Jess Chamberlain is a freelance design & lifestyle writer/editor/curator specializing in eco-friendly innovations, artisanal products, West Coast makers, and people living in unconventional environments. Fascinated by human nature, Jess is always on the hunt for people with unique and inspiring stories, believing strongly in the power of reporting and the responsibility of journalists to inspire smarter, healthier, low-impact living. Obsessed with reinvented materials, the sharing economy, and locavore everything, Jess is most passionate about making the connection between environmental choices and personal health. She also likes to pretend she's a photographer.
Jess is a contributing editor for Sunset magazine. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco magazine, Anthology magazine, Ozy, Lonny, andGardenista. She has been a guest curator for Design*Sponge, Etsy, Airbnb, and The Beholder. Her stories have also been featured in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Apartment Therapy, YahooShine, and USA Today. One piece Jess is particularly proud of is her 2011 article for Sunset entitled "The Zero-Waste Home," which garnered more reader feedback than any single story in the history of the publication and sparked a national dialogue about consumerism in America. She has been a featured speaker at conferences like Altitude Design Summit and has appeared on national broadcast programs, most notably The Today Show.
Often on the road, Jess loves exploring cities/neighborhoods/spaces/wilderness, always hunting down expertly curated independent design shops and boutique hotels as well as discovering the next local tastemaker and the best nano coffee-bean roastery (her drug of choice). She relishes being in remote destinations that are out of cell phone range (and sometimes just pretends it is). Due to her often out-of-the-office schedule, Jess has become an accidental travel writer and considers herself addicted to Instagram.
Caitlin Braam is a freelance public relations and marketing consultant, specializing in food, beverage and hospitality. Taking a bit of a non-traditional route, Caitlin began her career as a broadcast journalist in the bustling television newsrooms of the Midwest. Never camera shy, Caitlin delivered daily reports on everything from renewable energy and freak snowstorms to the latest holiday shopping trends and travel deals. Choosing to move on to a career in public relations, Caitlin’s desire for the latest and greatest, superb writing skills and insider knowledge of the media industry made the transition an easy one. It didn't hurt that she moved to Seattle and quickly fell in love with the food, the drinks and the culture.
Caitlin — who enjoys working with clients with whom she shares a passion — has planned and managed public relations campaigns for a variety of food, beverage and hospitality clients including Two Beers Brewing, Seattle Cider Company, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, Trophy Cupcakes & Party, Churchkey Can Co. and more. With a knack for telling clients’ stories from a fresh angle, she is devoted to understanding the details from top to bottom and isn't afraid to ask questions. In addition to media relations, Caitlin has honed her skills through strategic event planning, managing and executing everything from restaurant openings and anniversary parties to seasonal beer releases and media dinners. In her free time, she can be found wine tasting in eastern Washington, checking the latest Seattle brewery or hiking with her husband, Jon, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Emma.
Anna Sharp, Yarn Wrangler, established Victory Garden Yarn in 2010 after a long run of retail management in downtown Seattle. Turning her hobby into a full-time business, Anna has taken up her knitting needles and never looked back.
Anna uses her extensive knowledge of both knitting & crocheting to create soft, wearable, and livable knitwear accessories, meant to be enjoyed for years to come. High attention to detail when designing results in pieces with beautiful drape and a high squish-factor. Each piece is originally designed and produced by Anna, with her own two hands.
Mirth, vibrancy, geometry, hues of the vintage-inspired home, collections of old knitting needles, apricot orchards, the patchwork of the Yarn Wrangler's central California homeland, old photographs, humor, and beauty are all part of the daily creative thought process in this particular Victory Garden. How any of those things get translated into something wearable is anyone's guess.
Anna is proud to be one of Etsy's Featured Sellers. Anna and her work have been featured in Seattle Met, Sunset, 425 Magazine, and Mollie Makes Magazine.
Sara Adrienne Knowles is a Seattle based interior designer, stylist and treasure hunter. Her style is fresh and colorful, and heavily inspired by the natural world and her upbringing in Alaska. Prior to launching her design business she worked as a buyer for a vintage furniture store, bidding at auctions and combing estate sales for one-of-a-kind treasures. She enjoys combining these vintage finds with new pieces to create intimate, personal spaces and gatherings.
Erin is currently serving as co-founder and President of The Seattle Design Foundation with an eye toward community engagement and education. Erin originally found personal reward in this field when she created The Adventure Store in 2010, a retail extension of the event planning brand, with the aim of providing a platform for local designers to showcase their work. She sits on the board of Maureen Whiting Dance Company and freelances as a literary editor under Elemeno Press, LLC. Erin was born and raised in Seattle, where she now lives, and dreams often of ceramic arts.
Cassandra LaValle is the Founder and Creative Director of coco+kelley where she explores trends in fashion, decor and entertaining, highlighting pieces that exude classic design and glamour. As a designer, she consults clients across the globe on styling their homes and private events from her offices in Seattle.
Dorothée Brand is one half of the bi-coastal photographer duo that is Belathée Photography. Since 2003 Dorothée and Annabel Braithwaite (her New York based counterpart) have specialized in boutique wedding photography, receiving continued praise for their very personal and creative style that is as modern as it is timeless. Whether shooting together or separately, at events large or small, Dorothée and Annabel create their signature and unique Belathée look (think Anthropologie meets Kate Spade). A unique balance of fine art, photojournalism and portraiture, their work has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, PDN, Brides, Instyle Weddings, and Town & Country, among other publications. Beyond the big day, their interior and lifestyle photography has been featured on Rue, Coco & Kelley, and Remodelista. Originally from Germany and Oregon, they now call Seattle and New York City home.