Andrea CooleyHi! I’m Andrea, and I love decorating, gardening, and entertaining. I am forever dreaming up projects, trying new paint colors, and rearranging furniture in the 1939 story-and-a-half home I share with my husband and our little boy. I am passionate about creating a comfortable, inviting home.

My physical address may be Des Moines, Iowa, but most days I dream of living in a bigger city with access to an Anthropologie, Crate + Barrel, and IKEA. For now I am happy to scour design blogs, drool over websites with beautiful fabric and fabulous furniture and supplement my penchant for pretty things with visits to friends in New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Dallas.

That said, I truly am a Midwest girl at heart. I was born and raised in the heartland and can’t imagine life without the changing seasons, friendly faces, and homegrown goodness. Even though I’m proud of my Iowa roots and happy to raise my family here, I have made my husband promise that one day we will move somewhere (anywhere!) SOUTH of Iowa, at least for the winter.

I am obsessed with magazines (if you don’t believe me, ask my husband or look under my coffee table and at the files in my office). I graduated from Drake University with degrees in Magazine Journalism and Creative Writing. I have been writing, editing, and producing stories for magazines for 10 years.

My work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Midwest Living, Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Country Home, Lowe’s Creative Ideas, Hy-Vee Seasons, Des Moines Juice, and more. I also blog about life, love, and design at EverAfterBlueprint.com.

I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at andrea.m.cooley [at] gmail [dot] com, follow me on Instagram @andreacooley, or see my latest Pinterest finds.