Allison Bean

Spruce editorial director Allison Bean
The Spruce/Jordan Provost 

Allison was editorial director of the Spruce, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts through December 2020.

As editorial director, Allison oversees a team of editors who update, edit and publish content for The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts and The Spruce Pets. Allison is an editor and writer with over a decade of experience in the lifestyle space. She hopes to make The Spruce family of brands the go-to destination for people looking to make their best home. 


  • 13 years professional writing and editing experience
  • Extensive knowledge of home decor trends, pet care tips, gardening advice, and other lifestyle topics
  • Expertise in brand-building and digital content strategy


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 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 later worked as a home and registry editor at, where she reported on interior design trends and edited their Webby award-nominated blog. A proud Dog Mom and Crazy Plant Lady, she launched The Spruce to help people discover their own passions (no matter the niche) and make their homes a bit more beautiful. 


Allison graduated with honors from New York University, with a degree in journalism. 

Interviews & Media

5 Questions With Allison

Describe your home style in a few words or phrases.

Mid-century modern with a splash of geek. 

What is your favorite thing you own and why?

My bed! My husband and I upgraded to a king size mattress (best decision ever!) and we splurged on a beautiful, mid-century inspired, solid wood bed frame. It's the first "grown up" piece of furniture I've ever purchased (read: not from a certain beloved blue-and-yellow big box store). While the larger mattress made a big difference in the way we sleep, the bed frame changed the way we feel about our home. We're no longer in that post-college, transitional phase—we're building something more permanent together. 

Which room in your home do you find most relaxing?

While I could write sonnets to my bed all day long, I'd have to say my living room. I'm a bit of a crazy plant lady, so I've filled my living room with all kinds of houseplants and succulents (twenty-two at last count). Living in a city means you don't get to spend much time in nature, so I try to make my home feel like a green space. 

What home decor trend are you loving right now?

The angsty teen that resides in my heart is very happy to see that black is making a splash in the design world. Matte black fixtures, black cabinets and yes, mom, it's okay to paint your bedroom black!

What is your favorite season and why?

I LOVE the fall. I love the flavors associated with fall: apple, pumpkin spice, and caramel. I love the beautiful fall foliage we get in the northeast, and I am low-key obsessed with pumpkins. Fun Fact: my husband and I decided to get married in the fall just so we could use pumpkins as centerpieces!

Education: New York University
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Title: Editorial Director

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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