New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Welcome to the “pool party.”

In the photos, suntanned girls laugh, their hair whipping around as if their joy can barely be captured. Link to Story

Ask a Designer: Improving your home’s function as refuge

When your entire life is happening inside your home, it matters how that space feels and functions.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Resources are everywhere … where do families begin?

Without warning or training, millions of parents are now guiding kids through their school days.
Remake Learning Days Across America Link to Story

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?
The Boston Globe Link to Story

Want students to thrive? Build them a learning ecosystem.

Breaking silos can be the most vital step toward increased equity and opportunity. Link to Story

Mom, Interrupted: Let Me Finish My Sentence

The way we deal with screens – click, get a reward, then click elsewhere – is changing our lives. Link to Story

4 Simple Steps Toward a Healthier Home

More than ever, clients ask designers to help create not just a beautiful home, but a healthy one.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Growing a more equitable STEAM learning landscape

Education is evolving to equip today’s students to thrive in the world of tomorrow.
Remake Learning Days Across America Link to Story

Makers: Getting their creations into major developments

Three longtime advocates of local artists and makers are launching a new collaboration.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: A stylish & multifunctional garage

What if your home had a spare room you'd never noticed before? It does. It's your garage.
Yahoo! News Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Creating the perfect kitchen island

Remodeling? A well-designed kitchen island can do wonders, but it needs to be planned with care.
The Associated Press Link to Story

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



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has been exploring 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 an experienced managing editor for print and online magazines.

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. (Visit to learn more.)

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