Kelly Dawson

Deputy Editor

Kelly Dawson is the deputy editor at Apartment Therapy. Her writing has appeared in almost every major American design publication, most notably as a longtime contributor to Architectural Digest and Dwell, and she's also been published in places like The New York Times, AFAR, and Vox, to name a few. Kelly is based in Los Angeles, where she lives with lots of natural light and books.
3 Secrets for Living with Dated Countertops (and Making Them Look Amazing)
Projects & Improvements
You can make old kitchen countertops look new without modifying them a single bit.
Jun 9, 2024
4 Tiny Kitchen Tweaks That’ll Make a Big Impact, According to Designers
Cozy up your space with minimal effort.
May 31, 2024
3 Golden Rules for Refreshing Dated Oak Cabinets (No Paint Required)
Home Projects
These pro-approved tips are perfect for renters.
Apr 17, 2024
The Spinn Coffee Machine Is the Splurge That Keeps on Giving
With a machine this tricked-out, even the basics are beautiful. 
Dec 20, 2023
The $14 Collapsible Water Bottle I Never Travel Without
I’ve had it for five years.
Sep 18, 2023
Made In’s New Griddle Makes It Easy to Grill Even When Summer's Over
My grill-loving dad is in love with it.
Sep 15, 2023
Where to Buy the Internet-Famous Stanley Tumbler
Before they’re sold out — again.
Sep 11, 2023
Material’s New Grippy Cutting Board Is Ingenious
No more close calls!
Aug 24, 2023
This $10 Kitchen Gadget Levels Up My Hosting Skills
It only takes a few seconds to use.
Aug 11, 2023
This Stackable Food Container Keeps My Fruit Fresh for Days on End
It’s also stackable!
Aug 11, 2023
I Tried Cameron Diaz's Summer Crunch Salad and It’s My New Go-To Lunch
Now this is a salad I can get behind.
Jul 15, 2023
You're Forgetting to Add This Staple Ingredient to Your Salad Dressing
It’ll give everything a kick.
Jun 11, 2023
The $3 Target Breakfast Find I Eat (Almost) Every Morning
It takes the guesswork out of my a.m. routine.
Jun 9, 2023
10 of the Best Kitchen Makeovers We Saw in 2022
From rental-friendly to gut reno.
Dec 26, 2022
10 Kitchen Redos We Can’t Get Enough Of — From Budget DIY to Over-the-Top
All it takes is some planning, a little help, and a big push of creativity. 
Oct 28, 2022
The Best Weeknight Wine Is This California Bubbly
It's also great for birthdays, anniversaries, or anything else you're celebrating.
Oct 24, 2022
I Paused My Wine Subscription for this Happier Happy-Hour Solution
Who needs wine and Bravo when you can have something like this? (I’m just kidding — I still need Bravo.)
Aug 9, 2022
The One Thing You Need to Complete Your Wallpaper Look (and the $0 Way to Get It)
Give your outlet covers the wallpaper treatment.
Jun 14, 2022
Before & After: A Cramped, Beige Kitchen Gets a Much More Practical Layout — And an Updated Look
Before & After
Before, anyone standing at the stove would be blocking the only entrance into the kitchen!
Apr 30, 2022
Before & After: A Tired Rental Kitchen Gets a Charming Makeover in Just 2 Days
Before & After
The creative updates suddenly make the outdated flooring and counters seem cool.
Apr 24, 2022
This Viral TikTok Hack for Easy Paint-Matching Is Straight-Up Brilliant
Tips from The Kitchn
It's even got the thumbs up from a professional!
Feb 26, 2022
The 50 Most Satisfying Kitchen Makeovers We've Ever Seen
Before & After
Check out all the stunning before and after photos.
Feb 26, 2022
7 Foolproof Tips for Designing a Timeless Kitchen, According to Professionals
Because no one sets out to cook in a time capsule!
Feb 15, 2022
5 Accessible Kitchen Design Trends That’ll Gain Traction in 2022
Even if you don’t belong to an older generation or the disability community, there’s still something to be gained from accessible design.
Jan 16, 2022
3 Homeowners on Their Biggest Kitchen Renovation Regrets
Tips from The Kitchn
Don't make these same mistakes!
Sep 3, 2021