Since its inception, Holiday House has featured top designers in the field who are extremely talented and have a passion for the cause, and this year presented by Traditional Home, was no exception.
Over the course of the next two days, and beginning with today's Weekend Inspiration, I will take you on a visual tour of only some of the many rooms and details from this great group of professionals, that over 5 weeks, called this historical townhouse on the upper east side of Manhattan their home.
Let's begin at the beginning..with a warm "Christmas" welcome from Benjamin Bradley and David Theirgartner of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors
This entrance is incredible! A wonderful juxtaposition of contemporary and classical shapes and art work are used to their very best. I know how challenging it can be to try and create a comfortable environment in an entrance of a showhouse having had that experience before myself, and this is a huge achievement.
Next we move on to Ally Coulter Design's "Mother's Day" scene...
Nina Helms (Sculpt du Fleur)
A great use of this space, Ally Coulter takes this large living room and creates a sophisticated area around the fireplace... light and airy with a hint of glam, and beautiful artistic details from Sculpt du Fleur by Nina Helms (pictured).
The use of this tone on tone, three dimensional surface art, adds texture and interest to the white walls. It's a unique art form that can be created in any form and style and each custom piece can look and feel like carved plaster, metal or even translucent glass...and very well incorporated into Coulter design scheme.
and through the halls ...
and on to "the Festival of Lights" by Julie Korek & Co...
Introducing strong blues and whites within the heavily wood panelled room, with contemporary art, and soft furnishings ...
and making great use of a inset window area, Korek added draperies and a window bench for a very cozy dining experience.
No showhouse could be without a warm "Thangksgiving" Welcome
from Felicia Zwebner Design
with a nice use of autumn colors, thoughtful details within her table setting, and a festive use of greens for the fireplace.
"Opening Night" from Charles Pavarini III, also the Honorary Chair and supporter of the Holiday House since it's beginning in 2008, welcomes each guest with beautiful sounds as you exit onto the patio or up the grand staircase...
where we are greeted by "Columbus", designed by Bryant Keller Interiors.
Each detail of this table setting is extraordinary - a mixture of silver, bronze and gold tones with a strong contemporary white through the choice of art and crisp white hand written menu..
The story of Columbus' voyage is eloquently told with the help of intricate decorative painting by the team from Decorative Surface Finishes & Alan Carroll.
Here, a history lesson on the Small Pox introduction to America is skillfully used as inspiration for these incredibly delicate drawings ...
Hope you enjoyed this first part of my trip to Holiday House 2011.
Stay tuned for more on tomorrow's post.
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