A friend of mine is a fertility doctor and a busy mom of three adorable kids, so when she left Brooklyn for a lovely home in Scarsdale a few years ago, she didn’t have time for decorating. No cozy throws or art on the walls, just lots and lots of toys. But this year, she vowed to finally decorate and asked an online designer for help.
First, she spent only $175 on this online designer, which perked up my ears, since it wasn’t nearly as expensive as hiring an interior designer to come into your home. But online designers, while their exact services vary, may not entirely design the room. Instead, they’ll probably offer a few tips on how to arrange the room better, offer some insight into overall needs, and then give you inspiration boards with product links for you to pick and choose what you want. My friend tried interior designer Chaney Widmer at Mix and Match Design Company, based in Philly because she loved her style. See one of the living rooms she’s worked on above. (That’s not my friend’s room!)
Here’s the before picture.
Chaney suggested, to start, that she move the sectional against another wall, which opened up the space immediately; my friend thought that advice was worth the cost alone. Then the designer sent her this inspiration board, see below. My friend loved it, and she used it as a reference as she began buying accessories for her family room: a similar throw, a nearly identical TV stand that she found at a lower price point, and some of the art. But she was able to purchase items with more confidence since she was armed with this style guide.