2013 Holiday House New York: Triumph Was Its Goal

Entrance to Holiday House

"A house is very much like a portrait…The thought of arrangement, the curves and straight lines. It gives an indication of the character at the heart of it." –Christian Louboutin


New York's architecturally marvelous Academy Mansion was transformed for the sixth year by top interior designers to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and a new rallying cry was added: battling to win, which manifested itself in an astonishing NFL room and a man cave called "Suite Dreams" by Campion Platt. Football was, of course, the metaphor for all women battling breast cancer, and Ms. Coulter emerged as MVD (most valuable designer) in that league.


Dazzling rooms were created by Weitzman-Halpern, Darrin Varden Design, Rachel Laxer Interiors, with themes from Sweet Sixteen to the NFL., and an enchanting first-floor fin de siecle tea room by Guillaume Gentet, Decorateur Ensemblier, drew and anchored the surging crowds at the Opening Night and the subsequent tours and events, giving viewers tea, cakes,  and a taste of  France.


Greeting Holiday House guests

Mario Buatta, Christopher Hyland, Holiday House founder Iris Dankner, and another designer whose states, "Tis the Season" tapped into the thrill of victory, were at the opening party. "Whether you are battling breast cancer or playing in the Super Bowl, "Stay positive, believe in yourself, and keep moving through your life's journey. Never give up and always move with great strength and certainty. I dedicate this room to all the women battling and the promise of victory!!!"


" 'Tis the Season"—as in football season -- for the theme of this sixth Holiday House, which also became a symbol for the disease the designer show house benefits. The glamorous event raises funds annually for the Foundation. Photographs of breast cancer survivors in football gear "in the battle of their lives" -- like Woodmere native Iris Dankner, founding chair of Holiday House -- lined the staircase leading to Coulter's space. And what timing, just as the Super Bowl comes to the New York-metro area's MetLife Stadium on February 2.


Eric Vincent

The room itself was a cross between a stadium, a Club, and a luxurious sports bar. A Vince Lombardi Trophy was displayed in a room with AstroTurf-covered floors outside a soaring high-ceilinged club room and a cacophony of flat-screen TVs, National Football League memorabilia and five pieces of Charles Fazzino's official Super Bowl XLVIII 3-D pop-up. Newport Seen found itself staring with nostalgia at a picture of Joe Namath.


Ms. Coulter's room was decidedly not the traditional "man cave", furnished with brands like John Lyle, Ralph Lauren, Baccarat, Dakota Jackson, Christopher Hyland, Dedar, Holland & Sherry, Waterworks, Maya Romanoff and custom original ACD pieces available through Niedermaier, along with Peter Tunney art and Nicholas Brawer Fine Antiques. In true nightclub style, it featured the very latest media innovations, in TV and sounds. For authenticity, it was accented with one of the greatest collections of the Super Bowl memorabilia and art ever exhibited to the public. And yet Ms. Coulter's sophisticated feminine hand created style in the bold striped draperies and furniture arrangement.


Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta and Thom Filicia served as design chairs, and Christopher Hyland, Event Chair. With Iris Dankner, they addressed the guests from the soaring staircase. Leonard Lauder served as Honorary Chair.


Guillaume Gentet in the Salon d'ete Mme. Souchard, with

David Carpenter


Seen were Newporters Pamela O'Connor and son Morgan O'Connor, who headed straight for Ms. Coulter's room to congratulate her. Newporter Janine Atamian, winner of the IMC "Nuit Blanche" shoe contest last summer, was in attendance. Paige Bart was in from Tria Gallery. Also seen was Mario Buatta, the "Prince of Chintz".

                                                                    -- L.P.

For information on Holiday House, go to www.holidayhousenyc.com/



Traditional Home again sponsored

Ally Coulter's  Collection of NFL footballs

Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XXVI


One of the rooms was packed during the party


Christopher Hyland and Rio Hamilton,

of Neidermaier

Janine Atamian  with Reeta Gyamlani

Tria Gallery Director Paige Bart

Friend with Andrew Joseph


Gregory Allen Cramer in Christmas red

Rachel Laxer in her Valentine's Day  room

The "Sweet Sixteen" wall

"Sweet Sixteen"'s desk

Michael Halpern & Amie Weitzman in the "Sweet Sixteen"

room they designed

The stairway, lined with NFL memorabilia and photos of survivors

in helmets

James Rixner's svelte living room

A musician serenades guests

The room was a study in red, with balloons on the ceiling

Mr. Platt's "Sleep Studio"

Campion Platt

Iris Dankner welcoming guests from the grand staircase, with Myra

Biblowit, President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Sarah

Gore and Christopher Hyland

Describing the work of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Casablanca Christmas Parlor by Tony Ingrao & Randy Kemper

More Christmas in Casablanca

Downstairs den by Patrik Lonn

A corner of the den

The coved  ceiling of the Madrugada dining room by Stephen Bastone

The dining room with baronial feel

Todd Henderson, of Ralph Lauren Home

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