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!

Betsy Helmuth


Betsy Helmuth is the owner of Affordable Interior Design and a nationally celebrated interior designer with a unique ability to transform modest spaces into beautiful environments on a budget. She has appeared on the Today Show, HGTV, DIY Network, CBS, NBC, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers.  She also recently penned a popular DIY design book, “BIG DESIGN, SMALL BUDGET, Create a Glamorous Home in Nine Thrifty Steps” (Skyhorse), and hosts a weekly home decorating podcast (syndicated on iTunes) by the same name.

Her firm, Affordable Interior Design, has grown to serve clients in New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, and parts of the Hudson Valley.  Betsy also helps clients virtually in other parts of the country with online classes and a weekly Facebook Live chat where she dishes out design wisdom for free.  

Allison Rachlis


Allison Rachlis comes to Affordable Interior Design after a seven 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 Restoration Hardware helping clients achieve a sophisticated look on a budget.

Combining her space planning expertise and years of experience perfecting the art of getting a hi-end look for less, she helps clients in the tri-state area create the perfect interiors for their lifestyle.

Here are a few of Allison's recent projects:




Emi Young is a graduate of New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Design.  She most recently acted as Design Coordinator for two boutique Manhattan hotels, The Soho Grand and The Roxy Hotel Tribeca.  There she had the opportunity to curate high-end, bespoke private and public spaces.  Before designing in hospitality, she designed residences throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.  She also spent time at Marimekko and Pier 1 Imports as a visual merchandiser. 

Emi has a passion for residential design, and her belief that amazing design should be accessible to everyone led her to Affordable Interior Design.  

Here are a few of Emi's recent projects:

Paulina Grzechnik


Paulina Grzechnik 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 where she explored relations between the human body and various components of interior space, 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.

Here are a few of Paulina's recent projects:



Kelsey Surock is a graduate from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Interior Design. She also spent time studying Interior Architecture and Urban Design at DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She previously worked for the Giorgio Armani store development and interior design team where she took part in the design of the Armani Store on 5th Avenue as well as working on residential spaces for some of Armani's VIP clients.

She later began painting murals and working on landscape projects for both commercial and residential spaces throughout New York City. After studying different aspects of indoor and outdoor design, she discovered that by combining both elements, a beautiful design concept could transform a space into a livable work of art.

Here are a few of Kelsey's recent projects:

Neil Christopherson


Neil Christopherson is a contractor with 25 years experience.  He started as an apprentice for lifelong career craftsmen with commitment to delivering the highest quality work product for customers.  Neil has built custom homes, completed major construction/renovations, and worked on individual custom projects for hundreds of private residences and businesses.  Prior to coming to New York, Neil owned a construction company working on multi-million dollar homes, businesses, and restaurants outside of Boston.