Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at

November 1, 2023

28 Affordable White Elephant Holiday Gifts That Aren’t Cheap on Thoughtfulness

The holiday season is upon us, and that means family time, holiday parties, and gift-giving. Even if you're planning on buying multiple gifts for different people, there's actually a lot you can accomplish without breaking the bank. In fact, even $10 can go a long way. Though this low price limit for a gift exchange may seem like quite the challenge, we have plenty of great gift ideas to help you make it work.

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November 10, 2022

32 Unique Items to Complete Your Rustic Christmas Aesthetic

You don’t need a remote cabin or old-fashioned farmhouse to pull off a rustic Christmas aesthetic. You may just need some finishing touches to help transform your place into a comfy winter wonderland. That’s why we have picked out our favorite rustic Christmas decorations to help complete the look and close the year out right. So, what is a rustic theme?

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March 20, 2022

From Underwater Restaurants to the Library of Alexandria: 5 Awe-Inspiring Projects by Snøhetta

Snøhetta is an international design collective whose transdisciplinary approach and emphasis on sustainability have led to a deep portfolio of visually stunning and environmentally thoughtful work. Though it's responsible for incredible buildings around the world, it's not an architecture firm. Snøhetta is made up of experts in architecture, landscape, interior design, graphic design, and other related fields. The name doesn’t come from a founder of the firm, but from a mountain range in Norway.

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