Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


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.


cotedetexas said...

This reminds me of what BeachBungalow 8 does. What a great concept - no whiny clients. I love it! I wish I had a line of clients waiting for my design like this! Burnham is so talented too. I'm off to her web site. Thanks for the tip.


katiedid said...

I have a design friend who turned me on to Betsy Burnham's Instant Space idea awhile ago, and I thought it was a fab idea too! I wonder if this might be the wave of the future!

Style Court said...

I think you will enjoy her portfolio. She has range.

It's an interesting option for sure!

girl meets glamour said...

I was just talking about Betsy and this service the other day! I think the presentation is great and the idea too, for those who can't afford the standard design service. Great post!!!


The Peak of Chic said...

It is a great idea! Sometimes we may want to do it ourselves but with a little guidance!

beachbungalow8 said...

thank you for including my room-to-go shot.

around here, we also have the celeb factor. clients who like to keep things 'private' and so love this service. they can get one of their peeps to do the work without having the invasion of privacy.

it's so much fun to put together for people too. i highly recommend it.