The 2014 Holiday House NYC: Part II

Let’s get right to it…some more of my favorite spaces from the 2014 Holiday House NYC.Β Read on for all of the pictures, and don’t miss Part I!

The festive decorations in the hallway were put together by designer Carleton Varney in collaboration with Frontgate.

Some eye-catching details and the house’s gorgeous architecture were on display in a room designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth.
I regret not getting more photos of this Derby Day room created by Patrick James Hamilton Designs. First of all, the designer was in the room (as they often are) and he was so friendly and funny – his warm disposition providing a perfect match for his bright, bold, and super fun space. The cool thing was that even though it was a Kentucky Derby room, there were only four actual horses in the room in total (including the one on the book cover above). He brought the equestrian theme in in other, more subtle ways – through color blocking, patterns, and shapes (like a light fixture shaped like a Derby Day hat). The room is mint green (he chose an amazing shade) as a nod to the mint juleps that are typically sipped at The Kentucky Derby, and he designed the whole space with a certain “character” in mind – a colorful, sophisticated Southern woman who would be attending the Derby and who owns one of the horses. I can’t even tell you how fun it was not just to see such a well-designed room, but to get to hear the story of the inspiration behind it. You can see a wide-angle shot of the room here.
Champagne in the Winter Solstice room designed by Noelia Ibanez. (Also, please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t help but think of this when you see Moet Chandon).


These vines and leaves were growing so artfully and romantically outside this gorgeous window that my Mom and I could hardly believe they weren’t arranged that way by one of the designers πŸ™‚
Those bookends!

This mint green room, called “New Years Eve at Home,” was designed by Pamela Banker Associates.

I loved this unique wall adornment in the bridal room designed by Iris Dankner herself (founder of The Holiday House). She designed a bridal suite because her daughter was recently engaged!
As mentioned in the last post, quartz was a big trend in this year’s house, and one that I thoroughly enjoy seeing.

Darkly romantic flowers in a room by Kara Mann.

I really liked this fabric on a little bench in one of the hallways.

I can’t stress enough how much this picture of mine does NOT do justice to that Pierre Frey fabric in this room by Rachel Laxer Interiors. It looked like water and had such movement – the shade of blue was just mesmerizing. It looks especially striking next to that wonderful piece of art by Kerri Rosenthal.

A vanity table in the same room. The space was inspired by a Lanvin dress that the designer saw in Paris.

A bathtub full of pearls and super feminine art adorned the Honeymoon in Paris room, designed by Guillaume Gentet Interiors.
The Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street
Upper East Side
Open daily 11AM-5PM through December 21st
photos by me


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  1. Holly wrote:

    I can't even begin to describe how jealous I am- this looks so incredibly beautiful!

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