Maybe the clock’s ticking on the home office you need to transform into a nursery, or you’re struggling to get the balance between family life and grown-up space in the living room. Interior design conundrums are the price we New Yorkers pay for small-space city living — but getting help doesn’t have to break the bank. Click through to explore some of the most affordable options from designers who understand the challenges of raising a family in New York.

Map out a Makeover: Affordable Interior Design

Based out of Manhattan, with a storefront in Westchester, the team behind Affordable Interior Design believes that creating a beautiful space that suits your lifestyle should be accessible to everyone. The firm offers seven different packages to accommodate a range of budgets. The most popular is the $695 Makeover, which starts with a collaborative two-hour home visit and ends with a map of your room, pictures of how it should look and a shopping list that matches your budget. Then it's up to you to put the pieces in place - so you get to spread out the spending at your own pace and it doesn't leave you short for childcare. Owner and mom Betsy Helmuth says it's all about creating rooms you want to spend time in. One of her big tips for family rooms is to pick rugs made of synthetic fibers. Nylon and polyester are often kinder on the skin than wool which means no scratches or itching when you're down on the floor playing games with the kids.

103 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY

photo: Affordable Interior Design

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—Emily Myers



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