Carisha Swanson is the Market Director for House Beautiful and among our panel of three judges for the Fourth Annual Home Design Contest. Swanson joined Hearst in 2013 as Market Editor for the Hearst Design Group, which included House Beautiful, Veranda and ELLE Decor, with a focus on kitchen, bath, building and technology. In 2018, she was promoted to Senior Market Editor and most recently became Market Director for House Beautiful’s print and digital properties. She is also the host of Building The Dream on the House Beautiful YouTube channel. Before the pandemic, Swanson travelled extensively for work. Now she is sticking closer to home and a with new project: decorating her new house.
You grew up in Georgia, but spent a lot of time in New England and now Huntersville, N.C. You’ve written you feel happiest when not in a city. How has all that influenced your approach to design?