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Get fresh tips from the budget decorating guru, Betsy Helmuth. Each episode is packed with secrets the other pros don't want you to know and with answers to your burning design questions. Betsy is a NY-based designer, owner of Affordable Interior Design, and has been featured on DIY Network, NBC's "Today Show", HGTV, Lifetime, and more. She is the author of the best-selling book, Affordable Interior Design. Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with mill ...
 
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Happy Thanksgiving! Are you supposed to be making cranberry sauce right now? Are you escaping into the bathroom, the closet, or the basement, just to catch your breath and get some alone time? I feel you! I love having people over, and I love to cook (even though I’m not all that good at it!) but I’m an only child at heart and every now and again, …
 
We’re halfway through November. Kids’ sports are winding down, and the supply chain issues have forced me to start my holiday shopping early. I also just learned that home goods will be going up in price, so I’m passing this warning on to you: Now is the moment to refresh your home with new furniture and decor. This episode, I answer questions abou…
 
Happy November! I hope you’re all doing well, staying warm, and are cuddled up by the fire listening to this podcast. I’m kicking off this episode with a celebration of my recent podcast milestone (300 episodes)! Thank you all so much for being engaged listeners, sending me your questions, and participating in this special community. I’m also shari…
 
Wondering why I’m devoting an episode to LuLaRich? If you’re a regular listener, you know I love true crime and entrepreneurship - these two subjects meet in this docu-series on Amazon Prime. My friend, Libby Rothschild, joined me to discuss the show and we are both sharing this episode on our respective podcasts. LuLaRich is fascinating, and you w…
 
Halloween is coming! I love to dress up, but I also love to accompany my children to the door and make sure they don’t take too much candy… while also peeking at other people’s decor. I hope you and your families are getting ready to have some fun during this season as well! This week I’m digging back into the mailbag to answer some design question…
 
Change is in the air… I redecorated the storefront for Fall, and I got to buy some fun new things due to the flood damage. This month we are also rebranding as Uploft Interior Design! Don’t worry, the podcast will stay as Affordable Interior Design - but it’s by Uploft. I’m really excited about the change, and it’s going to allow us to expand and g…
 
Happy October! Today I’m sharing something that literally came to me in a dream after the last episode. I have more to say about what it means to live your best life, and then we will get back to the mail bag. I’m revising some responses to previous questions, so tune in to hear the tweaks I’m making to past answers. [2:29] Behind the scenes of mak…
 
I’m here with a guest this week! I love having a guest, because they provide inspiration and help me to think about new things in different ways. While interior design seems like it’s just one topic, there are many facets to any industry - and interior design is no different. Justin Breen and I met through our business group. We were put into a bre…
 
I’m in a celebratory mood! September holds a lot of meaning here at Affordable Interior Design. It’s back to school time, and it’s also my anniversary. I celebrated my personal anniversary with my husband of 11 years, and our anniversary happens to be September 11th. So as a New Yorker, this date has extra meaning. It was 9/11 that spurred me to be…
 
September is bringing some changes here - the kids are going back to school, and my storefront lease may be coming to an end. My store is a special place where I have grown my business, and grown this podcast, so it’s definitely tugging at my heartstrings. I don’t know yet where my next chapter will be, but I will be opening up an amazing new locat…
 
This week I’m celebrating my business’ Sweet Sixteen! Sure, due to the pandemic it’s a party with myself...but I wanted to share so that you can celebrate with me as well! The podcast has also been around for over six years, so that feels like a win too. But really, the thing that makes these events so special is that you’re here with us, supportin…
 
I am back from vacation and happy to be with you all! I hope you were able to take some amazing vacations and make some memories this summer. My topic for today’s episode is rustic design, and I’ll share my thoughts about that trend before digging into the mailbag. This episode, I discuss… [4:24] The definition of rustic design [6:10] Pitfalls with…
 
I’m so excited to be back with you again this week, and I’m joined in this episode by Shannon Aldridge. Normally, I follow up with my students after they have completed the Academy so we can see what they are up to and how their dreams have manifested. Today, you’re getting the inside scoop from Shannon, who is currently going through the Academy a…
 
This week, I’m leading off the podcast with a topic before diving into the mailbag. I work with clients every week, transforming their spaces and learning about what they want to do in their homes or commercial spaces. Bringing some of those topics to you is going to be so fun! This week’s topic is updating a condo, apartment, or co-op [3:28]. Then…
 
Summer is a time to liberate yourself and to think outside the box. I recorded this episode wearing a crop top - what are you leaning into this summer? I want to hear all about it! My business is going through a time of significant growth and development, and we have even more exciting news to share soon. In the meantime, I’m digging into the mailb…
 
I’m coming to you from the dog days of summer in the northeast. I love the heat, and I have had the opportunity to take my kids on some great “adventure dates” this summer. One of our future adventures entails helping to make my store more inviting in the wake of the major flood that happened a few weeks ago. I’m excited about that! I would love to…
 
There are so many exciting things going on with the podcast! I really wanted you to be able to see the images I was talking about on the show, so I launched a YouTube channel. We also have a Facebook platform, a show notes page, and an Instagram. You can check everything out at affordableinteriordesign.com/links New questions with lots of delicious…
 
I’m so excited to be back with you again this week, and I’m joined in this episode by Ashley Tapley of House Candy Home. Ashley has been a member of the Academy for just over a year, and she came from a career in marketing and graphic design. She started with a home staging business, and then after a couple years she had several realtors referring …
 
I have been a little delinquent in recording because I was on vacation with my family in Maine, but I’m excited to be back with you! I’m sharing some vacation lodging tips, and then jumping back into your questions. This episode, I answer questions about… [8:03] Having carpeting in the center of a living room, bordered by luxury vinyl plank (Veroni…
 
Summer is here, and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities to get out of the office. We have vacations planned, the kids will be going to camp and playing sports, and I’m also fielding record numbers of client inquiries. It’s very exciting to see people coming out of the COVID shell and looking forward to entertaining in their homes. This epi…
 
It has been a rough week here, as my storefront has undergone some serious water damage. The silver lining, however, is that we are rebranding and I’m excited to share that as well as our new social media platforms. Interior design is a visual medium, and it will be nice to share pictures and video clips on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. All of …
 
As I weigh the merits of moving away from our beloved river towns in Westchester, I’m enjoying answering the questions in the mailbag about home renovation dilemmas. This episode, I answer questions about... [9:36] Flooring choices for a bathroom: vinyl, sheeting, or linoleum (Alison, Canada) [17:46] The kitchen backsplash: patterned or plain (Nata…
 
This week I was able to sit inside my favorite coffee shop, and I was able to get back into podcasting. What an exciting time! I’m thrilled to be able to answer your questions about interior design. This episode, I answer questions about... [3:41] Matching paneling to fixtures in the bathroom (Alison, British Columbia, Canada) [8:55] Designing and …
 
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