Diana Paulson


Novi, MI

Equipped with an eye for photography and an interior design background, Diana has been blending these two passions to create stunning images for Apartment Therapy.
This Victorian House Built in 1886 Is Utterly Stunning After a Modern Reno
Shop owner Marissa Wege, who owns Au Sable store, says she had the colors for her gorgeous modern kitchen “decided before anything else.”

Jun 14, 2023
After Renting in Brooklyn, This Family Found Home in Historic Detroit
Emily Gershen and Dion Harris have owned this Detroit house — built in 1928 and featuring intricate plasterwork and original stained glass windows — for a year and a half. They share their home with their young son, Milo, and another baby on the way! (Along with two fur babies, Goose and Birdie.)
Apr 27, 2023
A Renovated Modern Michigan House Is Scandinavian-Inspired with a Coastal Twist
This envy-inducing modern house remodel showcases indoor-outdoor living at its finest.
Apr 26, 2023
This Artist Undertook a Two-Year Restoration of a 'Tear-Down' 1960 MCM House
Artist John Neary worked with design firm Parini Design to restore this house, built in 1960 and designed by Michigan-based architect Paul Moffett. The structure was stabilized and the interior was fully modernized with a nod to its mid-century past.
Apr 18, 2023
DIY Projects Saved This Mid-Century Modern House From Bad '90s Updates
When it comes to creating your dream home, Dylan believes in doing it yourself. Through YouTube videos he learned how to update his California house, including uncovering and reimagining the statement fireplace, opening up the living room, remodeling the bathrooms, and more.
Nov 29, 2022
This Family's Renovated Michigan A-Frame Is an Airy, Scandinavian-Inspired Home
Mike and Courtney met at a birthday party in Michigan eleven years ago. Little did they know, it was in the exact neighborhood they would later buy a house and raise their family. Specifically in this A-frame that they brightened by painting the walls white and adding windows.
Oct 19, 2022
A Creative Director's Colorful LA Home Has Envy Inducing Inside/Outside Living
Emily's house, built in 1938 on a hillside in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, is like living in a vibrant 1980s tropical treehouse. Emily and her husband remodeled and designed the home themselves, creating a "colorful family home with daily vacay vibes."
Oct 13, 2022
These Actors Have Crafted a Colorful, Creative Oasis in the Desert
Kit Williamson and John Halbach have completely transformed this 1958 cabin on five acres in Yucca Valley, using patterned tiles, fun furniture, and lots of dreamy outdoor elements.
Jun 8, 2022
A Historic Detroit House Has an All-Black Kitchen, Marvelous Marble, and More
Hilary and Doug share a love of design, fashion, and art, and filled this large house in Detroit, built in the 1930s by George McKnight, with all three when they renovated it for themselves and their two kids, Haze and Sway.
Apr 21, 2022
A Renovated Detroit House Has Some of the Most Gorgeous Marble in the Kitchen
Inspired by spaces within Europe like in France, Denmark, or Italy, Stephen and Christina's entire home has been gorgeously remodeled.
Feb 4, 2022
A 1959 Michigan MCM House Has a Stunning Wall of Shelves & All-Black Kitchen
Colin Tury and Ellie Ingram have put A LOT of work into transforming this house into what you see today. “Every square inch of this house has been affected by us and we’re proud of it” he writes.
Oct 8, 2021
A 1920s Craftsman Is Getting Renovated One DIY Project at a Time
When Andy Grant first moved in to this house, every single surface in the home needed repainting... and she's been renovating it and adding her own personality through tons of DIY projects since.
Apr 2, 2021
This Sushi Chef/Artist Turned His 660-Square-Foot Apartment into an Art Gallery
When COVID hit and ruined Mike Han's restaurant dream before it could open, he pivoted from sushi to art, transforming his small apartment into an art gallery.
Jan 12, 2021
A Charming 99-Year-Old Craftsman Bungalow Has Been Beautifully Restored
Christian Doble and Alicia Gbur have spent the past seven years updating their coastal-inspired Craftsman house.
Dec 11, 2020
A Modern Michigan House Was Inspired by German Architecture
This young family lived abroad for a few years, just outside of Munich, Germany, and living in Europe turned them onto German architecture and timeless European home design.
Sep 29, 2020
Before and After: This $17k Reno Transformed a Dated Bathroom into a ‘1960s Italian Dystopia’ Style Dream Room
Lisa Backus and Andrea Richardson of Design Bar Detroit transformed this dark and dated Detroit loft bathroom into a bright, modern space.
Jul 29, 2020
A Cheery Mid-Century Modern House Is Bursting With Color Inspiration
What a kitchen island!
May 2, 2020
A 550-Square-Foot Studio Proves Life Is Too Short for Boring Apartments
Isabelle Weiss is the founder of NEXT:SPACE, a contemporary art space in Detroit. Her small studio apartment is absolutely filled with great furniture and art.
Jan 20, 2020
See Inside a Modern Detroit Townhome Designed by Mies van der Rohe
Two of the four walls throughout the entire house are all glass.
Nov 8, 2019
A Playful Home Shows Off the Power of Pops of Color
Name: Leslie and Gilbert, kids, and pets Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Leslie and Gilbert moved to Michigan a couple of years ago and were excited to find a fun mid-century modern house next to some wooded land. They love music, learning, and nature and wanted to be able to bring all of those things together into their home.
May 10, 2019
Before and After: A 100-Year-Old House Gets Rejuvenated
Meg and Joe are both graphic designers. They bought this house in Detroit about a year ago. Though their budget was small, they were able to refresh the whole house thanks to fresh paint. And they made the home their own by adding in personal objects with history, as well as art made by themselves or friends. The couple says the entire house is still a work in progress, but that’s what they like about it: They’re making the house their own home. “Be patient and take your time.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Small Suburban Bathroom Goes from Taupe to Timeless
After living in New York for 11 years, Diana Marsh was ready to move back to her home state of Michigan and design a beautiful nest. As the proprietor of the downtown Ann Arbor store Thistle and Bess, Diana stocks up and offers one-of-a-kind treasures for those seeking a luxurious lifestyle. And not surprisingly, she was looking to create a luxurious lifestyle in the 1890s house she bought.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: First-time DIYers Rescue a Fishy, Fugly Floral Small Bathroom
“When we first moved in, our bathroom was COVERED in flowers,” reports Kathy Davies, a wedding and portrait photographer. She and her husband, James Binder, bought this 1950s tri-level house in Michigan two years ago and have slowly been remodeling parts of it. She continues describing what an outdated nightmare the small bathroom was when they purchased the house: “The floor, the curtains, the wallpaper… and not a pretty modern type of floral pattern.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: Orange You Glad This Kitchen Got a Makeover?
“Renovating the kitchen was my first major project in my first home,” admits Brandon Bourdganis, who purchased this 900-square-foot Michigan house three years ago. He loved the character of his new house and wanted to stay true to it while also incorporating his own modern and functional style. And though the kitchen the house came with was perfectly fine, Brandon wanted a kitchen he could be proud of. A space he would be happy to use every day.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Dark and Dated House Is Totally Transformed
After a tiresome year of home searching, Wes—an Alabama native and graphic designer who relocated to Detroit—and his fiancé Ben weren’t very optimistic about seeing this house. It wasn’t the one-and-a-half-story colonial style that they were interested in… and the exterior struck them as being more formal than they liked. Additionally, while it had been maintained by out-of-town family, it had been unoccupied for nearly a decade.
May 3, 2019
Black Built-Ins Add Drama in This Renovated 1940s Michigan House
Name: Wes Trammel, Ben Cooper, (Dog) Duffy Location: Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Size: 1,870 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned An Alabama native and graphic designer, Wes relocated to Detroit three years ago with his fiancé, Ben. Having worked for 16 years as a graphic designer for a national home and lifestyle magazine, Wes has recently turned his attention to home renovation and interiors.
Mar 1, 2019
A Modern and Minimal Kit Home Is the Embodiment of Hygge
"What if happiness came in a package?"
Nov 1, 2018
Minimalism Meets Organic Modern in this Michigan Home
The time spent in this minimal Michigan home-away-from-home no doubt feeds a couple's creative spirits.
Oct 26, 2018
A Floral Designer’s Once-Sterile Spec House Is Now Cheery
The nice part about a spec home is you start with a great blank canvas with such potential for personalization.
Sep 19, 2018
A Charming, Eclectic Farmhouse in Michigan
Name: Kim and Patrick + daughter Fiona + dog CeCe Location: Brighton, Michigan Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned Built in 1940 — with a mint green exterior and eggplant shutters — Kim and Patrick’s Cape Cod style house is steeped in history. “There has only been one owner prior to us and the land for the home was originally parceled from the lot belonging to the house next door.
Dec 29, 2017
A Couple Bought This Detroit House…Without Ever Walking Inside!
Name: Courtney, Paul, and (daughter) Redding Location: Corktown — Detroit, Michigan Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned After living in Brooklyn for 10 years, Courtney and Paul relocated to Detroit in 2016 and took a chance on buying a house…without ever walking inside. The couple discovered the property through family: Paul’s cousin moved back to the Motor City a few years before them and found this duplex. Now they all currently live in it!
Dec 28, 2017
A Couple and Their Cute Pup Share 550 Square Feet in Detroit
Name: Leo + Jordan Miller + Alexander Lynch Location: West Village — Detroit, Michigan Size: 550 square feet Years lived in: 8 months, renting Jordan is an Ohio native who moved to Detroit on a whim in the summer of 2016 because of her love for the state of Michigan, particularly its lakes. Al grew up in a small town in the Upper Peninsula called Norway.
Dec 14, 2017
An Event Planner’s Modern, Quiet Quonset Hut in Detroit
Name: Haley Lertola Location: True North — Detroit, Michigan Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1/2 year, renting Haley Lertola owns an event planning and design company, Detroit Cultivated, where she’s “committed to disrupting the Detroit event industry by creating inspired experiences that incorporate sustainable practices. One of the goals of each event is to transport guests to a truly original setting.
Dec 7, 2017
A Serial Entrepreneur’s Recently Renovated Modern Farmhouse
Name: Lisa Palmer, husband Rob and son Quinn Location: Fenton, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit) Size: 5,300 square feet (including basement) Years lived in: 16 years, owned Lisa Palmer is a seeker of all things vintage, lover of nostalgia, and fan of making her home a place where anyone can walk in and feel loved by it. On the professional side, Lisa is a serial entrepreneur (16 years in) who has a knack for developing products and building lifestyle brands such as her most recent Lillybee.
Nov 17, 2017
Real Life Rental Challenge: A Genius Update For A Bad ’80s Bathroom Light
There’s nothing worse than those builder grade vanity strips in bathrooms, the ones that absolutely scream “HI, I’M CHROME AND WAS SENT FROM THE ’80s TO DATE YOU!!” As a renter your options are limited, but I came up with a smart way to deal with these common eyesores. Instead of swapping it out with a new light fixture, I decided to instead embrace the challenge and work with what I had. I couldn’t paint it, because that was permanent.
Nov 9, 2017
A First-Time Home Buyer’s Colorful Retro Reno
Name: Brandon Bourdganis Location: Ferndale, Michigan Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned “My home is a snapshot of my life…I try to incorporate memories from my family, travels, city, state and friends while making it look very personal and uniquely me.
Oct 30, 2017