My first job was managing editor of the rather academic Political Science Quarterly in New York. I had graduated from Barnard College at Columbia with a BA in American history. PSQ was my first and only interview. I worked there for 3 years before changing tack dramatically and taking a freelance job as a researcher on Martha Stewart Living and then George magazine. In 1996 I found myself back in Australia and after a very short stint as a researcher at Channel 9 I landed a job as a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. I wrote and edited across the various sections of the paper covering everything from food to television until I became editor of Domain – the architecture, design and real estate section. I worked on that weekly section for 3 years. It was then that I really became immersed in design and architecture. I got to publish 50 houses a year and some of the best design the city had to offer. I was instrumental in starting Sydney Design Week and was twice a judge for the NSW architecture awards. In 2002 our son Jack came along. I took a year off, wrote a book about house keeping for Penguin and returned to my job as editor of Domain. After a few months I moved across to the(sydney)magazine as deputy editor. I worked on that lovely glossy for two years until our daughter Lucinda arrived in 2005. When Lulu was 3 months old the whole family moved to Los Angeles for my husband’s work. I picked up various writing jobs – travel stories, pieces on architecture and design for Australian publications. Two years later we returned to Sydney and I landed my dream job – editor of Belle magazine. I had grown up reading this design/interiors/architecture magazine. I loved it. And now here I was working with a great team as editor of my favourite publication. In February 2009 we moved back to Los Angeles. I’ve left my dream job to pursue other dreams. I miss Belle but now I have the chance to pour all that energy into this blog and my freelance work. I hope you enjoy!