Entrepreneur, Author, Designer, DIY Expert
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Learn more about Janet Crowther

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Hello, and thanks for stopping by! I’m an experienced entrepreneur, author, designer, and DIY expert. What does all that mean exactly? Well, I like to be involved in a lot of things and I am passionate about making (making pretty much anything I can get my hands on). From an early age you could invariably find me making something out of nothing. My hands were always moving and fiddling, trying to figure out how things worked and how I could get them to work a little better.

After graduating with a degree in business, a love of design sent me packing from my home state of North Carolina to New York City. I started my career as a sought after jewelry designer working with a wide range of brands including Givenchy, Kate Spade, Alexis Bittar, and Marc Jacobs. My design work has been featured on the pages of almost every major fashion publication including Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. I've also designed and sold branded-products at Anthropologie and West Elm.

In 2011 I founded For the Makers, a leader in DIY craft design, which channeled my years of designing for the fashion industry to elevate the perception of handcrafted goods. My first book, Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry and Accessory Projects was released in 2015 (published by Chronicle Books). I was chosen as one of 10 Pinterest Ambassadors in the United States. I’ve created and produced content for Domino, Martha Stewart, Elle, Design Sponge, Chronicle Books, and Pinterest. For the past two years I’ve been hard at work on my second book, A Well-Crafted Home, on-sale September 26th 2017 (published by Penguin Random House/Clarkson Potter).

With an undying passion for handmade goods and the art of purposeful design I was inspired to take that mission further, and recently turned my focus to housewares and textile design. A seasoned trend forecaster and mood board savant, my favorite thing to do is mix current trends and timeless design. When I’m not in the shop or behind the lens, you can find me seeking out the perfect materials or the perfect cup of coffee (and if I'm not doing that you can find me at ANY thrift store around). I currently live in North Carolina with my husband Collin and our sweet daughter Davie.

Work seen on

Vogue, Refinery 29, Martha Stewart Living, Design*Sponge, Elle.com, Elle Decor, InStyle, Chronicle Books,Cosmopolitan, StyleCaster, Domino.com, Forbes, Real Simple, New York Magazine, Country Living, Huffington Post, Brit + Co, Apartment Therapy, Style Me Pretty, House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Who What Wear, Better Homes and Gardens, Teen Vogue, Entrepreneur, and more.

Get in touch

To enquire about commercial or editorial projects, please email janet@thelikely.com