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.

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.

Holzman Earns Best Of Houzz 2017 Customer Service Award

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

An annual survey and analysis of the community of more than 40 million monthly users is used to tabulate the results.

Holzman Interiors was awarded the 2017 Customer Service award. This is the fourth year in a row Holzman Interiors has earned this highly competitive award.

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“We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

Holzman Interiors Principal Interior Designer Julie Holzman said she was honored to receive the customer service award for the fourth year in a row.

“We work closely with our clients to provide them with the best experience and help them achieve their design dreams,” she said. “We are so touched by their positive reviews. We look forward to continuing to add to our client base as well as working with existing clients on new projects.”

To see Holzman Interiors profile and hear more from Julie in her own words, visit http://www.houzz.com/pro/julholzman

A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs: http://www.houzz.com/best-of-houzz-2017

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish, online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

Create A Bedroom Oasis

A bedroom can be an oasis, a place to rest and relax, but there is a lot that goes into making your bedroom the ideal spot.

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This Fifth Avenue bedroom offers a relaxing retreat, with hanging lights, a four-poster bed and sumptuous bedding.

Work with your interior designer to create a calm environment and a suite that is specifically designed for your needs. Holzman Interiors can help you choose your colors, lighting, bedding, seating and other features to make your bedroom complete.

Choosing colors that are serene, such as cool neutral like taupe, light blues and white can help create a soothing vibe. You can then choose bolder colors for your bedding and pillows, such as a deep purple or maroon.

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Using neutral colors can create a soothing vibe in your bedroom, perfect for winding down after a long day.

Darker colors also can be an option, if you like a darker look, such as the new Benjamin Moore color of the year, Shadow 2117-30, a royal amethyst shade that changes in light. This can create a dark room, perfect for sleeping with blackout shades to keep out the light.

Holzman Interiors can work with you, whether you live in the city and have a small bedroom and want a pop-up TV cabinet, or have a larger bedroom where you want to have a sitting area. Other features could include a fireplace or a walk-in closet as part of your bedroom floor plan.

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This glamorous bedroom features multiple seating areas, a television and a fireplace.

A good night’s sleep is an important factor for your health and to have productive days. We also can work with you to pick the right size bed, mattress, and bedding. In today’s market, there are many mattress options, whether you prefer a mattress that moves to a sitting position, or a memory-foam or pillowtop mattress.

Lighting is important in the bedroom, depending on if you prefer to read in bed, have a reading chair or like muted light with a television. You can have lights on either side of the bed on night stands, lamps hanging from the ceiling or wall-mounted lamps.

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Unique lighting helps illuminate your bedroom. Holzman Interiors can work with you to create the look that works for you, incorporating lighting, bedding, furniture and more.

Check out our full portfolio to see more of our bedroom designs. Contact Holzman Interiors for a free consultation and to learn more about our services.

Explore New Colors

Happy New Year! The new year is a great time to make changes or revamp your design look!

It is an exciting time in design, as companies recently announced their Colors of the Year for 2017 in fabrics, paints and more. This year’s colors are bold and exciting, and can be used together for a strong statement, or you can use the bolder colors as accents for a pop of color.

Pantone announced its Color of the Year selection for 2017: 15-0343 Greenery: a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade” that evokes spring, foliage, and the outdoors. Benjamin Moore chose Shadow 2117-30, a royal amethyst shade that changes in light. Sherwin-Williams highlights Poised Taupe SW 6039 as a timeless neutral that can be used as a main color or a cool accent.

Pantone has selected a color of the year since 2000, and the color can be seen in fashion, home design, as a paint or fabric color. This year’s selection, Pantone 15-0343 Greenery, evokes the first days of spring, when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year, 15-0343 Greenery, is shown here in a modern kitchen, photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambiance, according to Pantone. Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of color, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors.

Bringing the outside in, the shade — like the plant life it represents — can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.

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Other companies have followed their lead, choosing colors they see gaining popularity as versatile. Benjamin Moore’s Shadow 2117-30, is an amethyst color that changes in the light, offering a changing ambiance.

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood,” says Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore.

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30, is an amethyst shade that changes in the light, with lighter or darker tones depending on sunlight or lighting in the room. Photo by Benjamin Moore.

Sherwin-Williams anticipates Poised Taupe SW 6039 as defining 2017. This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.

Taupe can be used as a paint color, or as a neutral in furniture, pillows, bedding and more. It can set the stage for more bold color choices, or provide a calm, restorative mood for a room.

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Here Poised Taupe is shown in a entryway. It also can be used as a color choice for furniture or bedding. Photo by Sherwin-Williams.

Let Holzman Interiors help you choose your colors for the new year! Contact us for a free design consultation and see our photo galleries for more examples of our work.

Can Taupe Replace Grey?

A new neutral has popped up on the color radar — taupe.

Sherwin-Williams has chosen Poised Taupe as the 2017 Color of the Year. “This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool,” states the company. It offers a warmer neutral for a variety of colors.

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A mix of brown and grey, taupe is the new neutral to build your palette on. Whether you like cool colors, such as light blues or blush rose, or you prefer warmer tones of deep purple and orange hues, taupe can be the accent that brings it all together or the base to start with. It can work in the kitchen, to warm up bright whites, in the family room to create an oasis to relax and recharge or in the bedroom for a cool refuge.

258Taupe offers a warm palette to build on in the bedroom.

Sherwin-Williams showcases a variety of options to build from, whether you like cornflower hues to create a French Countryside feel, organic hues for an earthier vibe or wine, with teal and grey for a rich palette. It also matches will with greens and golds for a sophisticated feel.

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Designing with flat paint finishes

Flat paint finishes offer a rich, shine-free finish. With new technology, flat paint finishes are easy to keep clean, and help hide imperfections in walls. This can be especially helpful in older homes, that may have bumpy, uneven walls. Glossier paint finishes can sometimes highlight imperfections.

Flat finishes are ideal for large, open spaces, to prevent any obvious brush or roller lines. You can still use gloss finishes for trim and doors to add dimension. Premium flat finishes like Duration Home® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint or Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint are washable and ideal for families with kids or pets.