About Jackie Craven

Jackie CravenIf you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? For me, the most compelling trips are the ones that take me over the threshold of a stranger’s home. From Maine to Mexico, Russia to Timbuktu, I want to peer through the cracks of half open doors. And, if the doors are shut and the curtains drawn, well! Don’t mind me while I loiter outside, camera poised. I’m not a voyeur. Really!

Official Bio:

The Healthy Home by Jackie CravenSince 1999, Jackie Craven has contributed to the digital media outlet now known as ThoughtCo. (Learn about the ThoughtCo network.) Her features cover architecture, historic landmarks, cultural destinations, home design, visual arts, and literature. (Sample Jackie Craven’s writing at ThoughtCo.)

Jackie is the author of The Healthy Home and The Stress-Free Home, published by Rockport Publishers, reissued by Quarry Books, and translated into several languages. Articles and columns about home design and improvements also appeared in House & Garden magazine, Old-House Journal, Country Victorian, Yankee Homes, and other magazines. Her Architecture Coach columns appeared in the online journal for Realtor.org.

A long-standing member of  the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), Jackie has published travel articles and photos in major newspapers such as the Providence Sunday Journal, the Rocky Mountain News, the San Antonio Express-News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Nashua Telegraph, the Boston Herald, the Springfield Sunday Republican, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Torrance Daily Breeze, the Toronto Sun, and the Toronto Globe & Mail.

Old-House Renovations

House-Picture-Faded1.gifJackie became fascinated by 19th century architecture when she purchased her first Victorian house in 1984. Over the years, she renovated several old buildings on her street and established a rental business specializing in attractive apartments in historic neighborhoods.  She was twice awarded by the Schenectady, NY Heritage Foundation.

She now lives in a  turn-of-the-century cottage and serves on the Schenectady Historic Commission.

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