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2014 Holiday House

New York City’s Holiday House excites with celebratory interiors

Written by Clara Haneberg
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    Want another reason to celebrate? Of course you do! Special occasions are the inspiration for designers’ rooms in the annual Holiday House Designer Showcase. Themes from Bastille Day to the Kentucky Derby—or even the entire winter season—are your ticket to enchantment. Plus, it’s all for a good cause: Proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each year since 2008, this New York City mansion on 63rd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues has been transformed into an imaginative showhouse that pushes design boundaries.

    Stairs and Landing by Carleton Varney

    Dubbed “Deck the Front Hall,” Carleton Varney’s Christmas-theme entry is an ode to the late Dorothy Draper. A portrait of the iconic decorator—who threw the most lavish holiday parties—is perched on an easel behind Frontgate’s lipstick-red leather chairs. The “Fazenda Lilly” floral pillow fabric, mirrored chest, and white-fur throw all nod to Draper’s design aesthetic. To brighten the entrance, Varney employed a silver-and-gold palette for the ornaments and gift wrap. “I wanted to inject as much sparkle and light as possible,” he says. The artificial tree and pinecone-adorned garland wrapping the staircase railing are from Frontgate.

    Interior designer: Carleton Varney, Carleton Varney Ltd., 5715 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33405; 561/585-1855,

    Photography: Peter Rymwid

    Wing chairs (“Derby” #142082); champagne flutes (“West Egg” #142200); cabinet (“Ainsworth Eglomise Bar Cabinet” #141452); garland (“Estate Pre-Lit Corner Swags” #45733 and “Estate Pre-Lit Garland #45728); centerpiece (“Williamsburg Holiday Centerpiece” #141666”); candleholders (“Antique Mercury Glass, Set of Three” #67132); candles (“Battery Operated Dream Candles” #46955); tree (“Deluxe Frasier”); tree skirt (“Deck the Halls” #141455): Frontgate,
    Pillows on wing chairs (“Fazenda Lilly,” an original design by Dorothy Draper): Dorothy Draper Fabrics and Wallcoverings,
    Throw: discontinued.
    Print on easel: Dorothy Draper, by John Singer Sargent. The original is in designer Carleton Varney’s office.

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    Dining Room by Amy Lau

    Influenced by Baccarat’s extravagant cut crystal, Amy Lau designed a “gallery de glacé” showcasing the French company. Having just celebrated its 250th anniversary, Baccarat—which created that stunning chandelier above the table—was deserving of a fabulous dinner party. Along with the sparkly treelike centerpieces, stemware, candlesticks, and vases ornament the table set for 20. Even the chairs—designed by Philippe Starck for Baccarat—flaunt thick-cut crystals. Lau collaborated with Kyle Bunting to create the custom cowhide rug.

    Interior designer: Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design, 601 W. 26th St., Suite M272, New York, NY 10001; 212/645-6168,  

    Wall and ceiling paint (“White Dove” #OC-17); trim finishes (Studio Finishes Latex Metallic Glaze #620 in tint “Gold Dust” #PT-270): Benjamin Moore,
    Area rug (custom design by Amy Lau, based off of crystal tile cut pattern from Baccarat archives): Kyle Bunting,
    Tall fruit bowl on table holding pomegranates (“Mille Nuits” #2613004); console tables at end of room (“Starck Console” #2105708); console top (“Starck Console Top”/Clear Mirror #2105724); vases holding flowers on consoles (“New Antique Vase” #2802230): Baccarat,
    Flowers (custom arrangement of magnolia leaves and flowers by Remco van Vliet): Van Vliet & Trap,
    Sofa seen in mirror (“Jules Leleu Settee,” c. 1920); slipper chairs (“Jacques Quinet Pair of Chairs”): Maison Gerard,
    Sofa fabric (“Dash on Plushy” #4020/108);  slipper-chair fabric (“Echo” #5013/03): Dedar,
    Dining table: Design Compendium,
    Tablecloth: Stark,
    Dining chairs (“Glass Class Chair”/Slate Grey #2601023, by Philippe Starck); chandelier (“48-light Zenith chandelier”/Special Affair Red and Clear #2805248): dinner plate, large (“Mille Nuits” #2104544); dinner plate, small (“Mille Nuits” #2103963); pampilles plate, small (“Mille Nuits” #2607897); bowl (“Mille Nuits” #2602774); crystal stemware with red knob (“Harcourt” #2802271); red tumblers (“Mosaique” #2103909); fluted stemware (“Harcourt 1841”); red champagne flutes (“Mille Nuits Flutissimo” #2105458); candleholder with red mirror shade (“Our Fire” #2806709, by Philippe Starck); votive, clear (“Eye Votive” #2103850); votive, red (“Eye Votive” #2802309); decanter with handle (“Oenology” #2100403); large vase (“Harcourt Abysse High Vase” #201220); balustre vase (“Harcourt Balustre vase, Medium with Red Ring” #2802260);  3-light candelabra (“Medaillon” #1920391): Baccarat,
    Flatware (“Malmaison”): Christofle,

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    Living Room by Ally Coulter

    The existing wood-paneled walls and decorative barrel ceiling stimulated Ally Coulter’s Roman holiday-infused design. “Its Italian architecture reminded me of the great palazzos I’ve visited during my travels,” she explains. Antiques and large-scale art counter Fendi Casa’s modern furnishings—note the black silk sofa and set of three bronze-mirrored coffee tables. A rich palette teams with sumptuous textiles, including a fox-fur  throw, to complete the opulent atmosphere.

    Interior designer: Ally Coulter, Ally Coulter Designs, 55 Byram Shore Rd., Greenwich, CT 06830; 203/531-4785; New York/Los Angeles, 646/785-6405,

    Sofa (“Memoire 3-Seater Sofa”); fabric (“Parmenide”/Black #TOP 1012); cream-striped pillow (#VIP 620 in Bronze); silver pillow (leather intrecciato “Lux”/Black #822/SL); black pillow (“Orylag”/Black); throw (black and bronze fox fur throw); area rug (“Meg”/Champagne, custom size); coffee tables (“Regina”/Bronze Shadow and Mirror #D 120/D 90/ D 60); round black vase with calla lilies (Fendi Murano Diamond Vase”/Black #D.28); silver vase (“Fendi Murano Diamond Vase”/Steel #D.21); candle beside gold vase; pair of black vases on coffee table (“Fendi Murano Poseidon”/Black #H.20); black ottomans in front of mantel (“Cat Pouf”/Black Pony): Fendi Casa,
    Sconce (“Mille Nuits Wall Sconce” #2606396): Baccarat,
    Andirons (“Colossus Zig Zag Andirons”): John Lyle Design,
    Photograph above mantel (Dreaming): by Robert Farber,
    Old World Master painting: Otto Naumann Ltd.,
    Piano: Steinway,   

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    Anniversary Room by Matthew Patrick Smyth

    To celebrate Traditional Home’s 25th and Schumacher’s 125th anniversaries, Matthew Patrick Smyth created a room encapsulating traditional design over the last 25 years using fabrics and trims from the firm’s latest collection. “Fine English furniture, a touch of midcentury modern, Swedish, Anglo-Indian, ’70s French, as well as new contemporary pieces were all included to show that classic, quality style never loses its visual value,” Smyth says. Schumacher’s beaded trim lining the silk draperies set the white, gray, and bottle-green color scheme in motion. A down sofa upholstered in a subtle herringbone anchors the sitting area. The midcentury wood chair by the fireplace is from the designer’s private collection. A bronze globe chandelier caps the elegant assembly.

    Paint (“Decorators White” #CC-20): Benjamin Moore,
    Carpet (“Tonga”/Deep Sea): Merida,
    Sofa (“Givenchy” #1028): Anthony Lawrence-Belfair,
    Sofa fabric Watou Herringbone”/Bone #66441); teal pillow on sofa (“Venetian Silk Velvet”/Peacock #62740); black-and-white pillow (“Serengeti”/Tigre Blanc #68901): Schumacher,
    Taupe pillow (antique velvet): designer’s collection.
    Art behind sofa (Night Fishing, by Emilia Dubicki): Fred.Giampietro Gallery,
    Sofa end tables (sculptural brass with smoked glass top): Lerebours Antiques, 213/308-2275.
    Floor lamps flanking sofa (“Pask Pharmacy Lamp” #TOB1200, by Thomas O’Brien): Circa Lighting,
    Items on end table (“Rock Bon Bon Dish” #175954): Michael Aram,
    Coffee table (“Lucca Studio Brompton Coffee Table” #ST6737): Lucca Antiques,
    Sculpture on coffee table (abstract metal sculpture by Curtis Jere): Florian Papp Inc.,
    Ice bucket on coffee table: designer’s collection.
    Vase on coffee table (“Rikki Vase” #670652): Crate & Barrel,
    Lounge chairs (“Scrolled Back Bridgewater Chair” #712): Anthony Lawrence Belfair,
    Lounge-chair fabric (“Courtrai Glazed Linen”/Dusk #65160): Schumacher,
    Small round tables beside lounge chairs (brass faux bamboo tables with ebonized circular tops): Lerebours Antiques, 213/308-2275.
    Armless chairs (English Regency-style): David Duncan Antiques,
    Chandelier (“Limited Edition French Bronze Globe Chandelier” #LEL4114): Lucca Antiques,
    Console (“Regency mahogany and marble-top console, c. 1820); clock on console (Charles X): Florian Papp Inc.,
    Table lamps (“Large Fluted Spire Table Lamp” #CHA8906): Circa Lighting,
    Photograph on console (vintage); art in front of photo (Watermark #16, by Beatrice Caracciolo); photograph on console base (vintage print); box on console base (antique); bronze bowl on console base (vintage): designer’s collection.
    Black bowl on console (“Sona” 12-inch vessel #134247): Michael Aram,
    Mirror (custom): Daniel J. Murphy, 201/497-5347.
    Drapery (“Sargent Silk Taffeta”/Travertine #22675); drapery trim (Maria”/Jet #69000); Roman-shade fabric (“Lompret Linen Herringbone”/Haze #65301): Schumacher,
    Drapery hardware (custom): Anthony Lawrence Belfair,
    Black pedestal (custom): Daniel J. Murphy, 201/497-5347.
    Large bird sculpture on pedestal (by Masatoyo Kishi): designer’s collection. 
    Mantel: original to house.
    Art above mantel (Whitewater): by Victor-Raul Garcia,
    Horse, bowl, vintage candlesticks on mantel: designer’s collection.
    Floor lamps flanking mantel (“Small Tribeca Iron Floor Lamp” #CL1002, by Clodagh): Circa Lighting,
    Wooden chair in front of mantel (Edward Wormley for Dunbar Arm Chair); round containers holding logs: designer’s collection.
    Lantern on floor by mantel (“Photophore Candle Light,” by Anasthasia Millot); andirons (polished bronze andirons by Jacques Jarrige): Valerie Goodman Gallery,
    Tall vase on table (“Turrin Large Vase” #670775): Crate & Barrel,
    Gold bowl on table (Gooseberry Tea Strainer” #110230): Michael Aram,

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    Anniversary Room by Matthew Patrick Smyth

    Michael Aram’s gold-plated bowl accents the Regency console.

    Interior designer: Matthew Patrick Smyth, 136 E. 57th St., Suite 901, New York, NY 10022; 212/333-5353,  

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    Derby Day Study by Patrick J. Hamilton

    This Kentucky Derby-inspired study isn’t your typical equestrian room. “I went against the men’s-club look, taking traditions and elements from the day and deconstructing them,” Hamilton says. Fuchsia satin armchairs and diamond-quilted padding on the daybed and chimney breast are reminiscent of jockey silks, while drapery pelmets with oval cutouts mimic the shape of a racetrack. For Southern charm, plantation shutters were placed in front of the bookcases flanking the fireplace. Note the lamps with stirrup bases and the feathered ceiling pendant resembling a Derby Day hat. 

    Interior designer: Patrick James Hamilton, Patrick James Hamilton Designs,,

    Wallcovering (“Shang Extra Fine Sisal”/Green Tea #T41162); ceiling wallcovering (“Carolina Raffia”/Straw #T13039): Thibaut,
    Trim paint (“All White” #2005): Farrow & Ball,
    Upholstery on fireplace surround (“Gaucho” #1-1142-197); drapery (“Smaragd” #1-6528-150); drapery valance (“Pisano” #1-6313-488); sheer fabric on Roman shades (“Poesie” #WE6025/081 by Soleil Bleu): JAB Anstoetz,
    Drapery tiebacks (“Illustra” #P079-02, Accessories by Ulf Moritz for Sahco): through Donghia,
    Blinds; plantation shutters: Hunter Douglas,
    Hanging light (“Egret”): ABYU Lighting/Steven Wine,
    Area rug (“Solid Silk” #V-93, Casual Collection): Carini Lang,
    Desk behind red chair (“Waterfall Desk” #W4193): Wisteria,
    Lamps on desk (“Westbury” #RL3183, by Ralph Lauren Home): Circa Lighting,
    Art above desk (Green Calder, mixed media): by Dan Romer,
    Framing: Lowy Framing,
    Fuchsia chairs (“Fenton” #N1711, discontinued): Bernhardt,
    Chair and pillow fabric (“Smaragd” #1-6528-663): JAB Anstoetz,
    Custom embroidery: Michael Savoia Inc.,
    Table to right of red chair (“Lincoln”): Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,
    Gold end table by red chair (“Turtle Table”): John Lyle Design,
    Coffee table (“Mid-Century Egg Table” #T11286): Wisteria,
    Pair of white vases on coffee table (KPM porcelain): private collection.
    Flowers: NDI,
    Geometric sculpture on coffee table (“Polished Polyhedron Sculpture,” discontinued); throw on daybed (cashmere): Williams Sonoma Home,
    Daybed (custom design by Patrick Hamilton Designs): fabrication by Avery Boardman,
    Daybed fabric, body (“Cheeky Plain” #CH2789/080, by Chivasso); daybed fabric, cushion (“Palazzo Velvet” #CA1175/070, by Chivasso); custom bolster pillow (“Maestro” #CA1172/070, by Chivasso): through JAB Anstoetz,
    Floor lamp (by Phoenix Day Lighting & Fixtures): through A. Rudin,
    Chests by daybed (“Kent Three-Drawer Chest” #353-113): Bernhardt,
    Lamp on chest (“Eliot Table Lamp” #ARN3013, by Aerin): Circa Lighting,
    Photo frame: Pottery Barn,
    Flowers: NDI,
    Fire screen (“Matrix”/Polished Bronze, custom): John Lyle Create,
    Art above fire screen (Pother, oil on canvas): by Aaron Smith,
    Book on coffee table (Arabian Horses, by Judith E. Forbis): Assouline,

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    Winter Solstice Kitchenette by Noelia Ibáñez

    Channeling a snowy afternoon in Central Park and her “fascination with light and spirituality,” Noelia Ibáñez from ByNoelia converted the walk-in closet into a cosmic kitchenette. The ceiling’s digitally printed wallcovering and polished-nickel pendant bring the winter solstice premise to life. A metallic backsplash and a 3D relief composed of silver tile amp up the shine. Chrome modular tables and an acrylic chair swathed in a Fendi Casa fur throw sit pretty atop a shaggy sheepskin rug. The stainless steel appliances are by Gaggenau. 

    Interior designer: Noelia Ibáñez, ByNOELIA, 1053 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022; 646/287-5279.  

    Wall paint (“Wevet” #273, as a floor paint): Farrow & Ball,
    Image for ceiling wallpaper (custom): Novo Arts,
    Ceiling wallpaper (custom digital mural on bling ground): Wolf-Gordon,
    Chandelier (“Zanadoo Large Chandelier” #89989): Arteriors,
    Flooring: existing.
    White area rug (custom Tibetan sheepskin area rug): Patterson, Flynn & Martin,
    Acrylic armchair (“Uncle Jim”/Crystal, by Philippe Starck): Kartell,
    Throw on chair (fox silver white fur); silver-patterned pillow on rug (“Orylag Cushion” 50x50 cm): Fendi Casa,
    White satin pillow on rug: Gracious Home,
    Mirrored table (“Kidney Shaped Modular Table” #AFS1015.Chrome, and “Large Modular Chrome Table” #AFS0976.Chrome.0): Kravet, available through Kravet showrooms.
    Vase (“Diamond Vase” in Murano glass): Fendi Casa,
    Flowers: Flowers By Special Arrangement,
    Silver wallpaper on wall behind chair (“Topkapi” #VP 860 01, Mille Millions Collection by Elitis): Donghia,
    Cabinetry (“Tetrix Glass Cabinet Collection”); countertop (“White Prestige Glass”): Scavolini,
    Coffee machine (“Fully Automatic Coffee Machine” #CM 210 710); speed microwave oven (400 Series, 24-inch Combi-Microwave Oven #BM 450 710/BM 451 710): Gaggenau,
    Crystal vases on shelf above sink (“Spirale”): Baccarat,
    Sink (overmount 18x18-inch stainless steel sink): Barazza,
    Faucet (“Eve with LED Light”): KWC,
    Backsplash tile (“Madison Plata” #P34706011-100111752): Porcelanosa,
    Sculpture at end of counter (The Birth of the Universe, marble, custom): by Heras Castán,

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    Living Room by Kara Mann

    Luxurious materials—including leather, fur, and touches of gold—mingle happily in Kara Mann’s moody living room. “I wanted to home in on that feminine-yet-gritty feel,” the designer explains. Reminiscent of snowfall at dusk, smoky-gray walls highlight the shimmery drapery fabric and metallic threads in the rug. Prioritizing comfort, Mann reupholstered the pair of antique Victorian chairs in handmade bouclé. A minimal ceiling light casts brilliant shadows while lilac-marble coffee tables with multiple legs add whimsy.

    Interior designer: Kara Mann, Kara Mann Design, 40 Wooster St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013; 212/203-9501, and 20 W. Hubbard St., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654; 312/893-7550,  

    Wall paint (“Brassica” #272); baseboard paint (“Railings” #31): Farrow & Ball,
    Area rug (custom): Holland & Sherry,
    Rug runner (vintage): Kea Carpets and Kilims,
    Drapery: Pierre Frey,
    Drapery tiebacks (“Masai”): Houlès,
    Leather sofa (vintage, by Christopher Hodsoll): 1stdibs,
    Throw on sofa; coffee tables (lilac marble): vintage.
    Tray on coffee table (lacquer with leather handles); selenite on coffee table; pillow on chair (product line varies): Flair,
    Ceiling light over sofa (“Rudi”): Roll & Hill, Available through Lukas Peet Design,
    Pair of chairs by mantel: vintage.
    Chair fabric: Toyine Sellers,
    Table between chairs (“Collage Side Table”): David Wiseman,
    Mirror over mantel (“Caragh Pheasant Mirror”): Fairtlough,
    Sconces (“Triscota,” by Christophe Côme): Cristina Grajales Gallery,
    Table to right of mantel (“Louxter Chest” #Loux 2011, by Christian Astuguevieille): Holly Hunt,  

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    Sitting Room by Lillian August

    The library’s dark paneling prompted Richard Cerrone, Rhonda Eleish, and Lisa Hyman to dress the space in a light palette of winter whites layered with lush textiles, greenery, and gold accents, evoking a lavish holiday aura. Linen sofas with nailhead detail by Lillian August for Hickory White flank an acrylic-and-brass coffee table. A lamp from Baccarat accessorizes the bar, embellished with a tufted-leather panel. Willem de Kooning art and the bookshelf’s decorative objects lend a collected feel. The 1960s Murano glass chandelier is captivating. 

    Interior designers: Richard Cerrone, Rhonda Eleish, and Lisa Hyman, Lillian August, 32 Knight St., Norwalk, CT 06851; 203/847-1596,  

    Wall paneling: existing.
    Ceiling upholstery (“Bespoke Twill”/French Knot #DE12950): Holland & Sherry,
    Chandelier (mid-century Murano): Eleish van Breems Antiques,
    Area rug (1880 Tabriz; silk foundation cotton pile/ivory ground with blues): F.J. Hakimian,
    Pair of sofas (“Wright Mid Sofa”/COM #1365247): Lillian August,
    Sofa fabric (“Hacienda”/White #DE10926, Temuco Collection); white-on-white pillows (“Concierto”/Ecru #DE10375); blue plaid pillows (“Gallant”): Holland & Sherry,
    Throw on sofa back (Sandra Jordan Ivory Alpaca throw, embroidered): Lillian August,
    Coffee table (“Karl Cocktail Table” #8201-40G, by Celerie Kemble): Henredon, Available as #1340864 from Lillian August,
    Selenite on coffee table (#1335727); box on coffee table; gold pot with greenery on coffee table (#1361892); selenite logs in fireplace (#1367955): Lillian August,
    Blue vases (mid-century case glass, Murano): designer’s collection.
    Andirons (antique Sunflower Andirons): Hiden Galleries,
    Bar behind sofa (“Westmacott Bar” #6105-475CC): Theodore Alexander, Available as #1326662 from Lillian August,
    Leather on bar (“Arden”/Wintertide #LE5065): Holland & Sherry,
    Lamp on bar (“Baccarat Eye Lamp”); decanter and glasses on bar (“Château Baccarat”): Baccarat,
    Brass bowls on bar; floor lamp: Lillian August,
    Crystal sculpture at right on bar: Hiden Galleries,
    Art above bar (by Willem de Kooning): Ryan Ross, Arcature Fine Art,
    Accessories in bookshelf: Lillian August,  

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    Caribbean Island Holiday by Gary McBournie

    Don a caftan and grab a cocktail! This tropical sitting room transports guests to an early-1960s Caribbean resort with its enchanting tent fashioned from McBournie’s own striped fabric. “My goal was to convey a timeless sense of tropical glamour,” he says. 

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    Caribbean Island Holiday by Gary McBournie

    Bamboo blinds, jute carpet, a teak credenza, and distressed-wood chairs incorporate texture and enhance the relaxed atmosphere. Facing sofas encourage conversation while a lighted cocktail table adds a modern twist. Coral accents, floral pillows, and a brass fish sculpture reiterate the beach vibe. The sun ornament on the far wall is the designer’s favorite. 

    Interior designer: GaryMcBournie, Gary McBournie Inc., 71 Newbury St., Suite 300, Boston,MA 02116; 617/542-5700,  

    Fabric on walls and ceiling (“Tides Stripe”/Lagoon #TDS-05): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs,
    Blue trim (“Grosgrain Ribbon”/Cobalt #977-44931-133): Samuel & Sons,
    Rope tiebacks: Jonas,
    Bamboo blinds: Back Bay Shutter,
    Jute area rug (“Bora Bora”/Sunrise): Merida,
    Ceiling light (“The Shell Chandelier” #8209, by WP Sullivan); console table under sun sculpture (“The Ovation Table” #8028, by Marie Suri): Liz O’Brien New York,
    Sun wall sculpture (Sunburst Wall Sculpture, by Sergio Bustamante): Palm Beach Antique & Design Center,
    Orchids: Manhattan Plant + Design Concepts,
    Benches by windows (“Thebes Stool,” by John Hutton): Neo Studio, 561/366-7693.
    Bench cushion and welt (“Solid Strie”/Green #SST-03); pillow on bench (custom, patchwork pillow made from Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs fabrics): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs,
    Étagère (“Pair of Bamboo Clad Étagère”): S. Julian,
    Box on top of étagère (antique): bk Antiques,
    Plant beside étagère: Manhattan Plant + Design Concepts,
    Sofas (“WJR” custom sofa): Gary McBournie Inc.,
    Sofa fabric (“Chaine”/White #3050-40): Glant,
    Blue floral pillow (“Frangipani”/Cobalt #FGP-04); green pillow (“Solid Strie”/Green #SST-03): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs,
    Mohair throw (Ezcaray mohair in Cobalt): Bergdorf Goodman,
    Mirrored end table beside sofa by window (“Asian Inspired Side Table by James Mont, c. 1940”); end table by sofa in foreground (“Bombe Chest by Bert England For Widdicomb, c. 1960”): Duane Antiques,
    Candle on end table (“Diptyque Figuier (Fig) Candle”): Barney’s New York,
    Vase on sofa end table by window (“Gema” #2965): Moser, Available through Mary Mahoney,
    Coffee table (“Illuminata” custom table): Gary McBournie Inc.,
    Floor lamp (“Neoclassic Design Standing Lamp” #4039): David Duncan Antiques,
    Brass fish on wood base: Mecox Gardens,
    Mirror above mantel (antiqued glass): Mirror Fair,
    Fire screen (“The Laurel Fire Screen” #8025, by Marie Suri): Liz O’Brien New York,
    Conch shells in fireplace: designer’s collection.
    Chairs facing mantel (“Thebes Chair,” by John Hutton): Neo Studio, 561/366-7693.
    Chair cushions (“Solid Strie”/Green #SST-03); pillows on chairs, front (“Town House”/White on Cobalt #TOH-11); pillow fabric, back (“Pinchecks”/Cobalt and Turquoise #PCH-03): Gary McBournie for Antilles Designs,
    Cabinet behind chairs (vintage French teak sideboard): Horseman Antiques,
    Lamps on cabinet (glazed lamps with footed wood bases, blue-and-white over soft green): John Boone Inc.,
    Lamp on desk beind sofa (“Wire Pineapple Lamp,” product line varies): Epoca,
    Lidded candle on desk (“Fornasetti Soli E Lune Avorio Lidded Candle”): Barney’s New York,

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    Bedroom by Michael Tavano

    Using furniture from Roche Bobois, Michael Tavano designed a vibrant pied-à-terre based on Bastille Day. Employing France’s national colors, the designer juxtaposed the red Lucite ceiling with Roche Bobois’s textured blue rug. The salon-style window treatment wrapping the room was influenced by rope dresses from the French fashion house Balmain. To create the cascading centerpiece overhead, Tavano linked together three different sizes of the same pendant. A portrait fabricated from wire mesh embellishes the far wall. 

    Interior designer: Michael Tavano, Michael Tavano Design, 2201 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10035; 212/564-0034,  

    Ceiling wallpaper (“Weathered Metals”): Maya Romanoff,
    Paint: Farrow & Ball,
    Hanging pendant lights (“Saturno”): Baroncelli,
    Sofa (“Tangram”); bedred tablecoffee table (“Cuba Libre”); leather chairs (“Echo Chairs”); table between leather chairs; high-back armchair by window; side table by chair; area rug (“Touch Me Rug”); red bookcase (“Mic Mac”): Roche Bobois,
    Wall fabricbed-cover fabricsofa fabricpillows on sofa;  fabric on high-back armchair; JAB Anstoetz,
    Drapery sheers (made from white rope trim, custom design by Michael Tavano): Samuel & Sons,
    Candlestick (“Butterfly Parade,” by Christian Lacroix): Vista Alegre,
    Image of girl’s face (Maya7616, by Seungmo Park, wire mesh); drawing with red border (me’re et fille, by Sarah Saito): KateShin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion,  

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    Sitting Room by Louis Navarrete

    Emulating the theatricality of Mischief Night, this magical escape is ideal for catnaps and conversation. “I wanted the room to feel like a cabinet of curiosities,” Navarrete says. Farrow & Ball’s “Drawing Room Blue” drenches the walls in color, while luscious blue velvet on the sofa and intricate embroidery on the canopy acknowledge the holiday’s elaborate costumes. A shipwreck-inspired chandelier by Warren Muller is suspended above the octagonal regency table. 

    Interior designer: Louis Navarrete, Louis Navarrete Decoration, 834 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032; 917/656-4345,  

    Wall paint (“Drawing Room Blue” #253); ceiling paint (Estate Emulsion with a custom silver wash): Farrow & Ball,
    Area rug (by Lavar Kerman, antique): Marc Phillips,
    Chandelier (custom, by Warren Muller): Bahdeebahdu,
    Pedestal table (antique): designer’s collection.
    Figure on table (by Ferdinand Barbedienne, 19th-century); sofa fabric (vintage): Louis Navarrete for Flourish Art, Antiques and Decoration,
    Sofa (custom, by Louis Navarrete): Fairchild Fine Furniture, 718/441-1818.
    Center pillow on sofa; pillows flanking center pillow (“Villanova” #9-7509-050); pillows at either end of sofa (“Mandas” #9-7507-050): JAB Anstoetz,
    Mirror behind sofa: Van Gregory & Norton,
    Drapery around sofa: vintage wool.
    Pair of upholstered chairs (custom by Louis Navarrete): Fairchild Fine Furniture, 718/441-1818.
    Cube end tables (“Cube”): John Lyle Design,
    Vase on end table (“Bosphorus Bowl”): Pottery Barn,
    Framed art on end table  (Jim Bloom in Antique Dream): Ric Best Art,
    Three-panel screen (discontinued): Ralph Lauren Home,
    Pedestal by screen (“Single Skyscraper Pedestal” #2343): Global Views,
    Lamp on pedestal (antique, Agrand Lamp, c. 1830): Flourish Antiques & Decoration,
    Art behind pedestal(by KAZ): Ric Best Art,  

  • Peter Rymwid

    Study by Rachel Laxer

    Inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy, Rachel Laxer designed this sophisticated lady's office sapce to be a versatile refuge for a busy woman. Above the chair rail, stitched Maya Romanoff wallcovering lends color and texture to the walls. 

    Interior designer: Rachel Laxer, Rachel Laxer Interiors, 10A Heathcote Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914/725-1073; London, 011 44 207 624 0738,

    Wallcovering (“Stitched Contrast Vertical in Green on Blue,” custom hand-painted paper): Maya Romanoff,
    Paint below chair rail (“White Dove” #OC-17): Farrow & Ball,
    Carpet: Stark,
    Blue chair (vintage Milo Baughman): 1st Dibs,
    Chair fabric: Pierre Frey,
    Taupe pillow (“Cavallini”); bench-seat fabric (“Cavallini”): Edelman Leather,
    White pillow; pillow trim: De le Cuona,
    Geometric art behind chair; abstract art over desk: Kerri Rosenthal Art,
    Desk (“Racetrack  Desk”); art with writing (by Liz Collini); books (vintage); bench to right of desk (vintage); sconce on wall at right (“Selenite Wall Light”): Rachel Laxer Interiors,
    Lamp on desk (“Ring Lamp”): Stephen Antonson By Hand,
    Pencil holders (“Butterfly Parade” Christian Lacroix for Vista Alegre); tall vase on desk: Michael C. Fina,
    Crystal sculpture: by Robert Kuo,
    Barbra Scott,
    Chair at desk (Ligne Roset vintage): 1st Dibs,

  • Peter Rymwid

    Paris Bedroom by Guillaume Gentet

    For a bedroom that brings a bit of Paris to New York, who better to design it than Guillaume Gentet? A palette of mint green, cream, and pale pink adorns the sweet space designed with modern honeymooners in mind.

    Interior designer: Guillaume Gentet, Décor by Guillaume Gentet, 139 Fulton St., Suite 507, New York, NY 10038; 212/571-1040,

    Wall paint (“Pink Ground” #202); ceiling paint (“Middleton Pink” #245); trim paint (custom glazing by Guillaume Gentet with a combination of Farrow & Ball paints); door paint (“New White” #59): Farrow & Ball,
    Wall panels (original design): by Guillaume Gentet,
    Wall-panel colors “Tunsgate Green” #250, “Cooking Apple Green” #32, “Calluna” #270; “Wevet” #273; “New White’ #59, and primer “Pink Ground” #202): Farrow& Ball,
    Area rug (“ZB Lenz”/Lavender); rug border (“Dara”/Lavender): Stark,
    Chandelier (by Tisserant Art & Style): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Bed (queen-size Louis XVI bed #8166/60): Louis J. Solomon Inc.,
    Patina on bed (custom): Guillaume Gentet,
    Mattress/box spring: Sleep Studio,
    Headboard and footboard fabric (“Flowing Waves”/Mint #22864): Robert Allen,
    Bed linens (custom embroidered collection, designed by Guillaulme Gentet, made to order): Guillaume Gentet,
    Bed cornice: designer’s collection.
    Interior bed drapery, sides (“Prism Satin”/Blush #230602, by Beacon Hill); interior bed drapery, back (“Silk Lantern”/Mint #228602, by Beacon Hill); valance fabric (“Sonia Stripe”/Orchid #198519, by Beacon Hill); trim (“Spectrum Tassel Fringe”/Pearl #212225, by Robert Allen): Robert Allen,
    Cream embroidered fabric on valance (custom embroidered collection by Guillaume Gentet, made to order): Guillaume Gentet,
    Art behind bed (by Nathaniel Galka): designer’s collection.
    Library sconce (“Adjustable Triple Swing-Arm” #035-3-586): Lampworks,
    Lamp shade; bedside tables: designer’s collection.
    Flowers on bedside table (living rose arrangement): Guillaume Gentet,
    Chair (“Vanity Sidechair”#CHR-1066): Louis J. Solomon,
    Chair-seat fabric (“Outdoor Boucle”/Pearl #239809); trim (“Spectrum Rouche”/Pearl #212306): Robert Allen Design,
    Suitcase (Louis Vuitton travel suitcase): designer’s collection.
    Art on wall at right (Breakfast in St. Tropez, a Chesley McLaren and Guillaume Gentet collaboration, on Lucite): private collection. 

  • Peter Rymwid

    2015 Holiday House

    Traditional Home is proud to again support Manhattan’s premier designer showhouse to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year’s Holiday House is open November 11–December 2, and is located at 2 East 63rd Street. Visit for details on tickets and events.

    Sincere Thanks
    Our gratitude to Baccarat, Farrow & Ball, Lillian August, Michael Aram, Michael C. Fina, Roche Bobois, 1stdibs, Frontgate, Gaggenau, Savant, Badilla Painters, Robert Allen, and Fendi Casa for their sponsorship of the 2014 Holiday House.

  • John Bessler