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 44 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 10 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.

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Our 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 and The Spruce Renovations and Repair 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.

Our 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.

Our Gardening and Plant Care Review Board

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

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Barbara Gillette
Master Gardener

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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Julie Thompson-Adolf
Julie Thompson-Adolf
Master Gardener

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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Kathleen Miller
Kathleen Miller
Master Gardener and Horticulturist

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
Debra LaGattuta
Master Gardener

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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Our Renovations and Repair Review Board

Meet some of our Renovations and Repair Review Board members below.

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Deane Biermeier
Contractor

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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Kelly Bacon
Kelly Bacon
Licensed Contractor

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
Richard Epstein
Licensed Master Plumber

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
Larry Campbell
Licensed Electrician

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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Our Writers

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

Meet Some of Our Writers

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Lee Wallender
Writer

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 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, and Fix.com. As a legal affairs consultant, he has provided advice on home remodeling safety matters.

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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David Beaulieu, garden writer
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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Anjie Cho
Licensed Architect

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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Editorial Guidelines

At The Spruce, we take great pride in the quality of our content. Our writers create original, accurate, engaging content that is 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.

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 have worked at leading publications and websites in their field.

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Mélanie Berliet
General Manager & Vice President

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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Spruce editorial director Allison Bean
Allison Bean
Editorial Director

Allison is the editorial director for The Spruce, The Spruce Pets and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the company in 2012.

Previously, she worked as a home and registry editor at Brides.com, where she reported on interior design trends and edited their Webby Award-nominated blog.

She started her career in print media at Condé Nast’s Brides New York magazine, where much of her work focused on fact-checking articles and interviews for accuracy.

She studied at New York University, and graduated with a degree in journalism.

 

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Spruce Editor Sami Allen
Sami Allen
Editor

Sami is an editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Pets and joined the company in April 2019.

Before joining Dotdash, Sami worked as senior editor at Swirled, where she led the website’s multi-newsletter strategy and edited lifestyle content.

She first began her career at O, The Oprah Magazine as a web producer.

She studied at Penn State University and graduated with a B.A. in journalism and English literature.

 

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Melissa Epifano
Editor

Melissa is an associate editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the company in February 2019.

Previously, she worked as the editorial coordinator for College Fashionista at Clique Media Group. There she oversaw the editorial internship program, managed the site’s editorial calendar and posting schedule, and created original graphics for articles.

Her career started in Portland, OR, as an assistant wedding planner for Kelsey Timberlake Events where she ran the blog and designed websites for clients. She has also acted as social media lead for West Elm.

She received her B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon.

 

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Contact Us

Thanks for dropping by! Whether you have a comment or suggestion to share, we look forward to hearing from you. For more general feedback, feel free to reach out by emailing contact@thespruce.com as well.

For press inquiries, email us at press@thespruce.com.

If you would rather call us or send us a letter, you can reach us at 1500 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 212-204-4000.

Write for Us

We’re always 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.

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

Email us here: contact@thespruce.com

Work With Us

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.

Advertise With Us

The Spruce Pets offers the highest value to advertisers through a combination of scale, credibility, and intent. Interested in advertising with us? Email us at sales@thespruce.com or check out our media kit to learn more.

About Dotdash

Dotdash brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We reach over 100 million people each month, more than 35% of the U.S. online population, according to comScore, and are one of the largest content publishers on the Internet. Dotdash brands collectively have won more than 50 industry awards in the last year alone, and are among the fastest-growing in their categories. Our brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Spruce, The Balance, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Brides, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com and Treehugger.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell (Health and Wellness): The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. More than 34 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia (Investing and Financial Education): Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches nearly 19 million people each month.

The Spruce (Home and Food): The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 44 million people each month.

The Balance (Personal Finance): The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to 19 million people each month.

Byrdie (Beauty): Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches over six million people each month.

MyDomaine (Lifestyle): MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches over two million people each month.

Brides (Lifestyle): Brides inspires and guides our two million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

Lifewire (Tech): Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly nine million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy (Travel): TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over two million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com (Home and Food): Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate over three million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

TreeHugger (Sustainability): Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With more than three million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Thoughtco (Education and Information): ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps nearly eight million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: comScore, April 2020 US

Dotdash Press

Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.

Our Senior Management Team

To learn more about the Dotdash Senior Management Team, visit the Dotdash corporate site.