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The Spruce is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. Whether you’re looking to retile your bathroom, update your decor, grow your best-ever garden, or simply tackle your to-do list, The Spruce can show you how. We make it fun and easy to create the home you have always wanted. Together, we can spruce up your space, spruce up your yard, and spruce up your life.

The Spruce Team

Our experienced editorial team is committed to sharing beautiful design ideas, useful articles, and easy-to-follow how-tos. We’re constantly thinking about all things home: our favorite paint colors, that throw pillow we just have to have, and tricks to organize our overstuffed closets. In all ways—we are just like you.

Eric Handelsman

VP & General Manager

Eric is probably thinking about what he just ate or what he is going to eat as you are reading this. He believes food is a great equalizer and bringing people together around a great meal has always been his passion. He started working in lifestyle media at Condé Nast where he worked at and eventually led operations and finance for Epicurious. Now, as a dad of three, with a house in the suburbs, he is constantly on the lookout for tips and tricks to make life easier and spend more time with his family. He hopes The Spruce will bring that advice to everyone.

Allison Bean

Editorial Director

Allison has been obsessed with interior design since the original Trading Spaces debuted in 2000 and was inspired to add a lime green accent wall to her childhood bedroom. She studied journalism at New York University, and later worked as a home and registry editor at, which cemented her love of lifestyle content. A proud Dog Mom and Crazy Plant Lady, she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to help people discover their own passions (no matter the niche) and make their homes a bit more beautiful.

Nurah Majeed

Senior Editor

Nurah combines New York City living with the warmth and generosity of the south. Born and raised in Virginia, right outside of Washington D.C., she knows a thing or two about politics but her love for cozy, colorful interiors excites her more. Her design aesthetic is “Global Chic” with a touch of classic. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she cannot only write and edit a story, but produce and anchor it too!

Emily Manchester


Emily knows her way around the kitchen–in the sense that she eats everything and gets especially excited about the weirdest, most over-the-top recipes. Growing up, there were always pets in her family and she tends to make friends with every cat she meets (her mom even dubbed her the Cat Whisperer). With a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and experience working for a style service startup, as well as writing fashion content, she has an eye for aesthetics (pretty interiors and trendy DIYs? Swoon) and wants nothing more than to help create a beautiful (and helpful!) site. A total grammar geek and pun aficionado, she promises to leave no headline unchecked and no quiportunity behind.

Victoria Heydt


Born and raised in New Jersey, Victoria has been described as saucy with a zest for life. Always up for a new adventure, she jumped at the opportunity to live in Madrid for a semester during her undergraduate. It was there that she fell in love with tapas and hasn’t been the same since. After she graduated from her alma mater, Washington College, she worked for a few years in IT until she decided to pursue her passion for cooking. She attended The Institute for Culinary Education, where she did a dual externship with Chef Sarah Moulton and at Huertas—a Spanish tapas restaurant in the East Village. Followed by a brief stint as a Food Styling Assistant, she decided she wanted to combine her passion for recipe writing with her love of helping people. Outside of work, you can usually find her baking up a storm of bread-related items in her kitchen.

Ashley Wolfgang

Email Programming Associate

Ashley is a recovering picky eater who’s still making up for lost years, one recipe at a time. She’ll never turn down an excuse to throw her friends a pop-culture themed party (Game of Thrones anyone?) and is always looking to find the next best IPA or bottle of red wine. Although she’s lived everywhere from Hawaii to Denmark, she will always have a special place in her heart for the Midwest and gets her best inspiration from the heart of any city. With degrees in creative writing, english literature, and journalism from Knox College, she’s obsessed with telling and connecting people’s stories online through their greatest passions.

Kathryn Vandervalk

Content & Growth Analyst

Kathryn fell in love with cooking by way of condiments, when she started using her hot sauce collection to spruce up (get it?) canned soup and eggs. In the past, she’s ghost-written about everything from coding to craft beer, and now she analyzes content data by day and pursues her MFA in fiction writing at Columbia University by night. Her favorite part of being an analyst is spending all day thinking about how to make the best lifestyle content in the industry—and getting to bring the skills she learns home to her own apartment.

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Our writers not only have deep expertise in the topics they cover, but an undeniable passion to help others who need advice on how to make your best home. Sound like you? Let’s talk—maybe you can write for us.

We are looking for experienced, qualified online freelance writers who share in our mission to provide practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. We have high standards, something everyone that writes for us is very proud of.

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, or posts.

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If you’re a collaborative, engaged, bright, and creative talent looking to join a company that prides itself on innovation, good ideas, diversity, and making a great product, we have a seat at the table for you.

Join our crew of top-notch editors, designers, programmers, and others as we continue to make a difference everyday in the lives of our readers.

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