344 episodes

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 and with answers to your burning design questions. 

Betsy is a NY-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, Affordable Interior Design. 

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.

She brings her knowledge to the world of podcasting. The episodes include topics like color palettes, pattern mixing, budget creation, layout maximization, and much more.

It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Affordable Interior Design!

Affordable Interior Design Betsy Helmuth

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    • 4.7 • 298 Ratings

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 and with answers to your burning design questions. 

Betsy is a NY-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, Affordable Interior Design. 

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.

She brings her knowledge to the world of podcasting. The episodes include topics like color palettes, pattern mixing, budget creation, layout maximization, and much more.

It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Affordable Interior Design!

    Coaching Session with Courtney Clark

    Coaching Session with Courtney Clark

    I am joined today by special guest Courtney Clark, an Uploft Interior Design Academy student. She has been on the podcast before to share her personal story, from being interested in interior design to enrolling in the academy and now working for herself and taking on clients. Since I get asked so much by prospective students about what an actual coaching session entails, Courtney has graciously agreed to help me give you a snapshot of what these look like inside the Uploft Interior Design Academy for our students.



    This episode, we discuss…
    [3:54] Bringing the suitable artwork into an open floor plan to create a more intimate feel
    [13:00] Guidelines for incorporating molding into an open floor plan design
    [20:06] The most significant challenges being faced as a new business owner
    [28:06] Following up with clients after the initial presentation to finalize selections
    [33:27] Supply chain issues and how to articulate that to clients
    [38:14] Letting go of the need for approval and finding fulfillment in your interior design path




    Links:
     
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
     
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
     
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
     
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign
     
    Uploft Interior Design Academy:
    https://www.uploftinteriordesignacademy.com/ 

    • 46 min
    Decorating Tips and Tricks with Kelly and Anita

    Decorating Tips and Tricks with Kelly and Anita

    Two special guests that you may already know are joining me today, Kelly Wilkniss and Anita Joyce, from Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast. I love their podcast, and the information they share is so harmonious with what I share with you. With this being such a natural connection, it was a no-brainer for me to have them on the show to share about themselves and give some of their favorite tips and tricks for decorating.
    This episode, we discuss…
    [2:07] Kelly and Anita share their lives before design + how they go into interior design
    [6:16] Creating a more personal connection with podcasting + how they co-host together
    [12:44] Using photographs to capture a different view and the evolution of a space
    [14:59] The three crucial lighting sources you need for each room
    [18:24] Artwork sizing for the focal point of a room
    [22:53] Leave room for negative space instead of cluttering things up
    [25:38] Limiting your color palette to just a few cohesive colors
    [27:06] Create a sense of flow from room to room
    [32:17] Avoid the trendy designs you see all over the place online
    [37:28] Finding your style and aiming for a collected look that resonates with you
    Connect with Kelly + Anita:
    Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast + Website
    Kelly’s Website
    Kelly’s Instagram
    Kelly’s Youtube Channel
    Anita’s Website
    Anita’s Instagram
    Anita’s Facebook
    Anita’s Pinterest
     
    Links:
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign

    • 48 min
    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 3

    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 3

    I’m joined again for the third week by special guest Paulina DuPain, a fellow designer at Affordable Interior Design by Uploft. She has an extensive background in the interior design industry before coming to the firm seven years ago. She is the perfect person to help answer all of your business questions. If you are wondering who Paulina is, check out Part 1 of this series to learn more about her background. 
     
    Last week, we talked about creating an apartment space that not only felt cohesive but distinct as well, item sourcing issues, how to deal with upset clients because of those issues, and so much more. Be sure to listen to parts 1 and 2 before diving into this week’s episode with more questions from the mailbag about the business side of interior design.
     
    This episode, we discuss…
    [2:10] Sticking to a client’s budget when designing (Lisa)
    [6:01] Having bad experiences with sourcing companies and ways to avoid that (Francis) 
    [9:00] How to become an interior designer and find confidence (Virginia)
    [17:42] Finding more clients to consistently have something to work on (Susie)
    [24:30] Learning to design in a style outside of your comfort zone (Renee)



    Links:
     
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
     
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
     
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
     
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign

    • 30 min
    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 2

    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 2

    I’m joined again this week by special guest Paulina DuPain, who is a designer at Affordable Interior Design by Uploft. She has been on previous podcast episodes before, and I knew her insight on the business side of interior design would help answer some more of your questions this week for part 2 of this series on the Business of Interior Design.
     
    Last week, we talked about the rewards and challenges of the interior design industry, setting boundaries with clients, and so much more. Be sure to listen to that episode before diving into this week’s episode with more questions from the mailbag about the business side of interior design.
     
    This episode, we discuss…
    [2:15] Creating an apartment space that feels distinct yet cohesive (Francis)
    [7:01] How to deal with clients that are upset with item sourcing issues (Chan)
    [12:07] Pushing the paint color boundary with clients and what colors to stay away from (Jim)
    [19:51] Day-to-day life as an interior designer and typical schedule (Rachel)



    Links:
     
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
     
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
     
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
     
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign
     

    • 31 min
    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 1

    Inside the Business of Interior Design with Paulina DuPain, Part 1

    This week I’m joined by special guest Paulina DuPain, who has been on previous episodes of the podcast.  She has been in several different aspects of interior design in her career of over 10 years, so I thought she would be the perfect person to answer some of your questions with me about the business side of interior design.
    This episode, we discuss…
    [2:03] Paulina’s background in interior design
    [3:50] The most challenging and rewarding parts of the interior design industry (Millicent)
    [12:31] Working on boundaries and setting them with clients (Wendy)
    [16:00] Getting your clients on board with your vision (Sarilou)
    [19:20] Advice for those who dream of pursuing interior design (Pam)



    Links:
     
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
     
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
     
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
     
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign

    • 28 min
    Selecting a Style For Your Space

    Selecting a Style For Your Space

    It’s officially official now - I’m engaged, and the contract has been signed on the beautiful Connecticut house with 15 acres! My husband has now finally seen it and thinks that it is spectacular. The place definitely ticks all the boxes, but now I’m in this phase where I have cold feet. Did we make the right decision, or am I suffering from a typical case of ‘house fomo’? I’m trying to squash those thoughts, especially by getting rid of all communication with real estate agents in both areas we were looking to buy and getting rid of notifications about new listings online. I am avoiding buyer's remorse at all costs, and things are starting to get exciting now!
     
    However, I am a bit nervous because we closed on our current house on June 25th and move into our new home on August 17th. That leaves us with a considerable gap, and I can solve that problem, except there is one bigger issue. I have fully designed the new space, taken measurements, and have everything listed out, but nowhere to ship items. I’m in limbo between both spaces for now, so let’s jump into answering some of our questions from the mailbag.



    This episode, I answer questions about…
    [6:39] Narrowing down a new style for a hallway (Nicola) 
    [17:27] Recent move into a rental home space that needs more style (Erin)




    To see the accompanying pictures, make sure you head over to affordableinteriordesign.com/links and check out the YouTube channel or our social media pages.
     
    Links:
     
    Website:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com
     
    Book:
    https://www.betsyhelmuth.com/my-book
     
    Become a Premium Member:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Submit Your Questions:
    https://www.affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast
     
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/affordableinteriordesign
     
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/AffIntDesign

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
298 Ratings

298 Ratings

Becky'sNickname ,

Affordable Fun Practical

Love this podcast Always helpful and interesting. Betsy answered my own question recently and was spot on My home design includes retail vintage unusual and this podcast has been a real help in sorting through adjustments I’ve been making this year

SallyAnneSmith75 ,

Informative & Fun

Best does a great job interviewing fun and informative guests. I'm new to having to remodel and I love all the tips that I'm learning about interior design. I feel more confident and less stressed about making decisions. Thanks, Betsy!

Mbdsews ,

Love!

I really enjoy tuning in to Betsy, her design advice and style process. She’s a great teacher, and I have learned so much from the podcast. Keep up the great work, Betsy!

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