New Furniture Simplifies Bathroom Design

To make bathroom design and renovation easier, Dura Supreme has created an entire collection of new bath furniture.

With six unique styles to choose from, each with coordinating linen cabinets and mirrors, your design can be personalized with different door styles, wood and finish options. The pieces also can be custom sized to fit your space.

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Dura Supreme Cabinetry offers new bath furniture collection. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

From glamorous master bathrooms to smaller, stylish powder rooms, the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. Offering increased storage and beautiful styling, Dura Supreme has multiple options that are budget-friendly and eye-catching.

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The raised design makes these vanities easy to install and clean under. Open shelving offers plenty of room for towels and toiletries. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

According to Karen Wistrom, Vice President of Marketing for Dura Supreme, “Dura Supreme’s new furniture bath program provides homeowners and designers with a beautiful array of options that can be customized to suit their specific space. With all our door, wood and finish offerings along with special sizing, it’s never been easier to do a quick remodel with an entire collection of bath furniture designed to coordinate and complement each other.”

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This vanity offers plenty of storage. A coordinating cabinet and mirror complete the look. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Holzman Interiors is an authorized Dura Supreme Cabinetry dealer. You can visit us at our Stamford, Conn., showroom to see examples of Dura Supreme bathroom furniture, as well as looking at our finished project photos on our website.

“The choice of materials and layout design sets the stage, considering all the elements is vital to bathroom design,” said Julie Holzman, Principal Interior Designer for Holzman Interiors.

The furniture includes vanities raised off the floor, which makes it easier to clean and install. Matching storage cabinets, which can have glass or mirrored doors, offer plenty of room for towels, toiletries and more.

Different styles are available – whether you prefer a more modern floating sink with open shelving, or a more traditional look with wood-mirrors and porcelain sinks, there are options to please everyone.

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This floating double sink offers a more modern look. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation or visit our showroom at TileAmerica, 63 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, Conn., to see examples of the furniture and discuss design ideas.

An Island Oasis In Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the main areas in the home where people gather or entertain. A kitchen island can become a centerpiece for social activity.

Many of our kitchen designs include an island, and you may not realize how many options there are available for kitchen islands.

Some things to think about are what you want to use the island for, whether it will be a prep space, an eating area, provide additional storage and if you want a sink or appliances included.

An island needs to go with the flow of the kitchen. In this Connecticut home, this large island has curves to offer more space around it and different levels that allow stools to be tucked in under the counter. It also has an extra sink, which can be used to wash vegetables, fill pots or drain pasta closer to the stove.

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This large island has an extra sink, a steamer, plenty of prep space and seating.

You don’t have to have a large kitchen to have an island, for example in this Fifth Avenue apartment, a smaller square island provides an eating and prep area. The stools can provide additional seating, a great space to sit for breakfast or a quick snack.

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This small island offers prep space and a spot to sit for a snack.

Islands also reflect the style of the kitchen. This modern kitchen island has a waterfall counter, that flows down one side for a dramatic look. It has two pendant lamps to provide light and stools that tuck under the counter.

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This waterfall counter island makes a statement in a modern kitchen.

Think about lighting, whether you want a larger pendant lamp, multiple smaller lamps, or a few medium-size lamps. With multiple smaller lamps, they can hang at different levels, creating an interesting look. Another option is a longer, hanging tray with candles. The style of the lighting is part of your overall look, whether you prefer a more modern or traditional style. The size of the island will impact how many lights you want as well.

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This kitchen island has one larger lamp above. Consider lighting options as part of your overall kitchen design plan.

Another consideration is if you want seating at the island, and the height you prefer. The basic choices are table, counter or bar height. This square island has chairs, which may be preferred for younger children or if you use the counter for work and are sitting for longer periods.

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This large kitchen island has chairs that provide a pop of color.

Kitchen islands provide storage, with cabinets and drawers, and can include a wine fridge or wine storage area or dishwasher. When designing the island, consider if you want to include these types of items that may need plumbing or electrical connections as part of the design. It is important to work with a designer to make sure this is taken into consideration as part of the planning for contractors.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free interior design consultation. Your kitchen is an important part of your home, you want it to be welcoming and functional. We can help you achieve that.

Focus On The Fireplace

A fireplace can be a focal point of a living room, a feature to build around for setting up seating, side tables and more.

It also can be a great place to display art work, photos or seasonal decorations.

A fireplace draws the eye and interest, and there are many options for fireplaces, they can be understated or a statement piece with a large piece of stone or a more modern design.

With a traditional mantel, a fireplace can be the perfect place to showcase large artwork, drawing the eye up in a room with high, cathedral ceilings.

For example, in a Scarsdale, New York, home remodeling project Holzman Interiors recently completed, the dark fireplace front contrasts with the white mantel. The large artwork is set off by two modern orange glass vases, for a pop of color that continues throughout the room with grey and orange accents.

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The fireplace in this stunning living room serves as a focal point, and above the mantel is the ideal place to display large artwork, drawing the eye to the cathedral ceiling and windows.

Holzman Interiors works with clients to achieve their vision for their home. In this grand living room, the oversized stone fireplace works perfectly to create a seating arrangement in an open concept room. Using an area rug and a sectional couch, Holzman Interiors creates a cozy seating area within the larger space.

The stone fireplace compliments the stonework on a feature wall nearby and also the beams in the ceiling and columns throughout the room. These details bring together the design.

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In this contemporary living room, seating is arranged around the large stone fireplace.

The white mantel over cream stone in this room matches the color scheme of blue, white and cream. With a structured look, it is understated and formal. It serves as a perfect spot for artwork, in this case photography framed by two small wall sconces.

Artwork can go with the overall color scheme, such as seen here with the blues reflected in the landscape photo, or can be a stronger statement with bold colors.

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The pairing of a white mantel over a cream stone fireplace sets the tone throughout the room, with the color scheme of white, cream and blue.

A mantel also can be used to change out decorations seasonally, bringing a hint of spring in your home with different candles or decorations. It’s not just a place to hang your stockings, you can use floral arrangements or small sculptures to create a new look.

In a master bedroom, a fireplace can provide a spot to relax and unwind. As seen here, two chairs flank a small fireplace, creating a cozy seating area to read or watch TV at the end of the day.

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A fireplace in the bedroom can create a cozy spot to relax and unwind.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free design consultation. See our galleries on our website for more images of completed projects.

Showroom Highlights Many Design Options

When designing a new kitchen or bathroom, it can be hard to visualize what types of cabinets or finishes would work best in your home. Holzman Interiors welcomes clients to their new showroom in Stamford, Conn., to see many options in Dura Supreme cabinetry.

Visitors to the showroom can see different styles of cabinets for kitchens, or vanities for bathrooms, as well as a wide selection of faucets, tiles, sinks and countertops. The showroom, located at 63 Harbor View Ave., in Stamford, features Tile America backsplash options and tiles.

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Visit Holzman Interiors showroom at Tile America in Stamford, Conn. It features a model kitchen and many examples of different cabinets, backsplash options, countertops, faucets and more.

To help keep your kitchen organized, Dura Supreme offers different drawers, such as ones with dividers for silverware or kitchen tools, or knife blocks within a drawer. A new option is a toe-kick drawer, designed for installation in the toe space of any straight cabinet, adding additional storage space. A touch-latch mechanism is included, so a simple touch of the toe will open the drawer.

The wide drawer can be used to store cutting boards, baking sheets or table linens for example. This type of solution can add more storage space without adding more square footage.

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A kick drawer can offer more storage space in a usually unused spot. The latch easily opens with a touch of your foot. Photo credit: Dura Supreme Cabinetry

New colors and finishes

Dura Supreme Cabinetry has recently introduced several new finish options. The new cabinetry finishes include six new stains and two new paint colors, along with new options for specialty finishes Stain/Glaze, Paint/Accent, Paint/Glaze, Patina and Heirloom finishes. Overall there are 40 new color options being added to the Dura Supreme finish palette.

New stains include rich browns and grays. New finish colors include Toast stain, Cappuccino stain, Cider stain, Java stain, Smoke stain, Shell Gray stain, Linen White paint and Cashmere paint. With different tile and countertop options these stains can match beautifully with stainless steel appliances.

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Dura Supreme Cabinetry offers many different colors and finishes for their cabinets, which can be used in kitchen, bathroom or living room designs.

Weathered collection

Reminiscent of softly weathered wood, Dura Supreme’s Weathered collection of finishes looks as if it has been exposed to years of sun, wind and rain. Like an old drift fence, tumbled driftwood, or seasoned barn planks, each of the Weathered finishes portrays wood that has been exposed to the elements. The Weathered Finish collection includes an array of colors that evoke images of sun-bleached driftwood, charred campfires or time-worn dock planks.

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This is an example of a Weathered finish on an island with Dura Supreme Cabinetry in our Stamford, Conn., showroom.

Glass cabinets trends

Dura Supreme also has recently updated its cabinetry glass to target trends in kitchen and bath cabinetry. New updates include white and black back-painted glass options, leaded glass doors, and a new collection of mirror options for both framed and mullion cabinet doors.

The largest update to Dura Supreme’s glass program is the new mirror section. Choices now range from beveled mirror, antique mirror, gray mirror, bronze mirror and standard mirror.  Mirrors have been used as a decorative accent in home interiors for a long time, however, incorporating the reflective and airy look of mirror within cabinetry as an emerging trend.  Mirror used within cabinetry doors (behind mullions or simply in place of a glass door) is another wonderful way to add light within a kitchen.

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A bathroom vanity and mirrored storage cabinet shown in our Stamford, Conn., showroom.
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Open shelves and a glass cabinet door are contemporary kitchen options on display in our showroom in Stamford, Conn. Come visit to be inspired in your design choices!

If you are looking for inspiration, make an appointment with Holzman Interiors and we can show you the many different options available. We can schedule a free consultation. Contact us at 212-685-5797 or e-mail julie@holzmaninteriors.com

Our showroom is located at Tile America, 63 Harborview Ave., Stamford, Conn. Stop by and visit to learn more about what we offer. To contact us there, call 917-837-9948.

Create A Home Office That Works For You And Your Style

Having a home office can be convenient for catching up on work at home, paying bills and staying on track with your calendar. However, you may think you don’t have room in your house for a home office. Don’t despair! We can help you carve out a corner and make it stylish at the same time!

The kitchen can be a place to create a nook where you can keep your laptop, organize bills and set up a family calendar. Dura Supreme offers kitchen office cabinetry, so a desk can be incorporated under cabinets, or in a separate area such as under a window or in the breakfast nook.

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This home office is part of a kitchen design that includes a window seat and breakfast nook. Lots of natural light is an important part of this design, but make sure to include lighting around the desk for cloudy days or late night sessions. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

This office spot has a window to let in the sunshine, with lights on either side for further illumination, and one wall for personal photos or inspirational quotes. The drawers and cabinets offer plenty of space for storage.

Items to consider when creating a home office:

  • Think about what kind of desk you like, whether you are fine with a compact space, or enjoy more room to spread out. Desks can be created with a slab of wood, a recycled door, or counter-top material.
  • A supportive, comfortable chair. Even if you don’t plan to spend a ton of time in this space, you want to be comfortable and have a chair that works for the space. You can get an ergonomic chair from an office store or pick a chair that works for the height of the desk.
  • Storage options. Use cabinetry or file cabinets to store documents and files. There are even specialized drawers for printers and keyboards, so you can just pull them out when you are using them and then push them back in when you are done, so they are stored out of the way. Other options include hanging items vertically, to create a wall with folders or floating shelves to store items. On the shelves, you can use baskets or small containers to store different items.

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    Design a home office to reflect your taste and personality.
  • Open wall space or bulletin board for creating a calendar, saving notes or reminders and inspiration. There are plenty of examples on Pinterest of different ideas for family calendars, inspirational walls, or using vertical files to organize mail. If you work from home, you can keep track of appointments or create a goal wall. Some ideas include using a chalkboard wall to create lists, or a magnet wall to post items.
  • Lighting, outlets and charging station. Include good lighting over your desk, so even if it isn’t near a window you will have plenty of light. Make sure you have nearby outlets or charging station for your computer, a printer, cell phone, and any other items you may need to charge.

A home office can go in a guest room, bedroom or even a family room as well, with a corner desk or as part of a wall of shelves. In this example, designed by Holzman Interiors, the desk is tucked into the corner as part of an overall design with shelves and storage. Track lighting helps brighten the space, and floating shelves can hold family photos. The keyboard slides out and can be easily put away. Nearby bookshelves can be used for storage as well.

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This family room, designed by Holzman Interiors, includes a corner desk and lots of shelving. A low-traffic area can be a great place to create a work space. Floating shelves offer vertical space to display or organize items. Track lighting keeps it bright in a potentially dark corner.

Other unique ideas include using a bar cart as a rolling desk to organize files, books and pens and pencils. This can be rolled out while in use and then rolled into a corner when not being used. There also are plenty of design ideas for turning a closet into an office space with shelves and a desk.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free design consultation. Get creative with your office space and it will get you inspired!

Reduce Clutter

Clear Your Room And Your Mind

Having a cluttered home can be stressful and distracting, making it hard to relax. If you have an organized home, it helps you stay on track and saves you stress and time.

Creating a design that takes into account your collections or interests can help you streamline your vision. Designating spaces for items you treasure, such as books or picture frames, can help showcase them in an intentional way.

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Open shelves in the kitchen can be used to display dishes, cookbooks, or a set, such as a porcelain teapot and matching teacups.

Curating open shelves with items such as glass paperweights, vases, candles, books or photos, can create a display that shows your personality and works in design colors and styles.

At Holzman Interiors we can help you create a vision for your home and life.

Get Organized!

  • Pick a zone and organize: Don’t get overwhelmed, pick a corner or side of a room and focus on decluttering that area and reorganizing it in a way that works best for you. Have a trash bag and recycling container at the ready so you can divide items into discard, keep, and donate or recycle. Get ready to purge!
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Easily reduce clutter in kitchen drawers by setting up dividers and systems. Shown here, spice jars and a knife block can be used, which also helps keep counters clear. Come to our showroom to see examples of many different solutions for kitchen organizing.
  • Have storage planned: We offer storage solutions for all different rooms, whether it is a bedroom closet, a living room built-in or kitchen or bathroom shelves. For example, in a living room you can use built-in shelves to organize movies, CD collections or books. Other options include special drawers in your kitchen to hold utensils or spices, or if you have kids who use the counters for art projects, you can have a drawer set up to hold paints, brushes, paper and more.
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Toe-kick drawer used an organizing spot for art supplies. This is a great way to utilize space and be able to put items away easily. Photo credit: Dura Supreme.
  • Think about space saving solutions as well as reducing items: If you have an assortment of scarves, or need to wrangle ties, use a hanger to tie them on or specialized hanger to hold these items. Set up a shoe rack with levels to use the most of floor space in the closet.
  • Go through mail on a regular basis: Have a system and go through to reduce paper clutter, this is one of the things that easily piles up. If you pay bills online, cancel paper copies to reduce mail, recycle junk mail weekly. Try to just touch things one time and decide whether they need to be paid, recycled, or filed. Don’t create more piles, that just makes more clutter.
  • If you have children, work with them to keep toys organized. Go through them regularly and cycle out toys they no longer play with to donate, have storage options labeled so they can help pick up after themselves. Purchase a small bookcase or storage shelving to display sports trophies, art projects, books and more.

Contact us for a free in-home consultation, to discuss ideas on how to achieve better flow and organization in your home.

Foyer Sets The Stage

A foyer or entryway is a great place to display your favorite artwork. As the entrance to your home, it is the first room guests see, and should be a true representation of your home and style.

Holzman Interiors has worked with many different clients to create a showcase for artwork, creating a focal point by using lighting, paint colors and more.

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This foyer in a Union Square condominium showcases the homeowner’s artwork collection.

This Union Square, New York City, condominium remodel included custom carpets and furniture. As shown, the owner had several large works of art that Holzman Interiors used to pick colors, such as for the large vase and glass bowl on the table, which complement the blue bench and blues in the artwork.

This entryway also featured custom furniture and a black and white rug.

Track lighting highlights the artwork, to let the bright colors and shapes add further dimension to the space.

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Custom pieces, such as this red ostrich leather bench, can complement artwork.

This Chicago apartment entryway includes a custom red ostrich leather bench. This bench was made to bring out the bold colors in the artwork hung above it.

Having benches or consoles in the entryway is not only visually pleasing, but also functional, as you can use the bench when entering or leaving the home to remove or put on shoes. Console tables also offer places to have an entry light, or a place to put keys or mail.

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A console table can offer a spot in an entryway for candlesticks, as shown, or other decorative pieces.

Holzman Interiors also considers artwork when working with our clients to choose paint colors. Here the dark wall helps showcase the greens in this artwork and the dark wood table.

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A lighter, textured wall sets the stage for this modern art piece.

Here a lighter wall showcases contemporary artwork, with lamps flanking either side with metal finishes, adding to the modern feel.

Modern design is a specialty of Holzman Interiors, with a minimalist approach to designing spaces with clean lines.

Visit our portfolio to see more examples of foyers and other completed projects.