Holiday House 2015 ~ part 3

sketch:Andrea Selby

There was so much good design to cover, it took a whopping 3 posts in order to do it.  That speaks volumes about how good this show house is.  You only have till Dec. 3rd to get there and see it for yourself.

The colors of sun, sand, and sea convey the Summer Solstice celebrating summer and the rising of the blue moon by Drew McGurkin.  I immediately felt calm in this space, but it wasn't for the lack of pattern.  The elements played off one another beautifully.  The custom mirror/desk combination with Robert Allen's new paper backed fabrics for wallpaper application are making their debut to stunning effect.  Pretty paintings by Kelly Neidig referenced a water's edge that gave rise to dimension more than color in the room.  I kind of loved that!

This pied-√†-terre by Kathleen Walsh is like my NYC dream come true!  In collaboration with Gaggenau, a small space like this designed for a globetrotting woman warrants a "staycation" for however long or short she may be enjoying the well appointed space.  "Is functional, it's trendy, it's lavish."  I could move right in!

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite space, but Darrin Varden's room definitely spoke to me, or rather he spoke to me.  I was mesmerized listening to Darrin explain the spiritual journey he is on and the deeper meaning and metaphors behind much of the design incorporated into his St. Valentine's Day space.  The darker side of romance is exposed in this custom designed, seductive, hedonistic bedroom with undertones of sadomasochism.  The garnet velvet custom bed/sofa by Luigi Gentile took center stage.  The ravishing ombre Bodhi leaf wall referenced where Buddha was enlightened.  The cocktail table with it's natural volcanic rock sides speaks to the rocky side of love.  Less subtle, but no less fun are the Hershey kisses filling the fireplace, the cherry sculpture, and the bondage accouterments leaving one a little hot under the collar.

"After the Ball Drops," a little jewel of a room, reminded me of my parents' bedroom growing up.  It was an enveloping dark emerald green space, similar to this with all its textural surfaces.  The father daughter design duo Calder Design Group gave us a clue to the theme with mirrored balls, gleaming surfaces, and luxe materials.

Glamping looks good in the hands of Vicente Wolf.  The outdoors is brought in with a custom dome like tent, or yurt as I called it, full of state of the art audio, and visual systems, antiques and the creature comforts that elevate any camping experience.  We know we're in for a surprise, because Vicente does what he does best ~ takes us on a journey

                                                             It's one thing to travel
                                                          It's another thing to explore

And that does it for another Holiday House.... till the Hamptons this summer that is.

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