Easter

We hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend, and we wanted to share two Holiday House rooms that celebrate Easter.

At Holiday House 2010, Robin Wilson created a unique Easter table setting inside of a snow globe.

Photographs by Robin Wilson Home

“I was inspired by the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland who has a through-the-looking glass whimsical energy. The home has a central courtyard that looks into each room and we felt that this element carries through the home. ”

“Easter has different meanings to so many people – from the religious origins to the hopeful energy of children as they experience the commercialism of gifts, bunnies and a hunt for candy. Everyone who saw the snow globe had a smile, and many people peered through the glass…” – Robin Wilson

Designer Jennifer Duneier also took on Easter at Holiday House 2011 in the form of a feminine sitting room filled with bright and beautiful hot pinks and turquoises.

Photogaphs by Peter Dessel

Jennifer focused on colors and textures, to create a calming and relaxing environment. Jennifer says that Easter is all about making  things fun for the children of the house.  Baskets full of Easter eggs that are hand decorated make a great table centerpiece.  If you have a more formal room you can display the eggs in a crystal bowl to add a little sparkle.

Jennifer also suggests putting an Easter wreath of peonies and hydrangeas on the front door – it sets the tone for guests that are coming to participate in an Easter egg hunt or Easter brunch.  One of the best parts of Easter is the fresh flowers that are available for around the house and in the garden. Jennifer created a mini garden complete with an Easter rabbit and eggs outside the window of her Easter sitting room.

Jennifer also went a step further by being the only designer to take on a bathroom in addition to her room! Below are a couple shots of her clean, modern design.

          

 

Happy Easter everyone!

April Fools!

For April Fools Day we take you back to Holiday House 2010, where Marjorie Sobiloff and Cathy Yohay of SY Interior Designs transported visitors to a Paris apartment with views of the gardens at Chateau de Villandry.

Photographs by Phillip Ennis and Norman & Cathy Yohay.

Marjorie and Cathy constructed large scenic panels to fit in the existing rectangular applied  moldings on the wall, giving the illusion of large windows through which the visitor sees the dramatic vista.

They created an elegant, Paris style apartment by selecting a mix of old and new furnishings that complimented each other and the space, such as the antique Art Deco console table from Antiquera Tribeca,  the whimsical wall sconce “Pop” from Boyd Lighting (available through Donghia), and lucite coffee table from Spectrum West.   The dominoes with rhinestones were a personal touch, and you can just imagine a couple playing with them while sipping champagne on a romantic evening.

The fuchsia chairs were found at an antiques fair in terrible condition and were lacquered and reupholstered in magenta leather and wool boucle for an elegant Chanel feeling. The sofa is a vintage piece as well, all the way from France. The jewel encrusted side table between the chairs is  from Hellman Chang, and the rug came from The Rug Company in New York.

Drapery cornice and period accessories were added, such as the Carl Springer torcheries and Tony Duquette Goddess  statue (from 41 Main Antiques).  The dessert cart was from Baker, Knapp and Tubbs.

The walls were painted with venetian plaster and then gold leaf was applied, (a play on words for April Fools Day). The color scheme was kept subtle since there was so much going on in such a small area.

Fun fact: On April Fools Day in France, children traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “poisson d’avril!” (April fish!).

Happy April Fools Day!