We are a small team of superstars.
Our designers have worked at high-end places (Armani, Thom Filicia, Inc., The Metropolitan Museum, Soho Grand Hotel, etc.) where we spent thousands on furnishings from exclusive boutiques for our clients.
But that's not where we shopped for ourselves. We translated luxe looks to fit our budgets at places like West Elm, Overstock, & Ikea. In 2005, our founder had an ah-ha moment: "Let's do this for our friends, our family, everyone we know!"
And, just like that, Affordable Interior Design was born. Our passion is creating upscale looks--for so much less!
Betsy Helmuth is the owner of Affordable Interior Design and a nationally celebrated interior designer. She has appeared on the Today Show, HGTV, DIY Network, CBS, NBC, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers. She penned a popular DIY design book, “BIG DESIGN, SMALL BUDGET, Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps” (Skyhorse), and hosts a weekly home decorating podcast (syndicated on iTunes) by the same name.
Her firm has grown to serve clients in New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, and parts of the Hudson Valley. Betsy also helps clients virtually in other parts of the country with online classes and a weekly Facebook Live chat where she dishes out design wisdom for free.
Designer (New Jersey, Westchester)
Allison Rachlis came to Affordable Interior Design after a 7-year career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where she served as Associate Director of Visual Merchandising and Store Design. With a B.S. in Interior Design from Syracuse University and experience at a high-end residential design firm on Madison Avenue, she also spent time at Ethan Allen and Restoration Hardware helping clients achieve a sophisticated look on a budget.
Combining her space planning expertise and years of experience perfecting the art of getting a high-end look for less, she helps clients in the tri-state area create the perfect interiors for their lifestyle.
Here are a few of Allison's recent projects:
Designer (Washington, D.C. Area)
Angela Lutzker earned her MA in Interior Design and Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She came to AID after many years in art education, art curation, and entrepreneurial pursuits. She has worked with residential interiors for most of her adult life and spends her free time creating her own original art. She works in several different mediums but prefers mixed media abstract painting and uses this as part of the creative process to draw inspiration for designing interiors. She loves connecting with her clients and solving the complex problems that come with space planning as well as helping clients express their own design aesthetic.
Here are a few of Angela's recent projects:
Designer (Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Westchester)
Ashley Craumer comes to Affordable Interior Design after a 6-year career with Ralph Lauren Home as the Visual Manager. Ashley started her career in Providence, RI, studying fashion but soon found her passion for interior design and home furnishings. She spent 7 years as a District Visual Manager for Bed Bath & Beyond, creating inspirational visual presentations for home products.
She also worked as a Designer & Remodeling Consultant for My Home Design, a high-end kitchen and bathroom renovation company based in NYC. Ashley has a passion for creating oasis-like homes and over two decades of industry experience.
Here are a few of Ashley's recent projects:
Designer (Washington, D.C. Area)
Bita Salehi with 16 years of experience in the design industry started her journey as a visual artist and graphic designer. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, her creative passion toward building interiors led her professional path to link her two-dimensional art and design background into forming physical spaces.
Bita worked as a bath and kitchen specialist, and design consultant for numerous firms. She earned her Master of Arts in Interior Design from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and provided interior design and renovations for both residential and commercial clientele based in Bethesda, MD since 2009. Bita is an allied member of ASID and the International Interior Design Association.
Here are a few of Bita’s recent projects:
Designer (Long Island)
Jeanie Lieber is a graduate of NYU with a degree in studio art. After many years of living between Los Angeles and New York, Jeanie and her family have settled back on the east coast. Her work experience in Los Angeles included styling in the high-end vintage furniture design business and installation photography for Inner Gardens of Beverly Hills.
Bringing a bit of the laid-back west coast vibe to her home base on eastern Long Island, Jeanie is inspired by the historic homes, beaches, farms, and wineries of the area. With a passion for sourcing furniture and accessories to match a client’s particular style and budget, Jeanie looks forward to serving Affordable Interior Design’s Long Island clients.
Here are a few of Jeanie's recent projects:
Designer (New York City, New Jersey, Long Island)
Paulina Grzechnik holds a degree in Interior Design from The Art Institute of New York City. She also studied Interior Engineering in Warsaw, Poland. Paulina has worked at the architectural and landscape design firm Thread Collective and later at SPArchitects creating interiors that were functional and inviting.
She also worked in a high-end retail and a design studio in SoHo where she designed custom Italian kitchens and baths. Paulina began working with her own clients and has designed residential projects varying from small decorating projects to top to bottom renovations.
Here are a few of Paulina's recent projects:
Designer (New York City)
Stephanie Naimer was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Being brought up in a family business specializing in lighting and home décor, she was constantly surrounded by interior design. Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Commerce from McGill University and took a year off to work full-time for the family business, Montreal Lighting & Hardware. She took this time to reflect on her career path when she realized she had a natural passion for interior design.
Stephanie studied interior design in French at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. She was offered a design position in New York City straight out of school where she was involved in various commercial projects. She then worked in high-end residential design and brings those aesthetic principles to her affordable designs.
Here are a few of Stephanie's recent projects:
Learn more about Stephanie on her podcast episode:
“We really want to express how very happy we were with Paulina. The chemistry between us and her was right from the moment she entered and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her. We are a couple with different tastes and she managed to navigate that so well, making us both very happy with the final product.
Our experience with Affordable Design was excellent.”
“Allison R. is just AMAZING! She really knows what she is doing. She pays attention to details, she listens and really is able to understand the vision that the client has in mind.
If you emailed her, she responded right away. I asked her for several options and she always delivered with no hesitation. We are always hosting friends because we are so excited to share our lovely space with others.”
“My apartment was desperate for a spruce up. Even though it is not my final stomping ground, I still wanted to invest in an entertainment space to invite guests. I do not have a gift for design so I needed help finding the right resources at the right price. That’s when I found Affordable Interior Design.
I am really happy with the results. I will definitely call them when I move again.”