Interior design help on the cheap

Sun Cities homeowners can get advice

Posted 4/17/21

The housing market is hot, especially in Arizona, but homeowners in the Sun Cities are also looking for ways to renovate and stay put.

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Interior design help on the cheap

Sun Cities homeowners can get advice


The housing market is hot, especially in Arizona, but homeowners in the Sun Cities are also looking for ways to renovate and stay put.

However, after dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year, the Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has seen many challenge that are continuing into 2021.

Homeowners can work with a professional interior designer to help transform their homes. The opportunity is available at a reduced rate through the Interior Designer for Hire program. Designers volunteer their time and the fees collected are used for student scholarships and educational programs.

Interior Designer for Hire runs until April 30. This popular program matches homeowners with local ASID designers for a one-hour live or virtual consultation at $99 or a two-hour consultation at $175.

The program is only offered once per year and is an opportunity to work with an interior designer, seek advice and learn about the benefits of working with a professional in creating your own personal environment.

Homeowners can learn how interior designers provide a difference inside a home through in-depth knowledge of space planning, products, and materials and finishes. Including planning, scheduling, executing and managing projects from start to finish. When an individual works with an interior designer, they get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help avoid costly mistakes, and most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically for their various style and lifestyle needs.

Some challenges interior designers are facing while working with customers throughout the pandemic include labor shortages with contractors, shortages in materials and long back-orders, delayed or out-of-stock furniture orders, appliance manufacturers sold out and several other unavoidable circumstances during this time.

Martha Clark-Benoit of Peoria is a member of ASID and made the transition into interior design six years ago. She said as part of the organization, it is a great way to get to know suppliers and vendors to help clients.

Throughout the registration process, homeowners answer questions and fill out areas of interest for design and are paired up with an interior designer.

“If you are having a problem with space planning and trying to figure out what types of furniture will work in a particular space or if you are looking for a particular piece, we can guide them as to where to shop and what will fit their style and budget,” she said.

Another piece of this design assistance is helping people with remodel projects and looking for new finishes and styles.

Ms. Clark-Benoit said this is a great cause and raises funds to help young designers go through school. She said participating in a program like this helps homeowners get a good view into the interior design process and she enjoys seeing the possibilities with clients and working to transform their spaces.

“Out spaces are really big right now and that can make a big difference,” she said.

Ms. Clark-Benoit said some of the easiest things to do to transform a space is to paint, update area rugs, add a new piece of art or throw in pillows are accent pieces.

Visit to register.