In the design industry, big budgets and massive demolition can be the beginning of most projects. Karen Starr, founder of Hazel Tree Interiors, was no stranger to this truth, though in her personal life, thriftiness and sustainable living were her real passions and sources of creative inspiration. She had a dream of someday turning her love for beautiful, sustainable living into her new profession. Today, almost a year after jumping head first into this dream of hers, Karen and her husband have grown a successful business that is not only a stopping point in Ohio for those in the know, but also a launching point for artists and creatives in the Northeast Ohio region.Hazel Tree Interiors, located on West Market Street, just west of downtown Akron, exists in three components:
1. Interior Redesign
Karen works with clients who want a unique feel to their spaces, with an affordable price tag, and a small eco footprint. She sources furniture, accessories, and other design elements that are unique to each client, and also makes connections between clients and local artisans. Most elements Karen uses in her designs come from items that are already in existence, or have been locally and sustainably created.
2. Custom Framing
Karen's husband, Jon Haidet, has worked in the art framing business for twenty years. As he is also passionate about ethically made products and sustainable practices, Jon works hard to find the best manufacturers and in the process of framing, takes every measure to reduce waste and recycle materials.
3. The Showroom and Gallery
Upon walking through the doors of Hazel Tree, one has the chance to shop the showroom and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces made by local Northeast Ohio artists. Most of the artists repurpose supplies that are cast-offs from local industries, such as plastic waste, metal scraps, and salvaged materials from demolished buildings. Most of what you will find in the showroom is either revamped or repurposed from something that has already existed, therefore creating unique pieces for your home that are both beautiful, sustinable, and also support local artists.
Images: Amanda Johnson
- Founded: July 2010
- Founded by: Karen Starr & Jon Haidet
- Headquarters: Akron, Ohio