Amy Holt spent years working as a kitchen and bath designer, but she also had a burning desire to pursue interior design. After getting her name out in the industry, winning awards in local home shows, and building a brand of her own, she launched Designs on Madison, an award-winning interior design firm based in Cincinnati.
“Designs on Madison is home to nine talented designers with a kaleidoscope of styles and years of experience, and provides residential and commercial interior design including kitchen and bath design,” says Office Manager Lauren Olthaus.
Olthaus says that Holt opened Designs on Madison to continue to offer clients a design process that is both effortless and enjoyable.
“With a variety of designers, our clients can be placed with someone who reflects their style,” she says.
Trends are constantly evolving in the housing industry, and Olthaus says that Designs on Madison has seen a big increase in wallpaper, whether it’s a statement pattern and a color for a powder room or a more muted and textured look for a dining room.
“There are so many options to choose from and it really gives a room a nice finishing touch,” she says. “As for paint colors, various shades of gray were popular for a while. We are seeing a switch to lighter shades of gray and more use of whites. Another fun trend is using black paint for accents like on a ceiling, accent wall, or door for a dramatic effect.”
And since the world is much different than it was just four months ago, Designs on Madison has evolved in its design work since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clients are still interested in updating their homes, but with these uncertain times, clients are gravitating toward doing a refresh of rooms rather than completely redoing them.
“This can be a new piece of furniture or updated accessories and art; or even adding wallpaper,” says Olthaus. “Also, we’re getting more calls for remodeling current homes now that people are staying in more and not wanting to move.”
Social distancing is also applying to housing professionals, as Olthaus says the design team at Designs on Madison is utilizing virtual meetings more than ever before to meet the needs of their clients.
Work may be different, but it hasn’t slowed at Designs on Madison. Currently, they are working with Sterling Homes on two houses for this year’s Homearama at Walworth Junction in the City of Cincinnati. “The homes in this year’s show are geared toward luxury city living and have views of the Ohio River versus the traditional large neighborhoods in the northern parts of Cincinnati,” adds Olthaus.
You can learn more about Designs on Madison at designsonmadison.com. There you can see photo galleries and projects. Designs on Madison also has weekly posts on Facebook and Instagram showcasing current projects and offering design tips.