Described as America’s Domestic Doyenne, Brini is one part Sue Anne Nivens, one part Doris Day, with a dash of Dear Abby. Maxwell pulls the class from the past through her unparalleled personal flair for interior design, sewing and crafts, renovation, entertaining, cooking, modern etiquette and savvy household tips. Maxwell first began sharing her domestic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness and you-can-do-it personal style, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl for domesticity with a retro-chic flair. After five years on the local airwaves, her show was picked up nationally by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.
In addition to her television show, Ms. Maxwell has also shared her wealth of knowledge with CNN, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, E! Entertainment Television, and TLC, among others. She was the moderator of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s panel on Authenticity in Design, and a presenter at the Lambda Literary and James Beard Awards and she was recently tapped to introduce famed hints columnist Heloise for the Mark Twain House in Hartford. In 2005 she released her first book, Brini Maxwell’s Guide to Gracious Living. Since then, she has had a very successful series of podcasts for NPR, and a popular web video series which can be found at www.Brini.TV. She is currently writing and testing recipes for a cheese cookbook.
Brini’s most recent project is a series of online courses. In the first offering she’s put her considerable knowledge to use training students to declutter and organizer their home. She makes personal appearances around the country for venues including the Denver Public Library and The Provincetown Film Festival and designs soft good accessories for the home including pillows and tabletop for her eponymous store, the Brini Shop.
Brini resides with her creator Ben Sander in a charming Chelsea apartment, which serves as the studio and set for her video series.