Holiday House founder Iris Dankner is a 20 year breast cancer survivor and is a passionate advocate for breast cancer research and awareness. According to Iris, “Every day after you have had cancer is like a holiday.” It is this spirit that led Iris – an interior designer by trade- to create the highly acclaimed Holiday House which is now in it’s 10th year in NYC and has just launched its inaugural showhouse in London this fall as well. In true holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite rooms and take-aways that you can use in your holiday decor this season!
TREND 1: Metallics
Metallics in fabrics, wallcoverings, and rugs. There seems to be a growing trend in the use of metallics throughout design – not just in lamps, accessories, but in fabrics, wallcoverings and rugs as well. Metallics add an element of glamour and light, texture and luxury into the overall ambience of your space. This year designers at Holiday House incorporated metallics into virtually every surface.
Robin Baron – ceiling, wallcovering, bold hardware
Kim Radovich – dining chairs, place settings, centerpiece
Natalie Kraiem – light fixtures, lamps, pillows
Bonnie Steves – pillows, ice sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman
Rajni Alex – Traditional Home Showhouse – custom Agate handpainted wall by Caroline Lizarraga (©Marco Ricca)
TREND 2: Organic Shapes in furniture, lighting
Petrified Wood side table from Palcek (c. Beth Bates)
Cynthia Spence – Sculpture from Dolby Chadwick Gallery
TREND 3: COLOR
Color – Gray is going and color is making a comeback. Designers note that rusts, golds, and browns are making a comeback. This year, many vendors were offering fall-inspired duvets, throw pillows, and textiles and designers are incorporating more warm-toned hues (golds, browns, rusts, pumpkin) into their interiors overall. For those wanting to play, but not commit entirely – Serena and Lily – The Palmetto Duvet incorporates just a hint of the burnt sienna color into their signature blue and white linens to add a subtle warmth to the palette. While companies, such as Pottery Barn, are fully embracing the deeper tones with sham pillows and bedding.
Bonnie Steves – Angela Brown Ltd. (pillows)
Patrik Lönn – incorporates deep tone Dedar fabrics (wall covering, chairs, drapery)
Cheryl Settino Mosher – Robert Allen and Benjamin Moore
“You can’t go wrong when you look to nature for inspiration. I love muted Earth tones because they are grounding, I usually use them as a solid foundation for showier, saturated colors. In my Holiday House study I used a rich tawny hue throughout the room and then layered it with lush patterned fabric in yellows and blues.”
According to Bronxville-based interior designer Rajni Alex, “We are beginning to see a departure of the neutral wall and more and more people opting for color. I don’t think the gray room will ever go away entirely, but it’s very nice to see a reemergence of bolder colors. Colors help us tell a story and in the last few years people were more drawn to light and airy environments. Now we’re seeing a turn towards dark and moody rooms. This inspired me to create a richly toned space for a showhouse that I did in the Hamptons- after seeing the room several clients approached me about creating similarly toned spaces for them as well. And… I didn’t think we would see it so soon, but chintz is back and with a vengeance!!”
Rajni’s Office – a bold blue wall sets the creative tone (©Jane Beiles)
Kitchen Cabinetry – instead of the traditional white or wood cabinets – Rajni uses a slate blue with brass hardware to create a sense of glamour.
Traditional Home Designer Showhouse custom cabinetry, drapes with handpainted wall by Caroline Lizarraga (©Marco Ricca)
Trend 5: I love the 80s
2018 will see a more 80s vibe, but reinvented in a millennial way. We channeled this to an extent into the kitchen we designed at Holiday House this year with strong graphic elements softened by a fresh take on 2017’s “millenial pink”. Decor will be more maximalist but with streamlined, modern bones. –Young Huh