from Peachtree to Portland

In today’s post, here’s a deeper glance within the home décor wing of my portfolio. If you adore sea foam throw pillows on neutral linens, make yourself comfy and read on.

A well-known furniture & design portal asked me to curate a living room “ideabook,” and I leapt at the chance to showcase the aesthetic of Peachtree Hills – a favorite neighborhood in Atlanta.

The challenge was to evoke the work of several designers and antique collectors, without actually alighting on any of them by name. And the neighborhood – home to ADAC and the Galleries of Peachtree Hills – nearly overflows with gorgeous showrooms. Among these, I’m especially partial to Max & Company and to the extraordinary collection of 19th-century Swedish clocks at Tyner Antiques. On with my scintillating copy samples, however: click the screenshots for a closer look.

Peachtree Hills interiors

I christened this concept “Peachtree Hills Fantasy,” and my subtitle for it appears in our next screenshot. Below that are the copy blocks and featured images for the two sections arranged before and after “Toward the Sea” (which, by the way, I named for a marvelous piece of music by Takemitsu).

Peachtree subheader
gorge on understatement
Peachtree Hills interiors 2

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Soaking in it

All done with taxes? Here’s what might relax us!

my Tub World intro

In the soak or be soaked world of marketplace Internet retail, one must gallantly strive to pen transcendent Copy that an upscale consumer’s senses positively cry out for.

Let them know the good news: Hot baths in deep soaking tubs can calm your mind, stimulate your collagen, and make that humblest of havens – the lavatory – into a showplace!

Here, I created the concept; curated products; and wrote pithy headlines as well as those sublimely sophisticated copy blocks.

Transform your lav into an in-home Spa: Click the pretty pictures for a closer read.

classic clawfoots

my tub world copy

my exquisite copy for Tub Temptations

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drive, he said

2015 Challenger vertical

After having diligently marketed my intimate, soft-sell, evocative approach to lifestyle branding in jewelry, watches, and home décor, it may or may not lift an eyebrow or two to learn that I also write copy for such testosterone-forward items as Jeeps, muscle cars, and sporty automotives along the Alfa Romeo line.

And yet, it’s true.

A good copywriter has the dexterity to tackle almost any topic and inhabit the realm of your target consumer.

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Once upon a time, however, a creative director in Portland (or was he merely a content manager?) said to me: You write about fashion; you couldn’t possibly understand how to relate to high-tech products. Au contraire. There’s a lot more method acting involved in copywriting than anyone realizes. I’ve haven’t driven any of these cars, I haven’t gone mud-bogging in a Wrangler, and I haven’t worn kate spade jewelry either.

Research, imagination, empathy: along with impeccable grammar, these are an effective copywriter’s stock-in-trade. Writing words that sell isn’t about belonging to a particular demographic, as so many hiring managers wrongly assume. One needn’t be a fashionista or a tech nerd or an off-road, high-octane enthusiast in order to write believably about products that appeal to each and every specialized niche.

I expressed as much to my “friend.” But poor Briggsy, he just didn’t… get it.

Alfa Romeo full page

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