Marissa Hermanson

Richmond, Virginia

As a freelance writer who works from home, Marissa has a deep appreciation for the time and effort people put into personalizing their spaces. Her stories have been featured in Cosmo, Domino, Dwell, Houzz, Lonny, Parents, Southern Living, The Knot and Zillow. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter Elin, two cats and dog.
5 Common Gallery Wall Mistakes We See All the Time
These are completely avoidable.
Mar 30, 2023
These Are the Biggest Engagement Ring Trends of 2021
There is an emergence of creative styles along with a resurgence of classic designs.
Feb 26, 2021
Kelly Wearstler’s New Paint Collaboration Captures the Beauty of California
The palette of eight hues draws inspiration from California’s landscape and the Pacific Ocean.
Feb 16, 2021
Get Ready for a Post-Pandemic Weddings Boom, According to This Survey
"We anticipate seeing more weddings scheduled to take place in the months and years to come than ever before.”
Feb 10, 2021
Here’s Where You’re Wasting Money at Home
You are probably losing money right now, without even realizing it. If you’re less than pleased with your recent home energy bill, don’t fret. There’s room for improvement and savings. Heating accounts for the largest portion (45 percent) of our energy bills, according to the U.S.
Jul 17, 2020
These Are The Most Expensive States to Get Married in, According to a New Study
Here's where you'll spend the big bucks.
Feb 13, 2020
Are Diamonds Really Forever? These Alternative Engagement Rings Say No
As couples look for unique ways to symbolize their love, they are eschewing the the classic sparkly bauble.
Feb 11, 2020
Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’ Explains Our Anxiety Over Clutter
It’s no secret that clutter and anxiety are linked.
Jan 9, 2020
5 Outdated Household Features That Will Soon Be Extinct
Watch out! These are on the endangered species list.
Dec 27, 2019
8 Prefab Tiny Houses You Can Order Right Off Amazon, Starting at $5K
These start at just $5K.
Oct 7, 2019
Golden Oldie: A Room-By-Room Breakdown Of A Quintessentially ’80s TV Home
The Golden Girls' Miami Beach home is everything we love (hate?) about '80s decor. Here, we break down the elements that forever implanted this TV set into our nostalgic hearts.
May 3, 2019
5 Unexpected Things Modern Couples are Registering For
Millennials are changing the wedding game by waiting to tie the knot and living together before marriage, so many soon-to-be spouses already have a solid inventory of home goods before they even say “I do.” No surprise then that modern couples are registering for wedding gifts that are a little bit outside the norm. Next to standard wedding gifts like dishes and blenders, today’s couples are also wishing for goods like Google Home, Roombas and even paddle boards.
May 3, 2019
The $40 Find at the Top of Every Couple’s Home Decor Registry
Getting married is a great chance to spruce up your abode with brand-new wares, so couples everywhere fill their registries with finds designed to upgrade their current inventory of dated decor. We wanted to know exactly what interior decor items end up on those registries, so we turned to the experts at wedding registry site Zola to discover what things real couples are actually registering for.
May 3, 2019
The Pop Culture History of This Controversial Engagement Ring Style
The latest celebrity engagement between Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande solidifies the official comeback of the disputed pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. On June 15, the Saturday Night Live star posted a black-and-white photo on his Instagram account with his hand positioned under Grande’s left hand and on her ring finger sparkled a $93,000 rock. His caption: “u know what you’d dream it be like? it’s better than that.
May 3, 2019
What It’s Really Like to Be on Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s New Crafting Show, Making It
Attention crafters, makers, DIYers, and creators of all sorts of thingamajigs: there’s a magical new TV show called “Making It” that will delight you more than a trip to the craft store. “Making It,” NBC’s new crafts competition reality show, embraces all things handmade and it debuts on NBC on Tuesday, July 31 at 10/9c.
May 3, 2019
This Family of 4 Lives Full-Time in a 86-Square-Foot Converted Sprinter Van
Quitting the nine-to-five grind, selling your belongings and hitting the dusty trail—we’ve all dreamt of it. One family of four took the leap and made their dream a reality, and they’re doing it in only 86 square feet. The Rosene family—husband and wife Travis and Lexi, along with their kids Finley and Zealand—are living full-time in a 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 3500 that they transformed into a home on wheels.
May 3, 2019
It Cost $27K to Convert This Sprinter Van into a Tiny Home on Wheels
Recently we’ve been following the adventures of the Rosenes as the family of four hits the open road in their 2017 Mercedes Sprinter 3500. Husband and wife Travis and Lexi gave us the nitty gritty details on what it took to convert their van into a comfortable, livable 86-square-foot home for their brood.
May 3, 2019
7 (Cheap) Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a High-End Spa
Bathroom renovations take time and come with a hefty price tag. The national average for a restroom remodel is $9,724, according to Home Advisor’s 2018 True Cost report. And in the upcoming year, homeowners plan on shelling out an average of $2,406 on upgrading their baths, according to the cost analysis. You don’t need to break the bank to upgrade the look of your bathroom.
May 3, 2019
These Are the Biggest Trends in Engagement Rings, According to Pinterest
The diamond solitaire is trusted and true, but bold and unique ring styles and stones are on the rise, according to Pinterest’s latest engagement insights. Brides are eschewing tradition for something a little more personal and special. Think classic designs with a twist—diamond solitaires with atypical cuts and rings showcasing special stones. Brides also are interested in fun styles ranging from vintage-inspired Edwardian sparklers to sleek minimalist wedding bands.
May 3, 2019
Can a Paint Color Spark Joy? These Hues Just Might
If you’ve recently decluttered your home with the KonMari Method, you may be thinking, “What’s next?” With a clean slate and your home in harmony, these hues with joy-sparking names could be the key to a happier space.
May 3, 2019
The Surprising History of Pink: How the Rosy Hue Has Taken Over Interiors
If it feels like you’ve been seeing life through rose-colored glasses lately, it may be because life is great. But, it also may be because there are more shades of pink used in interiors than ever before. In the past 100 years, the connotation and representation of the color pink has changed.
May 3, 2019
7 Living Room Changes When You’re So Sick and Tired of Winter
From freshening up your fabrics to doing a deep clean, there are plenty of projects to help you transform your living room from a cozy winter hideaway to an uplifting spring oasis. “We love to swap out heavier blankets and throw pillows for lighter, fresher textiles. Linen and cotton blankets draped on the sofa add a new textural layer,” advises owner and interior designer Jessica Salomone of Philadelphia-based Lotus and Lilac Design Studio.
Mar 25, 2019
The Beginner’s Guide to Marie Kondo: 5 Things You Must Know
Wondering about the current KonMari craze? Here's our primer for all things Kondo.
Jan 12, 2019
5 Things That Are On Sale After Christmas
If you think you scored big deals with Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts, just wait—some of the biggest sales are today through the end of the year. “People feel more apt to buy things on Thanksgiving weekend because there is a fear of missing out on a good deal,” says Norman Fong, CEO of BuyVia, a mobile app and website that helps consumers score the best deals at major outlets like Amazon, Target and Walmart.
Dec 20, 2018
Is This the Most Popular Toy of 2018?
If your kids are on the nice list this year, we imagine that they have compiled a thorough list for Santa with all the coolest toys and latest doodads. From year to year, the lineup of popular playthings changes consistently, and it’s hard to keep up. So what’s trending this holiday season? One of the most sought-after toys has been the kid-sized Dyson vacuum that actually works ($30), which we reported on in November.
Dec 18, 2018
5 Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Leather Goods
If you’re afraid of the luxury of having something nice like a leather sofa, we’re here to put your fears at rest. Leather is a performance material, and fortunately you don’t have to work hard to maintain it. “People make the mistake of assuming that because leather is more expensive, it requires more care—when it’s just the opposite,” says Whitney Tinsley, Moore & Giles‘ Director of Education. “Leather is meant to be lived in.
Sep 23, 2018
9 Things Design-Obsessed Cat Lovers Need in Their Home
From aesthetically pleasing litter boxes to posh kitty beds, the pet industry is starting to cater more and more to the design-loving cat person and their menagerie. If you’ve ever brought home a carpet-covered cat tree only to have your cat look at it in disdain, or witness your tabby scratching up your tired-looking furniture, you must know it’s a sign. As a discerning species, your cat naturally deserves the best—and, so does your home.
Jul 18, 2017