Shelby Deering Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer, print and digital journalist, and storyteller with more than 17 years of writing, editing, and content creation experience who specializes in home, decor, and travel topics. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, and many more national magazines, regional titles, digital outlets, and trade publications. For the last eight years, she has been a full-time freelance lifestyle writer. 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.