Love & Taxes



Did you know prior to interior design and decorating, I was a CPA?  

That’s right I was an Accountant but my true love has always been interior design and decorating. It wasn’t until 2003, I made the jump full time to interior decorating. As a full time interior designer I am happy to draw from my prior experience to help my friends, family and clients.

The common quote is there are 2 things in life that are definite ‘death and taxes.’ Well why not ‘love and taxes,’ after all it is Valentine’s Day this week and we are in the midst of tax season. Here are a few tips and ideas to help with your 2012 tax deductions and make room for a new design!

Did you know that instead of trashing the old couch, TV or clothes you can donate them to accredited non-profits organizations for a tax deduction? That’s right if you are thinking of redoing a space, why not donate your unwanted furniture, rugs, art work and accessories and get a tax deduction. Most people donate the items anyway but do not track the donations because it is a hassle, they do not have the time or do not want to do the ‘dirty work.’ Guess what, there is an app for that! Yes, an app for your phone that will help you track the value and donations you make in a year and it is ready for the next tax season and your accountant.

Check out one of many donation tracking apps: U DO GOOD APPS

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Fifty Shades Darker



If you are one of our newsletter subscribers you were greeted with our “Fifty Shades of Grey” newsletter at the end of last year. Many of our readers loved the idea and play on words so we decided to continue the theme just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey is now Fifty Shades Darker as we explore the colors of grey to black used in interior design styles. Yes, you read that correctly black in design. The color black is an excellent way to add drama to a room, make a painting or sofa pop or to attract your eye to an area in the room or home. Here are 5 ways to incorporate black, the darker shade of grey, into your home this month:

  1. Accent Lamp – Contrary to what you might think the use of a dark or black lamp shade can drastically change the mood in a space to warm and inviting.
  2. Kitchen Chairs – Trends have shifted in kitchen design. Many kitchens now feature an island with granite counter tops and accent stools. Adding black kitchen stools or chairs can add a bang to your island effect.
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Eastern European Tour



Pamela Kofsky and her husband Phillip Kofsky took a tour of Eastern Europe in October 2012. Along the way they visited museums, synagogue, churches, wineries and yes antique shops. The inspiration, character and details of each town reflected a unique history and story to tell. Visit Elegant Interior Design’s Facebook Page to see the entire photo album including the answers to what makes 4 of the photos famous!

 

Select Photos from the Antique Shops in Eastern Europe:

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“Fifty Shades of Grey”



Grey is by no means a new color, however we are seeing a lot more of it in design, patterns and materials throughout the design process in both fashion and interior decorating.

Adding Shades of Grey to your Home:

A light or dark shade of grey will make for a great accent wall in a living room, kitchen, office, bathroom and even the nursery. Using the concept of an accent wall select a dominant color on 3 walls and on the 4th wall, usually the featured wall with a piece of wall art or furniture use a darker shade of the color.

Other ways to incorporate softer or bolder shades of grey is through accent pieces and accessories in the room and home.

  • Place Settings
  • Throw Pillows
  • Area Rugs
  • Picture/Art Frames
  • Vases

How about these amazing photographs from Houzz.com – featured below a few highlights from tile to accents to accessories to wall color.
Where would you like to add a splash of grey in your home?

Traditional Dining Room design by Austin General Contractor Avenue B Development
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The Ultimate Winter Sunroom



The Ultimate Winter Sunroom

With the consistent cold weather around the corner and the first snowfall on the books now is the time to bring the outdoors in with an updated sunroom.

Unfortunately, it is a little late in the season to break ground for a new sunroom or addition on the house. But for those wanting a sunroom NOW is the time to start planning the space and amenities to create your ultimate space.

Fortunately, for those that already have a sunroom or ‘extra room with windows’ NOW is the perfect time to redecorate and plan for a comfortable winter season in a space you can call your own.

Why do we like sunrooms so much during the winter months?

We have all heard of cabin fever, right? On long winter days a sunroom can provide a space for escape or retreat. A sunroom can offer comfortable seating for a couple or many depending on your anticipated use of the space. What do you want to do with your sunroom?

  • Do you want to escape to your sunroom for personal quite time, to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or to get lost in a good book?
  • Do you want to create a sunroom to bring together the family for conversation or game time?

One of our favorite aspects of a sunroom is the ability to work with natural light and the view.

Pam’s 7 Ways to Inspire Sunroom Greatness:

  1. Ideas to Resurface your Sunroom Fireplace
  2. All Season Window Treatment Options
  3. Trendy Ideas to Redo your Sunroom Floors
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10 Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space



Are you looking for some interesting ideas to create a more enjoyable and functional outdoor living area?  Well, here are some simple recommendations that once implemented can make quite a difference in the look and feel of your space.

1.  Create cozy seating areas with comfy deep cushion furniture that look like an extension of your home.  Make sure the fabric is soil and fad resistant as well as water and stain repellent.

Photo: Elegant Interior Designs award winning deck

2.  An outdoor fireplace or fire-pit adds ambiance and warmth on a cool evening.

3.  Add a water feature to your backyard. Consider a fountain or create a rock lined stream with multiple waterfalls in your landscaping.

Photo from bestgardendesign.net

4.  Outdoor rugs are very trendy and help to define and anchor seating areas.

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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

Check Out These Bold Fabrics

Check out these bold fabric prints.

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Newest Tile Trends



I recently was invited to a tile seminar that displayed what’s hot and exciting in tile innovations for 2012. Here are some pictures of what caught my eye. Thought you may find the upcoming trends interesting.

 90% of the tiles produced today are porcelain.  They are usually heavier than ceramic and are made from a denser finer clay. This means they look great and are durable for the long-run.

Glass tiles create a beautiful look.  They can be used on a full shower wall, as a back splash or border.  Here you can see that some of the glass tiles are with mother of pearl, stone and metal.  Glass tiles can be paired with a plain larger tile to add instant texture and interest.  They could be placed behind a bar with down lighting to emphasize the graduated heights of the tile.

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Walls Bring a Room to Life



The wall color helps to create the right look and feel for the room. Most frequently clients ask for help with bland looking walls since they are not sure what color spectrum they should stick to for their walls.  Many times they are uncertain with what to do with the color because the rooms open into one another.

Pamela Kofsky recently delivered a speech at a Women’s Power Networking luncheon on tips for making walls more of a focal point in a room. In this discussion, Pamela answered questions which clients usually are concerned about, including the tips below. Each room should have its own personality, and to help that, here are some ideas for sprucing up plain walls:

Wall décor can be painted directly onto
the wall, or as seen in the picture above,
a mounted piece of fabric. Moulding can be
added as a  frame to give the room depth.

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How to Create a Romantic Ambiance



The month of February is the perfect time to take a break from your busy schedule and celebrate with your loved ones. Romanticizing your living space is ideal for setting the right mood.  Here are a few tips for making the perfect ambiance for you and your Valentine.

The pictures below display Pamela Kofsky’s Valentine’s Day themed work for a benefit at the Marketplace Design Center in Philadelphia.  As you can see, Pamela incorporated all the tips suggested to make a decadent table setting.

Isn’t this romantic?

Lighting
Setting the lights on a dimmer will create a more romantic ambiance.  Add tealights, votive, pillar and tapered candles to your table to create an enchanted look.   This will create sensual lighting which will provide mood enhancement to accompany your romantic meal.

Table
Think of setting the table as setting the color.  Incorporate a lot of red since this evokes the most emotion associated with love,  warmth, excitement and

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