Melissa is the associate lifestyle editor for The Spruce where she oversees both the home decor and crafts sections. She's covered a number of lifestyle topics from fashion to travel, and has written for publications like Byrdie, Women's World, First for Women, Everyday Health, Life&Style, and SUITCASE.
- 3 years of editing experience
- Passion for home decor and lifestyle topics such as beauty, design, and travel
- Has extensive experience creating graphics, designing websites, and curating interiors
- Took a leaf of faith this year when she became a cacti mom. While she pricked out two lovely children to start, she's hoping to grow her tiny green family in the near future.
Prior to the Spruce, 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 has freelanced for a wide variety of publications and ran the social media accounts for West Elm in Portland, Oregon.
Melissa graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in journalism.
5 Questions With Melissa
What is your zodiac sign?
Capricorn. Hardcore capricorn.
What is your favorite thing you own and why?
It's so hard to choose just one. I really love my coffee table books and my speckled ceramic vase. My coffee table books are a curated collection of my favorite things in life (west coast architecture, home design, slow living, etc.) so they're very special to me. And my vase fits in so well with my decor style and is something I display year-round, changing the arrangement with the seasons. I like having eucalyptus in it during the spring and summer and alternate between pussy willows and dried wheat during the fall and winter.
What home decor trend are you loving right now?
Warm colors taking over minimalism! Typically we're used to seeing whites and cooler hues associated with minimalist living, but the cozy tones really help make a space feel more homey without taking away from a clean and orderly appearance.
What home decor trend is so yesterday?
This is going to be controversial, but farmhouse everything. I'm not here for it. This could partially be blamed on the fact I grew up in a tiny farm town and cringe at the thought of tractors and burlap sacks being "cute." (No shade to Joanna Gaines, though.)
What is your favorite season and why?
Fall! Let's be real—it's the only season I know how to dress and decorate for. And it's an excuse to eat my weight in pumpkin bread.
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