I am a nationally known writer and producer whose areas of specialty are architecture, kitchen design, and food. Like many of my literary colleagues, I got my start at Texas Monthly magazine where I was a writer and editor for nearly 20 years. For three of those years I was the managing editor of TM’s lifestyle magazine, Domain, which focused on interior design and architecture—it was then that I realized that what I really wanted to do was write about houses and why people choose to live the way they do. I was also the founding editor of the Texas Monthly website before joining the New York-based shelter magazine Metropolitan Home in 2001. Met Home was already my favorite magazine—it was far ahead of its time, searching out and publishing the best modern architecture all over the country. During my 14 years there I wrote about houses and gardens and produced many of the features photographed in Texas. I have also written and produced articles for Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Dwell, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, Western Interiors, Traditional Home, Veranda, Country Home, and many other publications.
Writing books offers me another platform for sharing my thoughts: I am the author of a number of books, including Santa Fe Modern, Texas Made/Texas Modern, Marfa Modern, Hocker Landscapes, The Big Texas Steak House Cookbook, and The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook. No library, kitchen, coffee table, or nightstand—including my own–is complete without them. I am currently working on a book about Aspen.
In 2012, the Texas Society of Architects recognized my 25 years of writing and producing by presenting me with the prestigious John G. Flowers award for the promotion of architecture in the media. My body of work is archived at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, and in 2023 I was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
“As any design-lover can tell you, Santa Fe has striking contemporary architecture that stuns amid the high desert setting and traditional adobe structures. This hardcover celebrates that design heritage, with a look at the destination’s rich history and the architects who have found a place in it.”
—Conde Nast Traveler