About The Spruce

Who We Are

At The Spruce, we offer practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you make your best home. From decorating and gardening advice, to entertaining and home repair how-tos, The Spruce can show you how.

We help more than 32 million users each month find the information they need to retile their bathroom, update their decor, grow their garden, or simply tackle a to-do list. Our 20-year-strong library of more than 14,000 pieces of content helps you spruce up your space, spruce up your yard, and spruce up your home.

The Spruce is part of The Spruce family of sites, including The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts, covering home decor, home repair, recipes, cooking techniques, pets, and crafts. The Spruce brand is one of the top 3 largest lifestyle properties online according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company.

Our 45+ expert writers—including professional contractors, landscapers, chefs, cookbook authors, registered vet technicians, and well known crafting bloggers—have extensive backgrounds and expertise in their topics. We are also wholly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Review Boards

We know that finding trustworthy advice online can be difficult—the internet is full of misinformation or personal opinion masquerading as fact. To make caring for your home and garden easier, we launched The Spruce Gardening and Plant Care Review Board, The Spruce Home Improvement Board, and The Spruce Cleaning Review Board, comprised of licensed and certified field experts. Our goal is to provide you with well-researched, fact-checked information so you can keep your home and garden in its best possible shape.

The Review Process

You may notice a badge appearing in some of our content. The badge signifies that a board member has reviewed and edited the article, taking special care to confirm that the information presented is both accurate and up-to-date. Click the links below to learn more about our process.

Gardening and Plant Care Review Board

Meet some of our Gardening and Plant Care Review Board members below.

Barbara Gillette
Master Gardener
Barbara Gillette

Barbara Gillette is a Master Gardener, Herbalist, beekeeper, and journalist with three decades of experience propagating and growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals. From sowing seed to harvest, from heirloom tomatoes to wild orchids, her gardening experience encompasses first hand knowledge of best practices for success. 

She has worked with the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Communications and with several commercial greenhouse operations and was past president of the Anderson County Farmer's Market Cooperative. She has cultivated and planted more than 150 shrubs and trees on her eight acre property over the past 23 years.

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Sonya Harris
Master Gardener
Sonya Harris

Sonya Harris is a Master Gardener, former special education teacher, with experience in small-space gardening, low-income gardening, and growing foods and plants in poor soil conditions.

Sonya established the nonprofit The Bullock Garden Project, Inc. to assist schools and community organizations serving large populations of children/youth who are at-risk, receiving special education services, and/or low-income and food insecurity with establishing and implementing gardens to not only teach across the curriculum but to also inspire careers as future green industry leaders.

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Julie Thompson-Adolf
Master Gardener
Julie Thompson-Adolf

Julie Thompson-Adolf is a Master Gardener and author with over 13 years of experience with year-round organic gardening, seed starting and saving, growing heirloom plants, perennials, and annuals, and sustainable and urban farming.

She’s a Master Gardener, served on the National Garden Bureau’s Plant Nerds team, and joined with television host P. Allen Smith for Garden2Blog. Julie is a member of Garden Comm: Garden Communicators International, Slow Food, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and many other environmental and gardening groups. 

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Catherine Askia
Master Gardener
Catherine Askia

Cathy is a Master Gardener who received her certification in 2019. She has over three decades as a home gardener designing, planting, and maintaining ornamental flower, vegetable, and herb gardens.

She previously volunteered at Central Texas College, providing fresh produce, edible flowers and herbs for students participating in the Culinary Arts Program.

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Kathleen Miller
Master Gardener & Horticulturist
Kathleen Miller

Kathleen Miller is a Master Gardener and Horticulturist with almost 30 years experience in organic gardening, sustainable farming, landscape design, horticulture and horticultural therapy, and permaculture. 

Kathleen is the founder of Gaia's Farm and Gardens, a Permaculture Shangri-la of Northern Colorado and working sustainable permaculture farm, and she currently contributes a column called Gaia Grows for the local newspaper to offer practical, real life tips and inspiration on sustainable living, gardening, and farming. 

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Debra LaGattuta
Master Gardener
Debra LaGattuta

Debra is a Master Gardener who received her official title in 2015. She has over three decades as a home gardener experienced in designing, planting, and maintaining cottage-style perennial, vegetable, and four-season container gardens.

She is the lead gardener in a Plant-A-Row, which is a program that offers thousands of pounds of organically-grown vegetables to local food banks. She is also the author of several gardening presentations on topics including perennial plant primers, hardy perennials for different zones, and vegetable gardening.

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Home Improvement Review Board

Meet some of our Home Improvement Review Board members below.

Deane Biermeier
Contractor
Deane Biermeier

Deane Biermeier is a contractor with nearly 30 years experience in home repair, maintenance, remodeling, and carpentry. Deane’s career in remodeling began in the early '90s when he started a residential siding company along with two partners. 

Deane has acquired vast knowledge and skills in the areas of electrical installation and repair, HVAC repair, plumbing, and appliance repair under the tutelage of industry experts. Deane worked for several investors on house-flipping projects, and he currently runs a small home repair service along with a consulting service which empowers his customers to tackle their DIY projects.

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Johnathan Brewer
Licensed contractor
Johnathan Brewer

Johnathan C. Brewer II is a licensed general contractor specializing in kitchen, bath remodels, and general construction with two decades of professional experience.

In 2009, Johnathan began his TV career as an on air carpenter and has been  featured on HGTV’s “Super Scapes”,“Curb Appeal the Block”, “Elbow Room”, DIY Network's “House Crashers”, "This Old House", and OWN Network's Emmy award winning show “Home Made Simple”. Johnathan taught building construction for Rising Sun Energy in Berkeley California.

 

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Kelly Bacon
Licensed Contractor
Kelly Bacon

Kelly Bacon is a licensed general contractor with over 40 years experience in construction, home building and remodeling, and commercial building. He has built several custom homes since he began subcontracting, and he started a subcontract firm for specialty commercial wall finishes. 

He has commercially installed custom wall panels in healthcare, education, government and commercial office projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Idaho and Utah. Kelly currently holds a contractor's license in Utah. 

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Richard Epstein
Licensed Master Plumber
Richard Epstein

Richard Epstein has been a licensed master plumber for over 30 years and specializes in estimating as well as design and engineering for plumbing systems. In 1988, Richard became New York City's youngest licensed plumber at 25 years old.

He currently works for Par Plumbing & Heating, one of New York's largest union plumbing construction companies.

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Larry Campbell
Licensed Master Electrician
Larry Campbell

Larry Campbell is an electrical contractor with 36 years of experience in residential and light commercial electrical wiring. Larry’s full-time career in the electrical field began the year following his high school graduation, when he worked full time on a variety of electrical projects with his father’s company. In 1978, Larry received an associate's degree in electrical and electronic engineering.

Since 1994, Larry has worked on literally thousands of residential projects from sheds with several lights and outlets to 12,000 square foot homes to barns to automobile shops and showrooms.

 

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Cleaning Review Board

Meet some of our Cleaning Review Board members below.

Rhea Mehta
Environmental Toxicologist
Dr. Rhea Mehta, PhD

Rhea Mehta, PhD, is an award-winning healthcare innovator and toxicologist who for the past decade has worked to empower people to lead healthier lives, starting in their homes. Rhea holds a PhD in Toxicology, with over 15 scientific publications, and a certificate in integrative health coaching. 

Rhea is a current practitioner at the Center for Advanced Medicine and the Canadian Center for Integrative Health in Toronto, where she works with patients as part of an integrative care system to identify and eliminate toxins within their homes and lives that present as stress in the body and mind.

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Amanda Rose Newton
Board Certified Entomologist
Amanda Rose Newton

Amanda Rose Newton holds degrees in Horticulture, Biochemistry, Entomology, and soon a PhD in STEM Education. She is a board-certified entomologist and volunteers for USAIDs Farmer to Farmer program. Currently, she is a professor of Horticulture, an Education Specialist, and pest specialist.

She has a decade's worth of experience in both the academic and professional sides of horticulture and entomology. Her focus is on educating gardeners to use sustainable practices that will lead to improved food security and quality for the next generation.

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Katie Berry
Internationally Recognized Cleaning Expert
Katie Berry

Katie Berry is a cleaning expert with 30 years of household management experience and 12 years of writing about cleaning methods and routines for Housewife How-Tos. She is the author of several books about homemaking, including 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House.

She shares her experienced cleaning methods and systems on her website and in her popular books. Katie’s focus is on helping people develop routines that use their time efficiently to clean their homes. Her clear, easy to follow methods are especially helpful for neurodivergent individuals and those overwhelmed by the tasks involved in keeping a home.

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Our Writers

All of our writers were carefully chosen for their extensive experience in their subject areas.

Meet Some of Our Writers

Lee Wallender
Home Improvement Expert
Lee Wallender

Lee Wallender has been remodeling homes since 2000 and has been writing for The Spruce since its inception in 2017.

Prior to the debut of The Spruce, Lee provided home improvement advice for About.com readers and do-it-yourselfers for more than twelve years. Lee has been cited in numerous publications including People, Toolmonger, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Huffington Post, and The Day. His articles have appeared on ABC News, New Orleans Advocate, Cape Cod, The Good Men Project, Sweeten, and Fix.com.

Lee earned a B.A. in English language and literature from California Lutheran University and a Masters in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Anjie Cho
Licensed Architect
Anjie Cho

Since 1999, Anjie has been designing beautiful, nourishing indoor and outdoor spaces informed by the ancient practice of feng shui. Her focus is to create nurturing and supportive environments, tailoring her practice to each client’s specific needs.

She is the co-founder of the Mindful Design Feng Shui School and a certified feng shui consultant for the BTB Feng Shui Masters Training Program. She’s also a practicing New York State-registered architect and LEED accredited professional. Her work and writing have been featured in dozens of publications including the New York Times, Elle Decor, Buzzfeed, and more.

Anjie graduated with a degree in architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley.

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David Beaulieu
David Beaulieu

David Beaulieu has been writing for The Spruce since its launch in 2017 and spent 10 years working in nurseries before he started writing about gardening full time. 

Prior to joining The Spruce, David spent more than 15 years writing about landscaping and gardening for About.com. He has been interviewed by numerous publications such as Woman’s World and American Way and was a regular contributor to Do!, the home and garden magazine published by Highbury House. David has also appeared on "Ask Andrea," the nationally syndicated radio show targeted to do-it-yourself home and garden enthusiasts.

David earned his B.A. and Masters in classics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 
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Editorial Guidelines

At The Spruce, we take great pride in the integrity of our content. We uphold the Dotdash Meredith Content Integrity Promise and our own editorial policy that guides us in creating original, accurate, and informative content free of ethical concerns or conflicts. If you ever come across an article that you think needs to be improved, please reach out by emailing contact@thespruce.com.

To learn more, please see our full Editorial Policy and Standards page.

Fact Checking

The Spruce's team of experienced fact checkers provides a critical layer of review to ensure content integrity. This group of professionals is selected and vetted for journalistic and subject matter expertise. They are tasked with researching all statements of fact to ensure that news and information presented in our articles is accurate and comprehensive and statistics are properly sourced and up to date. Articles that have been officially fact checked will display a "fact check" badge, as well as the name of the fact checker at the top of the page near the author.

Product Reviews

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing — if you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. Learn more about our review process below.

Diversity & Inclusion

At The Spruce, our mission is to help everyone make their best home. We cannot stay silent about the injustices, discrimination, hate, and fear that many in our community are facing. We need to do our part to fight systemic racism and oppression; things need to change.

We can do more. We are responsible for using our platform to spread the message of inclusivity, equality, and human rights. We are listening, and we are learning. We will do better. Black lives matter. Read more about our pledge to make our site more inclusive and promote diversity.

Our Team

Our editorial team has extensive category experience and is comprised of members who have worked at leading publications and websites in their field.

Mélanie Berliet
Senior Vice President & Group General Manager
Mélanie Berliet, General Manager and Senior Vice President of The Spruce

Mélanie Berliet is SVP and Group General Manager of the Home & Design team at Dotdash Meredith, overseeing Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Southern Living, the Spruce (Home, Pets, and Crafts), MyDomaine, Martha Stewart Living, and DailyPaws.

Prior to joining Dotdash in 2018, Mélanie was the Chief Editorial Director of Thought Catalog, where she led all content initiatives and managed strategic partnerships.

Mélanie has 15 years of experience creating, managing, and publishing lifestyle content across platforms. She has worked as a producer and writer for brands including MTV, Vanity Fair, Elle, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, Esquire, and iHeartRadio.

She earned a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

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Courtney Mason
General Manager & Vice President
Courtney Mason

Courtney is the General Manager & Vice President of The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine.

Prior to joining Dotdash Meredith in December 2021, Courtney was the Vice President of Paid Products at Meredith Corporation, where she led all direct-to-consumer initiatives. She has 15 years of experience in growth strategy, direct-to-consumer marketing, and business development & partnerships.

She earned her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a B.S. from the University of Virginia.

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Bridget Mallon
Editorial Director
Bridget Mallon, Editorial Director for The Spruce

Bridget is the Editorial Director at The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine. She has been working in digital media with a focus on design and décor for over eight years.

Prior to joining The Spruce, Bridget was the design editor at Apartment Therapy where she oversaw coverage of decorating, design, and home trends. Before that, she honed her décor expertise as the online editor for HGTV Magazine and assistant web editor for Elle Decor and Veranda magazines. She’s also covered general lifestyle topics for More, Glitter Guide and The Huffington Post. She began her career at Dotdash Meredith as the Associate Editorial Director for MyDomaine and has since become the Editorial Director for the Spruce brands as well. Bridget graduated with a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University, and lives in Astoria, Queens.

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Caroline Utz
Associate Editorial Director
Caroline Utz, Senior Editor for The Spruce

Caroline is the Associate Editorial Director for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine and has been with Dotdash since 2019.

Prior to MyDomaine, she worked in editorial for the home departments of Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Redbook magazines on both print and digital content, covering everything from the latest decor trends to the best cleaning hacks. She also spent time freelancing for Martha Stewart Weddings. Caroline received a B.A. in journalism and leadership studies from the University of Richmond and lives in New York City.  

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Amy Sheehan
Design Director
Amy Sheehan, Design Director for The Spruce

Amy joined the Dotdash team as Design Director for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine in March 2021. She leads the design of both sites and develops brand visuals of digital and physical products. She is an avid DIYer and home decor enthusiast.

Prior to joining Dotdash Amy was the Art Director for Insider Studios, the branded content team for Business Insider and Insider where she designed for numerous legacy brands such as Cartier, Chase, Lincoln, and United.

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Jamie Abarca
Senior Editorial Project Manager
Jamie Abarca, Editorial Project Manager for The Spruce

Jamie is the Senior Editorial Project Manager for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine. Jamie is an organization pro, having worked in higher education for seven years.

Before joining The Spruce team, Jamie worked as a consultant with individuals and nonprofit organizations. Her work consisted of helping immigrants and first-generation high school students pursue higher education. As a multilingual writer and translator, she continues to aid underserved communities. At The Spruce, Jamie manages our Diversity and Anti-Bias initiatives, as well as works to help make sure all of our content is accurate through Fact-Checking.

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Emma Glubiak
Senior Social Media Editor
Emma Glubiak, Senior Social Media Editor for The Spruce

Emma is the Senior Social Editor at The Spruce curating home and lifestyle content across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and more. Prior to The Spruce she managed social media at Apartment Therapy, where she led their organic social initiatives and ran their social advertising campaigns. In addition to her work for Apartment Therapy, she has also written for PureWow, Spoon University, The Kitchn, and PUNCH. 

She has 4+ years of experience in audience development and social media. She studied at Lafayette College and has a degree in International Affairs.

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Kate McKenna
Senior Editor
Kate McKenna, Editor at The Spruce

Kate is a Senior Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts, and MyDomaine and has been at Dotdash (now Dotdash Meredith) since July 2019. She assigns, publishes, and updates articles, as well as writes and strategizes for The Spruce's news and trending content.

She previously worked as a contributing writer for POPSUGAR and as a digital content marketer for small businesses.

Kate studied art history at the University of Guelph and got her Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. 

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Jenny Hughes
Editor
Jenny Hughes, Editor for The Spruce

Jenny joined The Spruce in early 2021 as an Editor. She oversees all Gardening and Decor articles.

Prior to The Spruce, Jenny worked for more than four years in digital media primarily as an editor and content manager with a focus on strategizing for growth.

She earned a B.A. in French from Bowdoin College.

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Mia Ingui
Editor
Mia Ingui, Associate Editor for The Spruce

Mia is an Editor at The Spruce and MyDomaine. She previously covered home décor and luxury lifestyle as an editorial intern at Unique Homes Magazine. Past articles of hers were featured on NJ.com, Bay Magazine, and the blog of New York Women in Communications.

She graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing, marketing, and creative writing in the spring of 2020.

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Jane Kim
Associate Editor
Jane Kim

Jane Kim is an Associate Editor at The Spruce and has covered an array of topics in lifestyle, fashion, and beauty. She earned a B.A. in English from Stony Brook University.

Before The Spruce, Jane was an avid writer and editor for digital publications like The Odyssey Online and Trill! Magazine. She has covered an array of topics in beauty, fashion, politics, lifestyle, and continues to create content that thoughtfully resonates with readers. 

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Aliyah Rodriguez
Associate Editor
Aliyah Rodriguez

Aliyah Rodriguez is an Associate Editor at The Spruce and has covered an array of topics in lifestyle, beauty, and home. She earned a B.A. in English and Communications from Iona College.

Before The Spruce, Aliyah was the Features & Lifestyle editor of her college editorial, The Ionian. She is an avid writer and reader who has covered an array of topics in beauty, lifestyle, entertainment, and books, and continues to create innovative and interesting content that readers will enjoy. 

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Jalesa Campbell
Associate Social Media Editor
Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa Campbell is an Associate Social Media Editor for The Spruce and MyDomaine. She curates home and lifestyle content across Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Prior to joining Dotdash, Jalesa covered home security and safety-related topics as a writer for Safety.com.

She has 5+ years of experience creating digital content across several industries. She holds an M.A. in Communication from Queens University of Charlotte and a B.A. in English from Claflin University.

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Candace Madonna
Visual Editor
Visual Editor of The Spruce

Candace is the Visual Editor for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the team in June 2019.

Candace is a photographer and photo art director with over six years of experience in the visual world. As Visual Editor, Candace manages a community of freelance photographers who contribute beautiful, original, and on-brand imagery to aid in The Spruce's aesthetic vision and storytelling. Candace oversees and contributes to the creation of all brand visuals, including illustrations and product branding.

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Margot Cavin
Photo Producer
Margot Cavin, Photo Producer for The Spruce

​Margot is the photo producer for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She spearheads photo shoots and the crafting of new original photography on all of The Spruce. Many shoots require a larger team of freelancers, but with her background as a photographer, she often is behind the camera.

Before joining The Spruce, Margot worked as a freelance still life photographer for 12 years. She’s worked on campaigns with numerous brands such as Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Zoya, Garanimals, and HelloFresh, to name a few. While working as a freelance photographer, Margot received experience in art directing, producing, and styling on top of her role as photographer.

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