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decorator in a box

by Grace Bonney


one of the things i get asked the most these days is, “can you recommend a good interior designer?”. it’s actually rare that i know a ton of interior designers because typically the price range for projects like that are way above my d*s budget. but these days i’m slowly starting to hear about designers and groups that are offering interior design services to those on a smaller budget. one of my favorites is a group called “decorator in a box” run by interior design annie pauza. annie and her team set out to create custom interiors online that would allow them to work with clients across the country on small budgets. decorator in a box offers prices on a per-room basis (ranging from $250-$500) that includes things like (sent 2 weeks after your consult):

  • a note from the designer
  • instructions on how to begin
  • a color reference board
  • a design book with a hand-drawn space plan
  • a shopping list for your space plan

if you’re in the market for something simpler, you can also hire DIAB to pick paint colors, wallpaper, do space layouts, and design custom window treatments. i love the idea of making interior design more accessible and a la carte, so if you’re looking for some design help, click here to check out decorator in a box’s site.



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  • Great idea! I posted this on my Facebook page (agirlcandoit) because I find that a lot of people are overwhelmed by “how to pick where to start” and I then help them with “how to do it”. This gets them going with little investment.

  • This sort of thing is definitely becoming more common – it’s great that in this technology age, design CAN be done remotely via photographs, email, and phone calls, making lower flat fees realistic!

  • This is such a great idea! I went do design school myself, and upon graduation, was disgusted upon seeing how many designer’s fees were way out of a normal person’s price range. Everyone deserves great design, not just those who have a big budget! Props to Design in A Box for thinking OUT of the box:)

  • Great idea! I may have to do this sometime for my living room. I have a mental block when trying to decorate there!

  • This is such a great concept! There is room out there for everyone. I business partner and I are NCIDQ certified Interior Designers and our website is in the works for this type of service. It is such a fun way to design and our clients have an active role in the process the whole way through!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  • It’s like a “game plan” for someone like me — who lives in rural U.S. & there’s no local design talent I like! Cool, too, cuz now (((I))) can do the shopping…when I want…where I want…and at the prices I want. It’s like I get “ownership” in my design now! Yay!

  • This is popping up everywhere! I came across this designer in my area (Charlotte, NC)….
    catherineboardman.com

  • This is such a great concept! There is room out there for everyone. I business partner and I are NCIDQ certified Interior Designers and our website is in the works for this type of service. It is such a fun way to design and our clients have an active role in the process the whole way through!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  • I’m getting caught up on my DS reading and just came across this. The decorator in a box concept is such an awesome one! I used a similar design service on a personal reference from a friend and I was SO pleased with the outcome. It was such a simple and affordable way to makeover my home (and I can’t rave enough about her–plus, from what I’ve seen, the price is a smidge lower than some others): http://allisonlind.com/Allison_Robins_Lind_LLC/Virtual_Customization.html