Online design services help make your house a home

With shorter days and cooler temps signaling that winter will arrive in the Midwest fairly soon, many Chicago families are spending more time at home. Why not make it a place where you love to be? Whether you’re hosting at the holidays, expecting a new addition or have a room you’ve been meaning to finish up but just haven’t quite figured out how to make it look great, online design help may be the answer. 

Many services include a buying service so you can purchase the products that they’ve chosen from multiple stores from their site with one check out. Designing and shopping for a space during nap time or after the kids are in bed for the night is a lot easier and much more fun than wandering the furniture store with children in tow.

Here are some services that let you work with designers to create spaces you love without having to leave home.

Decorating a nursery? Give Modsy a try

Whether you’re looking to design a nursery with a fun celestial theme, a hip mid-century modern vibe or something that’s more timeless, they can help. Northbrook-based Crate and Barrel is one of more than 100 retailers from which Modsy sources products.

Pricing starts at $49 per room, and that option allows you to swap furniture and layouts yourself. 

Redesigning a kids bedroom? Check out Laurel & Wolf

Babies grow up, and their rooms should, too. The thumbs up and thumbs down feature that lets you tell your designer what you love and don’t love about the design is fun, and it could be a good way to incorporate your child in the process and have them offer input so you can create a space that you both love. Laurel & Wolf also sources some items from CB2, which was founded in Chicago in 2000.

Pricing for rooms starts at $79. If you’re prepping for the holidays and looking for ideas of how to deck your halls, they offer a holiday décor package for $59 that focuses on just festive accessories and décor.

Updating the family room? Moms recommend Havenly

With a mission to make coming home feel good, Havenly can help bring big style to a family room that’s full of little ones. They also offer post-design support for up to four weeks, depending on your package, so if you think you may need some extra assistance, this could be a good fit. You can also view lots of previously designed rooms and even shop from them if you see something you love.

Try the “design quickie” option that offers a 30-minute chat with an interior designer for free. Pricing for rooms starts at $79 for a “havenly mini.”

Trying to get a guest room together for the holidays? Decorist is worth a shot

Want your guests to say “Wow!” when you show them to their room? This may do the trick. They can work with your existing furniture or help you find new items. They’re also happy to take inspiration from your Pinterest boards.

Pricing starts at $299, with celebrity designers available for $1,299.

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