Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips, Editor at The Spruce Pets

Lauren Phillips is an Editor for The Spruce Pets, The Spruce, and The Spruce Crafts, a role that combines her passion for paint colors and home organizing (and her unadulterated love for dogs) with her writing and editing skills and desire to help people lead their best lives. She joined the team in April 2021.


  • 5+ years of print and digital media experience
  • Spent more than 3 years at Real Simple writing and editing home, lifestyle, and finance content
  • Can talk about paint swatches for hours


Before joining The Spruce Pets, 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, and while Lauren doesn’t currently have a dog, she’s working on a four-year plan to get one.

As Editor, Lauren assigns and edits interesting, helpful articles written by a team of knowledgeable experts (She even writes a few herself). Her 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.

Read more about The Spruce Pet's Editorial Policies and Standards.


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.

Education: Elon University
Location: New York, NY
Title: Editor

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.