4 Must-Click Sites for Professional Home Design on the Cheap


So you want to update your home with fresh interiors. You've spent countless hours seeking inspiration online and in magazines. You've called mom; you've consulted your friends; you dream of hiring a pro. We've been there. Seek professional help from one of these four Bay Area–based design companies that will help you get it done without having to rent out your patio on Airbnb. 

Dot & Bo

According to Dot & Bo's U.S. Style Census, SF style is mid-century organic—think clean, simple lines and a vibe that reflects a love for nature. But whatever your personal style is—maybe you're a modern bohemian or a diehard Victorian fanatatic—this furniture shopping service help you discover pieces perfect for your home. You can browse the site's the tightly curated collection of furniture along with its daily guide to stylish living. Still not sure of your signature look? A team of 10 designers is on hand for complimentary consultations.   //  dotandbo.com  


In super-large-scale design projects—like, say, the redesign of SFMOMA—a slew of firms might submit proposals, jockeying to win a bid. CoContest brings this VIP experience to online DIYers, connecting users with about 25,000 designers from around the world. To launch a competition, you just describe your project's needs, upload a layout and photos of your space, and wait for the proposals to roll in. Then the creative process begins. You'll engage with various designers, share ideas, and ultimately select your favorite.  //  cocontest.com


It seems everything comes in a curated box these days—even those new tchotchkes for your living room. With Mack, you'll take an easy style survey and upload photos of your room. You'll then be matched with a personal home stylist who will put together a group of accessories for your space. A few weeks later, your Mack Style Box will arrive at your door, and you'll have seven days to pick what you love. If they miss the mark, just ship the stuff back using the prepaid return label. Mack is currently by invitation only, but we all know how that works—go sign up; we're certain you'll be accepted soon.  //  shopmack.com


With pro designers in San Francisco as well as other cities, New York–based Homepolish is the one to call if you already have a vision for your project. Choose a junior or senior designer (hourly rates range from $100-130), then, after an initial consultation, buy the level of service that works for your needs and budget—from a three-hour single session with simple design solutions to a full package (10 hours minimum) in which you and your designer will source materials together, plan layouts, select color palettes, manage contractors, and more.  //  homepolish.com

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