Access to Top Design
Interior design above, Betsy Burnham; photo, Lisa Romerein, as seen in the Fall 2005 issue of InStyle Home.
Have you ever poured-over a vignette like this, with its skillfully layered chinoiserie panels, shell-encrusted lamps, rich wall color and uncontrived family photos, then fantasized about hiring the designer to work her magic in your home? Well, as you may have read in Domino, Betsy Burnham (the L.A. mix-master who created the room above) is a bit more accessible than other top West Coast designers.
Burnham offers an alternative service, Instant Space, for clients willing to do their own leg-work.
Above, samples of sources and plans received by Instant Space clients.
For those who adore Burnham's aesthetic but can't afford (or don't need) her full-service treatment, Instant Space is a way to get a customized master plan carefully thought-out by the designer. Clients answer detailed questions about their home, lifestyle and desires, and provide the firm with digital images and measurements. Most correspondence is via email.
Toward the end of the process, clients receive a box including: a personalized design concept board; a schematic furniture plan, drawn to scale, with specific furniture selected and resourced; samples of fabric, wallpaper, paint, flooring and so on; a shopping list; and a step-by-step guide to bring all of these elements together.
Above, another example of Burnham's look; photo, Grey Crawford.
Kelly Galvin, Director of Instant Space, explained to me, "The great thing about what we do is that it is distinctively Burnham Design. Our style of design is unique. and Instant Space offers a professional service to those who love to do-it-themselves." So, the concept isn't to replace traditional designer-client relationships, but to simply offer another option. Visit Burnham's site for fees and other details.
Megan Samuels, another talented California-based designer, offers a similar service, Room To Go. Below is a sample of her work.