Designer Crush: Holly A. Kopman Interior Design


Who says glamorous spaces can’t have edge? Bay Area designer Holly A. Kopman has proven time and time again that her rock n’ roll approach to interior design is here to stay. She infuses each project with her love of art and music, adding punches of personality to classic and modern spaces. Here, she shares how she got started and where she is going!

Holly A. Kopman. Photo by Christopher Stark.

How did you get your start in design? My uncle was an interior designer, so every house I grew up in (St. Louis) was decorated with a mix of English antiques and mid-century modern. In fact, my uncle was a pioneer back in the day. He operated one of the first showrooms in St. Louis that represented designers like Paul Evans, Pace Collection––all the stuff that’s hot right now. From a young age, I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. 

Photo by Christopher Stark.

Who has inspired your aesthetic the most and why? I’d have to say my uncle again. I gravitate toward things I grew up with. I love European antiques and mid century modern. When I discovered Jay Spectre, I saw that style taken to a whole new level, and I was blown away.  

How does living in California shape your approach to design? Growing up, we lived very formally. The California lifestyle is much more casual. My clients have kids, pets. My clients want the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, and that means fabrics, for instance, have to work outdoors.  

Photo by Christopher Stark.

Any brands or furniture/decorative artists you are obsessed with?  Paul Evans and Venini lights. 

How have you shifted your business during the pandemic, that will remain a  part of your process? Zoom meetings with clients are such time savers. I get so much more done now in a day, I am so thankful to have this as a method of meeting. Because I do AutoCad, I can show my clients live updates on drawings. And all the sourcing that I do online. 

Photo by Christopher Stark.


Favorite California showroom? Kneedler Fauchere

Guilty pleasure? Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite design book? The Finest Rooms by America’s Great Decorators 

If you could design a home for anyone, it would be? Freddie Mercury 

Photo by Christopher Stark.

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