Buzzbin Magazine - A Tree Grows In Akron
April 18, 2011
By Anne Snyder
"The bright, three-story painting of a tree on an exterior wall piqued my interest, drawing me into the old Norka Futon building on West Market in Akron. There I met Karen Starr, a cheerful, well-spoken woman and half the business team behind Hazel Tree Interiors. Starr, a designer, works with her husband, Jon Haidet, a certified picture framer.
Open since last July, Hazel Tree has since attracted national attention, including a recent profile, “Reclaimed Art and Design”, on Apartment Therapy (apartmenttherapy.com). “I fancy myself as an interior re-designer,” said Starr. “We rethink, reuse, refinish, reupholster and rearrange — all those ‘re’ words. I try and maximize what people have through design consultations.” In an industry that relies on selling shiny new things, Starr’s philosophy is unique, and certainly REfreshing.
The showroom is a testament to Starr’s design vision: an end table made of an antique metal shopping basket, a lamp with a tree-trunk base. It’s a visual treat just exploring the showroom.
Everywhere I looked was something new to examine, from candles poured in Depression era glassware to a sofa made of reclaimed materials. Local artists and artisans make everything. The beauty of Hazel Tree, according to Starr, is “that people like us are making things right here.”"Read entire article