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

Recent Richmond Mag Clips

Some recent clips from Rich mag.

Travel: Head to Hooville (March 2013)
I wrote a story about how to spend a week in Charlottesville while UVA’s students are on spring break. | Read the story.

Summer Camp Confidential: From day programs to overnight camps, experts tell what’s scary , what’s cool and everything in between (March 2013)
I interviewed a handful of kids — elementary through high school — about their good and bad summer experiences for our summer camp package. | Read the story.

The Greening of Richmond: Public Garden Designer Lynden Miller inspires improvement of public places (April 2013)
Lynden Miller’s visit to Richmond in January 2013 sparked a discussion about what to do to improve public parks and beautify urban spaces in preparation for an international bike race in 2015. | Read the story.

Top Docs 2013 (April 2013)
From a pediatric hospice nurse to an HIV physician assistant, I spoke to six notable health care professionals in Richmond who put their hearts into their jobs. | Read the story.

Jump Into Summer Fun: 37 suggestions for making the most of the next three months (June 2013)
Everything worth doing in Richmond from June through August. | Read the story.

Go South Guide (June 2013)
What’s happening South of the James, plus shopping and restaurant listings. Not posted online yet.