Eleanor Chalstrom

Contributing Writer


  • Specialties: Home decor, sustainable living, and organization 
  • Education: Senior at Iowa State University and pursuing a double major in journalism & mass communications and political science
  • Other work: Editorial apprentice at EatingWell.com through the Dotdash Meredith Apprenticeship Program. Before that, Eleanor served as the lifestyle section editor at her award-winning college newspaper, the Iowa State Daily. She has also worked as the copy editor and editorial director of TREND Magazine, a fashion publication on her college campus.


Eleanor Chalstrom is a senior at Iowa State University who interned at BobVila.com as a part of the American Society of Magazine Editors Summer Internship Program. She writes, fact-checks, and researches home trends for BobVila.com. When not writing and researching, Eleanor can be found reading all about revamping used furniture for her tiny apartment. 

Proudest DIY

Eleanor is notorious for attempting to make her college apartment homey on a shoe-string budget. Her proudest DIY was when she revamped a vanity she bought for $1 into two bedside tables. With a table saw, some old yellow paint, and a little elbow grease, her bedside tables have garnered compliments galore as she moves them from apartment to apartment.

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