Melissa is a news writer for The Spruce covering trends, decor, and design topics and has a deep appreciation for all things interiors and exteriors. She has covered a number of lifestyle topics, including fashion, beauty, design, and travel, for a variety of publications and is passionate about helping readers create spaces and lifestyles that make them feel comfortable and fulfilled.
- 5 years of writing and editing experience
- Expertise in a range of lifestyle topics, including design, beauty, and fashion
- Has extensive experience creating graphics, designing websites, and curating interiors
For the past five years, Melissa has worked as a freelance writer and editor for multiple sites and publications. She's reported on design and decor topics for Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, and MyDomaine, and covered fashion, beauty, and other lifestyle beats for InStyle, People, The Zoe Report, Travel+Leisure, and Byrdie.
Prior to joining The Spruce as a freelancer, Melissa also previously worked as an editor for The Spruce and The Spruce Crafts and helped develop new content and host a video series.
Before these roles, Melissa worked as the editorial coordinator for Clique Media's site College Fashionista and served as an editorial and SEO assistant at Bauer Xcel Media. Before moving to New York City, she worked as the digital content manager and assistant planner at Kelsey Timberlake Events, a wedding planning company in Portland, Oregon. She also ran the social media accounts for West Elm in Portland, Oregon.
Though she hails from the West Coast, she now resides in Bath, UK writing and focusing on launching a footwear brand.
Melissa graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in journalism.
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