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Showhouse: Holiday House
Top-notch designers decorate holiday-themed rooms in this showhouse
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Shelley Starr: New Year’s Eve
Designer Shelley Starr’s New Year’s Eve room brings the chic holiday to life with white moldings highlighted by silver wallpaper that depicts cherry blossoms and crystal accents.
Photography: John Bessler
Interior designer: Shelley Starr, Shelley Starr Interior Design for Moura Starr. Shelly Starr Interior Design, 310/409-7757, shelleystarrdesign.com. Moura Starr International, 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite B547, Los Angeles, CA 90069; 310/854-9100; and 979 Third Ave., Suite 401, New York, NY 10022; 212/888-9058, mourastarr.com. Shelley Starr Home, 121 Wooster St, NY, NY 10012; 212/219-1110.
For Starr, including a cello and music stand in the room was a must. “The idea of music adds instant warmth to a room,” she says.
Moura Starr’s Balance light fixture is a modern version of a standard chandelier. Its electrical wiring was removed from the fixture and seared into the ceiling. “It enhances the room without the wiring and weight of a typical chandelier,” Starr says. Thus, the candles seem to magically float in midair.
For information: Shelly Starr Interior Design, 310/409-7757, shelleystarrdesign.com
Irwin Feld: Snow Day
A hand-carved wooden deer and a vintage ski scene helped Irwin Feld re-create a serene snow day. His theme—not a typical holiday one—celebrated nature by mixing comfort and luxury with such memorable pieces as a striped screen, a faux-fur bench, and a massive 10-arm chandelier. Charcoal-colored flooring sprinkled with artificial snow mimicked city streets. “I tried to bring to light the simple things that surround us but that we often take for granted,” Feld says.
Interior design: Irwin Feld, Irwin Feld Design, 583 Pacific St., Stamford, CT 06902; 203/588-0567, irwinfelddesign.com
Irwin Feld’s wife, Marcy, was the photographer of the Central Park winter scene image that was the inspiration of the snow day space. Serving as a mural, the image “captured the subtle nuances found in the texture of snow and branches,” Feld says.
Mantel; fireplace surround: original to house.
Tile insert (mosaic tile): Home Depot, homedepot.com
Wall covering above mantel (original to house, but painted “Silver Dollar” #1460): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com
Deer (vintage): Irwin Feld Design, 203/588-0567, irwinfelddesign.com
Bench to left of mantel: Mid Century Antiques, 845/304-8872, midcenturyantiques.com
Bench to right of mantel (cerused fur bench, custom designed by Irwin Feld): Irwin Feld Design, 203/588-0567.
Bench fabrics: City Fabrics, 212/391-1161.
Sconces flanking mantel: Mid Century Antiques, 845/304-8872.
Art over mantel (Fresh Air and Good Company); sculptures on mantel: Irwin Feld Design, 203/588-0567.
Area rug: Kooches, 800/977-7004, kooches.com
Chandelier (1950s, attributed to Paavo Tynell): Irwin Feld Design, 203/588-0567.
Chair: Mid Century Antiques, 845/304-8872.
Fabric: Holland & Sherry, 212/355-6241, hollandandsherry.com
Feld departed from typical calendar holidays and focused on celebrating nature in his space. “There is very little color on a snowy day, which was reflected in the neutral palette of gray, black, and taupe colors I selected,” Feld says of his room’s snow day scene.
Shari Markbreiter: On-My-Own Studio
Limited space didn’t shortchange the style of Shari Markbreiter’s 340-square-foot studio apartment. “You have to throw the small dimensions off with large-scale pieces,” Markbreiter says. A hefty Federal-style mirror, Hermés orange accents, and stripes in the kitchen area added handsome character and energy to the room.
Interior design: Shari Markbreiter, MH Studio, 118 E. 28th St., Suite 1001, New York, NY 10016; 212/644-8585, mhstudio.com
Hermés orange accents were seen throughout the space, adding a handsome vibe to the studio. The contemporary watercolor drawing by Bastienne Schmidt above the brown sofa incorporated masculine elements, including a muscle car sketch.
Coffee table (vintage John Vesey): Good Design, 212/722-1110.
Wall paint (“Winds Breath” #981); trim paint (“Caponata” #AF-650): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com
Area rug: Stark Carpet, 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com
Chairs (antique): MH Studio, 212/644-8585, mhstudio.com
Chair fabric (“Riley Stripe”/Sienna #F3418-06): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com
Table between chairs (“Gavin Side Table” #GA600-AB, petrified wood): Matthew Studios, 917/675-2117, matthewstudios.com. Through A. Rudin Showroom, 212/644-3766.
Large mirror (antique): MH Studio, 212/644-8585.
Striped wallpaper (“Broad Stripes”): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121. farrow-ball.com
Cabinetry (custom): MH Studio, 212/644-8585.
Fabrication: Daniel Minzner Co., 610/258-5449.
Countertops (“Black Canyon,” Mountain Series): Silestone by Cosentino, 866/268-6837, silestoneusa.com
Television: Samsung, samsung.com
Induction cooktop (by Wolf): Sub-Zero/Wolf, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com
Art on top shelf (by Sharon Horvath): Lori Bookstein Fine Art, 212/750-0949, loribooksteinfineart.com
Art over sink (by Felipe Consalvos): MH Studio, 212/644-8585.
“Just because a space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful,” says designer Shari Markbreiter.
Jolie Korek: Grammy Night
The shag rug, electric guitar, and glittery geometric shapes of Jolie Korek’s room screamed “rock star”—an ideal spot for Grammy-watching. Platinum records and portraits of musicians amplified the volume of decorative elements. A flat-panel television was mounted between two windows dressed in ivory-silk. “There is a connection between how I dance and how I decorate, as I try to keep a balance between rhythm and sensuality,” Korek says.
Interior design: Jolie Korek, Interiors Company Inc., Scarsdale, NY 10583-3301; 914/722-4461, interiorsco.com
Platinum records in addition to a black, rock crystal lamp help create the “sensual and inviting ambiance” Korek wanted to create.
Lounge chair (“Brentwood”): Profiles NY, 212/689-6903, profilesny.com
Fabric (“Viceroy”/Moonbeam #Z103/04, Zinc Collection): Romo, 800/338-2783, romo.com
Mirrored barrel table beside lounge chair (“Metro Table”); mirror behind lounge chair (“Madison Mirror”): Niedermaier, 212/888-8680, niedermaier.com
Ice bucket and wine glasses: La Dentelliere, 914/723-2902.
Wall covering (“Stardust”/Mica, by Omexco #STA107): Romo, 800/338-2783, romo.com
Designer Korek wanted to create a glamorous, hip environment for her Grammy-themed room. She achieved this by using strong geometrics and substantially thick fabrics in the space. “My ever-ingrained art history background forever forces me to see the whole room as a geometric composition,” she says.
Eric Cohler & Jennifer Mason: Mother’s Day
Making an effort to emulate the fashion sense of the stylish women destined to sit there, the brother-and-sister team of Eric Cohler and Jennifer Mason gave a dining room’s classic bones a sexy makeover. Sleek, high-gloss indigo paint provided a glamorous finish to timeless architecture, emphasizing the room’s paneling and moldings. An armless white sofa and a yellow painting stand out against the dark wall, enlivening the room with light accents.
Interior design: Eric Cohler, creative director: Jennifer Cohler Mason, Eric Cohler Design, 95 Fifth Ave., Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10003; 212/737-8600, ericcohler.com
Contractor: Stephen Fanuka, Fanuka Inc., 59-49 56th Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378-2324; 718/353-4518, fanuka.com
Much like statement fabrics that strut the high-fashion runways, chic gray-and-white upholstery on silver dining chairs and eye-catching light fixtures ramp up the magic of the formal dinner.
Dining table: Malmaison Antiques, 212/288-7569, malmaison.1stdibs.com
Dining chairs (antique, Ex Collection by Jane Wrightsman): designer’s collection.
Chair fabric (“Dinisen Linen”/Pewter #2009101-11, Eric Cohler Collection): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com
China (“Golden Forest” by Dibbern); napkins; napkin rings: Barneys New York, 888/222-7639, barneys.com
Plates with blue pattern, inside bowls: Crate & Barrel, 800/967-6696, crateandbarrel.com
Stemware: Scully & Scully, 800/223-3717, scullyandscully.com
Rug (“New Oriental” #287210A/669-1, from Pakistan, Charlotte Moss Passport Collection): Stark Carpet Corp., 212/752-9000, starkcarpet.com
Chandelier (“Large Scale Brass Chandelier by Stilnovo” #211L4192); sconces (“Scrolling Arm Sconces” #211L3649): John Salibello Antiques, 212/838-5767, johnsalibelloantiques.com
Sofa (“Linen Sofa with Carved Legs,” Antony Todd Collection): Antony Todd Home, 212/529-3252, antonytodd.com
Pillows on sofa (Eric Cohler Collection): Eric Cohler Design, 212/737-8600, ericcohler.com
Chair (“Pelican Chair” by Finn Juhl): Design Within Reach, 800/944-2233, dwr.com
Floor lamp (“Giacometti-Inspired Ladies Head Floor Lamp Base” #9603): Carole Gratale Inc., 212/230-1755, carolegratale.com
Coffee table (“Spectrum Roll Table” by Spectrum Ltd.): Couture Showrooms, 212/689-0730, coutureshowrooms.com
Art above sofa (Sissystrut, 1980, by Dan Christensen): Spanierman Gallery, 212/832-0208, spanierman.com
Wall paint (“Midnight Navy” #2067-10, high gloss): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com
Fireplace screen (“Three Panel Screen with Decorative Crystals,” one of a kind): for similar, Wm. H. Jackson Co., 212/753-9400, wmhj.com
Art over mantel (Lo and Behold, by Jasmina Danowski): Spanierman Gallery, 212/832-0208.
Eric Cohler and Jennifer Mason. “For a room to be a showstopper,” says Cohler, “it must be built on layers of informed design.”
Marjorie Sobiloff & Cathy Yohay: April Fool’s Day
“When we envisioned an April Fool’s Day holiday space we wanted to transport the viewer into a completely different environment,” interior designer Marjorie Sobiloff says. Sobiloff and her design partner Cathy Yohay did just that with their scenic murals featuring the gardens of Chateau de Villandry framed in moldings that create the illusion of windows.
Interior design: Cathy Yohay and Marjorie Sobiloff, SY Interior Designs, 145 Station Rd., Great Neck, NY 11023, 516/770-5044 and 516/729-3143, syinteriordesigns.com
Sobiloff and Yohay wanted to keep the color scheme subtle. Shades of lilac and deep violets mixed in with hints of magenta stood out, but didn’t overpower the small vignette.
Settee and bolster-pillow fabric (“Versailles” #E20400): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com
Floral pillows on settee (“Lauranne II”/ Atlantique): Donghia, 914/662-2377, donghia.com
Light beside settee (“Hurricane Lamps” by Karl Springer): vintage.
Mural behind settee (custom): Art Addiction NYC, 212/956-0805, artaddictioninc.com
Drapery: designers’ collection.
Red chairs: vintage.
Chair fabric: vintage fuchsia wool boucle and leather.
Coffee table (“La Paz Cocktail Table”): Spectrum Ltd., 202/544-5444, spectrum-ltd.com
Coffee set on coffee table: Bernardaud, bernardaud.fr
Round white table between chairs (“Omni Side Table”): Hellman-Chang, 212/875-0424, hellman-chang.com
Console table (“Art Deco Console Table” #CN5): Antiqueria Tribeca, 212/227-7500, antiqueria.com
Art above console (Through the Clouds, 1997, by Jules Olitsky): Vered Gallery, 631/324-3303, veredart.com
Sculpture on console (antique resin): Mix on Main, 413/229-8900
Decanter and glasses on console: Seguso Viro, 212/696-1133, segusoviro.com
Wall treatment behind console (hand-applied gold leaves): custom.
Area rug (“Replay” by Allegra Hicks): The Rug Co., 212/274-0444, therugcompany.info
Tiered server (“Bamboo Server” #8531): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com
Fuchsia cups and saucers (“Arc en Ciel”/Fuchsia, by Robert Haviland and C. Parlon): Mottahedeh, 800/443-8225, mottahedeh.com
Wine glasses (“Casanova”): Moser, 866/240-5115, moserusa.com