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Let Someone Else* Design Your Room

By November 8, 2012

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Interior Design in a Box

* = Like, you know, someone who actually knows what they are doing.

After years of monastic-like reflection on my own personality, I've come to the conclusion that I cannot design.  Some people have got it; I haven't.  But what I can do is copy established designs or hire someone to design.

MyInteriorDesignOnline.com looked attractive to me because I'm an Amazon-type of guy.  For some items, I would rather hit up Amazon Prime than hunt around stores.

That's why this site with the unwieldy name looked attractive.  I could order up an interior room design online and have it arrive to me...in a box.

That's right.  No wimpy .pdfs and .jpegs e-mailed to me.  An actual, physical box with drawings, swatches, paint color samples, and more.  Basically the same type of stuff you would get with an in-person interior design.

And they don't just dump the box on you and tell you good-bye.  The price comes with a phone consultation and up to 5 e-mail exchanges.

Prices range from $750  for an entry/hallway to $2,000 for a kitchen.  Price is the only part that gives me pause.  Are these prices out-of-line with traditional in-person design services?  I doubt it. So, this raises the question of whether we expect our online services to cost less than in-person services?

It comes down to proportion.  If you are hiring people to remodel your kitchen and expect it to cost $40,000, then $2,000 isn't much proportionally:  it's 5% of the budget.  In fact, if you're going to be shelling out $40K, it's advisable to hire someone to plan for you.

But if you're DIYing on the cheap, and your kitchen remodel budget is $12,000, should you spend 17% on design?  Your choice.

Image: (c) MyInteriorDesignOnline.com



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