Decoist is a web magazine that brings you the daily bits of architecture, furniture and interior design. On Decoist we feature all sorts of ideas to make your bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens or offices look prettier. We bring you furniture and lighting ideas, houses everyone would dream of and luxury properties that defy the world crisis.
But who’s behind the blog? Here’s more about our team.
Alex Ion | Editor in Chief
Alex started Decoist in early 2009, as a passion. With time, things have changed and Alex became more and more obsessed with fancy interiors and contemporary designs. Hence why all his attention today goes to running the magazine — deciding what gets published, ensuring that our fans on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest are getting their daily dose of inspiration, and from time to time, writing.
Passionate to travel the world, Alex has seen quite a few places and drew inspiration from each and every one of them. When he has free time, he loves to play tennis or ski, hang out with his friends or cook some of his special dishes.
Alex has made it his missions, to push Decoist right through the top. He also vowed to never talk in third person again — although he realizes how much fun it is.
Fred Hoot | Editor
Fred has been writing online for a very long time, and has been in the business with Alex for a few years now. He’s a geek at heart, with lots of experience in the tech field, but has been quickly won over by the stories that get covered daily on Decoist. He’s the other mastermind behind what gets published, when and how.
When Fred is not writing, he stays fit by being dragged by his two labs in pursuit of cats and squirrels. Fred is also an accomplished musician (trumpet) and plays in a Funk band. The founder of Worship Jam Ministries, Fred also ministers to musicians.
Kate Simmons | Features Editor
Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and interiors of the 1980s.
She’s now part of the Decoist team and she’s taking care of writing those interesting featured stories that grab the eye in a jiffy.
Momina Khan | Wonderland Editor
From a very early age Momina Khan discovered her passion and talent for rearranging furniture and indulging herself with interior design. Over the years this passion has only intensified as well as her education and calling in creative writing. As a freelance writer Momina finds Decoist a perfect environment to creating art with words on the art of DIY design. It’s her hope that she can motivate others to recreate their homes into spaces the whole family will enjoy!
When not perfecting DIY tutorials and attempting to craft some of them on her own she can be found writing some more, reading, talking, laughing and soaking up time with her dear friends and family over delicious home made food not made by herself.
Ada Teicu | Staff Writer
Ada always dreamt of transforming her love for writing into a lifestyle. Passionate about all things beautiful, from faithful dogs to homemade cooking or climbing her beautiful homeland mountains, she was very much into interior design and architectural wonders. Ada is from Timisoara, Romania, loves purple and turquoise and her all-time favorite chair is nothing short of an icon — the Eames Wire Chair.
When not writing, Ada contemplates about a perfect life where people are peaceful living a fulfilled life, eat what the land gives them (it gotta be a bio garden with a modern twist, to be honest) and live happily ever after, one day at a time.
And while she does understand that such things are hard to achieve (then again, every good thing is), she keeps walking on this trail of personal preferences while inspiring others to keep their own balance.
Carrie Dagenhard | Contributor & Resident Wanderer
Carrie is a seasoned blogger, entertainment journalist and all around professional wordsmith with a passion for interior design and home organization. A self-proclaimed eternal wanderer and neat freak, she enjoys sharing her eclectic tastes and zeal of creating a beautiful and balanced space through DIY home décor. After graduating with a degree in Magazine Journalism, Carrie dabbled in public relations, sales and internet marketing before deciding to make a career out of her true passion – writing. Today she works as a full time freelancer out of her Athens, GA home.
In her limited spare time, Carrie enjoys fashion, live music, road trips, red wine, vegetarian cuisine and hours of HGTV accompanied by her cat Zeus. She also enjoys getting lost in a good book and exercising frequently to combat her cupcake addiction.
Sherry Nothingam | Staff Writer
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beautiful natural world around them.
With an unabated love for travel and at times obsessive passion for both fashion and shopping, she seems to spend as much time on the road as she does indoors, while continuing to take note of various contemporary decorating trends.
When not frying her brain with blogging and writing, she loves to dig into a thrilling page turner or take time to catch up with her friends and paint the city red.
Erika West | Hands-on Writer
Erika is a 26-year-old DIY/home blogger (founder of www.ourcozycubbyhole.com), freelance writer, and interior design student living in Los Angeles, California, with her wonderful boyfriend and adorable dog.
She is hopelessly addicted to DIY projects, crafts, home blogs, and trips to the craft store. Besides all things interior design, DIY, crafty, and home-related, Erika loves reading, writing, playing guitar, music, being outdoors, photography, television, food, and wine.
Erika loves living simply and enjoying the little things! This is where she gets her style: simple, cozy, personal, a bit reminiscent, and happy. Erika believes the reason “home” feels so wonderful is because it is deeply personal and is the physical manifestation of one’s experiences, dreams, feelings, and outlook on life. She thinks you must love where you live!
Alyssa Howard | DIY Aficionado
Alyssa has been creating for as long as she can remember. From disastrous crochet potholders she made as a kid to sophisticated jewelry designed as an adult, she finds inspiration in every medium. Even more exciting is the fun she gets from making her own décor.
So it made perfect sense to combine her love of DIY with her other passion- writing.
Nothing makes Alyssa happier than searching the Internet for hours looking for new projects and writing about them for Decoist.
When she isn’t DIYing or writing, you can find Alyssa studying (she’s an English and psychology student), trying new restaurants around Austin, or watching poetry slams on YouTube. She also enjoys reading and catching up on HGTV reruns.
Jeanne Paula | Staff Writer
Jeanne is an architecture student and lighting specialist with a passion for reading, swimming and rollerblading. She’s fascinated by physics, nature, utopia and science fiction, and finds joy in finding (hints of) these themes in architecture and design.
Jeanne likes to call herself a dictator of taste, but it’s a fact that she appreciates things for what they are.
She thinks that the age-old question of design and functionality can be solved by bending the concept little by little, inconspicuously. Another passion of her are the ancient and Renaissance classics who were outstanding multi-taskers: architects, mathematicians, philosophers, painters, graphicians, clockbuilders and doctors simultaneously, as opposed to our present over-specialized world.