Spring Awakening

To say it has been a long winter would be an understatement.  The weather forecast for the first day of Spring even includes snow flurries, but all those daffodil leaves bravely poking through the ground give us hope that beautiful weather is just around the corner.


To get us in the mood, we are celebrating the Spring Equinox by reflecting on inspired displays of flowers – both real and artistic interpretations – in past Holiday House design spaces.

For Holiday House Hamptons in 2014, Campion Platt infused his master bedroom with an exuberant, feminine feel by having de Gournay‘s oversized lilies (‘Lilium’ on Custom Cream Edo painted silk) dance over the headboard, which was upholstered in a fresh, green fabric from Beacon Hill.

Photo by Peter Dressel.

Jennifer Duneier‘s 2011 Easter themed room for Holiday House NYC was also inspired by the season of rebirth.  Traditional Home said, “The pink tones of the flower photograph reference the symbols of Spring in an elegant, sophisticated way.”  Vases by Lladro and a custom designed chair brought to life by Avery Boardman also reflect the floral forms while the geometric “Kikko Trellis” wall covering by Osborne & Little plays the support that holds them up.

For her “Spring Forward” room in 2012, Tobi Fairley gathered delicate pinks in the peonies, furnishings, art and accessories to represent the Spring spirit, which seems to float gently on top of the strong black and white background.

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Photo from Tobi Fairley’s blog.

Laura Krey brought even more of Spring to our winter show house in 2014 with this exquisite wall installation of porcelain flowers by Brooklyn-based artist Syra Gomez, which were scattered across Farrow & Ball‘s bird-like Yukutori wallpaper.

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Photo from York Avenue blog.

In 2013, J+G Design breathed some fresh air onto the grand marble stair landing of the early 20th century mansion that houses Holiday House NYC with custom Fromental panels featuring flowering, bird-filled trees.

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Photo from J+G Design’s blog.

Honoring Holiday House NYC’s first year benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 2012, we were thrilled to exhibit the artwork of BCRF founder Evelyn Lauder, much of which was inspired by Spring’s floral bounty.

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Photo by Evelyn H. Lauder.

And now to get you even more in the mood for the season (or to forget about the possible snow!), here is a refreshing cocktail suggestion, courtesy of Campion Platt:

*Spring Awakening Cocktail* 

Gin, Lillet and citrus pop on the palate in this refreshing cocktail from Drink. Well. In Austin.

3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. Lillet Rouge
3/4 oz. Paula’s Texas Lemon (or substitute triple sec)
3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Absinthe (for rinsing the glass)
Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe

Rinse a chilled coupe with absinthe. In a shaker, combine the remaining four ingredients, shake with ice and fine-strain into absinthe-rinsed coupe.

Beautiful Inside and Out

In honor of International Women’s Day this weekend, we are celebrating some of the women who inspire us.

For Holiday House NYC 2014, founder Iris Dankner enlisted celebrity portrait photographer Francis Hills to take a series of stunning nude photographs of breast cancer survivors, which became the “Heart of the House” exhibition in the event’s center courtyard.

Photographer Francis Hills (right) poses with the beautiful and brave Clothing Immaterial models.

These new images are part of Hills’ decade long “Clothing Immaterial” project for which he has compiled hundreds of images of men and women, often models, actors and other celebrities, who have bared all in order to “raise their hand” in support of breast cancer awareness.

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View of the “Heart of the House” exhibit.

The series for Holiday House NYC is a special part of this project because all of the women are breast cancer survivors. They are mothers, artists, businesswomen, activists, who all have their own personal experience with the disease.

It was a powerful experience for them to show and celebrate their bodies in front of the lights and camera. Hills said of the women, “They are all incredibly brave and incredibly beautiful. The scars are really only surface. It’s what inside that counts. I tried to allow them to be themselves in front of the camera and to show them how incredibly beautiful they are.”

During the 2014 showhouse, Champagne Joy, one the gorgeous “Clothing Immaterial” models, held a party to celebrate the exhibit and her #Cancerland initiative, which is both a television documentary and a breast cancer charity that creates a support group of survivors to make sure that other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer do not feel alone as they navigate treatment and life with the disease.

Michelle Schoenfeld and Champagne Joy with Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson and a group photo of some of the models.

All proceeds from Holiday House benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and another primary objective of the showhouse has also always been to raise awareness about the disease and build support for survivors and their loved ones.

“To me, the exhibition was really about hope and strength. Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. The “Heart of the House” showed women that after fighting cancer, you don’t just survive– you thrive!” said Iris Dankner.

Sponsor ibuydesign created this video of the #Cancerland party and it really shows the spirit the showhouse and the “Heart of the House” as well.