Home Of Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan

Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan created a career out of teaching people to live smaller in beautifully organized homes. 

Let's have a look at his apartment, a 1000 square foot apartment where he and his child resides. 

Maxwell loves to cook, so he remodeled his kitchen for maximum efficiency. He admits that he didn't add anything that is merely decorative.

He replaced the old laminate counter tops with Carrara marble and used white subway tile left over from another project for the back splash.

Maxwell removed the upper cabinets. Then he painted the walls black and the lower cabinets white.

He added restaurant-style stainless steel shelves.

Maxwell obviously does not shy away from color, and uses it liberally throughout his apartment.

On his bedroom walls, he features his mother's paintings, which are obviously dear to him.

I love his colorful, cheerful and eclectic style. Every room shows his love of home, which has made Apartment Therapy a successful go-to site for small space decorating.


  1. It has been interesting to watch his place evolve over time. He has done some clever projects. I love his daughter's room.

  2. I love his apartment and the use of color is amazing - so fun and happy. Hope you're having a great start to your week, Brenda!

  3. I think of 1000 sq feet as large! LOL!
    but I love the color in his light filled home... and his obvious joy. it's contagious!

  4. Good Morning Brenda: I love his use of colors! Francetaste mentioned she liked his daughters bedroom. Where am I missing that? I'll bet it is darling too.. Have a great week!

  5. I love the pink/purple/yellow/orange color combo in my flower beds, but I've never used it inside. I think he pulls it off here because of all of the white on the walls, drapes, and upholstery. I think a child would really enjoy living here because the rooms encourage being carefree and creative. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love Apartment Therapy, I can get lost there for hours! I knew when I saw the title of this post that I would adore his apartment!!!

  7. Very cheerfully decorated apartment. Love your new pic for your profile.

  8. I love those huge light fixtures over his dining table!

  9. I love this apartment. It just goes to show that 1000sq feet can be stylish and "roomy"

  10. I love the photo of you on the blog. I don't recall seeing it before, is it new? You are so cute, and I love your short hair. Oh, I enjoyed this article too. Fun to see a pink rug in the living room.

  11. Maxwell's home is lovely and fun. It would be a bit over-stimulating for me to live with. But that's just my own psycho-emotional makeup, if you know what I mean. I would have to dial it down a bit to be comfortable. I do like his use of furnishings, though. My home is just over 1,000sq. ft., but it's not nearly as "put together" as his space!

    A fun post, Brenda. And I really like your new photo. You look happy and relaxed.

  12. Lots of pretty colors Brenda. That is just what a home needs to cheer it up.

  13. I love all the happy color in his living room! The whole apartment is gorgeous!

    Cute new photo, Brenda!

  14. Beautiful coral pink. Such a cheery space.


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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.


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