Tessa Cooper


Tessa Cooper is a home decor and lifestyle writer and freelance photographer. She's been contributing to lifestyle publications for more than half a decade. Aside from Apartment Therapy, her photos and writing have appeared in digital and print publications such as The Spruce, 417 Magazine, Feast Magazine, and Fathom Away. She's an avid traveler and Francophile, but her restored Victorian-era home in Missouri will always be one of her favorite places in the world.
My Secret Source for Luxe-Looking Marble Shelves Cut the Cost in Half
Projects & Improvements
It’s the same look for a lot less money.
Nov 22, 2023
5 Costly Tile Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Reno
Pros say these mistakes are costing you money and time.
Oct 23, 2023
This Renter Made a 1930s NYC Rental Look Like a Stunning, High-End Parisian Home
Shelby Vanhoy of Pretty in the Pines and her husband made their small Manhattan rental apartment a peaceful family haven by bringing in nature-inspired colors and timeless prints and patterns while highlighting 1930s architectural details.
Apr 3, 2023
A 550-Square-Foot Rental Is 'French-Victorian With a Romantic Academia Flair'
Tessa is a freelance writer and photojournalist who contributes to food and lifestyle publications (like Apartment Therapy!). She shares this rental apartment in Springfield, Missouri with her husband.
Feb 28, 2022
A Small Rental Is a Mix of Budget Buys, Splurges, and DIY Large-Scale Art
Inside designer Colby Kern's apartment, high-end splurges, flea market finds, original art, and even a few big box-store scores coexist. The result is a style that exudes luxury without the high price tag.
Jan 20, 2022
This Vintage-Filled Missouri House Has Seriously Stylish Kitchen Shelves
Angela Houska and her husband Joshua Widner’s home is like a cabinet of curiosities.
Dec 3, 2021
Before and After: A Decaying House From 1881 Was Totally Transformed
Mick and Paige spent two years renovating this house built in 1881, giving it a moody, maximalist redo with nods to history.
Jun 23, 2021
This Transitional Style Missouri Rental Apartment Was Furnished on a Budget
As a former assistant to Broadway production designers, here’s how Robbie Ashurst sets the stage for his everyday life in the Midwest.
Nov 25, 2020