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

July/August RHome Clips

20130626-151504.jpgHere are a few clips from the July/August issue of RHome. (Pick up a copy of the mag to read my other eight stories.)

Fare Trade: RVA Swappers exchange food, philosophy and friendship
RVA Swappers is a monthly food swap where a group of people in town get together to trade items from freshly baked bread to roasted coffee. I wrote about the two women who started the group and how it’s grown in the past year. | Read the story.

Growing up: How to make a vertical pallet garden
I built a vertical garden out of an old wooden pallet and planted 45 annuals. This do-it-yourself instructional story follows that planting adventure. | Read the story.

Meditative crafter: Julie Janeczek shares her love for the loom
I did a Q&A with a fiber instructor at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, where she teaches kids and adults how to weave. | Read the story.

Stylistically speaking: Susan Victoria shares a few of her favorite things
I visited magazine stylist Susan Victoria’s home and she showed me all her favorite things, from a turquoise settee from Verve Home Furnishings to a green striped painting by Richmond artist Timothy McClellan. | Read the story.

Lyn Chapman’s Antiques & Fine Furnishings 
For RHome’s Where To Find It Guide I wrote a profile about shop owner Lyn Chapman who opened up an antiques store in Shockoe Bottom in March. | Read the story.

Feature story on RVA Swappers

For the July/August issue of RHome, I wrote a feature story about RVA Swappers, a group of people in Richmond who get together once a month to trade homemade goods from jams to pickles. In a culture that is quickly moving away from self-sustainability, it’s so cool to hear about people who are embracing old-school traditional skills that were once a part of our grandparents’ generation. Read the story here.

RHome July/August 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 2.43.12 PMRHome‘s July/August issue will be hitting newsstands soon. I’m very excited about this issue because a lot went into it. RHome’s annual Where To Find It Guide is in the July/August issue, which is a comprehensive listing of all things home and garden related in Richmond. From architects and art to wall coverings and windows, RHome has listed businesses and people who can help you with your home.

For the cover shot and interior shot of the Where To Find It Guide, we styled a studio vignette with furniture and decor from all over Richmond to show the eclectic mix of goods our city has to offer. RHome stylist Courtney Crane Dauer scouted the city and outlying areas for the vases, rugs, curtains, artwork and furniture that came together to create the cover.

RHome’s art director V. Lee Hawkins came up with the cover concept based on the British typographical poster “Keep Calm and Carry On.” She took that idea and applied it to our Where To Find It Guide, changing up the text and adding an “RVA 2013” to the royal crown. Lee said that each year she designs RHome’s Where To Find It Guide she wants a fresh approach and always tells herself to “keep calm.” Her chill mantra inspired her to use the “keep calm” idea with our listings.Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 2.49.57 PM

Kip Dawkins was the photographer behind our Where To Find It Guide. His clients include Better Homes and Gardens, DIY Magazine, Martha Stewart, Washingtonian, among many other big-name publications. We were thrilled to have Kip help us capture this cover.

Check out our behind-the-scenes images and be sure to click on the July/August issue trailer below. Let me know what you think of the issue! cheers, marissa