Sarah Everett

Staff Writer

Sarah is a staff writer at Apartment Therapy. She completed her MA in journalism at the University of Missouri and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Belmont University. Past writing and editing stops include HGTV Magazine, Nashville Arts Magazine, and several outlets local to her hometown, Columbia, Missouri.
Before and After: A $40 Painted Animal Mural Adds Major Color and Whimsy to a Kid’s Room
When wallpaper proved too pricey, this DIY'er created her own animal design - with paint!
Apr 18, 2023
Before and After: For $150, an Underutilized Closet Becomes a Hideaway Kids’ Crafting Area
“Cloffices” aren’t just for adults.
Apr 4, 2023
Before and After: An $800 Closet-Turned-Nursery Proves the Amazing Potential of Small Spaces
It's packed with DIYs and great small-space IKEA finds.
Mar 7, 2023
Before and After: This Family Room’s IKEA Shelves Look Like Custom Built-Ins, But For a Fraction of the Cost
These homeowners saved literally thousands of dollars (!) with this IKEA dupe for built-ins.
Mar 7, 2023
Before and After: After a Luxe Yet Cozy Redo, This Basement Doesn’t Even Look Like a Basement
It's still completely functional for the family, but now with lots more luxe style.
Feb 13, 2023
Before and After: A $400 DIY Bunkbed Plus Planetary Wallpaper Transform a Grey Kids’ Room
The before was no match for her boys' huge imagination.
Jan 9, 2023
Before and After: An Empty Room Turns Into a Sweet Nursery with The *Best* Hidden Pattern in The Closet
"When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to give my baby a space of her own that was stimulating, inspiring and fun," this homeowner says.
Jan 5, 2023
Before and After: A Dreary Kid’s Bedroom Gets a Whopping Dose of Color and Personality
It's hard to keep a smile off your face when looking at the "after."
Dec 18, 2022
Before and After: A $150 Entryway Project Has a Clever Trick for Displaying Photos and Art
An easy and affordable way to display family photos!
Dec 2, 2022
Before and After: IKEA Hack Built-In Bookshelves Bring New Life to a Family Room for Just $800
IKEA GERSBY bookshelves become custom-looking shelving in this room-transforming, one-wall redo.
Nov 8, 2022
Before and After: An Old Kids’ Bathroom Gets a Colorful $900, DIY-Packed Makeover
This bathroom has the ultimate DIY solutions for concealing ugly tile.
Nov 8, 2022
Before and After: A $50 IKEA Dresser Looks Unrecognizable (and Expensive!) After This Easy Hack
Cane nightstands and dressers can be pretty expensive, which is why one DIY'er decided to make her own.
Oct 9, 2022
Before and After: A Bold Paint Job Breathes New Life into a Bland Kid’s Room
Thanks to a classic Farrow & Ball color.
Jul 12, 2022
The 43 Most Colorful Before & After Projects We’ve Seen
We've got every color of the rainbow.
Jul 8, 2022
Before and After: A Cluttered Garage Gets a Shelving Upgrade for $275
This homeowner and organizing enthusiast has tons of tips for getting the most out of your garage storage.
Apr 19, 2022
Before & After: A Family’s Cottage Gets a Big Expansion with Tons of Extra Storage
Before, it was barely able to fit one person. Now, it can seat plenty of guests.
Apr 17, 2022
Before and After: A 1980s Bathroom Becomes a Cheery, Kid-Friendly Room for $800
The whole family helped with this renovation!
Apr 14, 2022
Before and After: A Dim, Stripped-Down Stairway Goes Bold and Colorful for $450
"I had all of these ideas and was struggling to narrow them down, to simplify the design, until I realized it’s my house, and in this small space I can take some risks," the homeowner says. "So I did all of them."
Apr 2, 2022
Before and After: Can A Pantry be Called Dreamy? This One Can.
A pro organizer gives her pantry a more minimalistic look.
Mar 6, 2022
Before & After: A 1960s Kitchen and Dining Room Gets a Marvelous Mid-Century-Style Makeover — and Bonus Coffee/Wine Bar
The reno makes everything look bigger and brighter, but still has mid-century charm fitting of a mid-century house.
Feb 20, 2022
Before & After: This Totally Brilliant $1,000 IKEA Hack Transformed This Family’s Dingy Garage
The easy DIY project makes the family's entryway way more functional for them.
Feb 12, 2022
Before and After: A Just-Fine Spare Room Becomes a Tropical Boho Nursery
The redo turned a "meh" sleep space into a dreamy retreat.
Jan 29, 2022
Before & After: A $1500 Refresh Transforms a Boring Powder Room into a Hotel-Quality One
There's a lot of style packed into this little half bath.
Jan 5, 2022
Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Bright Makeover with Peel-and-Stick Flooring
Another highlight: Countertops that look like marble, but cost way less.
Dec 23, 2021
Before & After: A $5,000 Makeover Transforms This 9-Year-Old’s Room into a Serene Space
An aunt created a brand-new, totally cute and chic bedroom for her niece that can change as her style and interests change.
Dec 19, 2021
Before & After: This Duo Flipped an Antique Hutch into Two Pieces of Furniture for Under $100
We're not sure which one we like more!
Dec 14, 2021
Before and After: This $350 RV Bedroom Revamp Is So Cozy and Peaceful
Woodstock-era inspiration and beautiful boho touches take this mobile bedroom from brown and drab to bright and modern.
Nov 19, 2021
Before and After: 2 Rainbow Paint Projects Totaling $170 Brighten This Once-Boring Nursery
"Go for it! Have fun! It’s just paint" is officially our motto.
Sep 28, 2021
Before and After: These Old School Lockers Made Amazing Bathroom Storage
This old-school (literally) find looks cool and vintage in its new space.
Sep 16, 2021
This Family TV Room Has a Pretty Awesome IKEA Hack
These homeowners saved literal thousands (!!!) with this IKEA dupe for built-ins.
Aug 30, 2021
Before and After: Basic Brown Bookcases Get a Magical “Harry Potter” Glow-Up for $110
If you’ve ever wanted your home to look like a wizard’s common room meets an apothecary meets a Wes Anderson film set, there’s a name for that: It’s called dark academia, and it encompasses incredibly moody, whimsical interiors. (Think: wall-to-wall bookcases, sculptural fireplaces, tufted sofas, collections on display, and dark, dreamy wallpaper.
Aug 19, 2021
Before and After: $50 Painted Murals Add Some Sunshine to this Once Dingy White Nursery
Whether you’re a parent of little ones or just a fan of dreamy spaces for naptime and play, you’ve probably seen your fair share of gorgeous nursery inspiration, and the guest room-turned-rainbow-nursery in Sarah Blumer (@saynihay)’s 1940s Pittsburgh home is definitely one to add to your Pinterest board.It didn’t start out that way, though. The space, Sarah says, actually went through several iterations before becoming a nursery.
Jul 3, 2021
Before and After: A Plain, Cluttered Mudroom Becomes a Charming Cottage Entryway for Under $500
Cottagecore, the No. 1 decor trend on TikTok for two years running, is marked by its vintage-inspired shabby-chicness. Floral wallpaper, patchwork quilts, doilies, and other whimsical, woodlands-y accessories (think: mushroom decor and dried flowers), which a few years ago you might have only found in a Hobbit hole or a very cute bed and breakfast, are now back in the mainstream — and they can add charming, cozy, comforting vibes to any space.
Jun 12, 2021