This time of year is all about celebration! Right now I’m celebrating my room in Holiday House NYC, which was founded in 2008 by Iris Danker, combining her love of design and her desire to help women suffering from breast cancer. Each designer gets to pick a holiday or special moment as inspiration.
This year, inspired by the 70’s style of Halston, Warhol and Studio 54, I’ve created a seductive women’s study, with a midsummer’s holiday twist: the perfect, peaceful place for a glamour girl to catch up on work or chill out in the evening – a perfect refuge.
The room was inspired by an amazing blue Lanvin satin sheath, draped with dip-dyed fur and jewelry to match, that I spotted in the window of their St. Honore atelier – I wanted to create a room for the woman who would wear that dress. I am also a huge fan of textured walls, and when I saw the David Rockwell for Maya Romanoff “Stitched” wallcovering – it was a match made in heaven. The color, texture, dressmaker details and sheen brought it altogether.
The room’s furniture was sourced almost exclusively from 1st Dibs, which is my first stop for all things wonderful. One of the lucky finds is a Milo Baughman tub chair, covered in a blue Pierre Frey velvet. The contemporary lighting, by Brooklyn designer Stephen Antonson, features white, hand-painted plasterwork, which was very popular in the 1920’s and 30’s. The black and white paintings flanking the doorway are by Kerri Rosenthal, a Connecticut artist inspired by de Koonig and Pollack.
In the dressing area I’ve placed a framed photo of the inspirational Lanvin dress alongside two Ron Gallela paparazzi shots of Jacqueline Onassis. On the shelf are Baccarat butterflies from Michael C. Fina that seem to float on Lucite boxes and become pieces of art in themselves. The stool at the makeup table, which is vintage and was also discovered on 1st Dibs, is covered in hair on hide leather from Edelman leather in New York.
Across from the makeup table is an elegant yet functional desk I designed, served by a vintage Sala chair, again sourced via 1st Dibs. The chic lamp is again by Mr. Antonson, and the tableau is capped by another of Kerri Rosenthal’s fantastic paintings. It is paired with two pieces by artist Liz Collini, who works with graphic texts; they’re ambiguous yet evocative. Robert Kuo’s turtle sculpture on the floor nearby adds a bit of whimsy and acts as a reminder that this room is for relaxation and contemplation. The floor itself is covered by a grey sisal rug from Stark Carpet.
I’ve loved creating this room for Holiday House NYC www.holidayhousenyc.com , and hope you enjoy experiencing it in person. Perhaps a visit can inspire a new holiday tradition for you! Happy Holidays!