What to do after you “undecorate” from the holidays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Michael Poczkalski is over poinsettias, and in the process of taking down his holiday decor. Which means time to redecorate.
As an interior designer, he is inspired by the changes in seasons.

“I love January because it’s that clean sweep time,” Michael P told News 4. “Clean it out, change it up, and get ready for you know, until we hit spring.”

Michael doesn’t just do this in his store, room on Hertel Avenue, but also in the homes of private clients. He is a trained architect, but ventured into design more than a decade ago, and is now known for his clean, modern style.

“I find it very humbling to be invited into somebody’s house and to be asked my advice. You’re bringing me into your home, and you’re saying, ‘What can I do to make it a more comfortable space?’ And I love that,” he said.

Michael was recently recruited to work on national design shows, including Renovation Road, House Hunters: Renovation, and American Rehab Buffalo. Designing for TV has helped him push himself to try new techniques.

“You really are free to do anything. You don’t have any constraints,” he explained. “But it’s also to help me take more risks with my clients, because I’ve become comfortable with that.”

Sometimes when working with clients, Michael will get to know them and their design style by asking them about their least favorite elements, rather than their favorites.

“I’m like okay, so what’s a color you hate, versus what do you love,” He said. “What colors do you hate?”

Hate it or love it, there are tons of choices out there – but experts will tell you to start simple and try not to get overwhelmed.

“You buy the key pieces. You invest in the key pieces that have longevity, but you get them in neutral colors,” he stressed.

Which brings us back to the post-holiday re-decorating. By removing the red accessories from the neutral furniture, and replacing them with white fur, icy blue, and a little sparkle, he quickly gives the space a whole new, winter look with things many people already have.

“It’s not always about purchasing new. It’s great to purchase new, obviously I want you to purchase new. But it’s not always about that. You can purchase a few pieces. And then really just utilize what you have in your home to really change it up.”

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