Become Your Own Apartment Therapist: Meet the Faculty

Become Your Own Apartment Therapist: Meet the Faculty

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Taryn Williford
Aug 20, 2015
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The all-new Complete + Happy Home book is a wealth of knowledge and resources for everything from decorating a new home to maintaining a well-loved one. We're calling it the official textbook of Apartment Therapists, so we wanted to give you a chance to "meet the faculty"–the Apartment Therapy writers and editors who put the whole thing together. Ever wanted to know Janel's favorite spot in her home, or the last thing Maxwell bought for his apartment? Read on...

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Maxwell Ryan

CEO & Founder
New York, NY

My style is... Organic Modern

Favorite Spot in Your Home? The living room!

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? Everything is CLOSE. NYC is an extension of every home and you can walk right out of your house and be in a store or a restaurant or a friend's house...

Favorite Section of the Book? Setting Up The Home with all the illustrations by Meghann Stephenson. She helped transformed the book with her drawings.

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? New linen sheets. My favorite.


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Janel Laban

Executive Editor
Chicago, IL

My style is... Eclectic Collector

Favorite Spot in Your Home? I love the floor to ceiling wall of bookshelves in my living/dining room, filled with my (way too-big) collection of all my favorite books and magazines.

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? The super-friendly people of Chicago.

Favorite Section of the Book? I loved putting together the Happy & Healthy Home Calendar, which I hope readers will find helpful and fun to follow.

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? 70s-style metal frames for a series of 4 vintage prints - they look great and I can't wait to hang them up!


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Carrie McBride

Managing Editor
Brooklyn, NY

My style is... Modern Messy

Favorite Spot in Your Home? On my bed reading books to my kids.

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? The extension of your home into your neighborhood. We treat the parks like our backyards and restaurants like our dining rooms. This greatly eases the hindrances of living in a small apartment.

Favorite Section of the Book? The inspiring homes and creative homeowners who brought the lessons and advice in the book to life.

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? A new sofa! (read that in your best "A new car!" gameshow voice). A companion purchase was the biggest, most enticing cat scratching post I could find.


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Dabney Frake

Projects Editor
Saint Louis, MO

My style is... Craigslist Modern

Favorite Spot in Your Home? Sitting in my Norwegian leather chair in front of our wood-burning stove on cold mornings.

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? Beautiful Victorian-era brick architecture and tons of huge parks and green space are everywhere in the city of St. Louis. Low cost of living means creative types and independent artists can live here affordably and do their thing without going into debt.

Favorite Section of the Book? I love the section on how to lay out one living room multiple ways. The photos are a great visual learning tool!

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? Does a puppy count? [ed: Yes! You can see adorable Grim right here.] Otherwise, a couple of vintage dressers from an estate sale I bought for our bedroom, but are still sitting in my office waiting to be refinished.


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Jennifer Hunter

Senior Writer
New York, NY

My style is... Modern Boho

Favorite Spot in Your Home? My bed! It's rare to be able to fit a king in an NYC apartment but now I can sleep diagonally if I want to.

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? When I leave the house each morning, I truly never know who or what I'll see just walking down the street.

Favorite Section of the Book? Since I was involved in selecting the homes to feature, it was so fun to see how beautifully their photos turned out!

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? Supplies for a DIY terrarium (and shockingly it's still alive!).


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Nancy Mitchell

Senior Writer
New York, NY

My style is... Colorful Modern

Favorite Spot in Your Home? The couch

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? There's always something new to experience.

Favorite Section of the Book? All the different homes, and seeing how people live in them.

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? A really great Moroccan rug in cobalt blue, one of my favorite colors.


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Adrienne Breaux

Weekend Editor
New Orleans, LA

My style is... Eclectic storyteller meets mid-century modern institutional building meets actively moving toward minimalism (with a little bohemian thrown in).

Favorite Spot in Your Home? My desk! It's an old dining table (I temporarily removed the two side leaves and use it as a narrow desk, just the right size) and I sit at it on a perfectly-peeling painted wood chair I found on the side of the road one day. It's in my bedroom that has a ton of windows and light throughout the day; to my left is the view of a gloriously moss-covered oak tree. To my right is a peek into my living room where my cat snoozes quietly all day at his window perch.

What's the Best Thing About Living in Your City? I just recently moved to New Orleans, moving back to my home state of Louisiana after living in Austin for eight years. If you would have asked me when I first got here, I'd have said the beautiful architecture, the food and the lush plant life. Now six months in, I have to say the people. Whether at a restaurant, on the streetcar, browsing a bookstore or perched at a bar, people talk to each other here. Having surprising, illuminating conversations with complete strangers is an everyday occurrence. It adds to the magic of this place. Oh — and randomly stumbling on brass bands playing in the street any time of year is pretty neat, too.

Favorite Section of the Book? I like the good flow guide. I think flow is one of the most important things that can affect the way a room feels.

What Was Your Last Purchase for Your Home? I bought a small, colorful basket/tray to contain and display all my lotions and potions atop my dresser in my bedroom. Only 99 cents from the thrift store down the road from my home!


Thank you all!

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