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Affordable Interior Design presents Big Design, Small Budget

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!
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Get fresh interior design tips from the premiere expert in budget decorating, Betsy Helmuth.  Each episode is packed with secrets the other pros don't want you to know and tough love Q&A.  

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Oct 18, 2016

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.

Oct 11, 2016

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.

Oct 4, 2016

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.

Sep 28, 2016

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.

Sep 20, 2016

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!

Sep 13, 2016

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!

Sep 6, 2016

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.

Aug 30, 2016

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!

Aug 23, 2016
One of Betsy's recent clients had a budget that was a little too big for comfort. She talked him down to a lower number but is second guessing her argument. Does Betsy always know best?
Aug 23, 2016

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.

Aug 17, 2016
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!
Aug 9, 2016

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

Aug 2, 2016

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

Jul 26, 2016

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

Jul 19, 2016

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.

Jul 12, 2016

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.

Jul 5, 2016

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.

Jun 29, 2016

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.

Jun 21, 2016

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.  

Jun 14, 2016
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.  
Jun 7, 2016

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.

May 31, 2016

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.

May 24, 2016

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.

May 17, 2016

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.

May 14, 2016

Betsy is dong her first ever live, video event on Facebook Live on Wednesday, 5/18, from 3-4pm. Get your hardest questions answered this week in real time!

May 11, 2016

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.​

May 3, 2016

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.

Apr 26, 2016
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.

Apr 19, 2016
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.

Apr 12, 2016

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.

Apr 5, 2016

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.

Mar 29, 2016

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.

Mar 22, 2016

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.​

Mar 15, 2016

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.

Mar 8, 2016

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.

Mar 1, 2016

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.

Feb 23, 2016

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.

Feb 16, 2016

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.

Jan 26, 2016

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.

Jan 19, 2016

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.

Jan 12, 2016

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.

Jan 5, 2016

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.

Dec 29, 2015

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.

Dec 22, 2015

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.

Dec 15, 2015

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.

Dec 8, 2015

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.

Nov 24, 2015

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!

Nov 17, 2015

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.

Nov 10, 2015

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.

Nov 3, 2015

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.

Oct 27, 2015

You wanted to know about even more stores, and Betsy is here to fill you in. From Room and Board to HomeGoods, don’t miss the gold and avoid the crap with Betsy’s tested tips.

Oct 13, 2015

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.


Oct 6, 2015

As the outline of your architecture, it’s important that you make your molding magnificent. Betsy will tell you what qualifies as molding, how to treat it, and what to paint it in this trim-tip packed episode.


Sep 29, 2015

Be an expert docent with a dose of decent design! Great art is all around: from your baby’s pacifier to a map of your honeymoon locale. Look no further than your own home to discover gems for your walls.

Sep 22, 2015

Turning your home into a hotel is easier than it sounds. There are tips and tricks for getting it ready for guests and appealing to the right people. We discuss how to market your space, who you should try and attract, and how to make a statement in this episode.

Sep 15, 2015

Clients often complain that their homes don’t feel comfortable and that they are ashamed to have people over because their apartment sucks. Betsy has analyzed why certain homes don’t work and reveals the 5 things she discovered in this episode.

Sep 8, 2015

Whether you work from home, a cubicle, or a coffee shop, good design in your environment leads to efficiency. Feng shui, noise levels, and wall color have a big impact on your productivity. Get out your laptop and type some notes about improving your workspace affordably.

Sep 1, 2015

80% crap, 20% gold:  Ikea has some gems. But most items from the Scandinavian retailer are a disappointment.  Betsy has been there, bought that. She shares her favorite picks and the one thing that makes a trip to the nightmarish megastore worthwhile.

Aug 25, 2015

Second to walls, rugs are typically the biggest visual element in a room. They also get a lot of wear and tear. Choosing the perfect rug for your room and lifestyle is made easier with Betsy’s budget tips.

Aug 18, 2015

What’s a gal who lives for sales to do when she gets hired to design for a client with a bottomless budget? Answer: She panics and then custom creates the duplex of her dreams. Betsy shares the pros, cons, and strategies for designing when cost is no object.

Jul 28, 2015

Let’s talk taxidermy, velvet drapes, and sex. No topic is too taboo. Betsy tackles some tough topics on this episode.

Jul 21, 2015

It’s a potpourri of design questions. From bedrooms to baby rooms, Betsy shares her tips on making the most of a big space and giving a nursery a unique look.

Jul 14, 2015

Betsy is working on the hardest project to date:  her dream house.  Now that she’s found her forever home, she is struggling to pick just the right things.  She reveals her three-step process for selecting the perfect furnishings on this episode.

Jul 7, 2015

How do you know if design is just your hobby or if it is a valid career choice for you?  Our office manager, Meg, has questions about breaking into the industry, and Betsy has answers. 

Jun 23, 2015

Second to your bed, the couch is where you spend the most time in your home.  You want it to be stylish, inviting, and, most of all, comfy.  Betsy shares her secrets for finding the perfect sofa.

Jun 16, 2015

Designing for a duo can be difficult.  One person wants pink, the other green.  One is traditional, the other modern.  Keep the peace with Betsy’s tips for decorating compromise.

Jun 9, 2015

Curtains and blinds can be confusing.  They are all about measuring and logistics—and not very fun.  Betsyreveals what you need to know about window treatments in this episode.

Jun 2, 2015

It doesn’t matter how cute your design if your place is a mess.  Before you decorate, de-clutter and get organized.  Our guest, Anna Bauer of, will tell you how.

May 19, 2015

Betsy cooks up answers to your burning kitchen questions.  From backsplashes to hardware, we talk about little details that make a big difference in this episode.

May 12, 2015

Renters face unique issues and have different questions than owners.  A temporary space may be home for longer than you think.  Make it fabulous even if it’s not permanent.

May 5, 2015

Whether you have a living/dining room combo or live in a studio apartments, open spaces can feel both freeing and a little too exposed.  Betsy shares her thoughts on creating intimate areas in open plans.

Apr 28, 2015

Just because you don’t own doesn’t mean you don’t want a stylish space.  Betsy gives advice on making your temporary home yours.

Apr 21, 2015

Call it Slumber Sophistication. Call it Hotelesque Hibernation. Betsy dishes all about boudoirs for adults, teens, and herself!

Apr 14, 2015

The number one thing Betsy’s clients want in a home with a cozy feel.  Whether you're in a space a short time or have been there years, use your five senses to create a space you love.

Mar 31, 2015

Great design starts with a great floor plan. Betsy shares her strategies for placing pieces and creating a space that flows. 

Mar 24, 2015

Pink for girls and blue for boys is so passé!  Designing for both genders can be fun and fresh.  There are also chic ways to contain those oh-so overwhelming toys.

Mar 24, 2015

Where do you store your stuff in a small space?  Betsy has simple and straight-forward ideas to streamline, stash, and control your clutter.

Mar 24, 2015

As a former fine art painter, Betsy has a lot of quick and easy tips for curating and framing the art on your walls.

Mar 24, 2015

Paint is one of the most important elements in any space.  It is also very tricky to get right.  Betsy gives strategies for selecting the perfect shade for any room.

Mar 21, 2015

Welcome to the show!  On this episode, Betsy shares her podcast’s mission.  Additionally, she reveals the shocking story of how she became a designer and tells you what she is up to today.