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Monday, February 1, 2016

An Online Interior Design Service

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Havenly

One of the most exciting parts about getting married is officially starting your home together. While it’s common for couples to live together before saying “I do,” there’s something special about knowing this is the place you started your lives together as a married couple. Odds are, if you set-up a wedding registry for your destination wedding, you have lots of new home décor and essential goodies. If you’re having a hard time putting everything together for your dream space, or agreeing with your new spouse about the design or style, there’s an innovative and helpful solution. Havenly is an online interior design service that gives you direction and suggestions on how best to demonstrate your personal styles within your home’s space.

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The first step is to take Havenly’s style quiz to asses your personal tastes and give your chosen interior designer an idea of your style, likes and dislikes. The questions and style choices will depend on what room you’re choosing to have designed i.e. living room, bedroom, office etc. If you’re unsure about using Havenly, you can visit havenly.com and start your style quiz for free. I tried Havenly’s Mini package and was pleasantly surprised at the amount and depth of the questions asked. The more information you provide, the more concise the recommendations your designer can make. For example, Havenly lets you upload photos of your space and even exact measurements and dimensions. You get the option of choosing between three Havenly interior designers at the end of your style quiz. You can view reviews, examples of their past work and get an inside look into their personal style to choose the best designer for your project.

The website’s entire interior design process takes four simple steps:

  1. Determine your style with the style survey.
  2. Choose your designer and upload photos of your space.
  3. Work with your designer online to get your design ideas.
  4. Order everything at the best prices through Havenly’s store.

Once you’ve entered in all your information and chosen your designer, you can communicate with them directly through the Havenly website. It usually takes a few business days for your designer to get back to you with two customized concept boards. If you like the final concept or design, you can purchase your designer’s suggested pieces directly through Havenly’s website. The process from here-on-out depends on which design package you choose:

Havenly Mini: A small refresh for any room. $79/Room

Includes: Your choice of interior designer, two custom concept boards, personalized product suggestions and complimentary buying service. Note: This package does not include suggested placement of furniture.

Havenly: The complete design experience. $199/Room

Includes: Your choice of interior designer, two custom concept boards, additional revision time with your designer, personalized product suggestions, final room visualization and complimentary buying service. 

I tried the Havenly Mini package for my master bathroom, which I’m currently in the process of renovating. Overall, I was impressed with the amount of detail Havenly allowed you to provide to your designer and the communication process through the website was quick and easy. Unfortunately, I don’t think a bathroom is the best use of the service. Because Havenly doesn’t carry fixtures like bathtubs, I wasn’t able to get any recommendations on the main aspects of my bathroom remodel. That being said, I would recommend Havenly for other spaces within your home. Your designer will give you practical recommendations that you can purchase, right down to the exact paint color for your walls. For more information on Havenly, visit havenly.com.

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