Holzman Happenings: “Spoil a Child”

As a strong believer in the importance of the arts, I believe that all children should be exposed to it. Unfortunately, many kids don’t get that opportunity. I want to change that, and have created Holzman Happenenings to do so. In partnership with Hartley House, Holzman Happenings was created to “Spoil a Child,” exposing underprivileged kids to art they wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to see.  Hartley House was created in the 1800’s as a safe haven for the youths in Hell’s Kitchen, and has been helping children in New York City ever since.  Over 400 children and now numerous seniors pass through the doors of this facility. They are the perfect partner for this program.  On March 16th, 12 teenagers who won the first lottery drawing went for lunch and saw the awesome new Broadway Musical “Kinky Boots.” Here’s a photo of the lucky winners!


Designing with Dramatic Chandeliers

Lighting changes everything in a room, bringing out the colors in upholstery and making hardware and wood shine. Getting creative with your lighting can change the whole feeling of a room, and what better than a chandelier to accomplish that. Chandeliers are essentially illuminated sculptures, effectively functioning as a work of art in the space. They can add some color, some sparkle, and even can set the tone for a room. The possibilities are endless. Below are two examples of how I have used chandeliers in two very different contexts and two examples of how other designers have done the same. You can see what a large influence each chandelier has on the overall feeling of the room, even to the point of setting its tone.

Sitting Room in Simsbury, Connecticut by Holzman Interiors


Dining Room in New York City, New York by Holzman Interiors


A design by Natasha Barrault in Los Angeles, CA


Photograph by Elad Gonen and Zeev Beech


How to design either masculine or feminine?

Deciding whether a room is feminine or masculine can be a tricky task. Because of course there are men who love pink and women who have never met a ruffle they could stand.  There are, however, certain qualities and materials associated with a certain gender aesthetic.  For men, things like flannel, leather and wool tend to evoke a manly vibe.  As do colors like gray, black, brown and blue. Straight lines and hard edges read as masculine, as does an absence of bright colors. While the feminine design is portrayed with soft color notes, whites, and ruffles and curved edges with attention to details in design that only women would appreciate. Here are a few examples I found to love.

Crisp is a great word to describe this bedroom. crisp pleats, crisp folds, crisp lines. A bedroom of like would be comfortable for the manliest of men.

Pleating and plaid is a unique blend and the result is something to admire. I am not a huge fan of plaid but I believe it illustrates it’s timelessness with its neutral colors and masculinity.

Contemporary, yet rusticity refined. Even men love to curl up to something cozy, as long as its the right color. And with the contrast in the hanging shaply and edgy art really creates a spectacular master for any man.

The framed blue-tainted leather art acts as a headboard. A very masculine headboard. It’s also very interesting how literal the designer took the color blue. Accompanied by simple blue straight-lined furniture and you have established a very well dressed masculine bedroom.

Blue can be feminine too….like this shabby chic bedroom desk.

The black leather headboard is masculine, yet soft enough to pair with pastels as shown. The combination of the black bed and the high gloss white tables is versatile and elegant. Yet this bedroom screams a feminine touch.

It’s the softness of white that compliments the feminine side. Warm light shines through the translucent drapes to add a glow to the room. And just like that you have created a safe haven for any woman.

This classic design shows how’s you don’t need to over do it. Featuring calm color scheme and attention to small detail, you can hint to your femininity without overwhelming your girly senses.

Ruffles. Ruffles. Ruffles. This ditsy shabby-chic bedroom defines what it means to be a little girl especially with its whimsical attic ceiling and fantasy like accessories.

A more serious design doesn’t have to be masculine. Strong feminine points in this home office make for a fantastic final look. Love it.

All this room is missing is some antique dolls and a late feline friend taxidermy collecting dust to make this super feminine living room to be over the top. But alas, these designs exist. The point is that there is a balance of gender that needs to be met so your home doesn’t turn for the worst.