Debra Steilen

Debra Steilen is a writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience covering home improvement topics for magazines, websites, and books. Through practical, inspirational articles, real-life tips, and helpful videos, she has educated hundreds of thousands of readers about remodeling, kitchen design, bath design, interior design, architecture, materials (counters, tile, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, flooring, appliances, cabinet hardware, paint and more) and working with professionals.

After learning remodeling basics on her first home—a neglected 1923 bungalow—Debra began her home improvement editing career at Dotdash Meredith (previously Meredith Corporation) with magazines such as Beautiful Kitchens and Kitchen Makeovers. She eventually moved to, where she reorganized the Home Improvement channel and developed content, videos, and applications that educated viewers and resulted in millions of additional page views for the website.

Debra started her own content-creation company, Buzzworthy Communications, Inc., and has continued to lend her writing expertise to magazines published by Trusted Media Brands (Country Woman) and AMG Parade (Small Space Storage Solutions, Vintage Style, Cottage Style, and Decorating Shortcuts).

Eventually her writing and editing expertise expanded to holidays (Halloween in particular) and pets (especially dogs). But her main focus remains home improvement and the delivery of clear information and inspirational ideas for upgrading one's residence.

Debra practices what she preaches in a 110-year-old stucco Four Square house with a great porch for Halloween decorations and a fenced-in yard for two spoiled Golden Retrievers.

Debra earned two bachelor's degrees from Iowa State University—one in Graphic Design, the other in Art Education—with a minor in English. She went on to complete her master's degree in journalism at Iowa State University. Debra boosted her home improvement knowledge by networking with leading kitchen and bath brands at annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Shows and and meeting with industry experts at product presentations held at corporate headquarters. She also interviewed hundreds of homeowners and industry pros to fine-tune her understanding of home improvement trends and homeowner needs.

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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