About Me

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A Short Story

Jeanée Ledoux can dish on the midcentury architecture of Jekyll Island as well as squirrel-proofing techniques for a veggie patch. That’s because she’s been writing and editing lifestyle content for nearly two decades. She contributes stories about design, the arts, travel, and more to national and regional publications. She wrote her own craft book aimed at young renters, Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Decor, published by Sterling in 2005.

This word nerd grew up in Opelousas, Louisiana, then migrated to Atlanta to study English. After earning the title of poet laureate and a BA from Oglethorpe University, she moved to North Adams, Mass., for her first publishing job in 1999. As an editor at Storey Books, she shaped nonfiction manuscripts, managed authors, and styled herbal potions for photo shoots. That job married her passions for communication, crafts, and design, then paved the way for a freelance career. You can sample some of her favorite projects here.

Jeanée currently lives in Brooklyn with her photographer husband and the world’s sweetest blind mutt, Moonpie.

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    I’m a repository of random information. Thanks to editing and proofreading nonfiction books like these since 1999, I can dispense facts on squirrel-proofing a garden, baking a chewy chocolate chip cookie, and mixing herbal remedies—in addition to grammar and style. It all started with an assistant editor position at Storey Publishing, which married my passions for crafts and communication.

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    I write home tours for shelter magazines like Dwell. For this article, I interviewed architect Staffan Svenson about the flight-inspired home he designed for an airline executive and his family in Atlanta. Image by Raftermen Photography.

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    I wrote an essay for Atomic Ranch about the vintage-modern design of our living and dining rooms, illustrated with photos by my husband, Andrea Fremiotti. I reflected on the unique challenges of decorating a steel, prefabricated Lustron home.

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    From 2012 to 2014, I owned the Finely Crafted mini boutique inside midtown Atlanta’s Paris on Ponce design market. I curated handmade goods in a modern style from about 40 makers, and I co-designed several exclusive products. The remaining inventory is still available online.

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    The American Craft Council publishes one of my favorite magazines, American Craft. So I was honored when the staff invited me to pick the winners of their spring 2014 retail show in Atlanta. Here I am presenting an award to innovative jewelry designer Brandon Holschuh. Photo by Elizabeth Ryan of the ACC.

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    In 2013 I recruited four artists in different media to help me design unique, modern products for the Finely Crafted boutique. Here’s a photo of me and Leah Duncan, one of my favorite illustrators, checking the color on our succulent prints.

  • I’ve always hungered for good design, no matter how small my budget or living space. When my college roommates were tacking up movie posters and street signs, I was sewing curtains and painting modern art on the closets. In 2005 I gathered my cheap chic ideas in Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Décor, published by Sterling.

  • In 2009 I collaborated with my pal Garth Johnson and Eyekiss Films on the instructional DVD Re-Construct: Eco-Friendly Crafts Made Easy. I designed and demonstrated 11 home decor projects that gave new life to humble materials like cardboard, old appliances, and eggshells. Garth, the creator of the Extreme Craft blog, infused the demos with his snarky humor and passion for DIY.

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    From 2006 to 2011, I co-designed vintage-meets-modern Honeydoux jewelry with my sister Suzanne. Our upcycled glass button rings were chosen for the cover of the book 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, by Garth Johnson.

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    When I’m not pecking on a laptop, you might find me playing fetch with my dogs, doing yoga, volunteering at a craft show, flipping through a shelter magazine, hosting Project Runway night, or shaking a cocktail.

5 Reasons to Hire Jeanée:

Jeanée styled this modern mountain cabin for a story in Atlanta’s Home magazine. Photo by Andrea Fremiotti

Good style. She’s a skilled concept creator and photo stylist, so she can help make beautiful images for stories. See samples here.

Photo connections. She’s married to a photographer, Andrea Fremiotti, which means clients can reduce travel expenses and coordination time by hiring them as a team.

Clear communication. Thanks to a background in developing DIY projects, she uses pithy language that delivers valuable information to readers–no verbal strutting.

Time management. She plans obsessively and usually exceeds deadlines.

Digital chops. She has experience with Photoshop, WordPress blogging, and writing engaging social media posts.

 

Jeanée styled this modern mountain cabin for a story in Atlanta’s Home magazine. Photo by Andrea Fremiotti

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