A few weeks ago, I️ shared that we were working on our dining room with Havenly to pull the room design together. Now that my design is complete and I️ just need to shop (the fun part!), I️ thought I️’d share about my experience working with the Havenly team and how it works.
Getting Started with Havenly
Up until this point, I️’ve always decorated my home on my own without the help of a designer. In the past, I️’ve gotten a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices and styles out there and had a hard time making a cohesive look. When we moved into our new house, I️ wanted to make bold decor choices, which was equal parts exciting and intimidating! After researching ideas for months and months without coming to a decision, I️ thought it would be a good idea to get the help of a design professional.
How Havenly Works
I️’d heard of Havenly through several bloggers and I️ was pleasantly surprised at the quality of design services at a reasonable price. I️ took the Style Quiz on the site and felt like it nailed my style right away! I️’m a mix of Coastal and Traditional. Then, they matched me up with designers who have a similar style and I️ was able to look through their portfolios before making a choice. I️ ended up working with Sara Vander Molen and she was so great!
There are two design options:
- Mini Design: This option helps you decide on finishing touches in a room, like artwork, small decor pieces, window treatments, rugs, etc.
- Full Design: This option starts with a blank canvas and pulls together an entire room, including furnishings (if you choose), a layout visual of your new design and a custom floor plan.
Both are reasonably priced, in my opinion. I️ ended up going with the Full Design option for the dining room, since I️ wanted help with the layout of the room.
Designing Our Dining Room with Havenly
Once you’ve chosen a designer for your space, you’ll have a chance to share inspiration photos, notes and your style quiz results will be shared, too. Your designer will take all of that info and pull together three concepts/mood boards to share with you. I️ loved all three concepts, to be honest, but there was definitely a stand-out! I️ had to rate all three and make notes of what I️ liked and didn’t like about each.
For our dining room design, I️ actually liked several decor pieces from one concept but preferred the overall aesthetic of another concept, so I️ mentioned that to Sara and she made it work! With my preferred concept in mind, she created the final design, including a shopping list of products to pull the room together. She also created a layout and rendering of the room, which was helpful. She suggested we rearrange our dining room table to make more room to walk and have space for a small console table. I️ had considered moving the table before, but her rendering helped me visualize how it would look and I️ loved it!
Shopping Your Havenly Design
One of the neat things about Havenly is the fact you can shop directly on the site for products, as the Havenly Shop pulls in lots of different retailers. They also have a best price guarantee, so if something is on sale at Wayfair, for example, that price should be reflected on the Havenly Shop. I️ will probably order the bigger items, like the console table, lighting, rug, etc. online, but for the smaller decor pieces like artwork and table decor, I️ really want to go into HomeGoods and look around. I️ feel like you can find unique pieces and better deals by going that route for smaller items.
Overall, I️ loved my experience working with Havenly and plan to use the service again for our living room built-ins and wall decor (probably a mini design) and maybe other spaces in our house that need some decor help! PS – you can use my referral link to save $50 off a Full Design or $20 off a Mini Design!
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