Elegant Interior Designs Wins “Best of Houzz 2017”



Houzz is an online convenient store for all home-improvement projects with an interactive platform that allows users to share ideas, reviews, and photos with the rest of the Houzz community.

Each year, Houzz compiles a survey asking the 40 million monthly users to recognize those businesses with superior platforms, with categories ranging from homebuilders, architects, landscapers, and interior designers.

The Houzz awards are presented through three different categories: Design, Service and Photography, and Customer Service. These awards are prestigious as the criteria of winning are thorough: Winners have the most popular work, in addition to superb recent ratings and client reviews.

Elegant Interior Designs works by the motto: Forget “Yes” and “No.” We Aim for “Wow!” It is no surprise, then, that clients were wowed with the customer service. Since 2003, founder and designer Pamela Kofsky has been sharing her passion of interior design with clients. This award represents the hard work, time, and effort Pam enlists in each and every project. Elegant Interior Designs is extremely proud and honored to be recognized as the best of the industry.

On winning this award, Kofsky says, “Customer service is such an important part of my business, because it is my goal to constantly provide positive experiences for clients. Winning this award means I am achieving my goal, and will continue doing so as long as there is a room to redesign or a project to plan.”

For more information, contact Pamela at 215-920-9655

Elegant Interior Designs Wins Kitchen Design/Build Award



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Last weekend I was extremely honored to receive the Contractor of the Year (CotY) Meritorious Award for Kitchen Design/Remodel, from the Bucks-Mont Chapter of NARI.  I was recognized in the category of projects falling within a $100,001-$150,000.

The CotY Awards are judged by industry experts based on each entrant’s “Before and After” photographs and project description.  Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

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The kitchen I entered for consideration was not very functional for a gourmet chef.  It had dark food prep spaces, a small cook top, insufficient ventilation, and a cluttered pantry.  Per the client’s wish list, I incorporated natural materials, rich wood cabinetry, intricate moldings, and super lighting, along with a travertine floor and backsplash to deliver a functional space with a Tuscan flare.

The result is a much more organized, efficient space, with ample room for a variety of gourmet appliances, including an in-drawer microwave oven.  The new kitchen has become the show piece of the home.

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Our award-winning design also received the CotY Top Honor in Green Remodeling for its energy efficient features.  Green Project Recognition standards cover an array of items, including site design, home performance, insulation and air sealing, lighting, material selection and more.

It is always wonderful to be recognized for my work by others in the industry, but the greatest satisfaction is the reaction I get from clients when I bring their visions to life.

Elegant Interior Designs Talks Fall Decorating with House & Home Magazine



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Fall is coming, which means our outdoor entertaining will likely be around a fire pit. But there’s more to enjoying your outdoor space in the crisp weather then stoking the flames.

I had the privilege of being interviewed in the July issue of House & Home Magazine about fall decorating…both inside and out. It’s a great time of year that’s associated with harvest and Halloween, and your choice of colors, flowers and accessories will probably reflect that. I offered the editors of House & Home some general tips, which you can read by double clicking the article.

While I provided ideas that could fit in a six-paragraph article, there are many, many opportunities to turn your indoor or outdoor living space into a relaxing, aesthetically pleasing retreat to host friends, sip coffee, enjoy a hot tub or dive into a book. Everyone’s space, tastes, and sensibilities are different. Some things are simple, others a bit more involved. Fortunately, Elegant Interior Designs is expert at assessing a space, talking with a client, and keeping an eye on the budget in order to create, not the perfect space, but the perfect space for you.

I’m very excited to be featured in House & Home. But I’m even more excited to have the chance to work with you as the days begin to get shorter and the temperatures get cooler.

Elegant Interior Designs’ Founder Draws Home Furnishings Inspiration from Decorating Titans at Highpoint, N.C., Spring Market



Firm Consults with Alexander Julian and Raymond Waites to Bring Whimsy and Humble Opulence to its Clients

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Pamela Kofsky Featured Guest on Remodelers On The Rise Podcast



Pam Kofsky with Elegant Interior Designs,LLC Reveals Her Complete Marketing System and What She Does to Generate New Clients in Her Design/Remodeling Business.
Checkout the podcast below.
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PRESS RELEASE: LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM WINS NATIONAL Big50 AWARD



LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM WINS NATIONAL Big50 AWARD BY REMODELING MAGAZINE

Ambler, PA (May, 2014) – REMODELING magazine unveiled the newest members of the elite group of professionals it calls the Big50.  Local Interior Design firm Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, PA makes the national list!

Size is not the key to being Big50; exemplary business practices, quality, design and expertise are.  Every year since 1986, Remodeling Magazine has sought out professionals whose stories merit making them members of the Big50. These entrepreneurs run successful companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising the standards in the industry.

“I’m extremely honored to be included in this list, especially as an interior designer competing on a national scale.” said Pamela Kofsky Owner of Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, PA. “For me, interior design is more than fabrics, colors and furniture but also the construction and flow of the space. It is an intricate process.” said Kofsky.

Read Elegant Interior Designs Story in REMODELING MAGAZINE

Elegant Interior Designs specializes in residential design, including kitchen and bath design, color consultation, space planning and window treatment design.  The firm was founded by principal designer Pamela Kofsky in 2003 to provide clients with a completed dream inspired design that fits their personal taste and lifestyle.

Big50 Award Profile:
Pam Kofsky
Elegant Interior Designs, Ambler, PA
Design/build remodeling
Years in business: 11
2013 volume: $250,000
Staff: None

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Big50 Award by REMODELING Magazine



I’m proud to announce I’ve been honored with the national Big50 Award by REMODELING Magazine. 
 


REMODELING magazine unveiled the newest members of the elite group of professionals it calls the Big50.  Size is not the key to being Big50; exemplary business practices, quality, design and expertise are.  Every year since 1986, Remodeling has sought out professionals whose stories merit making them members of the Big50. These entrepreneurs run successful companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising the standards in the industry. I’m very honored to be included in this list.

Read Elegant Interior Designs feature here! 

PRESS RELEASE: 2014 COTY Award Winner



AMBLER’S ELEGANT INTERIOR DESIGNS IS NAMED 2014 REGIONAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Firm Wins for Residential Bathroom, $30,000-$60,000 Category

Claw Foot BathtubAmbler, PA (February, 2014) – The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, PA the 2014 Northeast Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Bathroom, $30,000-$60,000 category in its annual awards competition. The awards showcase members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

Elegant Interior Designs specializes in commercial and residential design, including kitchen and bath design, color consultation, space planning, window treatment design and home staging.  The firm was founded by principal designer Pamela Kofsky in 2003 to provide clients with a completed dream inspired design that fits their personal taste and lifestyle.   Kofsky partnered with Tom Hawks, contractor, of Total Home Solution on the award-winning project.

Elegant Interiors Designs’ winning entry in collaboration with Total Home Solutions involved incorporating a very small and outdated bathroom into a larger, more luxurious one.  The new bathroom checklist included: double sinks, a vanity tower, sitting area for hairstyling and make-up application, pocket shelves, toiletry shelf, a larger shower with multiple shower heads, a soaking tub, and a separate room for the commode.  The design details were evident throughout the bathroom from the artwork to shades and even in the accent items in the pocket shelves.

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Drexel University Alumni Association Speaking Engagement



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Drexel Alumni, Pamela Kofsky spoke about her career transition from accounting to interior design during October’s Alumni Career Services panel discussion at the Racquet Club in Philadelphia.

10 Years Later…



In September 2013, Elegant Interior Designs will celebrate 10 years in business! It has been an amazing ride with both challenges and triumphs. Thanks to loyal clients, family, friends and technology for your support.  Below is a brief look back on a few milestones from the last 10 years.

Design Studio Resource'sIn 2003, I officially opened the doors to Elegant Interior Designs and began solving your interior design dilemmas.  Since then I have built an amazing library of fabrics and samples in my design studio, allowing my clients to see and feel the fabrics and trims for window treatments, pillows, furniture and more.

Today the samples are available and fill the floor to ceiling bookshelves in my design studio, see photo to the left.

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology has had a huge impact on my business personally. In 2011,  my website had a complete overhaul, www.elegantinteriordesigns.com and I started a Design Blog.  My goal is to stay connected with my clients and prospects, offering ideas and inspiration to transform their house into a home. I utilize Social Media extensively and now have a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Houzz.

We have a window design software program that allows you to preview your treatment selection before it is made and installed. Learn more about this window treatment service.

 

TRAVELS

Attending High Point Market in North Carolina is like the Fashion Week of the fashion world and NYC’s Architectual Digest Home Design Show 2013. I have also visited places in Canada, Europe and NYC where I was able to source amazing one of a kind options for my clients from antiques to ultra modern design peices.  Keep an eye on the blog for photos and stories from my travels.

 

GETTING INVOLVED

In my networking efforts I have met some amazing referral sources, clients, friends and industry professionals. Currently, I’m on the Board of Directors of NARI and Chair the Programming Committee; also a proud supporter of the following organizations over the last 10 years:  IFDA – International Furnishing & Design Association, WCAA – Window Coverings Association of America,  and Women’s Philanthropy – Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, also a Board Member.

 

AWARDS

A few of my designs have received attention from the media, international industry magazines and even won awards. You can read all about it in our NEWS section or go right to the award blogs for the COTY Award and the IDA Award.

 

Looking back it has been an amazing 10 years! A warm heart felt THANK YOU goes out to each of you for your support, encouragement, business, referrals, social media LIKES, comments and for reading this post, without you I would not be here today. I look forward to what the next 10 years will bring.

– Pamela

NARI July Event at Wehrungs Lumber



PRESS RELEASE: EID Award Winning Design



ida red carpetMay 10, 2013, Philadelphia, PA – Pamela Kofsky of Elegant Interior Designs won two Interior Design Awards, Honorable Mention Award in the Singular Space Category and the People’s Choice Award at the 3rd Annual Interior Design Awards hosted by the Pennsylvania East Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

The IDA’s are Philadelphia’s only interior design competition open to all those involved in the design community, including Interior Designers, Architectural and Design Firms (commercial and residential), Kitchen and Bath Designers, and Interior Decorators with a total of 19 categories for entry. In a point systems each category had an opportunity for 1st place or Honorable Mention, however not all categories had a winner.  There were a total of 59 entries and 14 designers/firms won awards.

Voting was conducted by a team of six industry professionals who evaluated all submissions  based on a point system including before and after images, content, concept statement, supporting images, color composition, scale and proportion, effective use of lighting, materials, furnishings and detail and overall project.

In a social media showdown for votes, tallying close to 700 votes each, Pamela Kofsky also won the People’s Choice award along with Edwardo Ardiles of Studio Edo.  The competition for this category was so close and votes were still coming in at the last hour.  The judges decided that both designers deserved to win the “People’s Choice” Award.

Want to see the transformation of Pam’s winning design, click here.

NARI – 2013 Educational Spring Fling



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Pamela Kofsky, NARI Programming Committee Co-Chair and Founder/Designer of Elegant lnterior Designs, introduced the guest speaker at Bucks Mont NARI, Shawn McCadden. Shawn is a nationally known speaker, business trainer, columnist and award winning remodeler. This photo was taken at the our 2013 Educational Spring Fling hosted by Keiffer’s Appliances.

Pam Speaks at WPN



How To Create A Room With Pizazz

Pamela Kofsky owner and designer of Elegant Interior Designs was a guest speaker at WPN, Women’s Professional Network. Pam presented on “How to Create a Room with Pizazz” to a group of professional women in February 2013. Pam decided to add pizazz to the presentation by making the presentation interactive and hands on.

Pam started the presentation with a blank foam board. She added fabrics, trims, wallpapers and paints to create a variety of pallets for a master bedroom, sitting room and bathroom design.

Here were the 3 steps Pam suggested for the women looking to create a room in their home with a little pizazz.

  1. Start with inspiration or an idea. For Pam’s demonstration purposes she chose the Chinese floral print and built the board around that design pattern.
  2. After you have found your inspiration you want to think about how you want the room to feel. Do you want a warm and cozy, cool and contemporary or functional and fun?  If you are not sure or still looking for inspiration try sourcing photos or styles from a magazine, Pinterest or HOUZZ.COM for ideas.
  3. Once you have decided on the feel of the room you will need to know how you want to use the space or layout?  You can have a professional floor plan drawn to scale to show how the furniture and seating areas will layout or you can try to pre-plan with your own sketch, but it might not turn out as well.

If you decide to hire a professional interior decorator they will assist you in taking the inspiration, the feel and layout and pull it together. Often times homeowners will create Pinterest Boards of what they like prior to starting a project and share it with their designer to get the best possible look at the right price!  A decorator will also coordinate the project so that the furniture, flooring, multi levels of lighting (include ambient, accent, task and decorative lighting), window treatments and accessories create the most impact in completing your look.

 

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NARI Panelist – Pamela Kofsky of Elegant Interior Designs



January 2013, I was one of 3 business owners on a discussion panel for NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) on Building a Design Build Team for Small Companies. The topic was centered around how can you market and operate effectively as a Design Build company if you don’t have an in-house designer or architect? The panelist shared ideas and experience about the benefits and potential pitfalls involved.  Panelist were Brian Martin, Builder and Owner of The Master’s Design Build Group; Eric Van Reed, Architect and Owner of Creative Design Associates and Pamela Kofsky, Interior Designer and Owner of Elegant Interior Designs.

Many people assume the interior design is an afterthought in the process of building and designing a home when in fact it should be one of the first things you consider.  To help you better understand “Why involve an interior designer early in the building process?”  I have compiled this list which includes a few points from the panel discussion:

  • Window Placement:  Do you ever think that a window is too close to a corner, out of place or awkward in a space? What about when you were looking for a window treatment? Did that make it better or worse? Was there enough space for a window treatment?  This problem could be easily avoided if the designer was involved before construction of the home. Even moving the window as much as 1’ could make a big difference and could allow enough room for window treatments.
  • Furniture Layout: can be determined prior to construction to make sure the room addition is large enough to accommodate the desired use of the room.
  • Accents and Product Selection: Assistance with flooring, lighting, tiles, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, wall, ceiling and trim colors can be determined early in the process  and help the contractor and home owner with a smooth and stress free construction process.
  • Electrical and Plumbing locations! Forget wishing the outlet was closer or using an extension cord –our floor plan can lay that out ahead of time.
  • Improved Communication:  Seeing the big picture early by the home owner allows the designers to work with a design build team provide a single path of communication to the client and assist them with a comprehensive plan for the project. In the end everyone wins!

Will you now include an interior designer on your design team during the initial planning phase? Don’t forget having an integrated team allows for the work to be completed faster, more efficiently and with fewer problems.

 

Vision Magazine Features EID’s Window Treatments & Room Redo



 

 

 

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Featured Speaker on Home Decor – June 2012



Pamela Kofsky, Founder/ Designer at Elegant Interior Designs was the featured speaker at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Malvern, PA, Wine & Wisdom series on June 21, 2012.  Pamela created several different vingettes with fabrics, trim wallpapers, accessories and flooring.  It was very hands-on, interactive and fun!

If you are looking for a great speaker for your next event, give Pamela a call.

 

Do you need a Girls Afternoon Out? How about November 6th!



Join Pamela Kofsky, Founder/Designer of Elegant Interior Designs the featured speaker on Sunday November 6, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 at Sew Vintage Boutique 60 E. Butler Ave. Ambler, PA 19002 for a relaxing afternoon of wine, cheese, shopping and an accessorizing demo to show you how to accessorize your home with style!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn tips and tricks to spruce up your home before the holidays.

Philadelphia Style Magazine Feature



Did you see us in the Summer 2011 Issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine? Our award winning backyard escape was featured in the Table of Contents and on page 112.

 

 

House & Home – Decorating Advice 2011



Pamela Kofsky, founder of Elegant Interior Designs, was one of four designers featured in the article for decorating advice in House & Home Magazine.  Not only was Pamela quoted throughout the article but images of her designs were as well. This article ran in both the Montco/Main Line East and DelChester/Main Line West edition.

Kofsky provided her decorating advice on ways to make your ‘home away from home’ shine this summer. For more ideas or a consultation to make your space a true escape contact Elegant Interior Designs.

  

  

 

Featured Article in MAREjournal.com



Elegant Interior Designs was featured in the May Issue of Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal, www.MAREjournal.com.  The article featured her corporate interior design work for Exton Medical Arts Associates renovations in Chester County, PA.

 

“Deck-o-Rate Outdoors” – House & Home March 2011



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Elegant Interior Designs award winning deck makes headlines again in House & Home Magazine. When it comes to an outdoor redesign turn to Philadelphia’s award winning designer, Pamela Kofsky.  Pamela has the ability to see the potential of a space indoors and outdoors to create a well balanced functional space. Decks are the perfect place to spend summer and fall months, don’t miss 2011’s outdoor season. Contact Elegant Interior Designs for help with your outdoor space.

COTY Award Winner – PRESS RELEASE 2011



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Elegant Interior Designs, Named Local Winner in the 2011 Contractor of the Year Awards sponsored by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry!

January 29, 2011 – Manor House, Horsham, PA — Elegant Interior Designs of Ambler, PA, wins the 2011 Meritorious Contractor of the Year Award in the Residential Exterior Specialty category.  Awards are part of an annual competition held by the National Association of the Remolding Industry (NARI) that showcase members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects.

The Contractor of the Year (COTY) AWARDS IS WIDELY CONSIDERED THE PREMIER COMPETITION OF ITS KIND THROUGHOUT THE REMODELING INDUSTRY.   To be considered, a company must be a NARI member and adhere to the NARI strict code of ethics.  NARI members represent an exclusive group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as premier remodelers and builders within the industry.

 An impartial panel of judges, who are considered experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s “Before and After” photography and project description.  Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

Pamela Kofsky, President, states that she is “honored and excited to be recognized by such an elite organization.” Elegant Interior Designs winning entry began with a run down, poorly utilized, dysfunctional deck that was overhauled to create a stunning outdoor living space, complete with conversational seating area, fire pit, dining and cooking area and pergola.

      

Front Cover News – Fall 2010



Designer Pamela Kofsky, founder of Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, PA had her breathtaking outdoor space featured on the cover of Jersey Living’s Fall 2010 Edition with a inset photo.

“Push Button Privacy” House & Home, MainLine East – 2010



Privacy can be as simple as the push of a button. Pamela Kofsky, founder of Elegant Interior Designs, featured a 2 page article on the benefits of blinds and shades for decorating. Not only did Pamela provide great practical advice,  but also discussed the convenience of the many options of push button remotes for shades and blinds. Don’t forget to add the final touches with custom window treatments.

 

Design for a Cause – November 13 & 14, 2008



Elegant Interior Designs was one of a handful of designers selected to be a part of Design for a Cause. We are a proud to be a part of the this charitable event held at the Marketplace Design Center. Design for a Cause allowed visitors to experience the talent and elegance of the area’s most presetigious Interior and Floral Designers.

The proceeds of the event were donated to help fund breast and prostate cancer research. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Color” in Solutions at Home – Philadelphia June 2007



“What color can instantly open up a room?” (page 11)

Pamela Kofsky of Elengant Interior Designs was asked her professional opinion in Solutions at Home Philadelphia June 2007 edition. “What color can instantly open up a room?”  Are you thinking of a color change in your space? See Pamela’s article below or contact her directly for a one on one consultation to not only select the right color and shade but to also create the right feel for your space. 

“Powder Play” – Philadelphia Home & Garden Spring 2007



Lesson 3 – “Treat your Walls as Art”

Say good bye to your traditional powder room or hall bathroom. Elegant Interior Designs was featured in Philadelphia Home & Garden Magazine for Lesson #3 – Treat your Walls as Art.” Founder Pamela Kofsky discussed her powder room transformation by commissioning a mural on the walls.

 

  

Evening of Elegance – September 28 & 29, 2005



Once again Elegant Interior Designs was a part of the Marketplace Design Center’s fundraising event.

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