Maxwell Ryan


New York, NY

Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver. Since then he has grown, added, our home cooking site, and has authored four books on design. He now lives with his daughter in a lovely apartment in Brooklyn.
I Tried This Under-the-Radar Brand’s Customizable Organic Cotton Percale Bedding — Here’s Why It’s a Game Changer
Mix and match from more than 40 colors to create your dream bedding set.
Sep 14, 2023
Our Favorite Drinking Glasses to Use Every Single Day
Good design isn’t just for wine glasses and fancy occasions. We like to incorporate it into everything we use on a daily basis, from the rugs under our feet to the lighting above. And that includes our regular tableware. So if you’re looking for beautiful drinking glasses that you can use every day, look no further than these 11 picks.
Jul 31, 2023
Get Amazing One-Time Deals on Furniture and Art in NYC, LA & Atlanta
Bridge Props doesn't usually sell outside of the trade, but right now, it's offering local NYC, Los Angeles, and Atlanta communities the option to buy these pieces for their spaces at steep discounts and deals.
May 24, 2023
Introducing Max Plexibox: The Framing Gamechanger
A new way to frame.
May 17, 2023
Apartment Therapy’s New (Online) Frame Shop Will Help You Frame Your Art Easily and Beautifully
I’ve always wanted to offer a really simple, really reliable online framing solution. Now, by teaming up with Simply Framed, we’ve gone and done it.
Apr 3, 2023
Use the 57″ Rule To Hang Pictures at the Perfect Height
You only need to remember one number to get it right, every time.
Mar 30, 2023
A Simple, Sweet Way to Celebrate Yourself This Month
You deserve it.
Jan 27, 2023
13 Tips for The Sexiest Bedroom … Like Ever
Mae West was famous for saying, “The best way to get over a guy is to get under a new guy.” Despite its many implications, it was a good reminder to me that amidst all the politics of dating, as an Apartment Therapist, underneath it ALL is a bed and the BEST way to catch the new person you want is to have a fantastic bedroom. Your bedroom is the clearest expression of how you are feeling about yourself right now and is bathed in your pheromones.
Jan 25, 2023
Bazaar Daily Finds
4 Restoration Hardware Demi-lune chairs – $600 – I had them for about 4 years. Restoration Hardware doesn’t sell them anymore, but you can view details on this page. They are in good shape, very sturdy, oak wood frame is like new – NYC Weekend of February 15 Dear Readers, What are you looking for?
Nov 14, 2022
The Best Sleeper Sofas and Sofa Beds
We'll help you find one that's comfortable, attractive, and fits your budget.
Nov 2, 2022
Great DIY Desks with IKEA Countertops and Legs
This is a pearl of wisdom that I received years ago and wanted to bring back right now. When in need of a really simple, nice, natural material desk, use IKEA butcherblock countertop (which is cuttable, sandable, stainable and paintable) and some cool legs (like the Vika Inge style seen here, which has been replaced with Vika Runtorp).
Oct 12, 2022
How To Catch a Mouse: Our Biggest & Most Helpful Posts
It’s mouse season, and two friends have found critter droppings in their kitchen since New Year’s, throwing them into a tizzy. I’ve been through this before, and it drove me crazy how difficult they are to catch. They have patterns that you can expect, and then they break them. A number of years ago (when I recorded the videos below), I finally DID catch the mouse in our home, but it took days and lots of patience.
Sep 13, 2022
Warm vs Cool Colors: What Are They and What’s the Best Way to Use Them?
The interior palette is roughly divided into two groups of color: warm and cool colors. Reds, yellows, oranges and beige are warm. Blues, greens and grays are cool. If you look at the color wheel, warm colors are on one side of the wheel, and the cools reside on the other. Where they meet, they mix, forming some hybrids, like green and purple. Those colors can be warmer or cooler depending on their mix.
Aug 10, 2022
Upgrade Your IKEA Sofa with Our New, Affordable Slipcover Collection from Bemz
A while back, I worked with the BEMZ team to design a special corduroy collection that was chic, cozy, and perennially in style. Now, I’m excited to finally reveal the brand new colors that build on the success of that project.
Mar 10, 2022
One Good Thing: Holiday Edition – Part 3
Hey, we’re back with our final episode in which we solve two more people’s gift giving problems. This week Nina stops by looking for a gift for her little nephew and then Brenden stops by looking for a gift for his mother, who is INCREDIBLY HARD to shop for. I think Hands and I nailed both of them and I hope you think so too.
Dec 9, 2021
One Good Thing: Holiday Edition – Part 2
Hey, we’re baaaaaaaaack! This week Hands and I solved more gift giving problems and ALSO had two celebrity sightings as Alvin and Whitney stopped by and sat down at our booth. Alvin was looking for a present for a design loving friend who has a small space, while Whitney wanted a housewarming present for a friend who was just moving into a new apartment this holiday season. WE NAILED IT. After offering two suggestions to each, they walked away happy with some very unique gifts.
Dec 2, 2021
One Good Thing: Holiday Edition – Part 1
Hey all you guys! Welcome back to our weirdest One Good Thing yet – a full on gift give away on the street in SoHo. After years of watching others do gift guides, Hands and I decided to not just put forward our favorite gift finds of the year, but to give them all away to folks we met on the street. It was not only a great service to perform, it was fun and got us right into the holiday spirit. Check out this unique setup and enjoy the holidays, no matter how you spend them!
Dec 2, 2021
One Good Thing – Out & About: Hand’s Lovely, Compact, IKEA Hanging Dish Rack
Welcome back to our tour of the city… looking for good ideas that are RIGHT under our noses. This week I got to visit Hands at home. Yes, that’s right, Hands has a lovely small apartment in the West Village where all the magic happens. In this visit Hands shows me great, space saving dish rack that has made her space work so well in the sink department. Originally a great IKEA design, I’ve now been able to find a few spin-off since the Swedish Giant discontinued the design.
Nov 4, 2021
One Good Thing – Out & About: The Incredible Cork Pops Wine Opener
Hey Everybody! Welcome back to One Good Thing, still out and about and looking for good ideas wherever they are popping up. This week I went back to the restaurant I was in last week – Emporio – on Mott street to go deep on a wine cork opener that I’ve never seen before: The Cork Pops Opener. This handy little gadget is so easy to use and so cool to show off using that I just had to share it.
Nov 2, 2021
One Good Thing – Out & About: Great Everyday Tabletop Setting Ideas from an Italian Restaurant in SoHo
Hey! Welcome back to One Good Thing – still out and about and collecting ideas in the city for you to use at home. This week Hands and I stumble into a super cute Italian restaurant – Emporio – on Mott street and settle in for a fine lunch in the sunshine. Before the food comes I highlight their excellent choice of glassware, napkin-ware and their outdoor table, all of which is classy, affordable and would be great at home, indoors or outdoors.
Oct 21, 2021
One Good Thing – Out & About: Super Cute Yellow Outdoor Seating Arrangement on Crosby Street!
HEY EVERYONE and welcome back to One Good Thing! This week Hands and I walk down Crosby Street – right near our office – and find a super cute seating arrangement right outside of The Alchemists Kitchen, which is a cool, new store and cafe with herbal supplements, CBD and a “whole plant tonic bar.
Oct 14, 2021
One Good Thing – Out & About: Cozy Dusting Slippers from Megan? Who Knew?
Hey Everybody! After being stuck inside my house for the past year and a half Hands and I decided to get out and about – traveling around our city to find good things right under our noses. So many good things that I pick up for my life come from seeing them out in the world – at other folk’s homes, restaurants and hotels – there is really nothing better for good ideas than getting out and about. It’s time to get out and about!
Oct 7, 2021
One Good Thing: My Big JosephJoseph Home Composting Tip!
Welcome back to One Good Thing back in my kitchen! This week I want to share a little change I made in my composting ritual that has made my life better – I’ve traded in my stainless steel composting bucket that sat on the floor for a neat and tidy countertop composter from JosephJoseph.
Sep 30, 2021
One Good Thing: The Tension Rod Shower Solution
Welcome back to One Good Thing!!! I’m excited as ever this week because it’s FALL (and I love fall), and we’re rolling into our new season of OGTs, AND this one was so successful that my daughter stole all the props to build this into her own bathroom. It’s the best vote I could get.What is it that I’m talking about? I’m talking about taking tension rod hacks to the next level with a BIG DADDY TENSION ROD with which to make your shower storage even better.
Sep 23, 2021
One Good Thing: The Simple Effective Hand Powered Breathing Mobile Clothes Washer
Welcome back to One Good Thing! This week I got a tip from a friend that there was a new trend around washing your clothes at home with this thing called the Breathing Mobile Washer. At first, I was skeptical and I also thought it looked like a plunger, but then I tested it and found it to be a surprisingly smart new tool for the home. Why?
Sep 17, 2021
One Good Thing: A Successful Eco Friendly Cleaning Kit
Hello to all of you and welcome back to One Good Thing! We’re back in the saddle this week, kicking off a new run of One Good Things which focus on cleaning and organizing inside your home. This week I wanted to highlight a really nice, simple under-sink cleaning setup that I’ve been using. It’s made my life easier and also made me feel better since I’m finally switched to cleaning products that employ eco-friendly tablets and reusable bottles.
Sep 9, 2021
One Good Thing – TikTok Edition! Great Vanilla Life Hack to Make Your Home Smell Wonderful
Welcome back to One Good Thing again on TikTok! Why? Because it was a fun challenge and we’re playing around with everything.
Aug 12, 2021
One Good Thing – TikTok Edition! The simplehuman cleanstation Opera with Karis
Welcome back to One Good Thing for a special TikTok edition with a guest appearance by my colleague, Karis Danish, who is the Boss Lady on every episode we shoot. This week I wanted to share a truly 2021 product – the simplehuman cleanstation – which is a germaphobe must-have since we all apparently touch our phones 2,617 times per day! This new gadget uses 30 high-intensity UV-C LED lights to blast your phone for 30 seconds, killing 99.
Aug 9, 2021
One Good Thing: How To Make Two Natural DIY Air Fresheners
Welcome back to One Good Thing @ Home! This week I take a little detour back into my kitchen to cook up some all natural ingredients that will make you house smell lovely and get rid of old, musty smells from cooking, kids, dirty clothes, you name it. It’s getting REALLY SIMPLE this week, which I love, but I hope there’s enough “meat on the bone” for you rabid DIYers who like to fill the comments with all sorts of good old fashioned feedback. Bring it on.
Jul 29, 2021
One Good Thing: How To Remove Odors from Clothes with Vodka (of all things!)
Welcome back to One Good Thing, where we keep rolling! You know why? Because we’re having fun and you all seem to keep clicking on us, so that’s as good a reason as I’ve had since Covid began to keep doing anything. AND we love to be helpful.
Jul 22, 2021
One Good Thing: How To Clean your Dishwasher EASILY!
Welcome back to One Good Thing! This week Hands is back and we’re on The Case of the Dirty Dishwasher. I recently found out that they needed to be periodically cleaned, which I had NEVER done, and which also explained why the cleaning wasn’t going so well lately (where were loose food particles and a spotting).
Jul 15, 2021
One Good Thing: My Best & Easiest Way to Clean a Gas or Charcoal Grill
Welcome back to One Good Thing! We’re outdoors again, soaking up the summer and prepping for a big GRILL SEASON (we actually grilled all last weekend over the 4th. We had 12 people for the weekend – kids and laundry everywhere – but grilling outside got everyone out of the house, got the guys cooking and the food was delicious).
Jul 8, 2021
One Good Thing: My Best Homemade DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Welcome back to One Good Thing! We’re outdoors again this week with my final insect repellent DIY and this one might just be my very best. We will see. It’s how to get rid of fruit flies, and after years of mucking about and trying a number of different solutions I finally buckled down, did much more research and got it right.
Jul 1, 2021
One Good Thing: Madison James Flyaway Sticks are Awesome Outdoors at Home
Welcome back to One Good Thing STILL AT HOME!!! And also this week outside. Okay, full disclosure, Hands and I are playing around with our format and having fun. I’ve also chosen to go deep on insect repellants, because it’s a personal passion and I’ve been finding a bunch of really interesting new solutions.
Jun 24, 2021
One Good Thing: The Amazing Tabasco Yellow Jacket Repellant Secret
Welcome back to One Good Thing BACK AT HOME! Yes, this week I’m back in my yard, enjoying the warm weather and sharing with you YET ANOTHER genius tip for repelling bugs – this time, yellow jackets – which can really drive you batty by getting in your food and drink on a hot summer day. This tip came from a restaurant upstate that I went to last autumn.
Jun 17, 2021