Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CHATTING WITH VERANDA'S DARA CAPONIGRO

Today, we welcome the editor of Veranda Magazine, Ms. Dara Caponigro to The Skirted Roundtable.

Dara Caponigro, Editor of Veranda Magazine

After the past few years when magazines were closing one after the other, we welcomed the chance to talk with Dara to get her take on the health of the industry.  Dara has had a long and varied career in magazines - she's been with House Beautiful, Elle Decor, domino, and now, of course Veranda.


The 25th Anniversary issue - featuring a look back at the past 25 years.

While other magazines were folding left and right, Veranda was one that bucked the trend and got stronger.  Veranda is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and to honor this, former editor and founder Lisa Newsom recently published a book - and what a gorgeous book it is!  Stunning!


The prettiest design book - ever?  We think so!


Meghan's favorite spread in the book is Ginny Magher's Provence farmhouse.  It is stunning.


We had a chance to talk with Dara about her background, growing up in an Eichler home with a mother who is an interior designer and a surgeon father.  Both fields appealed to the younger Dara who started her career working at the Bronx zoo - believe it or not.   Her parents were recently spotlighted in the New York Times Design section.  HERE.


Dara's parents dining room - featured in the New York Times.


Dara definitively has the smarts!  While she didn't tell us this, she graduated magna cum laude from  Barnard College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.




Dara's own beautiful apartment was featured in Veranda in 2006 - years before she became editor!

To listen to Dara Caponigro's inteview, click on the green bar below:  Enjoy! (iPad, iPhone and others - if you cannot see the player below, click here to listen.)