Lauren Phillips

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Title: Associate Editorial Director, News, at BHG
Education: Elon University
Location: New York, New York
Expertise: Cleaning, Organizing, Home Decor, Paint Colors, General Lifestyle

Lauren Phillips is the Associate Editorial Director of News at Better Homes & Gardens. Previously, Lauren worked at The Spruce, Real Simple, and Coastal Living, among other publications. Lauren has a passion for paint colors and home organizing, and her roles at Better Homes & Gardens and other sites have allowed her to combine her passions with her writing and editing skills and desire to help people lead their best lives. She has been at Dotdash Meredith since April 2021 and worked at Meredith Corporation (now part of Dotdash Meredith) from 2018 to 2021.

  • 7+ years of print and digital media experience
  • Wrote and edited at The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce Pets, and Real Simple, covering lifestyle, home, and personal finance topics
  • Can talk about paint swatches for hours


Lauren joined the digital Better Homes & Gardens team in 2022, after time at The Spruce, Real Simple, and other lifestyle-focused publications. At Better Homes & Gardens, she helps the talented team of writers and editors maintain the 100-year-old publication’s legacy of helping its readers lead more beautiful, colorful lives. Lauren’s 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.
At The Spruce, Lauren oversaw the cleaning and organizing and home improvement sections of the site, assigning, editing, and writing content on everything from cleaning duvets to repairing rotted wood. Lauren also worked on The Spruce’s growing trending content and news program, writing and assigning coverage of rising trends, stars in the home space, and other topics. Lauren also contributed to The Spruce’s sister sites, MyDomaine, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts. She joined the team in 2021.
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, 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.


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.

About Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.

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