I came to know of Ariel because of her newsletter, I Know A Spot, which I found on (where else?) Twitter.
I Know A Spot spotlights architecturally interesting homes for sale, and has been featured on the NY Times; since we spoke in late 2020, Ariel has also appeared on the TODAY show.
Besides sharing dreamy real estate via Substack, Ariel is also an interior design student and runs an Instagram account, @midcenturyretreat, documenting her renovations for her ‘dream home that actually exists in the world’ (more on that below).
Ariel’s background in education and science framed our conversation, particularly in the way those disciplines have shaped how she now views design. Our chat reveals her highly academic nature, her relentless zeal for learning, and her feelings about (not) being boxed in.
When it comes to burnout, the topic of Ariel’s upcoming book, we chat about recalibration, guardrails and self-care.
I also couldn’t risk getting her opinion on Selling Sunset (‘love it’) and who her favourite character was. FYI, it’s Christine (she said it without missing a beat).