New York House: The focus of your recent book, "No Place Like Home" seems to be how to decorate on a budget. Would you share some of your secrets on making true design affordable for the masses?
Saint-Onge: My design focus tries to hone in on quick ideas such as repurposing or rearranging furniture in a room. I look at a room and take in what works and what doesn't work and I encourage people to learn to see their room in a new way. People can't see the potential in their home because they see it everyday.
NYH: What concepts did you incorporate into your lowest budget and what was the cost?
SO: I honestly don't remember what the lowest cost was because I love going into people's homes and doing a quick fix. I like to go in and rearrange furniture and reuse what people already have.
NYH: With the move towards more eco-friendly/green building and design, what do you do to incorporate these concepts into your designs and how invested are your clients in green or sustainable design?
SO: I refer to the type of design that I do as being "light green" because I try to do a lot of repurposing of furniture and already existing items in a room. A huge majority of the families in my book and others are now much more aware and being more vocal about being eco-friendly/green because they have young children. One way that they do it is by investing in energy safe appliances.
NYH: Have there been any television shows that have given you and inspirational jolt?
SO: I love cooking shows, especially Gianna de Laurentis. I also enjoy cooking and entertaining and I feel the show Parenthood is really well done because it shows American families that are real. The designs in the rooms in the show hit the nail on the head.
NYH: Of the designs that you have thus far done which is your favorite and what are your aspirations?
SO: I love the town and country design type and the country farmhouse feel. I have sort of a New England upbringing and that design type gives a sundance feel to it. I'm excited about the book right now and that has opened the door to more television and another book. And the time is right for them.