Welcome!

DSC_9889Lia Picard is a full-time freelance writer sharing stories found in the lifestyle space with an emphasis on food, interior design, real estate, and travel. Many of her story ideas come to her while exploring her home city of Atlanta and connecting with people throughout it.

Whether she’s writing a feature, essay, travel guide, or product review, Lia is able to tell a story that connects with the reader. Lia highlights the interesting people behind under-the-radar businesses and destinations (and sometimes quirky trends), especially women and people from under-represented communities. Her contact list is deep with restaurateurs, bartenders, and experts thanks to her ability to build relationships with people wherever she goes.

You can read her work in print and online publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN Travel, Bon AppétitPlayboy, Wine Enthusiast, Zagat, Eater, and Atlanta Magazine

If you’re interested in commissioning Lia for a story (or want to send a story idea her way), she can be reached at lia@liapicard.com

Here are some recent highlights:

For the New York Times, Lia shares the story behind the abandoned houses of Instagram.

For Wired, Lia shares the benefits of home hydroponic systems.

For the New York Times, Lia at looks at an adorable and quirky trend taking over people’s backyards.

For the New York Times, Lia looks at how people are finding joy in “Power Picnics” during the pandemic.

For Today Food, Lia deep dives into sumac, a beautifully versatile spice.

For Thrillist Travel, Lia explains why seeking out local doughnuts on travels is a must (hint: it’s not just for Instagram!).

For CNN Travel, Lia spoke with cocktail experts about the international spirits people can enjoy at home.

For Wine Enthusiast, Lia gives an overview of how to enjoy wine in Atlanta from wine bars, restaurants, and festivals.

For the Washington Post, Lia explores the feelings of loving your newborn while still missing the experience of being pregnant.