CSP Note: We love “Smarty Mominations,” and today’s comes from CSP reader Tyler Larmee who thought Ashley Cox would make a super Smarty Mom. Tyler and I tag-teamed on this one. Tyler wrote the intro, and I did the interview. Thanks SO much, Tyler, for introducing us to Ashley, and thanks to Ashley for sharing her family and life with us! ~ Cheryl
Ashley was destined to lead Home Design & Décor magazine. As a college student, this Charlotte native began her career as an intern at Charlotte magazine. She continued to grow her portfolio as a contributing writer to area lifestyle publications Charlotte, Charlotte Wedding and Charlotte Home + Garden.
In 2013, Ashley made a huge move to New York and joined the editorial staff of Traditional Home, where she moved up the ranks to Associate Market Editor under the tutelage of industry veterans, learning the ins and outs of creating a magazine. During her tenure at the respected home publication, Ashley earned her certificate in Interior Design from the famed Parsons School of Design. But Charlotte called her home. With her new position as Editor-in-Chief of Home Design & Décor, Ashley combines her experience in lifestyle magazine production and interior design. As a mom to a young son and another baby due this spring, as well as wife to fellow Charlotte native and emergency room doctor, we know the Smarties will love getting to know Ashley.
~ Tyler Larmee
Smarty Mom: Ashley Cox
Married to: Married to Dalton Cox; It will be four years in August.
Children: My son, Wilder, is 14 months old; Baby girl is due in May. Things are about to get real interesting!
Years in Charlotte: Although I’m a native Charlottean, I’ve only lived here as an adult for a few years.
Area of Charlotte you call home: Old Foxcroft
Occupation: Editor, Home Design & Decor
Alma Mater: University of South Carolina
Tell us what you do for Home Design & Decor magazine.
I oversee all of the editorial for the magazine, which means that I manage and produce all of the creative content for the front of book stories, as well as the feature home articles.
How did you get started in the magazine industry?
I was one of the unfortunate many to have graduated college at the onset of the recession. So when I moved to New York, I quickly realized that my degree in just fashion wasn’t going to cut it in terms of landing a job with Vogue. To ride it out, I decided to go back to school and get my master in journalism where I focused my attention on magazine production. For my practicum, which is basically an internship on crack, I worked for Charlotte magazine and really fell in love with the industry. Read More →