking, beautifully
DIY Magnetic Beauty: Make the fridge even cooler with this quick, easy project
Viewpoint The Interpreter: Designer Thom Filicia wants to help clients express the narrative of their lives
Occasions Not-so-secret success: The Underground Kitchen surfaces for its first dinner event
Calendar March & April events: What’s happening around town
Q&A The new Bridget Beari: Susan Jamieson’s palette now includes a new line of graphic wallpapers
Back Page Stuff we like: Fern & Roby speakers, Justin Tran prints and spring reading material

Feature stories

Conversation Pieces: Ted Elmore’s Fan home inspires discussions on art, culture and beauty
Bring on the Light: A family transforms a dark Tudor into a bright, cheery home inside and out
Readers’ Favorites 2014

And here are some behind-the-scenes photos …

It has bee a blessing to work on R•Home with so many talented writers, editors, stylists, photographers, illustrators, and art directors in the past year. As I turn to a new chapter in my life, I’m so happy I have these ones to flip through and look back on. Thank you, all! cheers, marissa

Richmond magazine’s Weekend Escapes issue

richmond mag_march2014One of the last projects I worked on as associate editor at Richmond magazine was helping put together the travel package “Weekend Escapes” for the March issue. I wrote about an outdoor adventure I took to Bath County, Virginia, where I spent a few days mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing at Natural Retreat’s Meadow Lane properties. I was excited to see that my travel story made the cut for the cover. What a great image of beautiful Bath County! Grab a copy from newsstands! cheers, marissa

Richmond magazine’s 2014 Sourcebook

Richmond mag feb 2014In Richmond mag’s 2014 Sourcebook (February issue), I wrote the following stories. Be sure to pick up a copy of the mag to read them + watch the hedgehog video that is linked below.

Fast Friends Who and what to follow on social media

Innovative Renovations From industrial lofts to historic farmhouses, Richmond residents remake their spaces by drastically altering floorplans

Before You Buy Richmond’s home experts suggest five things to consider when purchasing a home

A Taste For the Exotic Meet some of the region’s unusual pets (To watch a video that accompanies my story about Spud the hedgehog, click here.)

Recent Richmond magazine clips

Finally getting around to updating the site with stories I’ve written for Richmond and R•Home magazines. Here are some of my recent clips.

Restaurant review: Phoenix Garden Vegetarian You won’t miss the meat at this vegetarian and vegan food cart. | Read the story

Q&A: The Heart of Hospitality The Kinfolk Table co-author Rebecca Parker Payne talks about life around the table. | Read the story

Travel: Colonial Williamsburg From pre- to post-revolutionary eras, Colonial Williamsburg is brimming with plenty of design inspiration. | Read the story

Styling: Good Morning The owners of The Magpie share recipes that will wake you up. | Read the story

Restaurant review: Perfect Pairings Albino Monkey + bacon-wrapped seared scallops at The Savory Grain | Read the story

Q & A: Crowning Craftsmanship Artist Sonya Clark weaves metaphorically and literally with hair and textiles. | Read the story 

Home: Little House, Big Philosophy A minimalist renovates her first home. | Read the story

Shopping: Retail on the Rise These shops add new faces and flair to the fabric of several neighborhoods. | Read the story

Parks Guide: There’s fun for fido too A guide to dog parks in the Richmond area. | Read the story

Parks Guide: Explore new sports and animal life A guide to kids parks in the Richmond area. | Read the story


R•Home November/December issue

RHome Nov:Dec issue coverR•Home’s Nov/Dec issue just came back from the printer and will be on newsstands next week. Buy a copy at Urban Farmhouse, Martin’s or the Barnes & Noble at Libbie Place.

This issue features a Midcentury Modern home in the West End that was transformed with kitchen and bathrooms renovations by Visible Proof. The house was also updated with contemporary Danish furniture and Asian artwork. We have a festive food spread with recipes and entertaining tips from Raul Cantu of Nacho Mama’s. For our crafty readers, we have a floral guide on how to make a holiday wreath, garland and centerpiece by Rhea Calpeno of Photosynthesis Floral Design. Also, the Central Virginia chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) awarded their Contractor of the Year Awards in September and we showcased the winning home renovations in the mag. And, there is much, much more. Be sure to watch the issue trailer below to get a sneak peek. — marissa

R•Home’s Sept/Oct bungalow photoshoot

Just a few behind-the-scenes photos from R•Home‘s September/October small spaces issue. This home, an 850-square-foot bungalow in the Near West End, was photographed by Barry Fitzgerald, styled by Courtney Crane Dauer, written about by Jessica Ronky Haddad and the magazine spread was designed by V. Lee Hawkins. You can buy a copy at Urban Farmhouse, Martin’s or the Barnes & Noble at Libbie Place. xo, marissa

Behind the scenes of the Heritage photoshoot

For R•Home’s September/October issue we featured bite-sized appetizers created by Heritage‘s co-owner and chef Joe Sparatta. Joe came up with the delicious recipes that reflect the restaurant’s yummy and seasonal bar menu, and his wife Emilia Sparatta assembled and styled the food for us. Photographer Beth Furgurson took the photos and R•Home’s talented art director V. Lee Hawkins came up with the design. Pick up a copy of the mag to check out the recipes and food photography. cheers, marissa

RHome Magazine’s September/October Issue

sept:oct 2013 RHome coverThe focus of R·Home mag’s September/October issue is small spaces. On our cover, we featured designer and stylist Wendy Umanoff in her 1,100-square-foot loft in Shockoe Bottom. We also took a peak at Revival owners Rob and Whitney O’Connor’s 850-square-foot bungalow in the near West End. And, we photographed Kristen Ziegler (owner of Minima) in her newly renovated and sparsely decorated 1,020-square-foot townhouse in the Fan. For our food feature, co-owner and chef Joe Sparatta of Heritage was nice enough to create bite-sized appetizers that reflect the restaurant’s tasty bar menu. We photographed these apps in small dishes and Chinese soup spoons to continue our theme of “small spaces.” Lots of other good reads in the magazine. Happy reading! xo, marissa

Richmond mag’s Best + Worst Issue

Richmond Magazine August 2013 cover

Richmond magazine’s annual Best + Worst issue is hitting newsstands. This is my first Best + Worst issue with the magazine, and I enjoyed working on it because I got to do a little food research and talk to the best-of-the-best restauranteurs, chefs, bartenders in town and hear how they are shaking up the food scene. To get a glimpse of part of the Best + Worst issue, click here. To read the rest, go out and grab the issue. cheers, marissa