I had a great time with my family on Black Friday visiting the 2013 Holiday House, an annual design showhouse which raises money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I guess everyone was busy shopping, because the showhouse was so blissfully empty, we felt like we were getting a private tour! It was absolutely lovely, especially after the chaos of the crowded Frick museum, which we visited first. Oh yeah, there did happen to be one other person checking out the showhouse with her family-Tyra Banks. No big deal. #totallyabigdeal. All of the designers who were there to represent their rooms were so friendly, warm, and happy to talk about their work. They also invited us to take pictures, which was very nice!
Gorgeous holiday decorations adorn the outside of the townhouse.
An interesting thing about showhouses is that every space is decorated-designers make the most of closets, alcoves, hallways, and other oft-forgotten spaces. This glittery piece is in a hallway by Kelley Jackson Interior Design.
Amazing works of art, everywhere. This unusual piece hangs in a serene bedroom designed by Campion Platt in collaboration with Sleep Studio.
Amazing feather pendants add a textural touch to the same room.
The bedroom also has this gorgeous tonal piece of art, which the designer explained to us is composed of pages from old books. It was hard to notice, but when you got up close, you could see some text showing through. So cool.
The pink room by Gregory Allan Cramer (or as I refer to it-the Tyra Room: where we first encountered Tyra) has cool airbrushed, grafitti covered walls. The whole room was bathed in a pink glow from the neon “celebrate” sign on the wall-it was hard to tell what in the room was actually pink and what was just colored pink from the lights!
The Holiday House doesn’t just decorate for Christmas – each space is actually decorated for a different holiday. Here Michael McKinnon uses tartan and macarons to represent St. Andrew’s Day, a Scottish holiday.
There are so many wonderful spaces that I have to break this up into two posts-check back tomorrow for more of my personal favorites. And if you’re in NYC, definitely consider making a trip to visit the Holiday House. Located on 63rd between Fifth and Madison, the house is open daily until December 18th. Besides all the eye candy, it’s also a great way to support a good cause. Believe me, the pictures really don’t do it justice – seeing these rooms in person is a whole different ballgame!
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