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AB Chao is a writer, decorator, and interior stylist. Her real name is Anna Beth, and she enjoys that her initials are ABC. AB currently lives in New Orleans, and now she can cross that one off her life list.

AB's work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Anthology Magazine, Bon Appetit, Apartment Therapy, Etsy, eBay's The Inside Source, Television Without Pity, various design blogs, and on your television in 2007, during which time she co-wrote an exciting episode of ABC drama Eli Stone. She has been blogging since 2001, which means she is old.

In 2012, AB launched AB Chao Design Camp, a super-fun two-day decorating workshop, created for design lovers, extreme DIYers, and everyone in between. Design Camp is held in a different city each month, and is scheduled for twelve cities in 2013. Learn more about Design Camp here.

Likes: Shrimp po-boys, red lipstick, clean counters, monogrammed items, strong coffee, buttered popcorn, high-gloss paint, the Saints, Drew Brees, big dogs, running fast, the levee, half-marathons, funny tricks, pressed linens, straight lines, NBA basketball, Latrell Sprewell, beat-up cars, tree-lined neighborhoods, singing into microphones, teenage slang, and being Southern. Her most favorite things in the world include her grandmother's gumbo, sunflower seeds, crawfish season, Greg Berlanti, and the city of New Orleans.

Dislikes: Eggs, food noises, snoring, subdural hematomas, leftovers, tiny furniture, vulgar talk, too much eyeliner, faux finishes, people named Kobe, when people say things are "classy," hypochondriacs, mean neighbors, cubicles, trashy antics, people who are against the serial comma, and cheap wine. She is still undecided on aioli.