HOUSE: Newburgh + I Love the Internet

A Beautiful Mess feature + Dwell magazine.


The ladies at A Beautiful Mess recently invited me to participate in their “At Home With…” series, and rather than submit a bunch of my own I-only-shoot-in-automatic-mode-with-a-point-and-shoot-camera-style snapshots, I asked my friend Ilenia Martini to shoot some photos of my house. Ilenia is such a great photographer (she also took my bio photo, and you may have seen her work recently on sfgirlbybay), and I knew she’d be able to show my house in way that I’m not capable of. The result is really beyond what I could have dreamed! A bunch of the photos she took are now up over at A Beautiful Mess, as well as an interview with me that gets into my feelings about owning a home in the City of Newburgh — and my feelings about home renovation in general.

My only regret is that Ilenia didn’t shoot the entire house! We were mid-heatwave, and I asked her to sneakily avoid getting any air conditioners (and piles of tools and construction debris…) in the pictures. I’ll have to lure her back with iced coffee and bagel sandwiches and get her to shoot the rest in the fall!


My house also made an appearance on the Dwell website last week in their feature on where design bloggers work. It always makes me happy to see my father’s old drawing table make the rounds; it’s very special to me. If you look closely at the screen of my laptop, you can make out what I was working on that day — the logo for Evan’s new band, Thermite.

If you have the September print issue of Dwell, you can find a few blurbs from me about products I love and my own trend forecasts (which is something I don’t actually like to do, but when my favorite magazine asks a question, I’ll answer it). I didn’t get a cool illustration of my face like the other bloggers who participated, but I’m too excited to see Daniel in there to care!! It’s a great issue all around, though, and I’m always happy to be asked.

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  • Reply b August 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    the sofa is different?! how?! it looks awesome!

    • Anna @ D16 August 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      I’ve had a few different covers on the sofa over the years, is that what you mean? First dark gray, then white, then black. There’s a mudcloth spread over the seat cushions, but it’s still the same IKEA sofa. 🙂

  • Reply Amber August 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I read my Dwell on Saturday then surfed through my bloglovin’ roll right after. It was fun to seemingly see you everywhere!

  • Reply Emily @ The Em Dash August 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Lucky duck! That’s so cool that you were featured in ABM and Dwell! Plus your home looks amazing. How exciting!

  • Reply maggie August 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Your home looks gorgeous – congrats on being featured in ABM!

  • Reply Cher@NewburghRestoration August 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply bonnie August 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    OMG, I immediately ran to fetch my copy of Dwell to look for you and Daniel. yay, congrats! that is so exciting!

  • Reply Kate (@shoegirlinDE) August 6, 2013 at 3:28 am

    What cool features! Good for you!

  • Reply Alex - Hydrangea Girl August 6, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Awesome feature, Anna! I had spotted it the other day over on A Beautiful Mess and I was all like – “I know that home!”.

    You have a stunning home and sick design skills.

    xx A

  • Reply lsaspacey August 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I love how among all those pictures of your gorgeous home you also got a picture of your new green clogs in there! Congrats on both articles. As a historic preservationist and working in the field I do, I love how you have been able to have a very modern home exist within a historically preserved home. A historic home does not mean stuffy, old fashioned, and without light. Even more special is how you personally put the work in and try to do things as well as you can. Again, congrats!

  • Reply BROOKE HILL August 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    hi there love your space (both) of them actually… just wondering if you direct me where to find a fab light like the one you have in your office.. i literally had a fit looking at your home on a beautiful mess so perfect.. and love the green clogs i had to check them out too.. thanks and have a good day-brooke hill

  • Reply Krista August 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    What an awesome feature!

  • Reply Brianne August 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats! I love the subway tile in the kitchen.

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