New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Parenting in the age of Alexa and her ilk

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring?
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Style of Steel

The nation's hottest design trend couldn't be more at home in the still proudly industrial city of Pittsburgh.
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ASK A DESIGNER: Creating a perfectly cozy place to read

For book lovers, a cozy and well-lit space dedicated to reading can be a home's best finishing touch.
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How to Create Your Best Gallery Wall

An eye-catching and sentimental wall of art can add personality and depth to a room. Here's how.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

DIY bookcase: Steps to make an industrial-style piece

I once assumed I could only have an industrial-style bookcase if I paid a hefty sum. Then I built my own.
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Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Metallics for the holidays and all winter

Holiday decorating is all about adding a bit of cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the recent popularity of all things metallic. With winter's shortage of daylight, the sheen of metallic furnishings, fabric and decorative pieces can add a dose of the brightness and warmth so many of us are seeking.
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Ask a Designer: Closet organization that lasts

Most people don’t start out with a messy closet. But for many of us, it doesn't take long for order to turn into chaos.
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Gorgeous & Affordable: Painting A Hardwood Floor

Homeowners and DIY enthusiasts update a traditional approach to personalizing and brightening up a room. Chuck Stockdill is manning the counter at the PPG Paints shop in Hampton Township, where I’ve come for advice. He thinks I’m crazy, speaking over me as I try to explain. Painted floors are a hot topic on design blogs these days, I tell him.
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Tips from a pro: frosty colors, icy textures

Since last week’s blizzard in the Northeast, we feel especially fortunate to have mild winters here. But that doesn’t rule out using frosty winter colors and shimmering, icy textures to create a stunning room. Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design in Los Angeles says her favorite wall color right now is “Silver Spoon” by Dunn-Edwards.
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Ask the Designer: Dorm room decor gets serious

To personalize a college dorm room, interior designer Jon Call suggests adding a headboard to the existing bed frame and investing in high-quality, distinctive bedding, as shown in this dorm room pictured. When Young Huh left for college in the 1980s, she brought "one giant poster of The Cure, bedding from the local bed-and-bath store and maybe some desk accessories."
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For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also served as a print and online magazine managing editor and media consultant.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony.

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.