Dana McMahan

Louisville, Kentucky

Freelance writer Dana McMahan is a chronic adventurer, serial learner, and whiskey enthusiast based in Louisville, Kentucky.
A Dated 2000s Kitchen Gets a Total Redo and the Result Is So Romantic
Wait until you see the stunning Italian stove.
3 days ago
A Dated "’80s Farmhouse Kitchen Flip" Gets a Sleek MCM-Style Makeover
Projects & Improvements
"I’m regularly pinching myself when I see this total dream kitchen in my own home,” the homeowner says.
Apr 29, 2024
See How an Interior Designer Transformed a “Nightmare Kitchen” — Without a Gut Renovation
Projects & Improvements
It doesn’t have to break the bank.
Apr 18, 2024
The Best Couch Materials for Dogs — and the Worst
Because Scruffy (and your furniture) deserves the best.
Feb 28, 2024
See How I Transformed My Dated Living Room into a Dreamy Hangout
Projects & Improvements
Scrapping the crumbling plaster walls revealed gorgeous vintage brick.
Feb 22, 2024
4 Kitchen Cabinet Trends That Are Out for 2024
Design Ideas
Number 2 may surprise you.
Feb 2, 2024
My Pumpkin-Orange Bathroom's Makeover Is a True Cinderella Story
PROJECTS & IMPROVEMENTS
I got my inspiration from a trip to Paris (and an ordinary stroll to get coffee).
Jan 31, 2024
My Dated Bedroom’s Makeover Has a Closet Inspired by a Luxury Store
Projects & Improvements
I knew there was something beautiful waiting to be revealed.
Dec 28, 2023
Ripping Out the Dated ‘80s Decor Gave Me the Entryway of My Dreams
Projects & Improvements
My friend told me my new entryway felt like a hotel in Europe. With that one kind compliment, all the stress of the reno was worth it.
Dec 3, 2023
My Dated Kitchen's Gut Reno Unearthed a Beautiful Brick Wall
PROJECTS & IMPROVEMENTS
It went from totally ‘80s and dated to historic, charming, and cool.
Nov 16, 2023
7 Kitchen Trends That Are So Over, According to Interior Designers
You'll be surprised by what they had to say.
Nov 8, 2023
6 Outdated Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Skip, According to a Designer
Style
Here's what to consider steering clear of and why.
Aug 27, 2023
I Hired a "Move Manager" and It Was the Best Money I've Ever Spent
Real Estate
Here’s why.
Aug 4, 2023
Here’s How to Find Cheap Kitchen Cabinets That Won’t Compromise Your Style
HOME PROJECTS
Save your money for other splurges.
Jul 30, 2022
5 Kitchen Trends to Avoid in 2023
Style
According to a pro!
Jul 18, 2023
Never Break These 5 Etiquette Rules While House-Hunting
REAL ESTATE
According to a pro.
Jul 18, 2023
I Wish I'd Been More Bossy with My Real Estate Photographer
Real Estate
I should have told them about the money shot.
Jun 28, 2023
How an “Escalation Clause” Helped Me Win a Real Estate Bidding War
Real Estate
And sell my home in the process.
Jun 14, 2023
B&A: A "Falling-Apart" Kitchen Gets a Fresh, Light-Filled Makeover
Home Projects
The new modern farmhouse-style kitchen is filled with natural wood touches.
Jun 3, 2023
3 Kitchen Reno Lessons I Learned the Hard Way, So You Don’t Have To
Home Projects
Learn from my mistakes to save yourself a headache.
May 21, 2023
B&A: A Blah 200-Square-Foot Studio Gets a Dreamy Travel-Inspired Makeover
Home Projects
This tiny studio’s bedroom and living area started out dingy, but with some fresh paint and furniture it’s totally unrecognizable.
May 5, 2023
I’ve Tried Tons of Spray Paint, and This is The Only One I’ll Buy
Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a simple change of color. And, when it comes to giving furniture and decor a brand new lease on life, for the least money and effort, the hands-down winner is spray paint. I’ve tried a lotta lotta spray paint, and recently found my new favorite. It’s easier to think of things I haven’t spray painted—my dogs, maybe—than all the things I have.
May 1, 2023
B&A: A Daring Paint Job and Fresh Tile Revive This Tiny, Tired Kitchen
Home Projects
The new kitchen feels a lot more inviting.
Apr 17, 2023
The One Thing You're Probably Forgetting When Choosing a Wall Color
Home Projects
Learn from my mistake!
Apr 12, 2023
Forget Thrift Stores — This Hidden Gem Has All the Best Old-School Home Decor
Home Projects
If you want to give your home some extra character, you need to be shopping salvage. Here’s how.
Mar 29, 2023
This Hidden Feature Was the Best $100 I Spent for My Kitchen's Gut Reno
This cabinet upgrade took some patience and DIY know-how to install, but the results have been worth it.
Mar 14, 2023
An Unexpected Upgrade Helped Me Turn a Plain Staircase into a Work of Art
Plain risers are the perfect opportunity to infuse your stairs with personality.
Mar 6, 2023
B&A: A Paint-Fueled Redo Gives This Beige Box Apartment Some Much-Needed Charm
Visions of Paris inspired this cozy makeover.
Feb 27, 2023
B&A: A Worn-Down Bathroom's Makeover Decreases Its Size But Maximizes Its Style
The guest bathroom in this Victorian-era home said goodbye to its wild carpet and hello to statement-making tile.
Feb 20, 2023
B&A: This 202-Square-Foot Studio's Chic Redo Was Inspired by an Unlikely Source
Paint and peel-and-stick wallpaper played a major role in this makeover.
Feb 13, 2023
The Biggest Mistake You Can Make While Renovating Is Also the Easiest One to Fix
Take a lesson from my reno missteps.
Feb 9, 2023
B&A: A Scary 120-Year-Old Bathroom Gets a Fresh Yet Timeless Transformation
Bye, green carpet and rusted clawfoot tub.
Feb 4, 2023
One Surprising Thing I Splurged on in My Last Home Reno — and I Don't Regret It
I spent an extra couple hundred dollars, but the impact was huge.
Jan 24, 2023
Questions We All Have: Why Is Framing So Expensive?
No, but really...why?
Nov 18, 2022
6 of the Most Important Tips I've Learned from Renovating 3 Kitchens in 5 Years
Take it from this serial kitchen renovator.
Nov 7, 2022
What No One Tells You About All Those Beautiful Cement Tiles
This might give you pause.
Oct 22, 2022