You guys know that my getting my apartment decorated has been an ordeal. I’m about to resign my lease (fingers crossed) and I’ll be going into a third year in this little place. There are definitely things that drive me crazy, but as far as NYC apartments go… it’s not so bad. BUT, it’s not decorated and that irritates me. For whatever reason, I’m terrible at figuring out what it is that I want in my apartment. I go back and forth on “design” and then I end up freezing and not making decisions. The biggest problem right now is that I got generic furniture from Ikea when I first moved in and it looks a lot more like a “first year in NYC” apartment than it does “Okay, I’m going on three.”
It’s a unique design service that pairs you with a designer online to come up with a design for your space. It starts with a quiz online where you answer all the pertinent questions regarding what you want (budget, space, and style). Then you chat on the phone to go into more detail about your personal style.
[Personal note: I’m like every Gen Y-er when it comes to talking on the phone. I’d rather not. BUT, it was a key part of the process and one that makes Havenly different than other online services where it all is over email. My designer absolutely “got me” after our conversation on the phone and could ask just the right questions!]
At this point you pay for the design fee (use “prepster” for 20% off!) and then your designer really gets to work. Shelby was mine and she put together two different looks. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep the pink couch or not so the two designs are based around keeping the couch or not keeping the couch.
The Havenly website allows you to view the design concepts and to add comments…. which your designer is alerted off. You can say you love one part, want to change another, etc. It’s totally collaborative!
Havenly keeps you in mind at all times. I’ve seen designs that Shelby has done for other clients and they are ALL DIFFERENT and personalized. Now that is something you don’t see with other design services.
Here’s what my design process looked like:
The two concepts:
And the final design:
I’m super excited about how it looks and can’t wait to get started on ordering everything and whipping my apartment into shape. I’ll definitely show you the final product when it’s all said and done!
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