Stories from middle America

About COOP


Let’s discuss what authentic living in middle America looks like. Yes, let’s talk about styling our homes and eating good food and expressing ourselves through fashion. But let’s also talk about our evolving aesthetic and our changing priorities. Let’s hear stories from the ambitious, the young-at-heart, and the open-minded. Because COOP isn’t just about pretty things — it’s about facing and answering the questions around why we choose to live the way we do.

Jessica McKay

Jessica McKay

Creative director

Jessica owns Birdhouse Interior Design in Omaha. She originally hails from the great plains of New Mexico where she gained an appreciation — now obsession — for pattern mixing.

Follow Jessica’s tweets at @BirdhouseID as well as all the design that catches her eye on Instagram.

Chris Wolfgang

Chris Wolfgang

Editor

Chris is an editor and writer in Omaha. If you’d like to know exactly what she’s edited and written, you can definitely toddle over to her personal site, but she’d much rather talk to you in person. Or, failing that, on Twitter.

Fool-proof conversation starters include urban gardening, your last screw up in the kitchen, and your opinions about anime and manga and British TV.

Sara Blake

Sara Blake

Contributor

Sara is an avid home cook, an adventurous eater and a blogger from Omaha. When she’s not in the kitchen, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her three dogs and playing ping pong with her husband.

She blogs at stalkmykitchen.wordpress.com, and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Ginger McCandless

Ginger McCandless

Contributor

Ginger is an interior designer living in Omaha, raising her 9-year-old son, Jaxson James, and their 5-year-old Bichon, Newton Neighbor. She spends nine hours a day working to pay the bills and the remaining time working as an ambitious mom.

Visit her at Sequel-Sequel.

Stefanie Monge

Stefanie Monge

Contributor

Stefanie, a registered yoga teacher, found her calling in India while studying yoga and meditation on a 21-month adventure traveling around the world. Currently based in Omaha, she works as a writer, speaker and yoga/meditation instructor as founder of Welcor Enterprise Yoga. Aside from yoga and meditation, Stefanie’s also into writing, travel, community and growing and creating things.

You can tweet at her at @stefaniemonge and find an upcoming community yoga class at Stefanie Monge Yoga.

Amanda Rucker

Amanda Rucker

Contributor

Amanda is a nomadic, lazy vegetarian who likes hamburgers. She finds that the fine art of living lies in good friends, bourbon, road trips and attempts at running half marathons. You can see her on Twitter and Instagram.

Wendy Townley

Wendy Townley

Contributor

Wendy Townley is an Omaha-based writer whose first book, Nerdy Thirty, was published in 2010. By day she oversees the Omaha Public Library Foundation, which she raises dollars and advocates for Omaha Public Library. By night she knits, reads, sews, and spends a little time in the kitchen.

Wendy also enjoys public relations, routinely working with organizations on brand identity and consistency. She blogs at wendytownley.com and tweets at @wtownley.