Welcome to SemiStories,
a new design destination from Semihandmade!
Semihandmade has always had a strong DIY spirit. It was created by and for people who want to figure it out for themselves and create their dream home all the while showcasing their personal style on their own terms, at their own budget. We’re here to meet you where you’re at in your journey—whether you’re a first-time renovator in the process of buying and fixing up your first house, a serial DIYer transforming your temporary rental, or an expert designer (finally) investing in your dream kitchen design. Every space is special and deserves to be celebrated—and we’re excited to tell your story.
Here, you’ll find interior design trends, bathroom design and kitchen renovation ideas in the form of original series, like the advice column Do As A Designer Does, a kitchen reno conversation aptly named Island Hopping, and a look back with Design History. We’ll also provide you with the tools to design your home from identifying your interior design style to giving you a finger on the pulse of the latest interior design trends for 2021. We’ll focus on kitchen design ideas (where else?!), but also looking beyond cabinet fronts, helping you bring not only your Semihandmade kitchen to life, but your whole home, from bathroom design ideas to ways to optimize home office storage and living room media cabinets.
Maria Hunt is a digital content consultant, journalist and author specializing cultural stories around wine, food, interior design, and wellness. She believes pork should be its own food group, bubbly is meant for sipping anytime, and the Sicilians got it right when they made ice cream a breakfast food. She’s the author The Bubbly Bar: Champagne Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion (Clarkson Potter, 2009). Her work has appeared in Esquire, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, and Forbes Travel Guide, plus she’s the hostess of The Bubbly Girl. Maria is based in Oakland, California.
Amy Azzarito is an author writing about design, history, and trends. Her recent book is Elements of a Home: Curious Histories Behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband, Mark, and their toddler, Stella.
Morgan Goldberg is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She worked as an editorial assistant at Food & Wine before she spent a year traveling around Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Her writing is focused on design, home, and food.
Trisha Sprouse is a Webby award-winning photographer and video producer specializing in DIY content. Her work has been featured on Domino, Hunker, BravoTV, Martha Stewart, and Food52, among others. After a near 20-year stint in Los Angeles, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and 4-year-old twins, where they live in an old Colonial home with a small citrus grove.
Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Her work has been published in a wide range of women’s lifestyle magazines, including Real Simple and Oprah Magazine. When she’s not typing away, she’s likely sprucing up her nearly 100-year-old home, tending to her garden, cooking, putting the finishing touches or her latest needlepoint design, or playing with her children.
Kelsey Clark is a freelance writer and content strategist based in Detroit. Her work has appeared in Domino, Glamour, The Zoe Report, MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Apartment Therapy, and more, and she’s partnered with brands like Bloomscape and Eye Swoon on content strategy and copywriting. When she’s not working, Kelsey is updating her wardrobe, hunting down a new vintage piece for her apartment, or exploring new bars and restaurants across Detroit.