One very talented editor and writer who I am also delighted to call my friend is Steele Thomas Marcoux (photo below).
I worked with Steele at Cottage Living when the magazine was still in print (tear). We were part of an all-female, all-twenty-something tribe of editors in the Homes Department at the title who have splintered off in a million different directions in the design world over the last few years. You know who you are, ladies!
Steele went on to become Design Editor at Coastal Living and is now a Contributing Editor to Southern Living, among other shelter magazines.
In addition to having the chicest byline in the business, Steele is an observant, smart writer, has an incredible design eye, and possesses a wonderful ability to make people feel welcome and at ease, which isn't always the case with editors. More importantly, she laughs at my jokes even when they aren't funny, which endeared her to me from the start.
It was only a matter of time before Steele appeared on Magpie as a House Romantic subject. We lived a literal stone's throw from each other when I lived in Birmingham. Alabama. As in, if I'd picked up a rock in my yard and threw it, it might have hit her roof. Seriously. I remember when she bought her house, I remember when she started the renovation, and I remember how proud and happy I was to see it run in Southern Living in 2011.
If you read that story, you probably noticed that Steele has a thing for wallpaper. More than any other stylish element in her house (and there are many), it's what she enjoys looking at most everyday. "I once heard a rule that you should not have more than three different wallpapers in your home," Steele says. "Well I have four—and a fifth planned."
A photographic tour of Steele's favorite papered surfaces follows below. Enjoy.
—The wallpaper inside her secretary in her living room. "The paper helps lighten and brighten up the dark wood piece, but the subtle pattern keeps it from overwhelming the room."