meet the team

Editor & Designer

I'm a midwestern gal from Kansas City now living in San Francisco with my little girl Gracie and husband Dan. I'm addicted to Diet Coke, sci-fi, and anything cupcake related. In 2005, I decided to take a big, scary leap and leave law school to follow my heart in art and design, and I haven't looked back since! After a background in web design building websites for other creative types, I finally had the opportunity to create my own site here at The Little Umbrella. Sharing inspiration here has been such a great experience, and I'm so glad you're here!

Projects Director & DIY Contributor
Laura Houlihan

I've always been free spirited and I have more creative energy than I can handle most days. I truly love to inspire other people to have the confidence and enthusiasm to see and create beauty around them. I have treaded many creative avenues in my life that have influenced my love of photography, fashion, styling and decorating. My real journey started when I left my role as Partner and Publisher at BRAVA Magazine to spend more time with my daughter. At the end of the day, I'm really just a creative spirit with a camera and a love of finding, capturing and creating beauty.

DIY Contributor

I'm a Jersey girl, living the life as a military spouse and mama to three littles. I love on my babies by day, and sew/craft by is my fuel. If you told me when I was little what my life would look like today, I'd giggle, and completely think that you were joking with me. I couldn't even imagine a different life. I've travelled to 27 countries, lived on three different continents but somehow have only managed to live in four out of the 50 states. Photography is a passion of mine, and I capture life daily...such a sweet, sweet life that I celebrate always.

DIY Contributor

I'm the lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle: home to DIY, parties, home décor and lots of babies. I'm a wife; mama to one-year-old twins; and lover of pretty things. I believe you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot. Every day deserves to be special; there’s no accomplishment too small to celebrate. I hope that my children will learn to love the little things in life.

DIY Contributor

I am a wedding and portrait photographer in Cincinnati. I love my three little ones, coffee, good music, and spending time with my husband. In my spare time, you can find me browsing antique stores or coming up with new projects for our home. Although I am a wedding photographer, I have a huge passion for home decor and design. I'm grateful to be able to do what I love and use photography in my day to day life as well as professionally.