Eleven years ago Iris Dankner founded Holiday House to fund research into breast cancer, a disease she herself had grappled with, and each year it has become larger and more successful. For the latest iteration, which is on view through December 2nd, more than 20 designers have transformed a newly constructed 13,000-square-foot Upper East Side townhouse with a rooftop pool and several outdoor spaces into a fantasy of the luxe life. The showhouse is open through December 2 at 118 East 76th Street. Tickets are $40, and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Photo: Frank Trimble

Boston-based designer Eric Haydel anchored his vibrant family/media room with walls upholstered in a Tilton Fenwick fabric for Duralee.  “We started with this minor obsession of the wall fabric and looked at how ‘snakes,’ while fearful, can be interesting, engaging, and even a bit sexy. Throughout are geometry that is serpent-like, texture that looks like skin, or even accessories that have a reptile-like quality.”

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Photo: JJ Jetel

Inspired by one of the showhouse themes, “Getaway in Paris,” Natalie Kraiem envisioned a Parisian bedroom suite, mixing silks, velvets, and shimmery textures. “From the metallic blue-and-gold beaded wallpapers to the rich fabrics, every detail is glamorous,” the designer says. “Each piece of furniture is unique and extravagant on its own.” Even with a month for installation, however, there were a few issues with the installation. “It took much longer than expected to install the gorgeous chandelier by Serip, given that it was very heavy and delicate. It took five men five hours, plus a Facetime session with the distributor in LA, to hang it perfectly.”

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Photo: Marco Ricca Studio

The guest room Anelle Gandelman and and Ariella Duker of A-List Interiors created was inspired by the end of winter. “The space is filled with rich, warm textures (perfect for staying inside on a chilly day) mixed with elements that are reminiscent of spring,” they explain, “like the printed blossom wallpaper and ostrich feather lamps. It was important to us to create a very luxurious, inviting space.” As relaxing and luxurious as the room is, it was a practical solution that ended up having the greatest impact. “We designed the built-in cabinetry to make the most of an awkward structural niche. It fits seamlessly into the room, and also allowed us to add more lighting and reflective surfaces, to give the illusion of a larger space.”

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Photo: Frank Trimble

The design firm Interior Marketing Group emphasized the dramatic sweep of the staircase and landing with a mirror by Arteriors

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Photo: Marco Ricca Studio

In the foyer, Grisoro Designs created an inviting vignette with a table by BDDW and a mirror by J. Pocker.


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