Alison Goldman, Apartment Therapy

Alison Goldman

Apartment Therapy

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Alison:

Check Out the Most Genius Storage Solution, Best Painted Accent, and More from the 2022 Small/Cool Contest

Check out the most genius storage solution, best painted accent, and more from the 2022 Small/Cool Contest. → Read More

10 Inspiring Ideas from Some of the Tiniest Small/Cool Contest Homes

Some spaces are really, really, really small — and yet, thanks to the brilliance of their residents, they're still packed with gorgeous design and storage solutions. → Read More

20 Brilliant Design Tips from the Small/Cool Contest 2022 Top 20 Spaces

The 20 homes that make up the second round of the 2022 Small/Cool Contest are all 1,000 square feet or fewer — and positively packed with beautiful decor and genius ideas. → Read More

This Gallery Wall Idea Has Been Living in My Head Rent-Free

Decorating your walls can be challenging from a design standpoint (What will you love to look at day in and day out… and day in… and day out…?), a financial standpoint (Which art will fit into your budget?), and a logistical standpoint (Particularly if you’re a renter, will you be able to handle the holes?). → Read More

This Counterintuitive Art Selection Tip Can Make Small Spaces Look Larger

Think big when it comes to adding art to small spaces. This year’s Small/Cool NYC designers have created rooms that offer all the evidence you need. → Read More

3 Unexpected Color Combos from Small/Cool NYC that Are Perfect for a Calm, Cool, and Collected Room

As this year’s Small/Cool NYC designers demonstrate, warm tones and even monochrome can create a calming backdrop. → Read More

How I Made Zero Holes Hanging a Nursery Mobile from the Ceiling of Our Rental Apartment

I designed the perfect custom felt baby mobile on Etsy and realized sometime between ordering it and receiving it that I also needed something to hang it from. → Read More

Thanks to Repairs and Renos, This Midwest Family Farmhouse Got a New Life

Name: Jessica Youngquist and boyfriend, Austin (We currently don’t have any pets, but we do have lots of cows across the street. 🙂 )Location: The MidwestSize: 2,800 square feetType of home: FarmhouseYears lived in: We started working on it in March of 2020 and moved in early July 2020. We’re renting to own. → Read More

Before and After: You’ll Swoon Over This $125 (!) Rental-Friendly (!!) Bathroom Makeover

It’s totally understandable if you think living in a rental apartment means you’re pretty much stuck with the bathroom and kitchen you’ve got. After all, even if you’re able to paint with permission from your landlord, cabinets, tiles, and flooring are all permanent items. However, if you’re willing to get creative, you can absolutely give these spaces reversible, renter-friendly makeovers. → Read More

How to Prepare Your Small/Cool Contest Video Submission

This year, as part of your Small/Cool Contest submission, we’re asking for something new: a phone-recorded video of one room in your home showing your best and coolest small-space tip in action! Voters will be able to watch these videos for every entrant who makes it to Round 2 of public voting. Here’s some more guidance on how to put together this video for your submission. → Read More

The 2022 Small/Cool Contest Is Here — and Better Than Ever!

Each year, Apartment Therapy hosts the Small/Cool Contest to search for the smallest, coolest real-life spaces around the world. And starting today, you can find all things 2022 Small/Cool Contest on our full contest page. → Read More

6 Space-Saving Organizational Tools That Apartment Therapy Editors Wouldn’t Want to Live Without

Whether it’s due to a nonexistent pantry or linen closet, a super narrow entryway, or minimal kitchen drawers, most homes present organizational challenges. The solve? Creativity... and some top-notch products. → Read More

Before and After: A $1,500 IKEA Closet Redo Looks Completely Custom and Seriously Luxe

Name: Chelsea Young (@chelseattlemma)Redo: ClosetLevel: DIY A walk-in closet is a hot commodity, and finding a home with one feels like winning the storage lottery. Obviously, if you draw that dream ticket, you’d like your walk-in closet to actually be functional, not just a large room of minimal organization opportunities. → Read More

My Healthy Home: How Ethel’s Club’s Naj Austin Designed Her Brownstone Apartment to Promote Rest

Name: Naj AustinLocation: Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,000 square feet Type of home: Brownstone apartmentYears lived in: A little over a year — it was a COVID move!; rented Naj Austin is the founder and CEO of Ethel’s Club and Somewhere Good, both of which are “platforms centering identity, community, and joy,” she explains. Clearly, wellness is a focus for Austin at work. → Read More

My Healthy Home: A Tennessee Therapist Created a Joyful House Full of Pink Doors and a Rainbow Mural

Amilia James' Knoxville, Tennessee, house (aka the Rose Door Home) has always given her positive vibes. → Read More

3 Plant-Filled Zoom Backgrounds to Get You Even More Excited for Spring

Temperatures are rising. Flowers are blooming. Spring allergies are in full swing and I don’t even mind because we can finally play outside. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t still need to work inside. And if you, too, are sick of that gallery wall that has been behind you on Zoom for more than a year (no shade to gallery walls! → Read More

Big News About the Small/Cool Contest! The 2021 Grand Prize Winner Is…

You voted, our judges met, and we’re thrilled to announce the grand prize winner of the 2021 Small/Cool Contest! → Read More

Before and After: This Alcove Goes from “Wasted Space” to Multifunctional Haven

A built-in reading nook in a dormer window's alcove. → Read More

Before and After: A $15,000 Two-Tone Kitchen Has a Fresh Take on Gallery Walls

One of the most important things you can do when moving into a new one is take the time to make it feel like you—especially now that everyone is spending a lot more time at home these days. That’s something Kayla Grover and her fiancé wanted to prioritize in their first house, a vintage charmer that was showing its age. → Read More

Before and After: This Stunning Redo Proves Even Laundry Rooms Can Be Luxurious

One of the great mysteries of sheltering in place is that, even as everyone has spent way more time at home over the past several months, the amount of dirty laundry has not decreased. If you’re getting tired of staring at the walls of your own laundry room, take inspiration Ela Bobak‘s gorgeous redo—pulled together from a space that was boring at best. → Read More