Lauren Phillips joined The Spruce as Lifestyle Editor for The Spruce, Spruce Pets, and Spruce Crafts in 2021. As Lifestyle Editor, Lauren assigns and edits interesting, helpful articles written by a team of knowledgeable experts (She even writes a few herself). Her background in lifestyle media and service journalism has given her the tools to find fresh, engaging ways to help readers feel inspired and empowered to improve their homes and lives in ways large and small.
- 5+ years of print and digital media experience
- Spent more than 3 years at Real Simple writing and editing home, lifestyle, and finance content
- Can talk about paint swatches for hours
Lauren joined The Spruce team at Dotdash in April 2021 as Lifestyle Editor, a role that combines her passion for paint colors and home organizing (and her unadulterated love for dogs) with her writing and editing skills and desire to help people lead their best lives. Before joining The Spruce, Lauren worked at Real Simple, where she held a series of roles on both the print and the digital teams over more than three years. In her time at Real Simple, Lauren wrote and edited articles about home decor, organizing, cleaning, decluttering, travel, personal finance, and pet care, among many other topics. In her most recent role there as SEO Editor, Lauren also led efforts to improve and expand seasonal holiday content, writing about hosting, entertaining, and gifting in relation to all major holidays. She also produced Real Simple’s beloved “6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life” digital column for nearly three years, testing and researching hundreds of products in order to share only the most helpful with her readers.
Before joining the Real Simple team, Lauren worked at Coastal Living for nearly two years, where she covered travel, pets, and more and did extensive fact-checking and research for print and digital articles. Lauren also interned at Good Housekeeping and The Four Seasons Magazine while she was in college, along with working on several on-campus student media publications.
As a self-described stress cleaner, Lauren has always found comfort and catharsis in scrubbing the shower or reorganizing her closet. Her current around-the-house passions include removable wallpaper, clever small-space organizing ideas, and paint colors, and while Lauren doesn’t currently have a dog, she’s working on a four-year plan to get one.
Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. She majored in English, with concentrations in Literature and Creative Writing and minors in Professional Writing Studies and Italian Studies.
5 Questions With Lauren
Describe your home style in a few words or phrases.
Cozy, comfortable, a little cluttered with my favorite things, and a little monochromatic—I like to pick one standard color palette and stick with it
What is your favorite thing you own and why?
I found an antique wood dresser at a store in Alabama when I lived there, and I’ve moved it with me for years since. I love that I found it with my mom while we were poking around this giant store of antiques and tchotchkes. This piece stood out to both of us for its oversized frame and the deep, rich wood. It’s sturdy, hardy, and unlikely to ever be truly out of style, so I plan on using it for various purposes for years to come.
Which room in your home do you find most relaxing?
My bedroom. I try to preserve it as a restful zone, which means no work (or sad movies) in it—yes, even during pandemic times. I’ve filled it with my favorite artwork, plenty of pillows, and other decor that makes me happy.
What’s your most dreaded chore?
Taking out the trash. I love any and all cleaning and scrubbing chores, even the really messy ones, because they’re so satisfying at the end. Taking out the trash doesn’t have the same kind of effort and reward.
What home decor trend are you loving right now?
Wallpaper! When I was really little, we moved, and my parents spent weeks stripping all the old, garishly floral wallpaper off the walls of our new house so they could paint. They hated wallpaper, and for years, I was very skeptical of it, but contemporary modern wallpapers (and their removability) are showing me that wallpaper is back, and it’s here to stay (but not literally)!
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.