Every once in awhile, I stumble upon a cool company that piques my interest. I came across Hamlet a few weeks ago, followed them on Instagram, and decided to further investigate. With a limited amount of time and an increasingly busy schedule, I try to answer questions from friends and followers when it comes to simple design inquiries. However, I might’ve just found the easiest way to obtain design advice…and it’s FREE! Consider your everyday design dilemmas solved.
Of course I tested the process prior to recommending it to you guys, but it’s super easy. You begin by texting your question…. it could be anything from a specific product you’ve been searching for, a simple question about drapery, or even if you’re looking for a second opinion on a paint color. Unsure of what bed pillows make the most sense or how to style them? A real person immediately texts you back with the answer or home decor items that match what you’re looking for. They literally answer anything and provide you with an easy direct link for purchasing. It’s sort of a crazy (and convenient) concept!
Here’s how I tested the free service. I have a TON of people ask about the artwork in my dining room. It was a custom piece I found at High Point Market and purchased through the interior design firm I used to work for. I probably get at least 5 emails a week asking where that piece is from. It’s not an easy piece to obtain if you’re not working directly with an interior designer, so I thought I’d put the designers at Hamlet to the test, and see if they could find something of a similar scale and vibe that is readily available (and of a similar budget). I thought for certain I was setting my Hamlet stylist up for failure (sorry Sophia), but she surprised me with a couple viable contenders. Here’s the short version of my texting experience…
Without having viewed my dining room prior to our conversation (I sort of did that intentionally), I thought she did a great job. The recommended artwork would be pretty cool in a monochromatic sort of way. I quickly plugged it into Photoshop to give you an example of the scale and how it might fit into the space- as well as show how it completely changes the look of my dining room. What do you guys think? Pretty crazy, right? Which version do you prefer?
I didn’t want to bore you with additional screen grabs of my phone, but the part of the conversation you’re not seeing is a direct product link- so that I could easily make the purchase if I wanted.
Long story short, you guys are always welcome to email me about whatever, whenever (I do love hearing from you!)… but in case you’re looking for a quick second opinion, are trying to find a specific product in a hurry, or need fast design advice- give this free resource a try. Hamlet officially launches this September (they’re currently in beta testing), so I’m excited that we get to be among the first to use it. Room for Tuesday readers take 10% off all products suggested by the Hamlet team through July 15th, using the code Room4Tuesday. I’ve been searching for a few items that I can’t quite put my finger on, so I’m definitely going to take advantage of this!
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Hamlet. All content, ideas, and words are my own. They reached out after I began following them on Instagram, and I thought you guys would appreciate this. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create unique content while featuring products we truly use and enjoy!
Leah PrevostJune 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm
This is awesome! I can’t believe it’s free?! And I can’t stop looking at the picture of the art she suggested with the blue walls!!! 😍😍😍😍
SarahJune 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm
Yes!! Pretty cool, right? I feel like it’s also easier to find & buy a specific product. Sometimes I spend forever searching for a certain thing, when I could just have one their designers send over a link. Yes- I can’t believe the way my dining room rendering turned out… it’s crazy how different paint and art can completely change a space. Talk soon, Leah! xo
HamletJune 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Hi, Leah! So glad you like what we’re building (and yes, we love Sarah’s post too :) ) I hope you’ll text our Stylists soon – we’d love to meet! — Team Hamlet
HollyJune 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm
Wow, what a transformation Sarah! So cool I had never heard of it before. That art & wall colour looks great in your space.
SarahJune 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm
Thanks, Holly! It’s kind of crazy the space looks so different! Hamlet is definitely a great resource. xo
Tanya from Dans le LakehouseJune 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm
It’s so different, yet so similar to your requested item! She captured the vibe for sure!
Ann HeltzelJune 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm
OMG, I LOVE it! If I hadn’t just ordered the print you have, I would have considered it but that would have meant painting and I’m really lazy and trying to avoid it. I like the paint we have it’s just there are s o m a n y c h o I c e s! I love the idea of this service and think I will try it to find an interesting planter. You certainly find the neatest stuff Sarah!!
SarahJune 30, 2016 at 7:26 pm
Thanks so much, Ann!! I’m really glad you’re giving it a try. Let me know how it goes. xo
SarahAugust 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm
Hi Sarah, do you remember where the blue artwork is from? I tried texting Hamlet, but received an automated away message. Thanks!
SarahAugust 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm
I really wish I did! I’m sorry. They don’t give out the specific product name on Hamlet, just their special link (so I have no way of knowing). Good luck! xo
SarahAugust 9, 2017 at 12:13 am
No worries, thanks for your quick reply!