Candace Madonna

Candace with her cat

Candace is a visual editor for The Spruce Home, Pets, and Crafts who joined the team in June 2019. As a 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 is a photographer and photo art director with over six years of experience in the visual world. 

Highlights

  • Built a community of freelance photographers to produce exclusive, original photography
  • Helped increase site traffic through publishing original photography
  • 6 years professional expertise in brand identity building with extensive experiences in photography, art direction, copywriting, and social media

Experience

After college, Candace had a seven-year career in retail and merchandising. Her career began as trainee at Bloomingdale's, then as a jewelry production/design assistant, and later as a home buyer for Five Below and Gilt Group. It was at a now-defunct startup called Chloe and Isabel where she fully embraced her creative side, eventually becoming the associate director of content. There, she helped build the brand's identity from the ground up, making contributions to photography, art direction, copywriting, and social media. She is currently making her best home here at The Spruce. 

Education

Candace graduated from The University of Delaware with a B.S. in fashion merchandising and design.

 

5 Questions With Candace

​Which room in your home do you find most relaxing?

My backyard. It has been my ongoing quarantine project and it's finally becoming a lovely little oasis where I can read a book or sip a glass of wine amongst my plants. It's also helped me embrace the green thumb I didn't know I had. 

What is your favorite thing you own and why?

My cat! I was never a cat person growing up. I found him just around the corner from my apartment and he walked right up to me and rolled over onto his back. I knew it was a sign. I adopted him 2 years ago and it's been cat-mom bliss ever since. 

What's your most dreaded chore? 

Cleaning the bathroom, no question. It's the absolute worst! And of course, it's the place I want to be the cleanest!

​What is your favorite season and why?

Late spring/early summer. Plants are starting to flourish, birds are chirping, and the weather is warm yet comfortable before the NYC summer humidity takes over. 

What home decor trend are you loving right now?

There are quite a few brands popping up that are focused on producing ethically-made and fairly-traded decor through direct partnerships with skilled artisans all over the world. I hope this trend continues, as it's a way to support them while owning a piece that's really special. 

Education: University of Delaware
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Title: Visual Editor

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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