About me

I am a freelance writer who has focused on Pacific Northwest design and lifestyle since 2008. After studying documentary fieldwork at the graduate level, I worked as an Assistant Editor at (now-defunct) Portland Spaces magazine. I am currently a regular contributing writer for the design department at 1859: Oregon's Magazine. There, I pitch, research, and write features, Q and As, and profiles on various aspects of home and commercial design. (See bibliography below).


I have an advanced degree (Master of Arts in English, Portland State University) and studied documentary fieldwork at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.


I am based in Portland, Oregon. (But I like to travel).



Contact me for writing and/or editing services. Most of all, I like a good story.

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What to Expect When Working with an ArchitectCurbed. June 9, 2016.

How to Find the Best Architect for Your Home Improvement. Curbed. June 9, 2016.

A Guide to Shopping for Outdoor Furniture. Curbed. June 3, 2016.

How to Design the Ultimate Backyard Retreat. Curbed. June 2, 2016.

Where to Start When Designing Your Garden. Curbed. May 23, 2016.

How to Shop for Plants Online. Curbed. May 18, 2016.

The Waterwise Garden1859: Oregon's Magazine. May/Jun 2016, pg 110.

The Good Flock1859: Oregon's Magazine. May/Jun 2016, pg 108.

Designer Spotlight: Todd Miller1859: Oregon's Magazine. May/Jun 2016, pg 106.

Small Pleasures1859: Oregon's Magazine. May/Jun 2016, pgs 102-104.

Are You Ready to Renovate? Curbed. May 2, 2016.

Tips for Renovating a Small Space. Curbed. May 2, 2016.

The Biggest Renovation Mistakes - and How to Avoid Them. Curbed. May 2, 2016.

Champoeg Kitchen Garden1859: Oregon's Magazine. Mar/Apr 2016.

Finex Cast Iron Skillets1859: Oregon's Magazine. Mar/Apr 2016, pg 116.

Designer Spotlight: Sarah Phipps1859: Oregon's Magazine. Mar/Apr 2016, pg 114.

Vintage Flair1859: Oregon's Magazine. Mar/Apr 2016, pgs 110-112.

Oregon Driftware. 1859: Oregon's Magazine. Jan/Feb 2016, pg 111.

Designer Spotlight: Stan Boles1859: Oregon's Magazine. Jan/Feb 2016, pg 110.

The Modern Beach House1859: Oregon's Magazine. Jan/Feb 2016, pgs 106-108.

Francoise Weeks1859: Oregon's Magazine. Nov/Dec 2015, pg 116.

The Good Mod1859: Oregon's Magazine. Nov/Dec 2015, pg 114.

Designer Spotlight: Erez Russo1859: Oregon's Magazine. Nov/Dec 2015, pg 112.

Mad for Mid-century. 1859: Oregon's Magazine. Nov/Dec 2015, pgs 108-110.

Red Pig Tools. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2015, pg 116.

Clayhaus Ceramics1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2015, pg 114.

Designer Spotlight: Jenny Baines1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2015, pg 112.

A Clean Slate1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2015, pgs 108-110.

Vertical Gardens1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jul/Aug 2015, pg 116.

Steel Life1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jul/Aug 2015, pg 114.

Designer Spotlight: Sadafumi Uchiyama1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jul/Aug 2015, pg 112.

The Great Escape1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jul/Aug 2015, pgs 108-110.

The Seeding of an Architectural RevolutionOnTrak. Summer 2015, pgs 52-55.

JuJu Papers. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/Jun 2015, pg 114.

Designer Spotlight: Nathan Good1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/Jun 2015, pg 112.

Starting Over the Right Way1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/Jun 2015, pgs 108-110.

Vitreluxe1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2015, pg 106.

Designer Spotlight: Andria Garrett1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2015, pg 104.

Kitchen Confidence1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2015, pgs 100-102.

Designer Spotlight: Jim Olson’s Glass Farmhouse1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jan/Feb 2015, pg 112.

Peace of Mind1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jan/Feb 2015, pgs 104-110.

The Top 10 Romantic Getaway RetreatsOnTrak. Winter 2015, pgs 62-66.

Beyond the Ranch1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Nov/Dec 2014, pgs 112-120.

The Modern Mix1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2014, pgs 112-118.

Tasting Notes1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2014, pgs 74-81.

Backyard Oasis1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jul/Aug 2014, pgs 112-118.

Designer Spotlight: Lily White1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/Jun 2014, pg 126.

The Life Aquatic1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/Jun 2014, pgs 118-124.

Designer Spotlight: Jessica Helgerson1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2014, pg 122.

Form and Function1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2014, pgs 114-120.

Urban Shelter1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jan/Feb 2014, pgs 106-112.

Creative Small Houses1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Nov/Dec 2013, pgs 130-132.

The Simple Life1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Nov/Dec 2013, pgs 124 -128.

The New Loo1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sep/Oct 2013, pgs 112-118.

Trailer Panache. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. July/Aug 2013, pgs 110-116.

A Rejuvenated Modern1859: Oregon’s Magazine. May/June 2013, pgs 112-118.

Cultivated Tastes. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Mar/Apr 2013, pgs 114-120.

A Creative Accord. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Jan/Feb 2013, pgs. 108-112.

The Hearth of the Home1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Nov/Dec 2012, pgs 112-116.

For the Love of Old Homes. 1859: Oregon’s Magazine. Sept/Oct 2012, pgs 108-114.

Here Comes the Recession Bride. Salon. August 23, 2009.

Shelf Life. Portland Spaces. Apr/May 2009, pg. 28.

Portland’s EcotraditionsPortland Spaces. Feb/Mar 2009, pgs 42-47.

Pride of PlacePortland Spaces. Dec/Jan 2009, pg 24.

Playing with MudPortland Spaces. Oct/Nov 2008, pgs 131-133.

Beyond the ChairPortland Spaces. Oct/Nov 2008, pgs 103-108.

Happiness Lies on the Back of a HorseSalt: Telling Maine Stories. Issue 57/58, 2003.