Sarah Lyon, Apartment Therapy

Sarah Lyon

Apartment Therapy

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

This Colorful Northern Ireland Home Has an Ombre Bedroom, Pastel Outdoor Kitchen, and More

Self-proclaimed color lover, thrifting fan, and DIYer Joanne McCauley, who runs the Instagram account @ouremporium, says for the first eight years of living in this Northern Ireland house, it was pretty beige. But not anymore! → Read More

Shop Amazon Prime Day Like a Home Decor Pro With These 16 Designer Picks, Starting at Just $12

Here's what 11 top-notch designers are buying on Prime Day 2022 for their own homes. → Read More

Here’s How to Bring a Space to Life With Playful Design, According to Designers

I’m always captivated by spaces that feature some kind of unexpected element — or several surprises — as you progress through a home from room to room. There’s something so welcoming and cheery about bold pattern mixing, oversized artwork, and quirky accent pieces that tell a story.That said, some people need a bit of a push to think outside the box in their homes. → Read More

Here’s a Use for This Somewhat Controversial Home Feature That’s Actually Stylish

There are plenty of clever ways to successfully integrate a desk area into your living room, bedroom, or basement without majorly disrupting the flow and aesthetics. But sometimes, you just want to keep your work station 100 percent out of sight when it isn’t in use. → Read More

Before and After: A Plain but Pretty Bedroom Gets a Renter-Friendly, DIY Wallpaper Makeover In Just Four Hours

Home decor Instagrammer Madeline Scalzi has always appreciated her New York City apartment’s Parisian look, thanks to its picture frame molding and pre-war details. While she’s made an array of improvements to the space — from covering her kitchen cabinets with contact paper to completing a $125 bathroom makeover — Scalzi struggled with adding oomph to her bedroom. → Read More

This Is the One Thing You Don’t Need in a Bedroom, According to Designers

Recently, I asked a handful of interior designers about the pieces people just don’t need in their bedrooms, and one answer bubbled to the forefront time and time again. “A TV is definitely not needed in the bedroom,” designer Leah Alexander says, and her surveyed designer peers definitely agree. → Read More

Here's How to Use a Garland to Make Your Window Treatments a Little Funkier

The easiest way to give plain curtains a little more flavor? Layering a bunting pennant or garland on top of or in between your window treatments. → Read More

Here’s a Rental-Friendly Way to Fake Fancy Moldings in a White Box Room

Who doesn’t wish that their home had a bit more architectural charm — particularly Parisian-looking character? Just me? I think not! Whenever I browse apartments to rent online, I always linger over spaces that feature ornate moldings and thoughtful plaster detailing. These spaces always strike me as so put together, sophisticated, and romantic. Really, what more could you want in a home? → Read More

This Oversized Round Vase Has Captured My Heart

This oversized, round vase captured a design writer's heart! → Read More

A Studio-Dwelling Designer Shares 3 Key Pieces of Advice

Living in a studio apartment may seem like a challenge for a design enthusiast. There’s only so much room for furniture and accessories, and redecorating can be a bit tricky when you have limited space to change. But Washington, D.C. based home influencer Imani Keal doesn’t let a lack of square footage cramp her style by any means. In fact, the creative behind Imani at Home says that living in a… → Read More

This Family’s Florida Home is Drenched in Bright Colors, Murals, and Disco Balls

Designer Kelly Bach is the owner of RetroBabeCo, and found her current home in 2018. She shares the Florida house with husband, Nate, sons, Kalani and Keanu, and three chihuahuas: Lola, Hobie, and Mookie. → Read More

A Texas Home Has a High-End Look on a Budget With DIYs, Hand-Painted Murals, and Other Smart Hacks

“Growing up I spent Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and so many other holidays in this house,” April describes of this house, which was once owned by her grandparents! Now she and her husband Joe are making this house their own. → Read More

A Young Family’s Washington State Home Is Full of Facebook Marketplace Finds and Clever DIYs

Kelby Mayberry and her husband, an active duty member of the military, share their home, this 1,300-square-foot rental duplex, with their two young kids and their pets. They've thrifted and DIYed a lot of elements in the home for a budget-friendly and stylish space. → Read More

Here’s Why Renters Might Want to Reconsider One of the Most Popular Design Trends Right Now

You might want to reconsider this design trend. Plus, two renter-friendly ways to get the look. → Read More

Before & After: Wow-Worthy DIY Built-Ins (from IKEA!) Shine in This Houston Home Office

Everyone knows the importance of 1) first impressions in a home and 2) a functional, yet beautiful, home office. Home influencer Ryia Jose (@kinandkasa) was able to address both of these interior concerns at once because her workspace happens to be located in a room that’s immediately visible to guests. “This is the space you see as soon as you walk into our home,” Jose says of her work station… → Read More

This Wallpaper DIY From Design on a Dime Has Me Majorly Inspired

This clever wallpaper DIY from Design on a Dime has me majorly inspired. → Read More

This $24 Faux Plaster Lamp Makeover Will Wow You

It often seems like stylish light fixtures cost an arm and a leg, but this clever thrift hack proves that you can get a designer look on a budget. Using materials she had on hand, home influencer Brittany Smith took a pair of secondhand lamps and gave them a major glow up that reflects her modern farmhouse aesthetic and looks super sophisticated. → Read More

10 Things You Don’t Need in Your Apartment, According to Designers

When you’re living in a small space, you have to be judicious about what to keep and what to toss. But it can be difficult to determine what exactly is worthwhile to hold onto and what is better off going in the donation bin. To help you get your place into tip-top organizational shape, we polled designers on the items that just do not belong in your apartment. Soak up their tips, then do a… → Read More

Here’s Why You Might Want to Give This Layout Trick a Try, Even in a Small Space

Have you ever tried floating your furniture in a room? Often, in small spaces in particular, the tendency is to place all of your pieces on the perimeter of a room to gain precious square footage at the center of the floor plan. Surprisingly, though, this isn’t always the best layout technique. → Read More

I Just Hung My Largest Gallery Wall Ever — Here’s What I Learned Along the Way

This is what you need to know to have professional-looking results. → Read More