Eleanor Lynn Nesmith Eleanor Lynn Nesmith is a home design expert with more than 40 years of experience writing about architectural and interior design trends. Early in her career, she was an editor for Architecture and Southern Living magazines. Later, as a freelancer, Eleanor wrote for Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, Cottage Style, Architectural Record, and Traditional Home. She is also the author of "30A Living Book," "Instant Architecture," "Seaside Style," and "Tracery: The Art of Southern Design." Eleanor Lynn Nesmith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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.