Angela Matusik is Shelterrific’s founder, as well as a full time editor and manager at a large women’s network site. Some of the titles she has worked for include People, In Style, Domino, Departures and the late, great Budget Living, where she was editor-in-chief from June 2005 until its closing. In Her Photo: Her Enid from Ghost World doll. Email: angela(at)shelterrific(dot)com.
Katie Donbavand is a freelance writer who loves baking bread, a good DIY project, and winning at Texas Hold ’em. A Boston import, she recently moved to Brooklyn after taking Chicago by storm. In Her Photo: A model Statue of Liberty collection the city-girl-for-life harvested from garage sales. Follow Katie on Twitter.
Sarah Christensen, editor, is a magazine marketing professional and freelance writer who lives in New York City’s West Village. When she’s not justifying her insatiable penchant for pasta or resisting the purchase of a dog, she enjoys devising small-space solutions for a bedroom comprised (tragically) of more bed than room. In Her Photo: Her windowsill, which reminds her how much she loves her little apartment.
Megan Barone, editor, is an occasional caterer, culinary instructor, and writer as well as rocking out her day job running the food demo program at her local “nautical/Hawaiian-themed” grocery store. A West Coast native, she now holds down the fort in Seattle with her husband, two cats, espresso machine, and an ever-expanding art collection in a 1961 rambler they are DIY-ing to its deserved potential. In Her Photo: Her cat Orville, sitting in his favorite orange Eames chair.
Sarah Lyons is an advertising copywriter who lives across the river from Cincinnati in Kentucky — although she has yet to taste a mint julep. When not working, running after two small kids, or rescuing dolls from the family terrier, she and her husband are slowly adding charm to a functional but cookie-cutter 1990s farmhouse-style home in suburbia. In Her Photo: Vintage English advertising tins that just happen to bear her name.
Mary T. Sheely has a love for all things mid-century modern and a thing for extra-large dogs. Her work has included TV, radio, online, and magazine writing for clients like StarKist, Kodak, CityDog Magazine, and PEOPLEPets.com. She lives with her husband and aforementioned giant dogs in a West Seattle “war box.” In Her Photo: A Malibu Solar Squirrel Light on a chair she webbed herself.
Becki J. Singer is a writer, stylist and opinionated design expert currently living in Portland, Oregon. She’s also the founder of Shopping’s My Cardio, an online guide dedicated to making life a little more stylish. When she’s not indulging in retail gratification, you’re most likely to find her sipping a cappuccino at one of Portland’s prolific coffeehouses, elbow deep in the stacks at her favorite bookstore, or spending time with her smarty-pants husband and two high-maintenance dogs. In her photo: A terrarium she made herself, and has managed to keep alive for two whole months (and counting!). Find her on the web or follow her adventures on Twitter.
Ginny Figlar is a freelance copywriter who lives in a restored bungalow in Portland, Oregon. She discovered a passion for interior design — and something called “pizza salad” — while working for IKEA in Sweden for five years. In her photo: Her beloved IKEA PS ESKILSTUNA stool, which the smallest family member has been known to use as a pacifier stand. Website: www.figlar.com
Rebecca Firlik lives in Chicago. By day she is an accomplished art professional (you can see her work at www.rfMethod.com), and by night she is a project-y ninja (you can check out her blog at www.studiolovely.com). She loves messy undertakings, quirky museums, cooking and immediate consumption, growing things, and surrogate pets. In Her Photo: A tiny clay head that greets her in her bathroom every morning, and also represents how she feels when she’s making a mess.
Other Contributors: Erica Policow, Chad Hunt, Jenny Peterson, Lisa Cericola, Bay Anapol, Paola Thomas, Tula Jeng, Marissa Stein, Michelle Volpe-Kohler, Beth Johnson, Allison Reynolds, Megan Kaplan, Bunny Wong, Leah Hennen, Meg Donohue, Arianne Cohen
Shelterrific is always interested in meeting new potential contributors. Please email Angela if you’d like to contribute to our lil’ community.