Kelly Dawson

Deputy Editor

Kelly Dawson is the deputy editor at Apartment Therapy. Her writing has appeared in almost every major American design publication, most notably as a longtime contributor to Architectural Digest and Dwell, and she's also been published in places like The New York Times, AFAR, and Vox, to name a few. Kelly is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with lots of natural light and books.
Shea McGee’s New Class Is Offering You a Shot at Her Design Wisdom
The interior designer is sharing her best tips.
May 16, 2023
7 Accessories to Bring "Quiet Luxury" into Your Home for Under $100
Think “old money” style on a budget.
May 15, 2023
I Trust This Container Store Pick When Buying Multiple Woven Baskets
You’ll get cohesion every time.
May 12, 2023
This Two-Second Tweak Instantly Made My Nightstand Vignette Look More Stylish
And I didn't have to buy anything else to make it happen.
May 9, 2023
Imani Keal's 4 Secrets for Manifesting the Perfect Apartment in D.C.
Real Estate
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
May 6, 2023
This Online Plant Seller Helped Me Fake Having a Green Thumb
Home Projects
I’m a newly reformed plant serial killer.
Apr 27, 2023
B&A: A Clever IKEA Hack Makes This Open Entryway Much More Practical
This smart entryway redo is from YouTuber Alexandra Gater’s first book — and she gave Apartment Therapy an exclusive look at the project.
Apr 25, 2023
B&A:A Tired Bedroom Wakes Up with DIY Paneling in a Surprising Shade
Home Projects
There’s a smart IKEA hack in this bedroom redo, too.
Apr 22, 2023
B&A: A Plain Spare Room Transforms into a “Disco Cocoon” Media Lounge
Home Projects
The new space is a grown-up secret clubhouse that goes all-out with bold design.
Apr 21, 2023
B&A: A “Dark and Dingy” 1990s Bathroom Brightens Up with a $4,000 Redo
This reno only took five days.
Apr 20, 2023
Doing This One Thing Has Made It Possible to Maintain a 25-Year Friendship
It's a short-and-sweet way my friend and I stay in touch.
Feb 28, 2023
Designer to DIY: This Potentially Free Idea for Your Powder Room Is Pro-Approved
Designer Marie Trohman discusses how she put her own spin on the space above her powder room's vanity.
Feb 24, 2023
Here's Why You Should Rethink the Design Details in Your Home
These six options will make your home's most basic details look more intentional.
Feb 15, 2023
I Thought This $6 Kitchen Tool Was Unnecessary, Until I Trusted My Mom
This small detail would provide peace of mind.
Jan 30, 2023
The Simple (but Essential) Resolution Every Homeowner Should Make This Year
This habit will help you save time and money in the short- and long-term.
Jan 5, 2023
4 Home Remodeling Trends Contractors Secretly Hate
Some home upgrades aren't worth adding to your to do list.
Jan 4, 2023
4 Tips for Completing a Home Reno Project in the Short, Dark Days of Winter
Don't let an early sunset dissuade you from tackling your home improvement checklist.
Jan 3, 2023
B&A: A Cheerful Kids' Room Gets a New Life as a Grown Up Office and Guest Room
Home Projects
When this DIYer's kids outgrew their bedroom and moved into a bigger one, she wanted to give the space that they left behind a new, more sophisticated look.
Dec 29, 2022
The 10 Best Bedroom Redos of 2022 Prioritize Comfort and Clutter-Busting Fixes
Want great sleep in 2023? It might be time for a bedroom upgrade. Let these 10 amazing transformations give you the inspiration to get started.
Dec 28, 2022
The 10 Best Living Room Redos of 2022, from Minimalist Havens to Bold Hangouts
These living room redos will inspire you to take another look at your own space.
Dec 26, 2022
The 10 Best Bathroom Redos of 2022, from Serene Escapes to Dramatic Jaw-Dropp
Bold wallpaper? Quirky vintage tile? Spa-like atmosphere? These bathrooms have it all.
Dec 23, 2022
10 of the Best Entryway Redos We Saw in 2022, Starting at Under $120
These makeovers feature clever organizing ideas, bold color choices, smart DIYs, and more.
Dec 21, 2022
The 5 Home Projects Workers You Should Tip, and the 2 You Can Skip
Want to show your appreciation for a job well done? Here's your complete guide on who and how to tip.
Dec 20, 2022
5 Designer-Approved, No-Reno Ways to Make Your Front Door More Accessible
These steps will help your home feel more welcoming to all your guests.
Dec 16, 2022
10 of the Best Kitchen Redos We Saw in 2022, from Rental-Friendly to Gut Reno
We saw a lot of kitchen makeovers this year, but these 10 are among our very favorites for their clever design tricks, cool color schemes, and impressive DIYs.
Dec 14, 2022
B&A: Dreaming of Warmer Weather? Let This Stunning Patio Redo Inspire You
This family's yard redo offers multiple hangout spots that help them take full advantage of their outdoor space.
Nov 6, 2022
5 Kitchen Design Trends That Can Make Your Kitchen More Accessible
According to an interior designer!
Oct 24, 2022
The 7 Best YouTube Channels for Homeowners, According to Reddit
Home Projects
Most DIYers will tell you that this is where the knowledge begins.
Oct 24, 2022
This Genius IKEA Hack Can Turn a Laminate Tabletop into a Wood Stunner
Home Projects
A Redditor shares how a table with scratches and stains was saved.
Oct 20, 2022
B&A: An Unfinished Basement Gets an English Countryside Bathroom
Home Projects
With help from the pros, a DIYer transformed a blank space for $9,600.
Oct 19, 2022
6 DIY Skills Every Homeowner Must Know, According to Reddit
A new homeowner asked the Home Improvement subreddit for advice and got hundreds of responses
Oct 19, 2022
This Simple Decorating Trick Creates Visual Cohesion in a Teeny-Tiny Space
In this 200-square-foot studio, a wood stain makes a big difference.
Oct 5, 2022
7 Subtle, Fun Halloween Decor Items that Even Minimalists Will Love
If you’re also someone who’s looking for a more low-key take on the season, at least inside your home, this may be the way to do it.
Oct 5, 2022
A "Bed Nook" May Just Be the Small-Space Solution You Need for Guests
This is how you can give visitors their own dedicated space.
Oct 3, 2022
There’s a Good Chance You’ve Been Sleeping on the Color Orange
It’s a design choice that’s worth a second look.
Sep 29, 2022
Think You Have to Choose Between Paint and Natural Wood? This Home Has Both
If you hold on to a classic wood finish, you can still use as many paints as you please.
Sep 7, 2022