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!

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Betsy Helmuth, Owner

Betsy 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 the popular DIY design books, BIG DESIGN, SMALL BUDGET, Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps and AFFORDABLE INTERIOR DESIGN, High-End Tips for Any Budget.”

Betsy hosts a weekly podcast (syndicated on iTunes), Affordable Interior Design.


Our New York City Team

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Paulina Grzechnik

Paulina 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.

Paulina did a great job of capturing my style while encouraging me to be more creative. —Lia S.

Here are a few of Paulina's recent projects:

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Stephanie Naimer

Stephanie 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.

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.

Stephanie did a terrific job -- heard my needs and created an excellent plan that I love! —Andrea Z.

Here are a few of Stephanie's recent projects:

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Our Westchester & New jersey Team

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Allison Rachlis

Allison 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 RH 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.

Allison was a rockstar and understood the exact look I wanted. Her suggestions were spot-on in style, color, & cost. --Elise H.

Here are a few of Allison's recent projects:

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Ashley Craumer

Ashley 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. 

Ashley designed three rooms with us, and we’re in love with her recommendations.

—Catie B.

Here are a few of Ashley's recent projects:

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Our Long Island Team

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Jeanie Lieber

Jeanie is a graduate of NYU with a degree in studio art. After 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 loves serving Affordable Interior Design’s Long Island clients.

Jeanie was incredibly helpful in turning my disjointed ideas into an actual, tangible plan with coordinating pieces that worked in the space. An invaluable experience! —Danya H.

Here are a few of Jeanie's recent projects:

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Our washington, D.C. Team

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Angela Lutzker

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. 

Angela 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.  

Angela went above the “call of duty” with my project. —Kevin K.

Here are a few of Angela's recent projects:

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Bita Salehi

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.

Bita is excellent. I couldn’t be happier - great ideas! Personable and professional.

—Deborah B.

Here are a few of Bita’s recent projects: