David & Gladys Wright House: Dorado magazine


I was so enthralled during my one-on-one tour of this Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix that I walked away with way too few written notes and quotes for my liking. I’d showed up with a laptop, expecting to sit down for the interview with architect Victor Sidy and tap away the transcription, but instead I spent almost all of the 2½ hours on my feet, perusing the property and peppering him with questions about the site.

At Home in Austin: Dorado magazine


I am an unabashed fan of modern architecture,* so whenever I get to interview homeowners who live in modern houses, there’s always some envy involved. And I always admire how the best architects like David Webber are able to marry an artist’s eye and an engineer’s brain to conceive such a beautiful, functional result.

That said, though, whenever I see a sleek, minimal line of kitchen cabinets, it makes me wonder where the homeowners keep all their paper towels and bottled water when they come back from Costco (especially if their garage is really just an enclosed carport).

At Home in Santa Fe: Dorado magazine


A few of my favorite former co-workers just celebrated the two-year anniversary of founding their own boutique content agency. Check them out, if only because every once in a while they throw me a writing gig. This one profiles a home outside Santa Fe that went through a stellar remodel, thanks to French & French Interiors.

I’m particularly pleased that they let me use the word fenestration. I don’t think I’ll ever be writing an article that naturally incorporates defenestration,* so this shall suffice as my close happy second.

* It means “throwing someone (or, less thrillingly, something) out a window.”
Who decided that needed its own word?

Dorado magazine, September/October 2016 (interactive issue here)

Download the PDF version of the article here.

The Only 4 Things That Belong On Your Kitchen Counter


“No more ‘Bless This Mess.’ It’s time to repress it.
We’re not advocating a full-on KonMari kitchen.
But only the items below truly merit permanent
residency on your countertops; the rest should
probably be stowed in a cabinet or drawer until
you actually need to use them.”

Head here for the full piece at Delta Faucet’s “Inspired Living” site.