Kathy Barnes Author's Instagram Kathy Barnes has been writing home design features for more than 18 years. Formerly she was home design editor who worked on Country Home and ReadyMade magazines. She was also a digital editor for BHG.com and DivineCaroline.com.Currently she owns her own business as a freelance writer and editor. She contributes regularly to a number of magazines and websites. She's also an adjunct professor of features and magazine writing for Drake University. 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.