Five Minutes With: Melanie Acevedo

Melanie Acevedo is one of the most well-known and well-respected photographers in the design industry, which is how I have been able to enjoy her work over the years. However, her work encompasses so much more from fashion, lifestyle, and celebrity photography to major advertising campaigns for companies such as Samsung, Target, and KitchenAid, as well as several books including Timothy Whealon’s In Pursuit of Beauty, Windsor Smith’s Homefront, and Mary McDonald’s Interiors. Melanie’s latest book project, The Authentics, is one which I am eagerly anticipating as she is working on it with Dara Caponigro, former editor in chief of the original Domino as well as Veranda, and the current creative director for the fabric house, F. Schumacher & Co. Of Melanie, Dara has said “she imbues her photographs with joie de vivre but also achieves a depth that makes them captivating” which is evident in her impressive body of work. The Authentics profiles luminaries from the worlds of art, design, and fashion including Kelly Wearstler, Ashley and Katalina Hicks, Nicky Haslam, and Joseph Dirand among others, who go beyond simply living stylishly, but also apply a sense of authenticity and individuality to everything they do. I can’t wait to dig into the book once it is released in September, but in the meantime, let’s get to know Melanie a bit better, shall we?

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Melanie Acevedo: If you mean my style of dressing, I would have to say relaxed tomboy. If you mean my style of decorating it would be eclectic mishmosh. And I never met a can of white paint that I didn’t like! I like white everywhere, with some black thrown in.

{The Authentics, the Forthcoming Book by Melanie Acevedo & Dara Caponigro}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

MA: I find inspiration all around me in my daily life. My children are a constant source of inspiration for me. I find ordinary moments incredibly profound. I also find relationships of all kinds very compelling.    


{A Beautifully-Captured Moment from The Authentics}

PC: What was the best vacation you ever went on?

MA: Well, I have to answer this 2 ways! Best vacation I ever had BEFORE I had children was a trip I took with my husband to St Barts. The best vacation I ever had WITH my children was in Italy, where we went to the seaside in Tuscany and then to Venice.

{La Dolce Vita in Venice | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

MA: I absolutely love room service in a good hotel, and ordering a movie while I eat it!

{A Sumptuous Setting | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: How would you like to be remembered?

MA: It would mean so much to me if I was remembered as a compassionate person, a loyal friend, a good mother, and that I lived a brave life, and I never gave up!

{A Glamorous Moment at Miles Redd’s Home Captured by Melanie Acevedo for Schumacher}

PC: What do you love most about your home?

MA: That everyone who comes in says they are comfortable being here.You can have the most lavish house, all the expensive furniture in the world, but to me, being comfortable is the only thing that really matters. That’s what makes a house a “HOME”.

{Classic Details from Windsor Smith’s Book, Homefront | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

PC: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

MA: Always try to be kind to others, live one day at a time, remember that objects and material goods will not make you happy, and the greatest success you can have in life is if your children love you.

{A Lush Tabletop featured in Michelle Nussbaumer’s Wanderlust | Photography by Melanie Acevedo}

Stay tuned for the much anticipated, The Authentics, arriving this Fall from publisher Clarkson Potter! Pre-order your copy here.



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