Design

Affordable Interior Design presents Big Design, Small Budget

Betsy Helmuth

Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. Big Design, Small Budget makes luxury an affordable reality. During her podcast, Betsy Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget. Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, her design book, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. Now, she is bringing her knowledge to the world of podcasting. The episodes reveal her design secrets and include topics ranging from creating a design budget, mapping out floor plans, selecting a color palette, accessorizing like a stylist, and much more. It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Big Design, Small Budget!

Episodes

Episode 118: Q&A - Fall, Design Businesses, Layout Issues, and Start-Ups
23:47
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 23:47
Episode 118: Q&A - Fall, Design Businesses, Layout Issues, and Start-Ups

Betsy answers listener questions about designing for businesses big and small!

Episode 117: Dorothea's Bedroom Design Crimes
33:05
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 33:05
Episode 117: Dorothea's Bedroom Design Crimes

Premium member Dot desperately needs to update her bedroom. But where to start when everything is feeling less than fresh? Betsy breaks it down and transforms her room during this episode.

Episode 116: Hannah's Reno Worries
38:52
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 38:52
Episode 116: Hannah's Reno Worries

Premium member Hannah is moving from the city to the burbs of Montreal.  Her new home is full of charm but needs a lot of work.  From flooring to fireplaces to kitchen islands, everything needs consideration, and Betsy is here to help!

Episode 115: Design Q&A - Big Tubs, Cohesive Window Treatments, HGTV.com, and Style for Start-Ups
20:46
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 20:46
Episode 115: Design Q&A - Big Tubs, Cohesive Window Treatments, HGTV.com, and Style for Start-Ups

Betsy shares her answers to listener questions about tubs, windows, and news about Affordable Interior Design!

Episode 114: Secrets of the Podcast
29:09
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 29:09
Episode 114: Secrets of the Podcast

Betsy lifts back the curtain on how her podcast is made. From costs to downloads to tips for getting started, she shares her secrets with you and with Siimon Sander, from Entrepreneur Decoded.

Episode 113: Decor Therapy with Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson
29:36
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 29:36
Episode 113: Decor Therapy with Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson

Designing with your partner in mind. Hard! Moving to a new space. Overwhelming! Trying to be perfect in the suburbs. Impossible! Therapist Melissa Divaris Thompson of EmbracingJoy.com helps us navigate these issues.

Episode 112: Roommates, Big Rooms, Toddler-Safe Furniture, & Summer!
17:57
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 17:57
Episode 112: Roommates, Big Rooms, Toddler-Safe Furniture, & Summer!

Betsy answers all of your sizzling summer questions!

Episode 111: Q&A - Flooring, Finding Your Style, Getting Quirky, & Beach House Pet Peeves​
30:39
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 30:39
Episode 111: Q&A - Flooring, Finding Your Style, Getting Quirky, & Beach House Pet Peeves​

Betsy answers all of your questions about flooring, finding your style, getting quirky, & beach house pet peeves​

Episode 110: Curtains, Clutter, Color, and More!
16:41
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 16:41
Episode 110: Curtains, Clutter, Color, and More!

Betsy answers all of your questions about curtains, clutter, color, and more!

Episode 109: Q&A - How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color, Shameful Habits, Feng Shui, and more!
16:11
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 16:11
Episode 109: Q&A - How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color, Shameful Habits, Feng Shui, and more!

Betsy answers all of your questions about paint color, habits, Feng Shui and more!

Episode 108: Styling Secrets with Erin O'Keefe
24:45
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 24:45
Episode 108: Styling Secrets with Erin O'Keefe

Set designer and art director Erin O'Keefe joins us in-studio to discuss patterns, accessorizing, and "wow" factor. She and Betsy debate a few old design rules and come up with a few new ones. You can contact Erin on Instagram @ErinOKeefe5 or on her website www.erinokeefestyle.com.

Episode 107: Q&A: Small Spaces, Nursery Decor, Restful Bedroom Design, Ugly Recliners, and more!
17:31
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 17:31
Episode 107: Q&A: Small Spaces, Nursery Decor, Restful Bedroom Design, Ugly Recliners, and more!

Betsy answers all of your questions about nurseries, bedrooms and, yes, ugly recliners.

Episode 106: Q&A - Condos, Mood Boards and More!
16:49
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 16:49
Episode 106: Q&A - Condos, Mood Boards and More!

More great tips from Betsy!

Episode 105: Q&A - Bar Cabinets, Etsy, Who Needs Design? and more...
20:55
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 20:55
Episode 105: Q&A - Bar Cabinets, Etsy, Who Needs Design? and more...

Betsy answers more of your burning questions, just in time for Summer!

Episode 104: Color, Tile, Key West, Chandeliers, and More!
16:32
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 16:32
Episode 104: Color, Tile, Key West, Chandeliers, and More!

Betsy answers more of your burning questions, just in time for Summer!

Episode 103: Celebrating #103 with Q&A
29:36
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 29:36
Episode 103: Celebrating #103 with Q&A

We have been so busy over here at AID that we didn't even get to toast our big 100th episode. We are making up for that with today's show and taking a record number of your design questions!

Episode 102: Budget Travel Tips with Tina from Tripbound
26:19
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 26:19
Episode 102: Budget Travel Tips with Tina from Tripbound

Budget travel sounds like an oxymoron. But our guest Tina Williams from TripBound shares tips on making vacation affordable. From where to go to when to book, we are getting the inside scoop on leaving town. http://www.tripbound.com

Episode 101: Getting Smart About Art with Monica Shulman
32:42
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 32:42
Episode 101: Getting Smart About Art with Monica Shulman

We are joined by painter/photographer extraordinaire, Monica Shulman. She is giving us the down-low on art, prints, photos and much more. Check out her stunning work here: https://www.monicashulman.com

Episode 100: Room Redesign for Roseanne
42:29
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 42:29
Episode 100: Room Redesign for Roseanne

Listener Roseanne wrote in with some great questions about her great room. Betsy gives her a bit of a sectional smackdown in this tip-packed episode.

Episode 99: Solving Problems Coast to Coast with Vanessa
30:34
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 30:34
Episode 99: Solving Problems Coast to Coast with Vanessa

Listener Vanessa wrote in with plenty of problems in both her NYC and LA spaces. Being bi-coastal is double fun but you also have double the spaces to design. Betsy is up for the challenge in this episode!

Episode 98: Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things
16:28
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 16:28
Episode 98: Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things

Two lil' guests join Betsy in the studio to answer your questions about kid-friendly spaces. We're talkin' furniture, fabrics, storage, and more.   Check out the favorite artist that I recommend here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtFable

Episode 97: Talkin' Trends and More
25:21
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 25:21
Episode 97: Talkin' Trends and More

Betsy sent out the call and you listened. In came a flood of great questions and podcast ideas.  I can't wait to answer them! Here is a start with Trudi's questions about trends and Rachel's inquiries about starting her very own firm.

 

Episode 96: Kelsey's Big News
34:23
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 34:23
Episode 96: Kelsey's Big News

Besides Betsy, the designer who has been with Affordable Interior Design longest is Kelsey Surock. After 5+ years with the company and 500+ clients, she is sharing her design wisdom and revealing some big news.

Episode 95: Let's Get Personal
27:33
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 27:33
Episode 95: Let's Get Personal

Betsy is over-sharing more than usual in this podcast about baby rooms, naughty clients, and dream homes.

Episode 94: Open for Business
36:07
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 36:07
Episode 94: Open for Business

Dreams do come true!  The story of Betsy's most recent interior design business struggle was just featured on one of her fav podcasts.  Check it out here, and be sure to head over to Gimlet Media/eBay's "Open for Business" podcast to binge listen to all their other goodness!

Episode 93: Sharing Your Space In Style
20:40
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 20:40
Episode 93: Sharing Your Space In Style

Having roommate(s) or a partner does not mean you can’t get a chic look for your space. Infuse your shared home with style using Betsy's easy tips.

Episode 92: BuzzFeed Busts Bad Design
40:06
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 40:06
Episode 92: BuzzFeed Busts Bad Design

I love it when listeners send me links to interior design articles and posts--especially funny ones! Awesome pal and podcast producer, Katharine Heller, and I yuck it up on this extra long episode about a recent Buzzfeed article.

Episode 91: Interior Designer Matchmaker
23:46
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 23:46
Episode 91: Interior Designer Matchmaker

Thinking about hiring a designer? Betsy knows just the right questions to ask to help you find the perfect firm. 

Episode 90: Standard Sizes
23:19
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 23:19
Episode 90: Standard Sizes

When you are shopping, buying things that are out of scale feels awkward. Avoid that not-so-comfy feeling by staying standard with Betsy's size guidelines.

Episode 89: New Year, New Mail
24:47
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 24:47
Episode 89: New Year, New Mail

While Betsy was away, you wonderful listeners sent her some amazing questions. Get all the answers to your kitchen queries, broom debacles, window worries, and more!

Episode 88: Master Class Sneak Peek
26:32
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 26:32
Episode 88: Master Class Sneak Peek

Betsy is hosting the HGTV-Addict's Interior Design Master Class in NYC on 2/5/2017. It is going to be a full day of design tips, insider info, and fun! Thinking about joining her for the event? This episode reveals some of the hot topics Betsy will be discussing during the big day. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2j2bN2g

Episode 87: Betsy's 2017 Trend Report
25:37
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 25:37
Episode 87: Betsy's 2017 Trend Report

Design magazines and websites are bursting with hot new trends and tips for 2017.  But are these fads worth your dough? Betsy lets you know and tells you what's new with her this year.

 

Episode 86: Christmas Special-Santa's Sack Overflows with Your Design Dilemmas
25:59
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 25:59
Episode 86: Christmas Special-Santa's Sack Overflows with Your Design Dilemmas

The ho-ho-holidays may be over but Betsy is still felling the X-Mas spirit. You sent her questions about toy storage, Kleenex, and curtains, and she answers them all in this episode.

Episode 85: Hannukah Special - Betsy Answers 8 Listener Questions
25:24
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 25:24
Episode 85: Hannukah Special - Betsy Answers 8 Listener Questions

In the spirit of the season, Betsy is sharing her tips for transforming your home this holiday. Whether you are wondering whether to re-upholster or what to do with wet boots, she has ideas for you!

Episode 84: Budget Style for Your Wardrobe with Catherine Cassidy
34:53
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 34:53
Episode 84: Budget Style for Your Wardrobe with Catherine Cassidy

Betsy loves shopping for throw pillows but is at a loss when it comes to selecting a sweater. You, too? Let's learn how to style ourselves on a budget with Ustyled.com's fashion guru, Catherine Cassidy.

Episode 83: Betsy's Holiday Wishlist
26:45
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 26:45
Episode 83: Betsy's Holiday Wishlist

Looking for a great gift for the interior design lover in your life? Wondering what to ask for for yourself? Betsy's list of her 10 favorite gifts is bound to inspire you and your designs.

Episode 82: Shh, Secret Storage
24:33
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 24:33
Episode 82: Shh, Secret Storage

With the holidays fast approaching, who couldn't use a little extra space to stash gifts, additional pantry items, and off-season clothes. Betsy shares her favorite storage saves and he least favorite storage frenemies. 

Episode 81: Gracious Guest Rooms
20:13
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 20:13
Episode 81: Gracious Guest Rooms

Betsy is hosting the holidays this year and is outfitting her guest room--on the cheap! There are lots of quick ways to make your friends and family feel welcome. Here are a few of her favorite ideas.

 

Episode 80: Interview with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet
24:18
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 24:18
Episode 80: Interview with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet

This week we are talking budget for our bellies with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet. She is a blogger, book author, and TV producer. Moreover, Gabi has fabulous tips for gourmet eating on a shoestring.

Episode 79: Unique Ways to Accessorize with Books
19:33
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 19:33
Episode 79: Unique Ways to Accessorize with Books

Books are fun to read but can be boring to look at. But Betsy has some fun ways to turn your novels into new accessories for your home. Today.com loved her ideas, and you will, too! 

Episode 78: Neutrals - Naughty or Nice!?
25:00
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 25:00
Episode 78: Neutrals - Naughty or Nice!?

Betsy has said some bad things about neutrals--she will be the first person to admit it.  Is she now having a change of heart? She shares her feelings about white, ivory, beige, and taupe in this episode. ​

Episode 77: Brown and Black
20:30
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 20:30
Episode 77: Brown and Black

While sometimes considered neutrals, when used with intention, these colors can have BIG impact. Learn how to sprinkle these tones throughout your space in this episode.

Episode 76: Blue and Purple
22:19
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 22:19
Episode 76: Blue and Purple

These cool colors are both the most and least popular of the entire spectrum. Find out how to best use them in your decor in this episode.

Episode 75: Betsy on EOFire!
28:43
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 28:43
Episode 75: Betsy on EOFire!

Recently Betsy was featured on one of her favorite podcasts, Entrepreneur on Fire. Hear about her journey to becoming her own boss, the lowest point in her career, and the most valuable lessons she has learned while running her interior design biz.

Episode 74: Yellow and Green
23:41
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 23:41
Episode 74: Yellow and Green

These colors are all about enlightenment and nature. Have a room that doesn't feel warm? Yellow can help! Feeling ill at ease in your living space? Go for green! All this and more on this episode.

Episode 73: Red and Orange
26:54
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 26:54
Episode 73: Red and Orange

Love color but not sure how to make the most of it? Betsy reveals the tricks and traps of working with red and orange in this episode. These two most intense tones in the rainbow need to be used with caution. She will tell you how!

Episode 72: Interior Design Self Care
26:00
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 26:00
Episode 72: Interior Design Self Care

Summer is ending. Colder weather and school days are here.  Does anyone else get a little blue this time of year? Betsy likes to make herself feel better with design.  Perking up can be as easy as picking new pillows. She will tell you how!

Episode 67: Sexy Kitchen Setup with Shani Delamor
28:05
2017-09-27 09:24:41 UTC 28:05
Episode 67: Sexy Kitchen Setup with Shani Delamor

Wanna add some spice to your kitchen and relationship? Shani Delamor of AppetiteforSeduction.com joins Betsy in the studio to talk about her favorite dinnerware, kitchen gadgets, and food fantasies.  

Episode 78: Neutrals - Naughty or Nice!?
25:00
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 25:00
Episode 78: Neutrals - Naughty or Nice!?

Betsy has said some bad things about neutrals--she will be the first person to admit it.  Is she now having a change of heart? She shares her feelings about white, ivory, beige, and taupe in this episode. ​

Episode 127: Design Q&A - Feuding with the Family, Lightening Up Dark Wood, and Luxe for Less
16:18
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:18
Episode 127: Design Q&A - Feuding with the Family, Lightening Up Dark Wood, and Luxe for Less

Betsy answers listener questions about family, wood and luxe!

Episode 126: Design Q&A - Creating a Cozy Guest Room, Power Lift Chair Choices, and Trends That Are Totally 2017
19:23
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 19:23
Episode 126: Design Q&A - Creating a Cozy Guest Room, Power Lift Chair Choices, and Trends That Are Totally 2017

Betsy's back with more design tips from listener questions!

Episode 125: Design Q&A - Thanksgiving Rush, Curse of the Medium Furniture Strikes Again, Bedding Battles, and Masculine Rugs
17:52
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:52
Episode 125: Design Q&A - Thanksgiving Rush, Curse of the Medium Furniture Strikes Again, Bedding Battles, and Masculine Rugs

Betsy answers listener questions about designing with the holidays in mind, medium furniture, rugs and more!

Episode 124: Design Q&A - Beating the Beige-Blahs, Defining a Space with Rugs, Placing an Arc Lamp, & Getting Windows Right
17:13
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:13
Episode 124: Design Q&A - Beating the Beige-Blahs, Defining a Space with Rugs, Placing an Arc Lamp, & Getting Windows Right

Betsy (the birthday girl!) shares how she plans to relax on her special day. Then she answers listener questions about light, rugs, and all things beige. 

Episode 123: Design Q&A - Style Smackdown, Sleeper Sofas, and Removable Wallpaper
18:06
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 18:06
Episode 123: Design Q&A - Style Smackdown, Sleeper Sofas, and Removable Wallpaper

Betsy answers listener questions about style with some tough love. Plus, her favorite places to get sleeper sofas, and tips on wallpaper.

Episode 122: ​Betsy's Audio Diary
17:33
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:33
Episode 122: ​Betsy's Audio Diary

During our busy season, clients are calling non-stop. Betsy muses about her current workload and shares stories of recent clients.

Episode 121: Q&A - Legacy Furniture, Exposed Brick, and Downsizing
17:29
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:29
Episode 121: Q&A - Legacy Furniture, Exposed Brick, and Downsizing

Betsy answers all of your burning design questions about legacy furniture, exposed brick and downsizing!

Episode 120: Betsy On Build Your House Yourself University Podcast
24:53
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 24:53
Episode 120: Betsy On Build Your House Yourself University Podcast

This week Betsy was the featured guest on the Build Your House Yourself University Podcast.  She shared her top tips for starting from scratch, creating a color palette, and working with metal finishes.  Check out www.byhyu.com for more info.

Episode 119: Q&A - Color Consulting, Mid-Century Meltdown, Partner Problems, and Open Shelving
15:05
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 15:05
Episode 119: Q&A - Color Consulting, Mid-Century Meltdown, Partner Problems, and Open Shelving

Betsy answers all your questions about colors, design compromise with a partner, and more!

Episode 118: Q&A - Fall, Design Businesses, Layout Issues, and Start-Ups
23:47
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 23:47
Episode 118: Q&A - Fall, Design Businesses, Layout Issues, and Start-Ups

Betsy answers listener questions about designing for businesses big and small!

Episode 117: Dorothea's Bedroom Design Crimes
33:05
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 33:05
Episode 117: Dorothea's Bedroom Design Crimes

Premium member Dot desperately needs to update her bedroom. But where to start when everything is feeling less than fresh? Betsy breaks it down and transforms her room during this episode.

Episode 116: Hannah's Reno Worries
38:52
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 38:52
Episode 116: Hannah's Reno Worries

Premium member Hannah is moving from the city to the burbs of Montreal.  Her new home is full of charm but needs a lot of work.  From flooring to fireplaces to kitchen islands, everything needs consideration, and Betsy is here to help!

Episode 115: Design Q&A - Big Tubs, Cohesive Window Treatments, HGTV.com, and Style for Start-Ups
20:46
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 20:46
Episode 115: Design Q&A - Big Tubs, Cohesive Window Treatments, HGTV.com, and Style for Start-Ups

Betsy shares her answers to listener questions about tubs, windows, and news about Affordable Interior Design!

Episode 114: Secrets of the Podcast
29:09
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 29:09
Episode 114: Secrets of the Podcast

Betsy lifts back the curtain on how her podcast is made. From costs to downloads to tips for getting started, she shares her secrets with you and with Siimon Sander, from Entrepreneur Decoded.

Episode 113: Decor Therapy with Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson
29:36
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 29:36
Episode 113: Decor Therapy with Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson

Designing with your partner in mind. Hard! Moving to a new space. Overwhelming! Trying to be perfect in the suburbs. Impossible! Therapist Melissa Divaris Thompson of EmbracingJoy.com helps us navigate these issues.

Episode 112: Roommates, Big Rooms, Toddler-Safe Furniture, & Summer!
17:57
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:57
Episode 112: Roommates, Big Rooms, Toddler-Safe Furniture, & Summer!

Betsy answers all of your sizzling summer questions!

Episode 111: Q&A - Flooring, Finding Your Style, Getting Quirky, & Beach House Pet Peeves​
30:39
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 30:39
Episode 111: Q&A - Flooring, Finding Your Style, Getting Quirky, & Beach House Pet Peeves​

Betsy answers all of your questions about flooring, finding your style, getting quirky, & beach house pet peeves​

Episode 110: Curtains, Clutter, Color, and More!
16:41
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:41
Episode 110: Curtains, Clutter, Color, and More!

Betsy answers all of your questions about curtains, clutter, color, and more!

Episode 109: Q&A - How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color, Shameful Habits, Feng Shui, and more!
16:11
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:11
Episode 109: Q&A - How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color, Shameful Habits, Feng Shui, and more!

Betsy answers all of your questions about paint color, habits, Feng Shui and more!

Episode 108: Styling Secrets with Erin O'Keefe
24:45
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 24:45
Episode 108: Styling Secrets with Erin O'Keefe

Set designer and art director Erin O'Keefe joins us in-studio to discuss patterns, accessorizing, and "wow" factor. She and Betsy debate a few old design rules and come up with a few new ones. 

Episode 107: Q&A: Small Spaces, Nursery Decor, Restful Bedroom Design, Ugly Recliners, and more!
17:31
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 17:31
Episode 107: Q&A: Small Spaces, Nursery Decor, Restful Bedroom Design, Ugly Recliners, and more!

Betsy answers all of your questions about nurseries, bedrooms and, yes, ugly recliners.

Episode 106: Q&A - Condos, Mood Boards and More!
16:49
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:49
Episode 106: Q&A - Condos, Mood Boards and More!

More great tips from Betsy!

Episode 105: Q&A - Bar Cabinets, Etsy, Who Needs Design? and more...
20:55
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 20:55
Episode 105: Q&A - Bar Cabinets, Etsy, Who Needs Design? and more...

Betsy answers more of your burning questions, just in time for Summer!

Episode 104: Color, Tile, Key West, Chandeliers, and More!
16:32
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:32
Episode 104: Color, Tile, Key West, Chandeliers, and More!

Betsy answers more of your burning questions, just in time for Summer!

Episode 103: Celebrating #103 with Q&A
29:36
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 29:36
Episode 103: Celebrating #103 with Q&A

We have been so busy over here at AID that we didn't even get to toast our big 100th episode. We are making up for that with today's show and taking a record number of your design questions!

Episode 102: Budget Travel Tips with Tina from Tripbound
26:19
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 26:19
Episode 102: Budget Travel Tips with Tina from Tripbound

Budget travel sounds like an oxymoron. But our guest Tina Williams from TripBound shares tips on making vacation affordable. From where to go to when to book, we are getting the inside scoop on leaving town. http://www.tripbound.com

Episode 101: Getting Smart About Art with Monica Shulman
32:42
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 32:42
Episode 101: Getting Smart About Art with Monica Shulman

We are joined by painter/photographer extraordinaire, Monica Shulman. She is giving us the down-low on art, prints, photos and much more. Check out her stunning work here: https://www.monicashulman.com

Episode 100: Room Redesign for Roseanne
42:29
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 42:29
Episode 100: Room Redesign for Roseanne

Listener Roseanne wrote in with some great questions about her great room. Betsy gives her a bit of a sectional smackdown in this tip-packed episode.

Episode 99: Solving Problems Coast to Coast with Vanessa
30:34
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 30:34
Episode 99: Solving Problems Coast to Coast with Vanessa

Listener Vanessa wrote in with plenty of problems in both her NYC and LA spaces. Being bi-coastal is double fun but you also have double the spaces to design. Betsy is up for the challenge in this episode!

Episode 98: Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things
16:28
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 16:28
Episode 98: Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things

Two lil' guests join Betsy in the studio to answer your questions about kid-friendly spaces. We're talkin' furniture, fabrics, storage, and more.   Check out the favorite artist that I recommend here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtFable

Episode 97: Talkin' Trends and More
25:21
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 25:21
Episode 97: Talkin' Trends and More

Betsy sent out the call and you listened. In came a flood of great questions and podcast ideas.  I can't wait to answer them! Here is a start with Trudi's questions about trends and Rachel's inquiries about starting her very own firm.

 

Episode 96: Kelsey's Big News
34:23
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 34:23
Episode 96: Kelsey's Big News

Besides Betsy, the designer who has been with Affordable Interior Design longest is Kelsey Surock. After 5+ years with the company and 500+ clients, she is sharing her design wisdom and revealing some big news.

Episode 95: Let's Get Personal
27:33
2017-12-14 09:00:41 UTC 27:33
Episode 95: Let's Get Personal

Betsy is over-sharing more than usual in this podcast about baby rooms, naughty clients, and dream homes.

Episode 94: Open for Business
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Episode 94: Open for Business

Dreams do come true!  The story of Betsy's most recent interior design business struggle was just featured on one of her fav podcasts.  Check it out here, and be sure to head over to Gimlet Media/eBay's "Open for Business" podcast to binge listen to all their other goodness!

Episode 93: Sharing Your Space In Style
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Episode 93: Sharing Your Space In Style

Having roommate(s) or a partner does not mean you can’t get a chic look for your space. Infuse your shared home with style using Betsy's easy tips.

Episode 92: BuzzFeed Busts Bad Design
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Episode 92: BuzzFeed Busts Bad Design

I love it when listeners send me links to interior design articles and posts--especially funny ones! Awesome pal and podcast producer, Katharine Heller, and I yuck it up on this extra long episode about a recent Buzzfeed article.

Episode 91: Interior Designer Matchmaker
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Episode 91: Interior Designer Matchmaker

Thinking about hiring a designer? Betsy knows just the right questions to ask to help you find the perfect firm. 

Episode 90: Standard Sizes
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Episode 90: Standard Sizes

When you are shopping, buying things that are out of scale feels awkward. Avoid that not-so-comfy feeling by staying standard with Betsy's size guidelines.

Episode 88: Master Class Sneak Peek
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Episode 88: Master Class Sneak Peek

Betsy is hosting the HGTV-Addict's Interior Design Master Class in NYC on 2/5/2017. It is going to be a full day of design tips, insider info, and fun! Thinking about joining her for the event? This episode reveals some of the hot topics Betsy will be discussing during the big day. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2j2bN2g

Episode 87: Betsy's 2017 Trend Report
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Episode 87: Betsy's 2017 Trend Report

Design magazines and websites are bursting with hot new trends and tips for 2017.  But are these fads worth your dough? Betsy lets you know and tells you what's new with her this year.

 

Episode 86: Christmas Special-Santa's Sack Overflows with Your Design Dilemmas
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Episode 86: Christmas Special-Santa's Sack Overflows with Your Design Dilemmas

The ho-ho-holidays may be over but Betsy is still felling the X-Mas spirit. You sent her questions about toy storage, Kleenex, and curtains, and she answers them all in this episode.

Episode 85: Hannukah Special - Betsy Answers 8 Listener Questions
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Episode 85: Hannukah Special - Betsy Answers 8 Listener Questions

In the spirit of the season, Betsy is sharing her tips for transforming your home this holiday. Whether you are wondering whether to re-upholster or what to do with wet boots, she has ideas for you!

Episode 84: Budget Style for Your Wardrobe with Catherine Cassidy
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Episode 84: Budget Style for Your Wardrobe with Catherine Cassidy

Betsy loves shopping for throw pillows but is at a loss when it comes to selecting a sweater. You, too? Let's learn how to style ourselves on a budget with Ustyled.com's fashion guru, Catherine Cassidy.

Episode 83: Betsy's Holiday Wishlist
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Episode 83: Betsy's Holiday Wishlist

Looking for a great gift for the interior design lover in your life? Wondering what to ask for for yourself? Betsy's list of her 10 favorite gifts is bound to inspire you and your designs.

Episode 82: Shh, Secret Storage
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Episode 82: Shh, Secret Storage

With the holidays fast approaching, who couldn't use a little extra space to stash gifts, additional pantry items, and off-season clothes. Betsy shares her favorite storage saves and he least favorite storage frenemies. 

Episode 81: Gracious Guest Rooms
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Episode 81: Gracious Guest Rooms

Betsy is hosting the holidays this year and is outfitting her guest room--on the cheap! There are lots of quick ways to make your friends and family feel welcome. Here are a few of her favorite ideas.

 

Episode 80: Interview with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet
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Episode 80: Interview with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet

This week we are talking budget for our bellies with Gabi Moskowitz of Brokeass Gourmet. She is a blogger, book author, and TV producer. Moreover, Gabi has fabulous tips for gourmet eating on a shoestring.

Episode 79: Unique Ways to Accessorize with Books
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Episode 79: Unique Ways to Accessorize with Books

Books are fun to read but can be boring to look at. But Betsy has some fun ways to turn your novels into new accessories for your home. Today.com loved her ideas, and you will, too! 

Episode 77: Brown and Black
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Episode 77: Brown and Black

While sometimes considered neutrals, when used with intention, these colors can have BIG impact. Learn how to sprinkle these tones throughout your space in this episode.

Episode 76: Blue and Purple
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Episode 76: Blue and Purple

These cool colors are both the most and least popular of the entire spectrum. Find out how to best use them in your decor in this episode.

Episode 75: Betsy on EOFire!
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Episode 75: Betsy on EOFire!

Recently Betsy was featured on one of her favorite podcasts, Entrepreneur on Fire. Hear about her journey to becoming her own boss, the lowest point in her career, and the most valuable lessons she has learned while running her interior design biz.

Episode 74: Yellow and Green
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Episode 74: Yellow and Green

These colors are all about enlightenment and nature. Have a room that doesn't feel warm? Yellow can help! Feeling ill at ease in your living space? Go for green! All this and more on this episode.

Episode 73: Red and Orange
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Episode 73: Red and Orange

Love color but not sure how to make the most of it? Betsy reveals the tricks and traps of working with red and orange in this episode. These two most intense tones in the rainbow need to be used with caution. She will tell you how!

Episode 72: Interior Design Self Care
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Episode 72: Interior Design Self Care

Summer is ending. Colder weather and school days are here.  Does anyone else get a little blue this time of year? Betsy likes to make herself feel better with design.  Perking up can be as easy as picking new pillows. She will tell you how!

Episode 71: Merging with Your Mate with Jasmine Brett Stringer
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Episode 71: Merging with Your Mate with Jasmine Brett Stringer

No matter how in love you are, moving in with a mate is never easy. Carpe diem expert and newlywed Jasmine Brett Stringer is struggling to make design choices and compromise on color with her spouse. In this episode, Betsy shares strategies for keeping everyone happy.

Episode 70: Carpe Diem with Jasmine Brett Stringer
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Episode 70: Carpe Diem with Jasmine Brett Stringer

Living in the moment is easier said than done. As a gal who is never far from her planner and to-do lists,Betsy has lots of questions for carpe diem expert, Jasmine Brett Stringer. Change your shower curtain and change your life in this episode!

Episode 69: Back, Back, Back In the Ol' Mailbag
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Episode 69: Back, Back, Back In the Ol' Mailbag

The emails have been pouring in so quickly that Betsy can't keep up. You have questions and she wants to get you answers in a timely manner. In order to squeeze in as many responses as possible, here is another Q&A dense episode.

Episode 68: Back in the Ol' Mailbag
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Episode 68: Back in the Ol' Mailbag

Not sure to do with Tuscan tile? Feeling unclear about what industrial style really means? Afraid to commit to your rental? Betsy gets real this episode with advice for these dilemmas and more!  

Episode 67: Sexy Kitchen Setup with Shani Delamor
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Episode 67: Sexy Kitchen Setup with Shani Delamor

Wanna add some spice to your kitchen and relationship? Shani Delamor of AppetiteforSeduction.com joins Betsy in the studio to talk about her favorite dinnerware, kitchen gadgets, and food fantasies.  

Episode 66: Get Organized with Anna Bauer, Part 2
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Episode 66: Get Organized with Anna Bauer, Part 2

Marie Kondo's organizing method isn't working for me or my clients. In this episode, professional organizer AnnaBauer of SortedByAnna.com shares her strategies for take the shame out of being a little bit messy.

Episode 65: Get Organized with Anna Bauer, Part 1
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Episode 65: Get Organized with Anna Bauer, Part 1

How should you handle your out of control mail? Is your playroom a pigsty? Anna Bauer of SortedByAnna.com has seen it all and gives her game plan for getting your space in shape.

Episode 64: Tool(kit) Time
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Episode 64: Tool(kit) Time

Wonder what Betsy takes to work with her? Everything you need to get a designer look fits in her toolkit. She will take you on an item-by-item inventory of the things she loves and why she never heads to a job site without them.

Episode 63: Naughty Word List, P-W
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Episode 63: Naughty Word List, P-W

Have you been naughty or nice with your designs? Betsy is back at it--sharing her list of design don'ts. Steer clear of these things if you are going for a high-end look.

Episode 62: Naughty Word List, A-M
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Episode 62: Naughty Word List, A-M

Some things are just never okay. Why doesn't Betsy have any love for loveseats?  What's wrong with decals? Listen up and find out why she feels slipcovers deserve a smackdown.

Episode 61: Talkin' Textiles
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Episode 61: Talkin' Textiles

Surprisingly enough, selecting furnishings made from fabrics is one of the hardest parts of my job. Learn the tricks to picking the perfect textiles every time on this episode.

Episode 60: Tough Love
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Episode 60: Tough Love

Can you handle the truth?! It is important to keep it real when responding to design questions. Today Betsy softly delivers a few smackdowns to listeners who need a little tough love.  

Episode 59: Shopping Spree
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Episode 59: Shopping Spree

Come shopping with Betsy as she breezes through the isles looking for "room jewelry." She's tossing pillows, blankets, artwork and more into her cart, telling you what she looks for along the way.  

Episode 58: Feng Shui Potpourri
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Episode 58: Feng Shui Potpourri

Betsy wraps up her 4-part Feng Shui series with a mix of tips on topics like clearing bad energy, attracting good luck, picturing optimum success, and decreasing anxiety by changing out your light bulbs. Additionally, Betsy reveals her top secret for creating sophisticated spaces.

Episode 57: Feng Shui for Health
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Episode 57: Feng Shui for Health

Overly anxious? Having trouble sleeping? Poor eating habits plague you? There’s a Feng Shui remedy for that! Betsy cures what ails you in this episode with easy fixes that take minutes and cost pennies. You’re guaranteed to feel better after listening to this episode.

Episode 56: Facebook Lightning Round
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Episode 56: Facebook Lightning Round

During Betsy's first Facebook Live event last week, there were a batch of questions she wasn't able to answer. On this week's podcast, she is getting to them as promised, discussing everything from baseball hats to awkward areas.

Episode 55: Feng Shui for Wealth
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Episode 55: Feng Shui for Wealth

Want more money? No problem! Bring prosperity into your life by tweaking a few things at home.  From coins to colors, Betsy shares her favorite get-rich-quick, Feng Shui strategies in this abundant episode.

Episode 54: Feng Shui for Love
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Episode 54: Feng Shui for Love

Finding true love or enhancing your current relationship can be as easy as closing your toilet lid. Betsy gets super personal, revealing how she manifested the man of her dreams by rearranging her bathroom. That and many more Feng Shui relationship tips are coming your way in this love-filled episode.​

Episode 53: Into the Ol' Mailbag
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Episode 53: Into the Ol' Mailbag

Listener emails keep the show lively. This week Betsy is getting schooled by one of her former teachers, and she is sharing some all new tips. She also reveals a new 4-part series coming atcha for the rest of May.

Episode 52: All About Ellie
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Episode 52: All About Ellie

Listener questions are Betsy's favorite. Fan of the show, Ellie, wrote in with an assortment of interesting dilemmas hoping to stump the designer. No chance, Ellie!  From taxidermy to hall trees, answers abound in this week's episode.

Episode 51: Coupon Queen
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Episode 51: Coupon Queen

Betsy saves money like it is her job--come to think of it, it is her job! She shares her tried-and-true ways to get deep discounts at all your favorite stores.

Episode 50: Romancing Your Space: Part II
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Episode 50: Romancing Your Space: Part II

Getting sexy is not just for the bedroom. Sensuality should be alive in all rooms of your home--and even in your workplace. Stay on brand and in the mood with a few affordable design ideas.

Episode 49: Romancing Your Space: Part I
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Episode 49: Romancing Your Space: Part I

Are you in love with your space? Whether it's your home or your office, you need to commit like it is a life partner. Studio apartments need sweetness and cooking classrooms need consideration. Make your place feel loved with tips from today's episode.

Episode 48: Spruce Up for Spring
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Episode 48: Spruce Up for Spring

Now that the sun is out, we can actually seen the dust and grime that accumulated over the winter months. Betsy is grabbing her boyfriend (Mr. Clean) and calling up her girlfriend (Roomba) and sharing her top tidying tips with you.

Episode 47: Anniversary Follow-Up
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Episode 47: Anniversary Follow-Up

Ever wonder what happened to Betsy's billionaire client? What if you're not moving out--what if someone is moving in? Still can't figure out what to do with your shoes? Betsy is going back in her archives to give you new thoughts on old topics.​

Episode 46: Styling Surfaces
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Episode 46: Styling Surfaces

Now that you have the furniture pieces in place, how do you give them personal flair?  It's all in the styling. Add accents to your surfaces with Betsy's go-to tips.

Episode 45: New House, New Issues Part II
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Episode 45: New House, New Issues Part II

Turns out a lot of people are moving from the city to the suburbs right now. There were so many questions on this topic that Betsy is devoting a second episode to it.

Episode 44: New House, New Issues Part I
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Episode 44: New House, New Issues Part I

From packing to unpacking to discovering a new neighborhood, moving is stressful.  Add decorating your home to that equation, and it can be downright overwhelming. This episode is packed with tips about settling in in style.

Episode 43: Small Business Strategies
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Episode 43: Small Business Strategies

While she didn’t start out hoping to become a boss, the business advice Betsy got as a small biz owner grew her firm from a hobby to success. She shares the tips that helped her most with fellow female entrepreneurs in this episode.

Episode 42: Wondering About Woods
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Episode 42: Wondering About Woods

Most of the furniture on sale out there features some wood. Betsy tells you what you need to know about shopping for solid wood, particle board, stains, and more.

Episode 41: Light It Up
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Episode 41: Light It Up

Bulbs, bases, and shades, oh my! Shopping for lamps can be overwhelming. Learn how to create cozy spaces with pools of light rather than interrogation rooms with harsh spots in this episode.

Episode 40: Everything You Wanted to Know About Seating (But Were Afraid to Ask)
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Episode 40: Everything You Wanted to Know About Seating (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Pop a squat, grab a chair, and settle in for this episode. Seating determines how comfy you will be and how long your guests will want to stay in your home. Betsy gives tips about finding the perfect seating solution from sectionals to counter stools.

Episode 39: Micro Apartments, Major Ideas
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Episode 39: Micro Apartments, Major Ideas

Small space living is trendy now with the recent construction of NYC's newest abodes known as micro apartments. But Betsy was living tiny for over a decade before it became cool. She shares ways to make small functional and stylish in this episode.

Episode 38: Betsy's 2016 Trend Report
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Episode 38: Betsy's 2016 Trend Report

A new year means Betsy has new thoughts about the design industry and where it is going. Styles and elements she used to love no longer feel fresh. Meanwhile stores are stocking their shelves with unexpected, intriguing items. Betsy reveals looks that are passe and what she's excited for in the coming year.

Episode 37: Somewhere That's Green
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Episode 37: Somewhere That's Green

BDSB fan, Audrey, has a lot of questions about making her new suburban house more cozy. When she wrote in, I couldn't help but think of "Little Shop of Horrors" and Audrey's dreams of an ideal home. Our fan's new place is far from Skid Row, and we are going to make it "Better Homes and Gardens"-ready on this week's episode.

Episode 36: Room By Room(ba)
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Episode 36: Room By Room(ba)

Entryways get messy. Living rooms have to serve multiple functions. Big bedrooms are hard to maximize.  And playrooms get out of control. Betsy has cures for all the aforementioned ills in this show.

Episode 35: Window Dressing
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Episode 35: Window Dressing

No matter the view from them, windows are dynamic pieces of art for your walls. Learn how to treat them as the lovely masterpieces they are in this week's episode.

Episode 34: Homey For The Holidays
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Episode 34: Homey For The Holidays

Tis the season for festive living. From gifts for the design-lover to holiday decor in 5 minutes or less, Betsy shares her favorite ways to celebrate.

Episode 33: Free For All
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Episode 33: Free For All

You have random design questions, and Betsy has answers. There is no topic too taboo, no query too questionable.  From home offices to renovations to shopping at Target, bring on the design dilemmas!

Episode 32: Super Secret Seven
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Episode 32: Super Secret Seven

Do you feel your space is missing the secret sauce that would take it from fine to fabulous? There are seven elements that every magazine-ready space should have.  Rundown the checklist with Betsy and see if your home is missing something crucial.

Episode 31: Pet Problems
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Episode 31: Pet Problems

Pooping, puking, scratching, and sniffing:  Pets are wonderful but can wreak havoc in your home. After years of designing for people with frenetic felines and dastardly dogs, Betsy has some strategies for keeping your home from becoming a zoo.

Episode 30: Stylish Studios
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Episode 30: Stylish Studios

As a studio-dweller for over one-third of her life, Betsy believes a well-designed small space needs prioritizing, colorizing, and noting going too McGuyver. Her tried-and-true tiny space tips are comin’ atcha in this TMI-packed episode.

Episode 29: Retail Rundown
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Episode 29: Retail Rundown

From Room and Board to HomeGoods, don’t miss the gold and avoid the crap with Betsy’s tested tips.

Episode 28: Style Search
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Episode 28: Style Search

Our clients know what they like and what they don’t like, but they have trouble summing that up into a cohesive look. Betsy shares her 6-step process for distilling your ideas down to one distinct style.