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.
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.
CARLA LABIANCA, FOUNDER & LEAD CONTENT STRATEGIST
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. Interior designers, architects, tradespersons, makers, and good friends with special talents share what they know.
I live in a gorgeous 1895 Victorian, No.139, with my husband Gary McDaniel, our three kids, a cranky old cat, and a golden retriver. 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 cheap flipper in the mix too. Now, we’re cleaning up their messes.
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. In 2018, Lisa Danbrot and I co-founded the annual trade show, Resource Home Show.
AIMEE HERRING RYAN, INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY, INSIDE STORIES
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.
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! 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, INSIDE STORIES
Having 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.