Lisa Hallett Taylor

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Lisa Hallett Taylor is a writer and editor with a passion for architecture, landscape design, and home improvement projects, along with native and drought-tolerant gardening. You can contact Lisa by emailing

  • 12+ years writing about shelter and home and garden topics
  • Published more than 1,000 articles
  • Has written for websites, newspapers, magazines, and major companies


Taylor is an established writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Laguna Beach Magazine, Newport Beach Magazine, Emmy, Westways, and She's worked as a consultant, writer and editor for the Screen Actors Guild, WarnerMedia, PBS, MBI Publishing, and WebMD. Taylor also writes blogs for companies in the pool, patio, and home and garden industries. Prior to freelancing, she was an editor and writer for KCET Los Angeles (PBS)) and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Taylor is on the board of directors for Preserve Orange County, for which she researches, writes, and edits articles for the website and social media. She is currently writing a book on garden design.

A native of Southern California, Taylor was born into a family of artists, educators, and do-it-yourselfers. She would tag along with her art professor father when he took his college students on field trips to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and thought everyone's family shopped at Scandinavian furniture stores and helped build A-frame playhouses with Dutch doors and adjoining decks. 

Taylor lives with her family in a mid-century modern house with an authentic 1964-built swimming pool that they maintain themselves. A few of their many outdoor projects include creating and installing mosaic tile for the pool, designing and constructing two decks, and creating a courtyard patio with a vertical garden. Several years ago, Taylor took a shovel to her front lawn and replaced it with lots of drought-tolerant plants, succulents, and hardscape. She now has a mature water-wise yard, but is thinking of redesigning the hardscape because DIYers are always looking for ways to improve. 


Taylor has a B.A. in Art from the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She studied landscape design at Saddleback College and is certified in fine and decorative arts appraisal from the University of California, Irvine.

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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