Havenly 2022 Interior Design Review

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  • I tried the online interior design service Havenly to update my living room.
  • I recently moved into a new apartment and was in need of some inspiration for a shared space.
  • The process was so easy that I plan to use it again in my bedroom.

As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved around a half dozen times in the past few years and collected a random set of furniture. Now that I’m working from home, I wanted to remodel the living room in my current apartment.

I have used Havenly, an online interior design service, to create a living room design with mostly new furniture. The process was straightforward, elegant, and fast, and the results included everything I was looking for.

I also spoke to Havenly CEO and co-founder Lee Mayer about starting the company. While trying to furnish and decorate her home, she finds that traditional interior design is expensive and requires people to get in and out of her home.

Mayer said the purpose of Havenly is to be accessible, transparent, and easy to use for anyone looking to renovate their home. “In many ways, what we’re trying to do is find a way to give you a space that feels like you but hopefully is a lot higher and a lot better,” she said.

Keep scrolling to read about my experience using Havenly.

Pricing and levels

Havenly's website page for its designers with six different designers and their design styles listed.

You can find designers who specialize in your favorite style.


There are two different design packages that you can choose from. The first is the Havenly Mini ($99, currently on sale for $79), aimed at those looking for a few pieces of furniture or decor. The other option is Havenly Full ($179, currently on sale for $98.45), which includes a full room conversion, which is the package I used for my living room.

Both packages include several concepts, and reviews will suggest you to get one final design, as well as a curated shopping list for all the furniture.

While both packages are the same, the full level includes more pieces of furniture since it’s meant to completely renovate a room. The larger package also includes layout and floor plan visualizations so you know exactly where to place your new furniture and decor.

the operation

Once I chose my package, I did a pattern test to give me an idea of ​​the types of design I liked the most. The tester told me that my main design style is mid-century modern with Scandinavian, bohemian, and international sub styles. I love mid-century modern furniture, so the results didn’t surprise me.

A collection of living room design patterns on the Havenly Design Style Quiz, part of our Havenly 2022 review.

Pattern testing can help you decide what you want.


The next part of the test asked about my budget, the state I live in, the type of home I live in, whether I’m a renter or owner, and a few questions about the schedule. Then I was paired with a designer to start my project.

For the room profile, I uploaded 11 pictures of the living room and took a picture of the black velvet sofa that I wanted to keep and incorporate into the new design. I also had to measure the room with a tape measure and provide a loose outline (very poorly planned) of the floor plan I wanted.

The room profile shows the author's exposed living room and some objects appropriate to the 2022 sanctuary review.

I’ve uploaded pictures of my current living room with furniture and without furniture as well.


I picked out my wish list of furniture, including artwork, side tables, accent chairs, coffee table, and media console. I rated my artistic vignette images from one to five stars. I did the same for the color palettes and materials, even though they were optional. Then I added my budget. In hindsight, the $1000 wasn’t realistic for the amount of furniture I was looking for.

The best part about the room profile is that you can make it as detailed and specific as you like. There are several optional boxes to add information about who the room is, how it will be used, if you already have pieces of furniture in mind, and more. I recommend detailing at first because it will save you time in the future.

After completing the room profile, I got a message that I was sure to have my first three room concepts in three business days. Three days later, my designers sent me designs that I rated and commented on. I liked parts of the three designs and explained what worked for me and what didn’t. I got another message right after saying that I would have the next design, “Concept”, in another four days.

Three room ideas submitted by the designers as part of their sanctuary review in 2022.

I rate these three designs and add comments about what I liked and disliked about each design.


“Concept” is the second to last design. You arrived just in time, and the details blew me away. My designers added a note that we went over budget, but I knew my original number was unrealistically low. However, designers have found less expensive chairs similar to the original pricey ones.

I added a few more notes and was told I would have my final design, with new furniture planned for my space, in a week. It was during the holidays, so the designer told me there would be a delay.

Author's living room concept design for a sanctuary review in 2022.

I was thrilled to see that my dog ​​was added to the design concept.


Final design

A week later, I received my final design and liked what I had picked up. All my requests and adjustments were implemented, and I was pleased with the results. My designers added details from the items I own, including art and a plant stand. Even my dog ​​was lying on the couch. When looking at the design it looked like a home.

Final design of the living room space for the sanctuary review in 2022.

My designers added personal touches, like the Moulin Rouge poster and the black plant stand I already own.


I also received a hologram of space; It was fun seeing the furniture and space come to life in a realistic picture.

The total was about $2,700 for everything I wanted on my list, which didn’t shock me even though I was well over my initial budget. The shopping list provided by my designers has many options for accent chairs in a range of prices, and I can buy everything included in the final design with the click of a button.

A shopping list of chairs for the author's newly designed living room space for a sanctuary review in 2022.

Everything included in the design can be purchased directly from Havenly.


I had no issues with the final concept, but my designer was willing to make any changes I requested. Communication from Havenly’s designers and system was impeccable, and timeframes were accurate. The process was easy, and I enjoyed taking care of my dream living room space.

Final design of the living room space for the sanctuary review in 2022.

The designer made all the changes I wanted, and her communication was great.


Tips to get the most out of your experience

Mayer said that honesty is one of the most important aspects of working with an interior designer. Working with an interior designer can be intimidating, but Havenly designers are trained to take feedback to make the process collaborative. “If you hate purple, we wouldn’t use purple even if it was trendy,” Meyer said.

Designs may not always have everything you’re looking for right away, which is why learning what you don’t like is helpful. “What we really hope to get out of is a space that truly reflects all of you and what you want in your space,” Meyer said.

I didn’t want to offend my designers with my comments, but I also didn’t want to end up with a design I didn’t like. Being honest works really well because my designer was very helpful and informed me about all my options in a way that wasn’t overwhelming.


A living room with different pieces of furniture next to a view of the same living room with all new furniture designed by Havenly for the Havenly review in 2022.

Anna Pope / Inside, Havenley

Using Havenly to design my living room was so easy and fun. My designer was kind and thoughtful, adding personal touches that made the experience all the more worthwhile. I will be moving again in a few months and looking forward to using Havenly for my bedroom. Next time, I’ll add more details to my room profile at first and set a higher, more realistic budget.

If you’re like me and can’t buy everything on your shopping list at once, it’s still worth getting inspiration and ideas that you can keep forever. I am definitely planning to use it in all of my rooms at some point, even the ones that don’t need a complete makeover.

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