Who We Are

Jim Williams Portrait

Jim grew up in upstate New York near Syracuse and attended Syracuse University where he studied art. While teaching high school art he began doing freelance crafts design for magazines. Soon he was invited to join the staff of Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa where he designed and edited in books, then for 100’s of Needlework and Craft Ideas, Holiday Crafts and Christmas Ideas, and finally as crafts editor for their flagship publication Better Homes and Gardens with a circulation of over 8 million. here he oversaw all crafts, Christmas and tabletop editorial story production, photo shoots and styling.

After moving to New York for a brief stint as a creative director for a small lifestyle magazine, Jim revisited his freelance design work for various publications.

Arnie grew up in upstate New york as well, near Troy and the rural Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. After years of commercial managerial work, he brings to Elderberry an extensive business background, including catering and event coordination for the state of New York. In fact, he participated in the arrangement for the wedding of then Governor Mario Cuomo’s daughter.
In addition to event planning and production, Arnie is responsible for much of the look of the Elderberry compound, from the renovation of the house, and shop to the grounds, woodland pond and gardens.