Anaïs Rodgers has been working in the design world as an interior designer for decades. She opened one of the first buy-local design shops in Brooklyn where she featured artisans who made everything from ceramic birdhouses to reclaimed lumber cabinetry. Her love of all things design was instilled in her by the many generations of artists and craftsmen she grew up with. Born on a farm in Vermont, the family grew their own food, raised farm animals, and even made their own butter. Blessed with a family that treated the boys and girls the same, they stressed the value of being self-sufficient and thus was born a true DIYer.
She recognized the importance of understanding how-it's-built early on in her career so she was no stranger to hopping up on a ladder herself alongside the contractors. After several years of working on full gut renovations, she studied for her contractor's license and eventually built her own house. That experience taught her a lot about thinking outside the box and how much a no-such-thing-as-no attitude contributes to problem solving on a project. She says the most important ingredient in any project is to care.
She loves all things cooking, gardening, architecture, travel, green building, design, and especially, good lighting. Recent weekend DIY projects include: stuccoing the patio walls, a home infrared sauna, laundry room, and closet makeovers, and custom hanging light pendants.