338 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 • 295 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!

    Learning About Your Land with Andy Ciccone

    Learning About Your Land with Andy Ciccone

    This week I’m joined by special guest, Andy Ciccone, host of The Poor Prole’s Almanac podcast.  He has lots of interesting ideas, and I’m so excited to have him share his knowledge and philosophy about land.
    This episode, we discuss…
    [1:48] Andy’s background and his podcast
    [4:07] Culture and identity
    [10:05] Land stewardship
    [16:34] Native species vs. invasive species
    [20:35] Reading the landscape
    [23:08] Historical homes
    [25:06] Representing your house or your land
    [27:56] Learning about your soil
    [31:25] Forest bathing
    [33:05] An urban cage vs. a native habitat
    [36:07] Learning from your community
    Connect with Andy:
    Website
    Instagram
     
    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

    • 42 min
    Living Room Layouts and Flooring Decisions

    Living Room Layouts and Flooring Decisions

     
    I’m officially engaged to the lovely house from Connecticut with 15 acres! The caveat is that we don’t have a date yet, so I don’t know when to break up with my current partner - or house, that is; even though we've sold the house, things are still up in the air for now. 
     
    The beautiful dream house is everything I could have asked for. I can't believe we got it after looking for a year and a half and losing no less than six places with astronomical bids. Again, I can't believe we've got a home, but there's a catch. We made the offer with no contingencies and no inspection. After having the inspector show up as my cousin for my second visit to the house, he said the house looked phenomenal. So the offer has been accepted, and we have signed the paperwork, but we are waiting for the current homeowners to sign the contract. What an exhausting process this has been. In the meantime, let’s dive into some of your fabulous questions from the mailbag before all the noises of my neighbors’ leafblower, and jackhammer begin again!
    This episode, I answer questions about…
    [5:42] New layout for a living room that was once a dining room (Alicia) 
    [18:15] Flooring decisions for a kitchen and dining room (Ranae) 
    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

    • 26 min
    Finding Your Style and Bathroom Storage

    Finding Your Style and Bathroom Storage

    Thank you, everyone, for bearing with me as I am still getting over Covid after having it three weeks ago. This stuffy and congested feeling has me struggling as I’m not back to normal yet. The brain fog is so real. Others have had it worse, so I’m grateful for being able to taste and smell. That would be a problem for me because I am a food lover! Bear with me as I muddle through the remaining side effects. Let’s dig right into the mailbag because I have had so many delicious questions come through. 
    This episode, I answer questions about…
    [2:45] Storage options for a small master bathroom (Ranae) 
    [14:04] “Feeling” words for Scandinavian style and how to apply both together (Katherine) 
    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
    Designing Basements and Open Concept Spaces

    Designing Basements and Open Concept Spaces

    If you have been following along on my house hunting journey, then you know what I mean when I say that I have a new online boyfriend and just had my first date. That’s a house, of course. It’s this beautiful yellow house with teal shutters and a cottage in the backyard in the Connecticut area. I’m obsessed! I wasn’t allowed to go see this house for two weeks, but I have finally been able to take a look inside. We just got over covid, and with it being Memorial Day weekend, I decided to pack up the kids to hike a nature trail right by the beautiful yellow house to take a peek at it. My boyfriend looked amazing, but the catch is that we couldn’t look at one room inside the house. No one is allowed to look until it is sold. Who knows what I’m getting into with this whole online dating thing, but I’m planning to put an offer in on it tomorrow even though my husband hasn’t seen it yet. That’s just how I roll! To help keep my mind off of my new boyfriend, let’s answer some of the questions you’ve sent me in the mailbag.
     
    This episode, I answer questions about…
    [8:20] Finishing a basement with shelving or decorative paneling (Brenda) 
    [14:49] Creating a cozy open concept space to piece everything together (Justine) 




    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

    • 24 min
    Betsy's Personal and Professional Diary

    Betsy's Personal and Professional Diary

    As you know, the mailbag is running a bit low so as I wait for it to be refilled, I still wanted to make sure to get out an episode for you. This episode is going to be a bit of a design TMI. I am currently working on a handful of projects so I’m going to share with you what I’m working on wit clients and challenges I’m having along the way.  If you’re watching this on YouTube, you may notice that I’m looking down a little bit and that’s because I’m referencing my client questionnaires to make sure that I’m remembering things correctly. 
    This episode, we dive into:
    [3:12] Restaining floors in a large apartment 
    [12:10] Completely overhauling a fixer upper 
    [16:40] Designing an eat in kitchen nook 
    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

    • 25 min
    Picking Doors for Kitchen Cabinets, and Finding Your Design Style

    Picking Doors for Kitchen Cabinets, and Finding Your Design Style

     
    You might be wondering why my episodes have been a little all over the place this month. That’s because of two reasons. One, after this episode, I am officially out of questions as the mailbag is now empty so make sure to go submit your burning questions over at affordableinteriordesign.com/podcast. The second reason that my episodes haven’t been consistent is because well, life has been pretty chaotic lately. We have been house hunting like crazy and coming up empty. Both my daughter and husband also caught COVID within the last two weeks so my son and I booked a hotel room for a week because with my line of work, I cannot afford to get sick. Both of them recovered and were feeling great then we had a death in the family and my husband flew to LA to attend the funeral. Once in LA, he started feeling sick again and turns out COVID struck again. I appreciate you sticking with me while I release episodes on an irregular schedule. 
     
    This episode, I answer questions about…
    [6:07] Choosing the best finishes for kitchen cabinets (Bobbyee) 
    [14:11] Sprucing up a bar area (Michelle) 
    [21:33] Finding your design style (Heather) 



    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

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 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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