If you have always wanted to hire a professional design but it’s been out of your price range, you are going to love the concept of Box of Design. Interior designer Hillary Nichols started Box of Design with the mission to make design accessible and affordable. Here’s how it works:
Hilary let me try her services with my living room, and I can’t tell you what a help it was for me. I love design, but I have never worked with a designer before. I tend to get a bit paralyzed in the decision-making process. I lived in our former home for over 7 years and there were still areas I hadn’t finished just because I couldn’t make up my mind on something. So I was thrilled to have Hilary’s guidance.
First, I measured the room and sent a sketch of the space to Hilary. Then, I sent her some of my favorite photos from Pinterest so she could get an idea of what my style is. Here are a few of the photos I sent:
via Young House Love
Hilary took over from there! I was a little nervous, because while I do struggle with indecision, I also have very strong opinions. I wondered if she would understand my aesthetic, and what I would say if I didn’t love what she came up with. Well . . . I have to say she NAILED IT. When my box arrive it was like Christmas morning, and when I saw her design it was the perfect mix of items I loved and ideas I wouldn’t have even imagined.
The box started with a folder of the overall concept, including space planning.
Hallelujah for space planning. I had it set up differently and once I saw Hillary’s drawing I changed it, and it all clicked.
The box also included a resource guide for all of the items in the room, so I could purchase them myself. All of the items for really affordable, and from accessible stores like Urban Outfitters, IKEA, and Crate and Barrel.
We are still waiting on lamps and window treatments, but you can see that we are getting there. A few items are slightly different because I found something similar for less at Joss and Main or One Kings Lane. (And all of the pillows are from Target.)
Would you like to have Box of Design help with a room in your own house? I’m giving away one Box of Design to a lucky reader this week. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what room or design dilemma you need help with. The contest will close Sunday at midnight and I will announce the winner next week!