Christmas in Casablanca, winter solstice, and a Palm Beach-inspired salon de thé are the inspirations behind a few of the 27 rooms designed by 30 top designers for Holiday House NYC, which recently took up residency inside a stately 1920s mansion on the Upper East Side. Open to the public through Dec. 18, the design show benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Here, we give a tour of the house, complete with designer musings.
"Casablanca Christmas" by Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper
“For Holiday House, we wanted to explore Christmas in the tropics, so we picked Casablanca! We wanted to use palms instead of spruce and all the warmth and sexiness of Africa to energize the traditional concept of Christmas.”
"Cafe" by Décor by Guillaume Gentet
“Our space will actually be serving as a restaurant for the next four weeks . . . When we started making these plans we realized in the 1800s . . . it was illegal for women to get together in public, so salons de thé became the place for them to meet. This was the beginning of my idea for the space. I lived in Palm Beach for 10 years, and was really inspired by the scenery and colors; therefore I wanted to bring that vibrant feeling to this café.
"Celebrate the Holidays" by Gregory Allan Cramer
"This room is really about a celebration of life, the holidays, and your health. Your health is the greatest gift you can have, and I wanted to celebrate the renewal of life. This room is a little piece of fun in New York; I incorporated fuschia as a sign of rebirth. This room also incorporates high and low, old and new in a fun new way.
"Winter Solstice" by Darrin Varden
"My room is a celebration of the of the winter solstice, which is the time where you gain the courage you need to move from fall to winter. This room is also a celebration of the movement from every moment in every day. For those diagnosed with breast cancer, they need the courage to move from fear to hope, and my room is a tribute to that movement.
"New Year’s Day Master Sitting Day" by J. Cohler Mason Design
“We wanted our master sitting room to feel like a glamorous space where you could feel enveloped and escape the hectic life of the city. Our color palette is a soothing mix of sapphire, blue, warm grey, black and white. The look of the room has a modern sensibility with a nod to the past.
"Sweet 16 Bedroom" by Weitzman Halpern Interior Design
“Our room is inspired by the images from my 16-year-old daughter's Instagram account. This was our take on the ultimate dream room for a teenager. We mixed high and low elements in order to create this space. The closet is a tribute to a young girl getting ready for her Sweet 16 party. The idea of this room is a luxe retreat for young teens.”
Holiday House NYC is located at Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd St.