A Little Love Letter to Apartment Therapy

A Little Love Letter to Apartment Therapy

Janel Laban
Sep 26, 2017
Me, at home!
(Image credit: Janel Laban)

Today is my last day as Editor of Apartment Therapy. After nearly twelve years at what I've always described as my dream job, I've (bravely /crazily /sadly/ happily - it changes by the hour!) decided that the time has come for me to find something new to do that I'll love just as much as I've loved working here. I'll miss spending every day trying to "save the world, one room at a time", but I know the good work will go on, because the mission and ideas that first drew me to Apartment Therapy are more important than ever.

I'd like to thank Maxwell for carving out such a special place on the internet and then trusting me - and the talented people I've had the privilege to work with for all these years - to create the posts and the Cures and the Small Cools and the House Tours (so many tours!) that make up our big, beautiful archive. The daily exchange of inspiration and ideas that fuels the Apartment Therapy community is so much bigger and brighter than I could have ever imagined, all the way back when I signed on in 2006.

I believe there is somewhere in the vicinity of 12,000 posts in that archive with my name on them and that's just a drop in the bucket. Hundreds of writers, photographers and editors have done such good work for Apartment Therapy over the years and I sincerely thank every one of them. I'd like to also thank everyone on staff whose names are not on the site as bylines for all they do to keep the company running so smoothly and so well. And, I want to especially recognize the amazing editorial team, both long time staff and brand new additions, who are so very good at what they do: Carrie, Dabney, Adrienne, Arlyn, Tara, Taryn, Nancy, Nora, Brittney and Amelia. I'll miss you all.

But, as I know the team would say, Apartment Therapy has always been about all of you - the readers. You let us in to your homes, shared your successes and questions, and impressed all of us who are working away behind the scenes with your style, creativity, intelligence, and humor. I loved seeing your submissions, had so much fun posting contest entries, and looked forward each year to leading the January Cure. I've spent countless hours reading your comments and poring over our post analytics and data, all to try and make your time spent here as inspiring, helpful and positive as possible. Your enjoyment and embrace (or not!) of what we were making is what kept us moving forward. I think that's what it's all about; finding your place in the big wide online world. And for better or for worse, my people (and probably yours, if you are reading this) are the ones, who, no matter what else is going on in their lives, will pause for a minute to oooh and ahhh over the perfect paint color. Life is too short to not love where you live and I wish you all happy, healthy, beautiful homes and lives!

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