NARI – 2013 Educational Spring Fling

May 9, 2013

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.


Vision Magazine Features EID’s Window Treatments & Room Redo
















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.



Featured Article in

Elegant Interior Designs was featured in the May Issue of Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal,  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

“Deck-o-rate Outdoors” (March 2011)

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

Coty Press Release 2011

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.


“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.


“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. 

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