NARI – 2013 Educational Spring Fling



May 9, 2013

NARI_Intro

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.

 

Pam Creating a Pizazzed Design Board

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.

 

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.

 

Pamela Kofsky Speaking at Sew Vintage Boutique in Ambler, PA



My extensive sample fabric collection is proof enough that fabrics are very important in my work. This design really strikes my attention because of the high quality and moderate pricing while the textiles and accessories are fun enough for a girl’s bedroom or play area. The line uses colors that are vibrant and designs that are unique to keep the room one- of-a-kind, somewhat similar to the new Lilly Pulitzer fabric line that debuted this past fall.  At a recent speaking event I paired together samples from the line to display how well the pieces integrate together to form a perfect girl’s room.

Below you will see a photo of Pamela Kofsky, Founder/ Designer of Elegant Interior Designs speaking at Sew Vintage Boutique in Ambler, PA

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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.

Pamela Kofsky, Featured Speaker at WPN



Womens Power Networking (Greater Philadelphia chapter) featured Founder/Designer, Pamela Kofsky as luncheon speaker.  Pamela spoke about how to accessorize your home transforming it from ordinary to extraordinary with simple design guidelines.

Below you will find a few tips:

  • Well placed accessories can make any room come alive by adding interest, texture, shape and color to the design.
  • Be careful not to clutter up the walls, tables or the empty areas with “stuff.”
  • Adding color and interest to the ceiling creates a more pulled together look.

These suggestions along with our next Blog post, “Turn Ordinary Into Extraordinary: Accessorize with Style” will both be great tips to help you start accessorizing your home.

If you would like help accessorizing your home call Pamela at 215-920-9655.
Your project may qualify for the Summer Make Over Contest.

Pamela Kofsky, Presenter, in Red Dress

 

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