See How a New York City Apartment’s Renovation Adds Parisian Flair
House Tour
The top floor is bright and airy, while the downstairs is perfect for a good night’s rest.
Jun 5, 2023
B&A: This Home's Reno Has the Dreamiest Dark Bedrooms & Brilliant Budget Art TipTours
This is Hill Stark's fourth renovation in the last seven years.
Jan 4, 2023
Before & After: A Run-Down Hong Kong Flat Gets a Gorgeous, Ingenious FaceliftTours
Erin and Ben's flat sat vacant for two years and was run down and leaking in areas before they bought it. “However, when we saw it, both my husband and I knew it was what we had been looking for. It was a place where we could design from scratch what we wanted our home to be like..."
Nov 9, 2022
Before & After: An Outdated, Blank Condo Now Has a Cool 'Parisian Modern' LookTours
Brianna Holt, a freelance journalist, took this plain condo and transformed it with a Parisian Modern-inspired aesthetic, fully remodeling the kitchen, renovating the bathroom, installing built-in shelves, and adding new doors and crown molding throughout.
Oct 25, 2022
Before & After: 8 Living Room Makeover Projects From Our ArchivesProjects & Improvements
If you are anything like me, you often look at your living room and wonder when you are going to get around to making those updates you keep talking about. If that’s the case, let this roundup of Apartment Therapy’s makeover projects inspire you to take up the cause, even if it’s a little bit at a time. 1. Ferren and her husband started with the goal of brightening their space and spent the next year gradually replacing items with pieces that were more to their taste. 2.
Oct 15, 2022
B&A: A Shabby, Dated Loft Is Revitalized with a Reconfigured Floor PlanTours
When Roanna Cochrane and Simon Phillips first viewed this turn-of-the-century loft, it was run-down with lime green walls in the kitchen, a shabby curtain dividing the bedroom from the living room, and no light fixtures to speak of.
Jun 16, 2022
B&A: A Dated Co-op's Reno Has Budget Hacks, Smart Built-Ins & Divine Dining NookTours
Meng and his husband, Andrew, gorgeously transformed this outdated two-bedroom co-op, which they say hadn't been updated for almost 60 years. There was worn green carpeting, an odd layout, and a very dirty bathroom, to name only a few of the things that would need remodeling.
Jun 2, 2022
B&A: Every Inch of This Renovated 210-Square-Foot Airstream Was DesignedTours
Documentarian Reilly Dowd bought this vintage Airstream Sovereign travel trailer sight unseen in the midst of pre-vaccine Covid and after losing their family home in Sonoma to a wildfire.
May 27, 2022
B&A: A Chicago Fixer-Upper's Layout (and Staircase) Was Beautifully Opened Up Tours
Tim and Ravi's condo is located on the top floor of a building built in 1897, so it needed a lot of work. The remodel lasted two months and was completed in January 2020.
May 20, 2022
B&A: A 500-Square-Foot Studio Looks Fully New Thanks to a Mantel, Molding & MoreTours
Interior designer Nicole Arruda's whole rental studio apartment is proof of how much architectural interest and beauty you can add to a space with just a few details.
Mar 16, 2022
B&A: An NYC Home's Reno Brings in Lots of Light, Better Flow, and Room for ArtTours
This "contemporary eclectic" apartment blends clean lines with lots of vintage and mid-century modern pieces.
Feb 10, 2022
B&A: This 200-Year-Old, 476-Square-Foot Cabin Is Unrecognizable After a RenoTours
Stephanie Lalley, who is the Design Director at Lucy Interior Design, turned this unloved, nearly tear-down cabin into a stunning and bright retreat for her family of four.
Feb 3, 2022
B&A: This Dated Beach Bungalow's Redo Is a Good Example of High and Low StyleTours
Jaclyn Isaac is the owner and principal designer at doni Douglas Design, and she took on remodeling this dated beach bungalow at the Jersey Shore, turning it into a mix of mid-century modern, vintage, and bungalow chic.
Jan 18, 2022
B&A: A Dark & Dated 592-Square-Foot Italian Apartment Is Totally TransformedTours
Artist and jewelry designer Sara Amrhein and her husband, Luigi Valerio, completely remodeled this 592-square-foot apartment in Florence, Italy, DIYing much of the work themselves!
Jan 3, 2022
B&A: An Unlivable 675-Square-Foot Pittsburgh House Has Been Totally Transformed Tours
The finished result features mirrored tiles in the kitchen, transparent closet doors, and other unique ideas.
Dec 17, 2021
B&A: A Family's Shabby Brownstone Skips a Fancy Reno for a Fast, Potent RefreshTours
With plans for a larger gut reno in the future, Katrina and her family to still wanted to make their old, shabby home look good for them NOW. Using smaller, high-impact but low-budget ideas helped transform the space from blah to “I really want to hang out here."
Nov 5, 2021
B&A: A Dingy 460-Square-Foot Studio Was Transformed into an Efficient 1-BedroomTours
Josua Kärnbo completely transformed this dated, run-down, and small Stockholm studio apartment, turning it into a stylish and modern one-bedroom apartment, and doing it on a budget!
Nov 2, 2021
B&A: A Run-Down Townhouse's Remodel Included a Custom-Looking IKEA Cabinet HackTours
When designer Gianna Marzella-Vazquez refreshed this townhouse she shared with her family, she paid special attention to the main bedroom, devising a clever IKEA cabinet hack that looks custom and much more expensive than it actually cost.
Oct 28, 2021
B&A: This Dated Chicago Condo Now Has the Coolest Built-In Ideas We've Ever SeenTours
When Annabell Ren and Steven Karvelius moved in to this unit in a 120-year-old historic four-flat in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the interior was dated and there was very limited storage space. But it had potential.
Oct 18, 2021
Before & After: A Dim 1990s Dining Room Gets an Unrecognizable Open Concept RedoProjects & Improvements
This airy, spacious redo will win over even open concept skeptics.
Oct 6, 2021
B&A: A Non-Functional Bathroom Gets a Practical Modern-Meets-Vintage RedoProjects & Improvements
The "After" puts a modern twist on pastel-tiled bathrooms of decades past.
Oct 2, 2021
B&A: A Dated 1889 Victorian Italianate's Been Respectfully Brought Back to LifeTours
Kevin and Sarah renovated and furnished this historic home using IKEA hacks, a mix of budget and splurge items, and a heavy amount of secondhand finds; they estimate they've acquired about $70,000 of furniture and decor for about $6,000!
Sep 22, 2021
B&A: A 1924 Duplex's Remodel Includes an Unrecognizable Kitchen RefreshTours
Kailee, Kyle, and their dog, Charlene, remodeled this this 1924 duplex. They did a lot of work themselves, and transformed many of the rooms.
Sep 21, 2021
B&A: An Old Barn Was Transformed into a Gorgeous Studio Apartment & Art StudioTours
Lizzie Gill, a mixed media artist, and her husband remodeled this 1990s-era, run-down barn. It's now their full-time home, a studio apartment and art studio.
Sep 17, 2021
B&A: A 450-Square-Foot Studio's Closet Was Converted into a Clever Bed AlcoveTours
Franco Cheng renovated this small Toronto studio apartment, completely upgrading the kitchen and bathroom, and creating a neat bed alcove where a built-in mirrored closet used to be.
Sep 13, 2021
B&A: A Designer's '70s Era Australia Beach House Got a Modern & Inspiring UpdateTours
Interior designer Catherine Armstrong lives in Byron Bay and recently completed an inspiring full renovation of the home she shares with her family.
Sep 10, 2021
B&A: DIYs and 20 Gallons of Paint Totally Transformed This Old Wallpapered HouseTours
Every room in this old Philadelphia house got an affordable upgrade, and the result is a bright, cheery home absolutely PACKED with home makeover inspiration!
Sep 7, 2021
Before and After: A Blah Beige Bathroom Gets a Luxe (But Still Neutral) RedoProjects & Improvements
"It reminds me of a five-star hotel," the homeowner says.
Aug 29, 2021
Before and After: Smart Swaps Make This Dark, Cramped Entryway UnrecognizableProjects & Improvements
The footprint's the same size, but it looks so much brighter and bigger.
Aug 15, 2021
B&A: A Water-Rotted Bathroom Gets a Gut Reno — and Some Surprising Ceiling DecorProjects & Improvements
"Oh it was BAD bad," the homeowner says of the electric-orange before.
Aug 11, 2021
B&A: A Family of 3 Renovated a 260-Square-Foot Run-Down RV into a Full-Time HomeTours
To travel the U.S., spend more time together, and pay down debt, Karen and Sylvester sold their family’s home and bought an RV off Facebook Marketplace to opt for a life on the road.
Aug 11, 2021
B&A: A Plain White Bathroom's Unrecognizable After a Vibrant, Joy-Filled RedoProjects & Improvements
This color scheme is seriously energizing.
Aug 6, 2021
Before & After: This Space-Savvy Patio Redo Features an All-Weather Lounge SpacePlants & Yard
A smart new layout makes more room for this family's favorite activities.
Aug 4, 2021
A 1909 House With Victorian Details Has 'Creepy, Sexy, Vintage Vibes' RestoredTours
The Historic Wallsworth House is DRIPPING with original details, like untouched hardwood floors, windows with diamond-shaped panes, an original fireplace, stained glass built-ins, majestic woodwork, cabinetry, tile, hardware, and an astounding collection of vintage light fixtures.
Aug 3, 2021
B&A: A Tiny Australian Beach Cottage's Blah Kitchen Got a Bold Dose of ColorTours
The inside is a colorful DIY mix of "coastal beachy shabby eclectic vintage."
Jul 7, 2021
B&A: A Run-Down UK Rental Was Delightfully Transformed With ColorTours
Emma Jane Palin and her partner, Joshua John Parker, ripped out floors, sanded back floorboards, laid vinyl tiles, painted walls, removed textured wallpaper and much more to transform this rented coach house.
Jul 1, 2021
Before and After: A Decaying House From 1881 Was Totally Transformed Tours
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
10 of the Most Incredible Home Transformations We've Seen This YearProjects & Improvements
These DIYers took their projects to a whole new level when they decided to revamp their entire homes. Here are some of the best, most Jaw-dropping total home transformations we've seen (so far) this year!
Jun 17, 2021
B&A: This House, Untouched for Decades, Got an Incredible RemodelTours
This total fixer upper was dark, dingy, and closed off, so interior designer Isabelle Dahlin opened up the ceilings to expose original beams and put in skylight windows to brighten the space.
Apr 14, 2021
B&A: A 220-Square-Foot School Bus Was Turned into a Cozy Home for $7KTours
Architecture and landscape architecture graduate student Caleb Brackney bought a 36’ 1995 Thomas International school bus on Facebook Marketplace in February 2020 for $3K. The rest of his only 10k budget he spent on turning the bus to a tiny house one wheels.
Mar 16, 2021
Before & After: An Untouched-Since-1965 House Gets a Gorgeous (Respectful) RenoProjects & Improvements
This house hadn't been touched since the 1960s, and this couple jumped at the chance to purchase this architectural gem!
Mar 12, 2021
B&A: A Rental's Transformation Included Uncovering Original DetailsTours
Hattie Kolp has transformed her childhood home — this stunning prewar brownstone apartment she's lived in since she was 10 years old — by revealing gorgeous original architectural details, like several pocket doors that were covered by sheetrock and shelving.
Mar 11, 2021
B&A: A Dated '90s Houseboat Is Now a Modern, Bright Floating Tiny HouseTours
Interior stylist Joyce Wang and her partner Sean took on the renovation of this 200-square-foot 1992 Holiday Mansion houseboat during quarantine.
Dec 4, 2020
B&A: A 350-Square-Foot Condo's Dated Interiors Got a Fresh DIY FaceliftTours
Over the course of two years, Tess and her dad changed almost everything about this small space to get it to where it is today—a bright, plant-filled home brimming with creativity and pillows.
Dec 2, 2020
B&A: This 323-Square-Foot Studio Was Transformed into a Cozy One-Bedroom Tours
There was dated '70s decor, a mothball smell, and lots of clutter in this teeny studio apartment, but Michelle and her husband were able to transform it into a cozy and clean one-bedroom!
Nov 27, 2020
B&A: A Tiny, Dated Condo Transformation Is Unbelievable Tours
Amazingly, Tim bought nothing new for his condo remodel, opting to visit local secondhand shops and estate sales as well as scouring Craigslist.
Nov 6, 2020
B&A: This Dated RV Was Completely Transformed into the Cutest, Coziest Home
Dream Week
RV Before: Rotten, dated, gross
RV After: An UNBELIEVABLE transformation!
Oct 21, 2020
B&A: This Dated Kitchen's Whole Remodel Is Great, But the Floors Are to Die ForTours
The kitchen in this 1926 Craftsman bungalow needed updating, and the result is a modern space that also complements that period of style.
Oct 14, 2020
B& A: A Dark, Dated California Craftsman Is Now a Cozy, Bright HomeTours
Designer Victoria Cho spent all her free time outside of work on this house design and space layout. "There were endless nights of researching, reviewing bids, and placing orders for finishes, hardware, etc."
Oct 2, 2020
Before & After: A Dated, Low-Ceiling Bedroom and Bathroom Get a Fresh Makeover Tours
Even though the ceilings are on the low side, this renovated bedroom and bathroom has color and feels cozy.
Sep 30, 2020
Before and After: A Massive Dirt Pile Becomes a Dreamy Outdoor EscapePlants & Yard
There's a lot of potential in this pile of dirt.
Aug 24, 2020
Before & After: This Kitchen’s Remodel Is Simple, Chic, and So GoodDesign Ideas
When Betsy and Manny bought this former rental house, the plaster walls were damaged, squirrels were nesting in the eaves, and they didn’t have a working fridge.
Jul 29, 2020
Before & After: A Studio Apartment Is Totally Transformed with Space-Saving SolutionsTours
Architectural and interior designer Francis Dominguez totally transformed a 305-square-foot studio apartment into a stylish living space.
Jul 29, 2020
Before & After: Faith & Mike Create a BathroomProjects & Improvements
Most of our Renovation Diary projects involve transforming an existing space. This one was different because Faith and Mike chose to create a bathroom in their 1920s Columbus home where before there was only a sleeping porch. Originally the space was only 7 feet tall, with a sloping floor that would have to be replaced. It was a unique project, and a unique challenge. (You can see many more photos of the original space in the post that introduced Faith and Mike’s bathroom remodel.
Jul 17, 2020
The World’s Ugliest Condo: The BathroomProjects & Improvements
I had no idea that my little kitchen overhaul would yield such a response, ranging from “awful” to “amazeballs.” Thanks for all the great comments, both good and bad. By the way, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dr. Kevorkian, and stem cell research combined have nothing on the “brass knobs with stainless appliances” debate. I’m not sure which issue will take longer to resolve. And that brings us to the bathroom.
Jul 17, 2020
Apartment Therapy on Copying to LearnProjects & Improvements
My kitchen Before.. just two-three months ago. Name:Type of Project:Location:Type of building:Whenever I am asked how you learn to make good interior design decisions, how to trust yourself or how to just plain have style, I say the same thing. Start by copying. I don’t mean the type of copying where you cheated in high school by looking at someone else’s answers.
Jul 17, 2020
Real Life Closet Makeover: Aimée and Jonny’s Shared Catch-All StorageOrganizing
Closet size: 25.3 square feet How many people use this closet? Two! My husband Jonny and I. How long have you lived in your home? 2 years Your closet in 5 words or less: jam-packed, chaotic, mysterious, lazy, hoarding Aimée and Jonny’s closet is a major multi-tasker. When they first moved into their current home, Jonny had the closet all to himself. A year later, Aimée started sharing it with him.
Jul 17, 2020
Real Life Closet Makeover: Katy’s Woefully Unkempt Walk-inOrganizing
At first this closet was perfect. Then it slowly fell apart over the course of a couple of months.
Jul 17, 2020
Real Life Closet Makeover: Melanie & Steven’s Skinniest Closet in the WorldOrganizing
Closet size: 4.125 ft² plus a garment rack How many people use this closet? 2 How long have you lived in your home? We moved into this apartment about 8 months ago. It’s gone smoothly for the most part, but I’m definitely messier than Steven. Your closet in 2 words: Cramped and cluttered Can Melanie and Steven’s closet even be called a closet?
Jul 17, 2020
A Real Life Chaotic Closet Gets a Makeover: Esteban & Todd’s Clutter ChallengeOrganizing
Closet size: 24 square feet How many people use this closet? Two. My partner Todd and I share the closet. How long have you lived in your home? Five years Your closet in 5 words or less: Small, narrow, chaotic, cluttered, disorderly. We moved into our Oakland apartment five years ago, and our bedroom closet has been a mess ever since. It’s not the amount of space that’s the problem, but how we use it.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Maxwell & Ursula’s Light Rental RenoProjects & Improvements
Here’s a look back at Maxwell’s renovation of his and Ursula’s new apartment in SoHo. If you missed any of this earlier in the year, you’ll definitely want to take a look — I think you’ll be impressed with how much he was able to achieve in such a short span of time. Here’s another view of the kitchen before, to give you an idea of what we were dealing with.
Jul 17, 2020