Name: Coppy Holzman
Location: New York, New York
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
Years lived in: 3 year; owned
Coppy Holzman surrounds himself with an extensive collection of books and eclectic art, making his Manhattan loft a true reflection of his creative passions. The moment you walk into his home you are greeted by his loving dog, Biggie, and then a large contemplative image of the Queen of England. Coppy is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Charitybuzz, a for-profit internet company that raises funds for nonprofit organizations through online charity auctions with celebrities and brands, and most of his art pieces were purchased from these charity auctions.
Three years ago, Coppy moved from the house in Connecticut where he raised his three children to this loft on Fifth Avenue. This migration from house to apartment-living forced him to keep evolving his style. Items had to be edited down for smaller spaces: what's left is a mix of traditional wood pieces, artifacts from world travels, and many framed snapshots with the Clintons. The canopy bed frame dates back to the 1800’s, and even though his style has progressed to mostly modern, Coppy has no intention of parting with this beautiful piece. “It’s a bit large for a loft, but I love the history of it.” Despite the contemporary look of the loft’s communal areas, Coppy has not sacrificed the things he loves for the sake of style; he surrounds himself with items that make him happy, from an old teddy bear that was a gift from his daughter to many photographs of his children growing up through the years.
Entertaining is very important to Coppy. His kitchen has an open floor plan, though loft living comes with its own set of challenges, one being pipes and large beams that you have to work around. His initial idea was to put the wood hutch against the kitchen wall, but his older dog Biggie had trouble navigating around the hutch as well as the beams, so he hung the top part above Biggie’s food dish and separated the bottom part into a dining buffet. He is a loving father who adores his kids — two of them also moved to NYC and work at Charitybuzz as well — and he will often put their traveling friends up in his guest bedrooms. The extra space never goes to waste as he has many dinners for his family, friends and visitors. He looks after his daughter's dog Houston (the gray chihuahua mix featured in the photo gallery; also Biggie's best lil' buddy) when she is out of town, as well as hosting the company’s annual holiday party. Though the cushions didn't arrive in time for the photo shoot, his window sills will soon be lined for extra guest seating. It’s so nice to see this mix of style and comfort, creating a home filled with so much art and love.
Charitybuzz recently rang the New York Stock Exchange bell for raising $100 million for charity. For more information on their auctions, contributions and other fun facts, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Casual and open, with focus on having a distinct personality in a family friendly environment.
Inspiration: Mixing loft architecture with country antiques.
Favorite Element: Ability to showcase pop culture art won at Charitybuzz and to entertain in a casual and open environment.
Biggest Challenge: Embracing less is more and not having too much furniture or clutter.
Proudest DIY: Laying out the whole apartment so it is comfortable entertaining a few or dozens of friends and family.
Best Advice: Keep everything comfortable.
Dream Sources: I love bidding at Charitybuzz and all of the art in the apartment came from bidding and winning auctions on Charitybuzz. I feel great supporting my favorite non profits, including Russell Simmons’ Art for Life, Oceana, The RFK Center, Ellen Hermanson Southhampton Hospital Breast Cancer Research Center, John Varvatos’ Stewart House and so many more. The inspiration for Charitybuzz is Do Good Live Well, and I started the company to merge the worlds of pop culture and philanthropy. When I won the various works of art in my apartment it made me feel great, as it was an opportunity to support so many terrific organizations.
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us, Coppy!
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(Image credits: Andrea Sparacio)