An Interior Design Service You Can Actually Afford (Because It's FREE!)

Photographed by Winnie Au.
Hiring an interior designer may seem like a luxury more typical of dual-income Connecticut homeowners than four girls renting in Alphabet City. But that rarefied, costly air is quickly evaporating — especially in light of a new service that's actually free — yes, free.

AptDeco
, a furniture retail site serving select metropolitan areas (NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.), is now offering a complimentary service called "Designed for Me." The new feature uses your room dimensions, design dos and don'ts, and budget to create a personally curated Pinterest board with second-hand items available from sellers on the site — all by the date you want to furnish. Buying one item is hard, but filling a blank slate? It's like the nesting Olympics. The streamlined service allows shoppers to fully furnish their apartments in one fell swoop.

"We were seeing that people don't have the time to go through thousands and thousands of furniture pieces," says Reham Fagiri, co-founder of the site. "Some of us have no clue and need guidance. The service is for someone who wants to have an amazing house, but needs help getting on the right track."

A budget of at least $500 is recommended for better results, but it works if you're simply looking for those final few pieces (like a side table and a lamp) just as well. And with the site's options, you'll be able to figure out how to merge styles you love, but don't know how to combine — like modern and everyday classic (a.k.a. normcore), or contemporary and eclectic. There's nothing standing in the way of you and those last finishing touches; they're right under your nose.
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