Valerie Ott

Valerie Ott is a lifestyle writer who formerly covered home decor, accessories, and DIY projects for The Spruce.


  • Over two years of experience writing on home accessories and decor
  • Runs a blog on home accessories and has been featured on multiple home decor websites


Valerie Ott was a writer for The Spruce, where she wrote on home accessories and ways to add simple style to a home for more than two years. She is a former librarian who uses writing as a creative outlet. She served as the Editor of N2 Publishing and is currently copy chief at JOANN. While she was a stay-at-home mom, Ott began her Home Made Modern blog about her passion: how to create a smart and stylish life while making the everyday special for her family. After several years, Ott has become a self-taught expert in the area of home accessories and has been featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website, as well as numerous successful blogs such as Centsational Girl, Knock Off Decor, and Tatertots & Jello.


Ott earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language/letters from Xavier University and a Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.) in library and information science at Kent State University.

Expertise: Home decor
Education: Kent State University, Xavier University
Location: Hudson, Ohio

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