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Who We Are

What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain. The house protects the dreamer. ~ Under the Tuscan Sun

Inhabit Your Home showcases how we as neighbors can share our homeownership experiences. No matter it’s size, style, or age, to most of us home is a precious space where we live and love in comfort. The art and design found within is a unique reflection of the personalities who inhabit it. And while our giddy infatuation with home may wane when we realize we need to repair the leaky faucet for the 10th time, it’s where we write our stories. It is our intent to give you a platform to learn, to peek inside, to inspire.

Every home and family that lives in it has their story. Those stories are measured in more than the many trends that graced a home’s walls over the decades – they are measured in the craftsmanship and happy little secrets that only a well-loved house can reveal, the conversations shared around the dinner table, and the pride we feel in our homes and community.


Carla Labianca, Founder and Lead Content Strategist for Inhabit Your HomeI live in a gorgeous 1895 Victorian otherwise know as No.139, with my husband Gary McDaniel, who is a frequent foodie contributor to this blog, and our three kids. While only four other families have called this place home, some of them made really bad choices that altered it’s classic design. And there was a cheapo flipper in the mix too. Now, we’re cleaning up their messes.

This blog is a creative outlet for the love of home design and art, doable DIY, indulging in good eats, and throwing a good party. While I write many of our articles, I’m not the only voice. Tradespersons, small business owners, or our good neighbors with special talents will share what they’ve learned through posts, photography, and video. Think about it. Who better to give you advice on landscape design, a well-stocked bar, or how to hire (and fire) the right contractor for your home reno than those who do it for a living or simply a passion to give voice to their hobby?

My day (and weekend) job as a REALTOR®-Salesperson for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Maplewood, NJ, gives me a unique opportunity to peek inside homes. Whether a it’s a sparkling or still-in-the-rough kind of diamond – all are dream worthy.



Jenny Castronuovo Miller, owner of Studio Nuovo in Mendham, NJ Jenny is the owner of Studio Nuovo, a NJ-based architecture and interior design studio. She specializes in residential design and is known for creating warm, modern spaces that reflect the life and style of the people who live in them.

Jenny was born in Sweden and spent her childhood summers in Scandinavia, which had a profound influence on her design aesthetic. She loves to travel and is constantly inspired by seeing new places and ways of living. As an adult, she spent five years living and working in London, which broadened and further shaped her approach to design.

Now back Stateside, Jenny lives in Mendham, NJ with her husband, three children, one dog, 13 chickens, and a pair of very noisy ducks.


Aimee Herring Ryan Photography Bio

It’s an intense feeling I get when I’m invited to photograph a space –a feeling of excitement, curiosity and fascination to see how people live, what they like to eat, and how they play.  Textiles, colors and natural elements within a space are what excite me the most. And if there is good food there, too, that is a bonus!

Growing up in Littleton, Colorado, I spent a lot of time outdoors exploring nature, skiing and hiking in the Rocky Mountains and gardening in my mother’s backyard. My love for photography began very early, mostly capturing the passions of people around me – family and friends eating, playing and living everyday life.  My career as a interior and lifestyle photographer in NYC began 20 years ago.  My clients include Ralph Lauren Home, House Beautiful, Pottery Barn, among other national and international magazines. 

When I’m not working or photographing nature, I’m either looking for textiles to sew on or collecting seeds for my garden.  But most likely I’m is leading my son’s cub scout meeting or making dinner.


Lisa Danbrot, Managing Editor of "Inside Stories" for Inhabit Your HomeHaving grown up in 1970’s Brownstone Brooklyn as the only child of a mother who was a writer and a father who was a designer, both valuing the arts above all else, aesthetic preferences and creative interests have driven my life.My foundations are as a dancer and a painter. Professionally I have managed art galleries and worked in publishing for an arts quarterly. Maintaining my relationship with movement through yoga, I’ve been teaching classes and trainings since 1999 in Brooklyn, NYC and most recently to the communities of Maplewood and South Orange, NJ where I’ve lived since 2011 with my two sons (artists in their own right!) and my husband who is an exceptional creator of food, design, music, objects, paintings and humor.

I obtained my Real Estate License after moving to SOMA and now practice at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. I was inspired by the housing stock and the opportunity to assist people with the city-to-suburb transfer. I approach my work in Real Estate as a creative practice–matching home seekers with homes, and the artistry of negotiations and service. I am delighted to be involved in the project of Inhabit Your Home.