Photo by Angela Kohler

AB Chao is a writer, interior decorator, and sometime photographer based in Louisiana. Her real name is Anna Beth, and she enjoys that her initials are ABC. You can call her AB, ABC, or Anna Beth, but never Anna (unless you are her mother or Heather Armstrong).

AB's work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Anthology Magazine, Uppercase MagazineBon Appetit, Apartment Therapy, Etsy, eBay's The Inside Source, Television Without Pity, and has made appearances at Design*Sponge.com, Dooce.com, Mightygirl.com, Camp Mighty, and on your television, during which time she co-wrote an exciting episode of the ABC drama Eli Stone. She has been writing online since 2001, when blogs were called "online journals" and everyone talked about their feelings.

In 2012, AB launched AB Chao Design Camp, a super-fun weekend 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.

AB Likes: Shrimp po-boys, beauty products, clean counters, strong coffee, monograms, high-gloss paint, the Saints, Drew Brees, big dogs, running fast, the levee, funny tricks, bad puns, pressed linens, NBA basketball, Latrell Sprewell, beat-up old cars, tree-lined neighborhoods, singing into microphones, The Pointer Sisters, DC United, teenage slang, gumbo, sunflower seeds, popcorn, crawfish season, Greg Berlanti, the city of New Orleans, cute girls, and being Southern.

AB Dislikes: Eggs, food noises, snoring, subdural hematomas, expired antibiotics, leftovers, tiny furniture, faux finishes, people named Kobe, when people say things are "classy," hypochondriacs, mean neighbors, hateful antics, reindeer games, people who are against the serial comma, and cheap wine. She is still undecided on aioli.