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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. 

Betsy is an NYC-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, Big Design, Small Budget. Get a signed copy of Betsy's book here


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Apr 14, 2022

I shared last week that we sold our house, and we sold for well over the asking price! As a designer, not only have I had amazing home stagers on the podcast but I also study staging a little bit. I dabble, but it is definitely a different skill set than designing. In The Academy, we have an amazing and very successful stager: Ashley Tapley of House Candy Home. She is based in California, but after a one hour Zoom session with her I am convinced that working with her is the reason we got top dollar in one weekend. If you’re looking to sell, definitely look into House Candy Home!


Before getting into the mailbag, I share a few tips about staging a home:

[5:36] Clear out your refrigerator and freezer

[7:02] Refresh your pillows

[8:01] Incorporate plants

[9:22] Make it smell good - without trying too hard


This episode, I answer questions about...

[12:21] Renovating a house you intend to sell within five years (Kimberlee)

[16:16] Blending a love of color with a cabin aesthetic (Jennifer)


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