An af­ford­able in­te­rior de­sign ser­vice is here.

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Hir­ing an in­te­rior de­signer is one of the best things you can do for your home. A fool­proof way to tri­umph over oddly shaped liv­ing rooms, stub­born kitchens and your own ques­tion­able taste, it’s a next-level com­mit­ment that an­nounces loudly and clearly to the world, “Why hello, I am an adult — or at the very least, I ap­pear to live like one.”

So why haven’t you signed that con­tract yet? The same rea­son you haven’t done a lot of things: In­te­rior de­sign­ers are ex­pen­sive. Un­til now, that is. Founded in 2014 by sis­ters Emily Mo­tayed and Lee Mayer, Havenly is an en­tirely dig­i­tal plat­form that con­nects clients and in­te­rior de­sign­ers for on­line con­sul­ta­tions. Al­though the ser­vice is not the first of its kind, the price cer­tainly is: For a flat fee of $199, a pro­fes­sional de­signer will cre­ate two cus­tom con­cept boards for your room and pro­vide prod­uct and place­ment rec­om­men­da­tions; for smaller projects, a $79 op­tion of­fers a mini re­fresh.

“We see a va­ri­ety of clients look­ing for ex­pert help in de­sign­ing their homes,” says Mo­tayed. “They may not have had the re­sources or abil­ity to hire a tra­di­tional in­te­rior de­signer, be­cause in-per­son de­sign­ers tend to be cost pro­hib­i­tive.”

Think­ing it’s time for a lit­tle upgrade? Here are some of Havenly’s most-re­quested trends to get you in­spired.


It’s true — your grand­mother was on to some­thing. “Wall­pa­per is mak­ing a come­back,” says Mo­tayed. “An easy way to try it out with­out be­ing over­whelmed is uti­liz­ing an ac­cent wall. We’re see­ing a lot of gold and metal­lic wall­pa­pers, but also bold, bright col­ors on the walls. It’s such an easy and fun way to up­date a room.”


Don’t have the funds for that new state­ment couch? Con­sider re­uphol­ster­ing. “Not only are folks re­fin­ish­ing pieces that they own or were passed down to them, but an easy way to save money is to pur­chase an item from Ikea or a dis­count re­tailer and up­date it with more lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics,” says Mo­tayed. “Preppy pat­terns are hav­ing a re­nais­sance — stripes and polka dots and even up­dated pais­ley.”


Al­though Pan­tone fore­casted pas­tels for 2016, Havenly clients are still re­quest­ing bold col­ors. “We’re def­i­nitely still see­ing ac­cent walls of bold blues, pinks and greens — a lot of col­or­block­ing in draperies and car­pets, as well,” says Mo­tayed. “Lighter col­ors are be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the softer ac­cents — blan­kets and in art­work—that are ty­ing the room to­gether.”



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