It’s been a whirlwind holiday season, starting with my last minute participating in Holiday House! I designed a space for Holiday House three years ago when it was on the Upper East Side at the Academy Mansion. A few weeks ago I got a call from the amazing Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House. They needed a designer to design and complete the Master Suite in 10 days. I was hesitant, because it’s a huge undertaking and typically these spaces are designed over a period of many months. Since it’s for such a good cause, proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I couldn’t say no. I didn’t exactly sleep for 2 weeks but the space turned out better than I expected, so it was totally worth it!
When I first saw the space I knew I wanted to create a lounge, something comfortable and inviting. I love the 5-6pm timeslot of the day, when day is ending, night is on the cusp and you’re excited about what the future holds. With this in mind I created a lounge entitled “The Happiest Hour”. I was lucky enough to team up with Designlush, who provided all the furniture and lighting in the space. The Designlush team immediately understood my vision and went out of their way to help make it a reality. We used a pair Clessidra lights by Contardi on the Cerci credenza to bring our bar scene to life, an indoor/outdoor Pave stool made of marble and treated wood to add texture and Zia Priven sconces and ceiling light to brighten the moody space. Each of their pieces makes a statement and together everything is so gorgeous.
The talented painter Dennis Alexander Cruz helped me bring my vision to life by painting the walls and ceiling in Ombre with shades of navy and grey. I wanted the room to actually feel like time was changing while you were lounging. Many thanks to Farrow and Ball for their gorgeous paint colors!
One of the biggest challenges was finding a large rug that was in stock and mimicked the theme of the room. Luckily Tufenkian Carpets came to the rescue. Their “Sky” rug was just the right size and has several shades of grey with much movement. It was the perfect base to set the stage for the furniture.
This year the house was at the Sullivan Mansions in Soho. It was still under construction during the 2 weeks I was designing and installing so every day was a challenge. I wasn’t a fan of the hardware and luckily Baldwin Hardware had the perfect pieces to add some bling. We used the egg knobs on all doors and the couture cabinet knobs on the bathroom vanity. These little gems were a huge hit!
Art was a big concern of mine. Art can make or break the space and since I was going for a certain chic and exciting look I was very particular about what we were putting on the walls. I teamed up with Artnet who I had met a few weeks earlier at What’s New What’s Next. It’s amazing that we met and connected because the Artnet team introduced me to the fantastic photographer Robert Whitman who generously allowed us to use his pieces in the room.
The house is open through January 8th, Tuesdays – Sundays, 11am-5pm with extended hours on Thursdays which also happen to be cocktail nights! Please do visit when you have a moment as proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research foundation.
Read + Watch more about the space:
- Interior Design
- Harper’s Bazaar (Starting at 6:15)
- House Beautiful (Starting at 1:13)
- The Independant
- Nest by Tamara
- Editor at Large
- Go Design Go