With the plethora of design and home remodel shows, we've all

come to think interior design looks like a breezy pastime. But as any

optimistic homeowner who's held a paint brush or wielded a hammer

before knows, interior design is often best left to the pros. Short of

hoping Ty Pennington is going to knock on the door, what's a luxe

homeowner to do?

One accessible interior designer in San Diego with some national

panache is Brandon Neff. From Better Homes and Gardens to appearances

on NBC, Neff has proven to be niffy with rooms of any size and scope

including kitchens, bathrooms, and workspaces. Need some pet friendly

design tricks or a kitchen upgrade that won't send you into

foreclosure? Neff delivers. A no frills approach to your office space

or a bedroom upgrade that won't elevate your blood pressure because you

just couldn't match the darn pillows with the backboard? Again, Neff

comes in to calm. As a seasoned homeowner myself, I still need some

patient direction and a pro who can run with my concept and make my

interior design vision of unfold.

As Neff says, Interior design is not curing cancer, nor solving the

National debt or even helping to build your awkward child's

self-esteem. Nope-it's about pretty.