As a 24-year-old that's still pretty fresh out of college, becoming an adult is all about baby steps. Getting a job, getting an apartment, paying bills...these seem like the logical steps. But we rarely recognize how much work goes into being an adult until we have to do it. Especially in this city, where we spend so much time in our cars, at work, and in the gym, who has time to do those necessary adult activities? Surprisingly, one of the most difficult of these activities (to me and many friends, I've noticed) has been outfitting and decorating a new apartment or house. Though I pride myself on my sense of style, I fully admit to not knowing the hard and fast rules of decor. Which wood finish looks good with what? How do I even put up blinds? Where can I go to find the pieces I need in my budget? How do I even know what I need? These are all questions we've undoubtedly asked ourselves during this process, which is why it's really great to have an expert friend that can answer these pressing questions in text form.
And in case you don't have that expert friend, you now have Hamlet. A New York start-up that wants to make decorating easy, fast, and fun, Hamlet is providing (FREE) expert tips with the finesse of a close friend, all from the comfort of your phone. All you have to do is text one of their dedicated designers, and they'll text back in a prompt and professional manner; they'll help you with questions as benign as "does my room even look good?" to as challenging as "what do I need?" The latter of which I unkindly threw at them, and was pleasantly surprised by their creative and helpful suggestions. See below for a screenshot of our conversation:
I redecorated my bedroom a few years back, but something has seemed to be missing ever since. And while I've filled it with some beautiful candles (a la Diptyque) and minimal accents, it always seems to be a mess in which these subtle pieces are lost. I asked my dedicated Hamlet helper what she would recommend that would add decorative flair to my space, while providing some extra storage. She took me by surprise when she recommended a bench to sit at the end of my bed: sophisticated, on-trend, and another service for storage! It was actually a perfect suggestion, and she immediately got to work sending me photos of options. The process took a few days (mostly due to my indecisiveness), but the designer was persistent and continued to look for options that would work. We ran into a few problems with my relatively low budget, but eventually settled on a modern, white tufted bench with simple black legs (below). The plan is to toss a sheepskin throw over the top, and add a tray with some candles for a sophisticated look. I'm still waiting for the piece to arrive (yay free ground shipping), but will definitely update you when it does!
Overall, the process was really smooth and easy. I would definitely recommend the service to those in need of new furniture or decorative pieces, who don't feel like sorting through endless crap on the internet. Being able to text with a friendly designer, one who provides tips as if you're talking to an experienced friend, while you're watching Netflix or at the gym is so freeing; no more spending hours starting at your computer, hopping from one home design website to the next. To take advantage of their excellent (and let me mention again...FREE) service, just starting texting them now: 646-586-2260
Thanks to Hamlet for partnering with me on this post!