Madelaine Jerousek-Smith Madelaine Jerousek-Smith is a Senior Copy Editor for the Better Homes & Gardens magazine. She's had a long career in journalism - including working at the Des Moines Register or freelancing for Midwest Living or Meredith Travel Marketing. She attended Drake University and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. 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.