Katie Holdefehr

Katie Holdefehr, Associate Editorial Director at RealSimple.com
Title: Associate Editorial Director
Education: Vassar College
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Expertise: Decorating, Cleaning, Organizing

Katie Holdefehr is the associate editorial director at RealSimple.com, where she combines her love for home decor (she’s always down to talk about paint colors!) with her writing and editing skills. She joined the Real Simple team in 2017, and has been helping readers decorate and organize their homes ever since. 


  • 10+ years of experience in print and digital media
  • Host of Spotless, Real Simple’s cleaning how-to video series 
  • Designed rooms in the 2020 and 2021 Real Simple Homes
  • Has made appearances on Good Morning America, PIX11 News, and Cheddar as a home decor and cleaning expert
  • Currently working on a home decor and organizing book, Embrace Your Space, being released in March 2023.


For the past five years, Katie has covered everything home related on RealSimple.com, from cleaning and organizing, to home decor and houseplants. She goes straight to the source, working with a talented network of interior designers, paint experts, cleaning pros, gardening aficionados, and real estate professionals to produce content that’s both fun to read and well-informed. 

Before joining the team at Real Simple, Katie was an associate editor at Apartment Therapy, where she became well-versed in reversible decor for rentals and small spaces. She also spent three years at Martha Stewart Living, where she wrote feature stories, dyed Easter eggs, and helped decorate a snowy Vermont barn for a holiday photo shoot. 

When she’s not writing, you’ll find her installing wainscoting and hanging up gallery walls in her 90-year-old Brooklyn apartment. She’s working on transforming the formerly vine-covered backyard into a rambling, English-style garden (she’ll keep you posted on the progress).

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Katie graduated with a B.A. in English from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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