Transition into Fall

There is nothing better than getting out that amazing Fall coat you bought on sale last spring. Splashing up your look with a great, orange scarf or knit sweater. The same concept can be added to your home. Bringing in some fall colors can bring out the holiday spirit that comes with the end of summer.

Colors can evoke very particular emotions, bring back all those wonderful holiday memories and remind you of how much you love that hot cup of cider by the fire. Warm Colors such as red, orange, yellow and others should be present in your interior to give off a cozy and comfortable feel. These changes can be simple by adding a soft throw blanket, some pillows or even curtains.

Just like a colorful scarf finishes your look, a splash of color on the sofa with a pillow can finish a room

Adjustments can be easy such as lining a sill or mantel with beeswax candles

Bringing in seasonal flowers or even tree branches with changing leaves will bring in those target holiday colors

Trendy Fall fabrics such as houndstooth are very popular. These touches can be added with upgrading your curtains or adding a table streamer to your dining room.

Even thoug the seasons come and go, it’s still nice to warm your home during the colder months. There isn’t a better time to get family and friends together to help you.


How to Pick the Right Coffee Table

When I went to design school, the first rule of thumb taught was to make sure you have 18″ on all sides of the coffee table to the furniture you are sitting on. Well, rules can be broken, but, it is nice not to have to squeeze into the seating area and have luxury to do so.

Here’s a picture of the traditional coffee table and how it fits so well in the space

You can also use a traditional style coffee table but have a very unconventional seating area.

If you are short on space, round may work best as there is more room to walk around the conversaton area

And if all else fails, use some small clusters to push together or spread apart

How to Pick Your Bedding to Reflect your Bedroom

When approaching a new bedroom project, I always take the client bedding shopping. I believe the duvet, sheets and pillowcases set the tone of the room. You can become very romantic or very minimal just form the choice you make.

First, I suggest going to a large showroom like ABC Home, Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s so you can see vignettes made for ease of selection.

Second, color choice is key. Most people select colors or serenity for ease of sleeping but some like the stimulation of exciting colors.

Then, you have the choice of romantic…

Or, masculine as you may not be a couple…

Or, a child’s room…

Or, contemporary….

Or, chintz…

But, no matter what style of bedding you select, it will make a dominant statement in your bedroom

How to Turn a Closet into your Home Office

This week’s project at Holzman Interiors was an exercise in space planning. We all know space is precious in our New York City apartments and we need to squeeze our lives into them. Most of my clients can’t afford designating a full room or bedroom for a work station but, if you are lucky we can re-divide a closet and make one space function as two.

Hire an interior designer or architect and contractor to make sure that the walls we plan to adjust are not load bearing. Sometimes a header of steel is needed for such a change, but, unlikely in a NYC apartment.

Then make the adjustments on the floor plan deciding the amount of space you will want for your home office and how many chairs you want in the seating area.

Plan a design. Here are several photos that I used for inspiration to show my clients what they can have.

You will need board approval, permits and proper insurance from the contractor and subs he is using on the job.

Voila, enjoy. A good quality work station/home office will always be appreciated as a re-sale plus!

This is the results you can get from a walk in closet…

How to Pick from What the NYC Gift Show Had to Offer

You couldn’t help but know that PILLOWS were the most prominent accessory at the show. At a point, you got bored with these exciting, different accessories that are so important to the statement of your room. You literally went from one booth to the next and your saw from the overdone to the understated.

As I noted in a previous blog, the interior design world has gone crazy for IKATS. These bold pillows were everywhere. Dwell Studio had some of the best and John Robshaw had complimentary small patterns to work with them.

Or you could easily buy a fur pillow anywhere at the show

But just so you can see some other trends in the marketplace, here are an added few pictures that you might want to look for in the stores or contact Holzman Interiors for more info:

How to Choose An Interior Designer through Social Networking Sites

As I read my industry newsletter, I am always amazed of another format that a perspective client can find an appropriate interior designer and also how an interior designer can get leads from social networking sights.

First, of course there are the more familiar websites such as our industry leaders. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) has a “Find a Designer” section of their website for any interested party to shop the designer’s works and select from numerous ones. It’s a very, user friendly site called Find A Designer

The famous “Gilt Group” bought a site called Decorati where you could find leads for Designers within your zip code area. This site will not be up and running do to the purchase until September. The clients’ wishes are in a quick blast from Decorati and it’s up to the designer to buy the lead. Only 4 designers get the opportunity so you have to do it quickly to get in the race. Then it’s up to the designer to seal the deal through a client.



The iconic magazine “Elle D

What are your accessories saying about you?

Just like your personal visual, very often you walk into a space and know immediately a lot about a person. Is the person a sophisticated New Yorker or a casual suburban? Here are some ways to decide who that person is:

Is your space sparse with art as your signature?

Is your space cluttered with ornamentation, family photos and reading claustrophobic?

Is your furniture full of tassels and trim? Full of chintz wavering on a “Victorian”?

Is your apartment full of geometrics whether round or square?

At the end of the day, as long as you are happy with your environment, then who cares what others think. One of my sayings is, “You stay, I leave, you have to be happy!” But, hopefully, we both are.