Fairfield County-based home designer/decorator Linda Heinzelman recently expanded her business to Manhattan. She will maintain Westport as her home base, while also working on various apartments, penthouses and townhouses throughout the area.
Over the past 20 years Heinzelman and her Linda Anne Heinzelman Interiors firm have developed a reputation for designs featuring strong clean lines that blur the boundaries between traditional and modern. Her design philosophy emphasizes a refined use of materials, especially antiques from differing periods, sophisticated color and strong signature pieces. “I create timeless interiors that will look great 10 years from now.”
Heinzelman tries not to have a “signature look” as many designers do, preferring instead to create and develop the clients’ own individual vision, using her talents and experience to achieve the clients goals.
Starting any new project, Heinzelman said she enjoys having the client involved a great deal, enabling them to establish a mutual understanding and trust with the design plans. From that point on, she can easily move through the creative process and deliver the most impressive results for any client.
As a designer, Heinzelman considers the most important aspect of her job to be marrying the site to the expectations of the client. “When I begin a project I start by standing in the room and visualizing exactly how this room will be used. A beautiful room that is never used hasn’t been designed correctly.”
Now working more and more on Manhattan apartments, Heinzelman says that “apartments can be a bit more challenging than large houses, as they leave very little room for error. If a piece is too large for a room, it can ruin the entire look. It’s also more difficult to make structural changes, electrical wiring changes and things of that nature in an apartment. So having successfully done so many wonderful apartments is, therefore, very fulfilling.”
Heinzelman studied at the Parsons School of Design and started her career in her hometown of New York City, where she just opened the new offices. Back when Heinzelman decided to make Westport her home base, she noticed a need for a new look to accommodate more sophisticated designs that still reflected the rural surroundings. Her clients from New York wanted homes that could accommodate their children and a lifestyle that included entertaining. Heinzelman coined her new design/decorating style “Formal-Country.”