Leslie Bamburg worked in web and interior design before starting her "prescriptive" business, LabExperiment. Her mission is to help people find their personal style, steering them somewhere between empty-starter-apartment and over-decorated-space. "I don't want to have to hide my TV in a pretty cabinet when company comes over," she says, "since I probably want to show them my favorite new show anyway. But I do want to have a comfortable home that is nicer than my old dorm room."Leslie says she "provides custom interior design prescriptions to those with home ailments such as empty room syndrome, shoddy furniture fatigue, and design direction turmoil." She's a fan of affordability, comfort, and keeping things a little loose.
After an initial consultation, Leslie will write up her prescription, which includes four parts: 1) a floor plan, 2) recommendations, 3) a shopping list, and 4) a color palette. It's all saved online, and each customer receives a log-in so they can access their prescription over the web.
Pricing starts at $500 for a one-room "mini-prescription," provided a room already has some furniture but needs finishing. If you're starting from scratch, a prescription sells for $650 for dining rooms, bedrooms, and offices and $800 for a living room or family room.
Leslie lives and works in San Francisco — if you live in the Bay Area, and you'd like details on setting up an appointment with her, click here.