Monday, November 16

Part I: Holiday House New York City 2015 Kicks Off The Holiday Season With Panache

 All Hallows Eve lounge packs great style into a small space
What is Holiday House?
Holiday House is an annual showhouse here in New York City, benefitting Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Over the past seven years the event has raised $900,000 towards breast cancer research.  Set in the historic Academy Mansion in the toney neighborhood of the Upper East Side at 2 East 63rd Street, it is has come to be known as one of the city's most exciting and inspiring design events.  Founder Iris Dankner has worked diligently to create this philanthropic venture, and today it is the premiere designer show house in the east coast.  This year there are 21 designer room vignettes each with holiday-inspired themes.
Part 1:  
Our Favorite Moments at
 Holiday House 2015
New York City 
sponsored by Traditional Home magazine
Honorary Chair:  Leonard Lauder
Co-chairs:  Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland
Design Chairs:  Alexa Hampton, Geoffrey Bradfield and Mario Buatta

1. Jenny Kirschner's All Hallow's Eve Lounge
 is ensconced in an enchanting Autumn wonderland.  Kirschner of JDK Interiors combines a cornucopia of high-style accessories, art and design, and showcases her talent in this challenging space.  Each year, interior designers take this small and narrow room off of the foyer and delightfully put their spin on it, and we are always pleasantly surprised how it comes together looking different year after year.  This year, Kirschner takes the prize for creativity. She showed her own custom designed mirrors with removable panels, and combines it together with stunning Donghia fabric, a hide rug by Kyle Bunting, vintage Italian Murano glass lighting, Holland & Sherry wallcovering and other stylish products from Pierre Frey, De Le Cuona, and Elitis.  The tiny bathroom at the end is outfitted (love that floor) by Waterworks.  Kirschner magically pulls it together making it one of our favorite rooms at Holiday House this year, and all set in a moody, dark and dramatic stunning frame.  

2. Rio Hamilton's glamorous Charging Station shows myriad textures and layers working together to create a sophisticated respite for folks to charge their phones and ipads.  Hamilton utilized his fastidious eye to create a black and white palette debuting his own "Boston" benches showing two slipcovered options for different aesthetics.  The gorgeous framed custom designed painting commissioned for the space by artist Andrea Selby, captures the fascinating mood of the Jazz era.  The painting's muse is a gorgeous woman causing quite a stir and capturing everyone's attention in this celebratory scene. The painting is framed in an elaborate and rich gold frame from Lowy Framer and the oversized work anchors the space, breathing life into this cozy enclave.  The striped walls and geometric floors, together with this fascinating art and furnishings, draws guests in, then the party begins!   
 posing with the room's designer, blogger extraordinaire Rio Hamilton and designer, blogger/life coach Carrie Leskowitz

3. James Rixner's St. Andrews Day in the Grand Salon celebrates the beauty of textiles and the essence of Scotland.  The sophisticated space salon is a delicate balance of high style with color and whimsy.  We just love all the little details that make this room so special.  The button tufted wool curtains are divine, as are the oversized chairs, the gorgeous chandelier and the many unique accessories!
Project Manager and designer Catarine Wright poses in front of the fireplace showing her fastidious work in this space
The room boasts "all things Scottish" 
from the art to books and rich fabrics.
Please stop back for more glimpses of Holiday House 2015

Happy Holidays
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara