2011 Holiday House: 10 Decorating Takeaways

2011 Holiday House: 10 Decorating Takeaways

Mat Sanders
Nov 14, 2011

This morning I had the pleasure to preview the 2011 Holiday House Designer Room & Tabletop Show. With a different room and holiday theme handed to designers to interpret as the please, the Holiday House is always a delightful way to welcome the season and a truly inspiring resource for tips on entertaining. Check out some great decorating takeaways after the jump.

Temporary Solutions
For her holiday, designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd (also pictured before the jump) chose Sunday mornings. She created a tranquil living room in a soft purple color palette reminiscent of the early dawn sky. Most impressive was her use of custom peel-and-stick wallpaper by Black Crow Studios. Boyd commissioned the individual pieces, working closely with their in-house artists to gather the exact scale and shade for these wall pieces that can easily be switched up when the feeling strikes.

Layered Tablescapes
Using Thanksgiving as the theme for her dining room, Felicia Robin Zwebner created a stunning multi-layered table setting for two round dining tables. Wanting to make a slight departure from the typical autumnal color scheme of oranges and rusts, Zwebner let her tablecloth provide the inspiration and pulled in beautiful blues, greens and gold through place mats and glassware.

Update Traditions
Jolie Korek's room was inspired by Jewish Traditions, but given contemporary edge. I like how she chose a sleek silver Menora set against a bold modern painting in blue and white.

Hide the TV!
Put that TV away, because the holiday's are about spending time with loved ones. Also from Jolie Korek's room, a clever, custom two way mirror hides a flat panel television by Audio Doctor, only to be seen when the power is on. "It took us 20 minutes to make this in my backyard," says Korek.

Accessorize with Geodes & Crystals
For Mother's Day, Aly Coulter Designs created a glamourous and extravagant den in soft pinks and rose colors. A vignette of geodes adds a bit of sparkle to this end table.

The queen of accessorizing at this year's Holiday House, Ally Coulter's room also featured this photo table, stuffed with personal horseman trophies and ribbons—all in her room's signature pink.

Bring the Drama
In his grand, Chinese New Year-inspired parlor, designer Inson Wood mixed traditional chinoiserie with modernist furniture, painted the space a daring high-gloss red and filled every corner with bold and dramatic accessories.

Piano for Two, Please
Charles Pavarini III (both contributing designer and Honorary Design Chair) had the challenging task of decorating the space beneath the stairwell, but I love how he combined this high-tech player piano from Faust & Harrison with two chairs by Jean-Michel Frank.

Overstuffed Mantle
The mantle is a great place to switch things up from season to season, and David Thiergartner demonstrates this with his mantle piled high with multiple art works, and oversized garland.

The 2011 Holiday House is located at 2 East 63rd Street, in New York City and will be available to the public November 16th-December 11th. All proceeds go towards Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For tickets, visit www.holidayhousenyc.com.

Images: Mat Sanders

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