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The 11th Annual Holiday House NYC Stretches the Imagination of Living Space

The 11th edition of  Holiday House NYC  featured the work of twenty individuals/firms tapped to transform the eight-bedroom, 13,000-square-foot townhouse on the Upper East Side at 118 East 76th Street, New York, NY into “shoppable” rooms with items on sale on One Kings Lane. Founded by interior designer and breast cancer survivor Iris Danker in 2008, the showhouse is a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BFRF).

Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon
Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon

Interior designer Vanessa Deleon returns to Holiday House NYC this year to transform a bi-level sky lounge and pool room into a dreamlike oasis of serenity.  The theme of the room, “Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, See No Evil” applies the proverbial principle towards cancer—if we can do away with the disease, we will never have to speak of it, hear of it, or see anyone suffer from it ever again.

Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon
Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon

Deleon’s Holiday House creation reflects a cohesive, retreat-like space reminiscent of a seaside escape. The designer used a palette of blues on blues from the floor-to-ceiling Sicis mosaic already dominating the pool room as a jumping off point for the bi-level, loft-like space overlooking a pool on the top floor. 

Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon
Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon

As a means to enhance the seaside feel, Deleon created an art installation featuring photographer Laurie Fishman’s “Swimmers” series, depicting small-scaled swimmers gliding through open water. The circular grouping was designed to echo the circular chandelier overhead, while in the pool, round white LED-lit balls provide an ambient glow that illuminates the tiles. Undertones of silver add an element of tranquility, subconsciously reminding the visitor to relax while still referencing the spirit of the holidays. 

Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon
Sky Lounge in the 11th Annual Holiday House NYC by Interior designer Vanessa Deleon

In the Sky Lounge, monochromatic furniture from Room & Board outfitted in waterproof Sunbrella fabric encourages relaxation and elevates preconceived notions of outdoor furniture. Accent pillows and a Room & Board Cardiff rug in ivory/gunmetal sits underfoot a Phillips collection pebbled rock, kidney-shaped coffee table. Against the wall, a Phillips Collection Crown Console in silver leaf sits beneath avant-garde accents such as an artfully arranged wall grouping of pearl white and polished aluminum Ball on the Wall art pieces. Various artful accents such as wire lounging art pieces in male and female silhouettes and elongated sculptures depicting the Three Wise Monkey’s age-old directive (See No Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil) add interest and depth.

 

 

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist (www.TheDesignTourist.com) that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: https://thedesigntourist.com/the-magazine/ Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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