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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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Dec 22, 2022

I am excited to share with you that my home is actually coming along. I was so in the zone for the first month that we lived here and then things got real as I was choosing over 200 items from my new house and getting stuck and stumped and trying to figure out how much I really want to invest. And do I splurge on this and save on this? All the while prices have seriously gone up this year. 


What is worth the splurge? Do I really splurge a lot on the formal dining table and chairs. And we're not even going to eat there all that often. Do I turn the formal dining room into like a game room that would get used a lot more often with a pool table and arcade games? 


When we moved in, I made sure that my kids' bedrooms were set up so they would feel excited and happy and like they had a special place to go. I made sure that my husband's TV room was set up so he feel excited and happy and like you had a place to go. And then I made sure that my office was set up because I wanted a place where I could really escape, get a ton of work done, and be productive. Then life took over and my momentum stopped on the house and the only thing that could motivate me again was having people over so that’s what I did. 


Without further ado, let me get to the questions that are already in my mailbag. 


This episode, we discuss…

[6:49] Tips for styling your bookcase 

[13:02]  Styling a mid-century modern bedroom (Carol)

[19:07] Using plants in your interior (Gretchen) 







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