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Holiday House 2009

by habituallychic

12 . 04 . 09

I had the pleasure of attending the 2009 Holiday House Designer Tabletop Showcase to benefit the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and blown away by the creativity of the participating designers. Holiday House consists of 18 table settings that celebrate some of life’s special occasions. Even though only one specifically celebrates Christmas, I think many of them offer wonderful inspiration for the setting the table this year. Enjoy!

I’m posting the designers and table settings in the order they appeared in the house and the first is the Fourth of July designed by antiques dealer Irwin Feld. It was such a pleasure to finally meet Irwin since I purchased chairs from his great shop in Stamford for the bachelor pad!

Irwin decided to forgo the usual red, white and blue usually associated with the Fourth of July in favor of a more sophisticated celebration with a few elegant nods to summer. It was a really beautiful design and one of my favorites.

The coordinating table that also celebrated the Fourth of July was designed by Jolie Korek using many of Irwin’s great vintage furniture.

I really liked the designers who created rooms and not just a table setting. It added a lot to the overall design.

A detail of the beautiful table setting.

Valentine’s Day was celebrated by glassblower Abby Modell of LLe-Dom Contemporary Art Glass.

Valentine’s Day wasn’t a table but a bed that included sweet treats to celebrate the holiday.

A tray set for eating in bed.

At first I thought this was the Christmas table but it actually celebrates the Festival of the Stag and was created by Barbara Ostrom.

The table was beautiful and reminded me of something you might see in Aspen or a country house for the holidays.

This was one of two table settings that used beautiful feather place mats.

This is a perfect table setting for dinner on cold winter nights!

Another beautiful and elegant table setting was the New Year’s Eve or “Tempus Fugit” by Timothy & Associates Interior Design in Pearl River.

I loved all the references to time and clocks incorporated into the design.

I can’t think of anything more chic than a white peacock!

The Winter Solstice table setting by Diane Durocher perfectly complimented the New Year’s table next to it with it’s white, silver and icy blue palette.

I can imagine this table in an elegant Park Avenue apartment.

A close up of the Winter Solstice table setting.
This tablescape could also work perfectly for Christmas!

It was such a pleasure to see Bunny Williams and photographer her in front of her Summer Solstice table set with items from her shop Treillage.

I was just shopping in the Treillage on Lexington Avenue last week and it’s the best store to visit for tablescape inspiration!

Her table setting makes me long for summer!

One of my favorite items in the shop are the faux trees and plants that are perfect for busy New Yorkers who might not have time to water their plants! They look amazingly real!

Hanukkah is coming up soon and Greenbaum Interiors created a beautiful table and seating areas to celebrate the holiday.

The table was set with the Sufganiyot or jelly filled donuts that are fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days instead of one.

The elegant Hanukkah table setting.

The sitting area with Hanukkah gelt.

The Tudor window area created the perfect setting for the Halloween table setting by SY Interior Designs by Marjorie Sobiloff and Cathy Yohay.

It was a more elegant and adult table setting to celebrate Halloween

The photograph is by Steven Klein and is available through the Vered Gallery in East Hampton while the spider fabric is a little creepy yet absolutely perfect for Halloween!

The Halloween table setting.

Another part of the Halloween setting with a witches broom and another spider web.

The Christmas table was set by the venerable interior designer Charles Pavarini.

The Table was set for six of the most well behaved Americans of 2009 which included Bernadette Peters, Derek Jeter, Brad Pitt, Michelle Obama, Elle DeGeneres, and Chesley B. Sullenberger.

My favorite part was that Charles placed lighted trees outside of the window that really did make it feel like a winter wonderland ready for Christmas!

The Crystal Anniversary table was designed by Stedila Design and was fill of silver, mirror and glass.

The beaded place mats and smokey glass accents added to the elegant table setting.

I especially loved the look of the crystal chandelier hanging in the mirror lined fireplace.

This rug is another fun decorating idea for New Year’s Eve.

Designer Jamie Drake created a very fun table celebrating Single Awareness Day (SAD) which apparently was created for singles to celebrate on or near Valentine’s Day.

The table was set with a game of solitaire and and included a frog sculpture that I hope turned into a prince!

My fabulous friend Harry Heissmann also created a fun yet elegant table to celebrate Groundhog Day. He said he chose it since it was the only non-commercial holiday.

The chairs were mushroom stools and the lighting is part of the Tony Duquette Collection at Remains Lighting. The fabric for the tablecloth is also by Tony Duquette.

I really want Harry to teach me how he created the napkin rosettes!

Did you know Punxsutawney Phil had official souvenirs? Harry did and he bought them to add to his table setting!

Gale Sitomer and Sandy Rosenthal of G. Sitomer Design (no website) created the Wedding table setting in a small room on the second floor.

The furry carpet is from Stark.

The wedding table setting was of course set for a very elegant bride and groom!

I thought that the Kwanza table set by Jennifer Garrigues and Diane El Daher for Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design was especially lovely.

Here is the example of the second feather placemat. The table was set with place cards for the Obama family who seemed to be a popular guests!

The tablecloth was made from fabric from Quadrille.

Clara’s Birthday Tea Party was created by Zoya Bograd for Bograd Kids.

The linens were custom embroidered by Casa del Bianco.

This is one children’s table that even the grown ups would want to sit at!

The beautiful needlepoint pictures were created by Renee Glicklich-Abraham and can be found on her website! They would make great gifts for the holidays!

Since the Holiday House benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, it was fitting that one of the table settings celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Day which was designed by Harry Danielle.

Harry created a beautiful pink and green garden party with real flowers and a flowery chandelier.

A detail of the Breast Cancer Awareness Day table setting.

Sharing the same room and pink backdrop is the Birthday celebration table by MH Sudio.

MH Studio is made up of designers Shari Markbreiter and Benjamin Hunntington who created the birthday celebration in honor of Shar’s friend, the 86 year old Robin Chadler Duke who was once the Ambassador to Norway!

The very elegant table setting for a very elegant lady!

The blue lamps pop against the pale pink walls.

A bar cart on the right holds the birthday cake.

Pretty presents waiting to be opened.

A great surprise was meeting Maribel Lieberman, the creator of the most delicious chocolate, MarieBelle! She had created a Chocolate Bar on the second floor of the Holiday House.
Hope you enjoyed this look inside the 2009 Holiday House. I very much enjoyed seeing all the tables and meeting many of the designers. There is nothing I love more than great design that benefits a great cause! I hope you will all stop by this weekend!

Comments Closed

  1. Decor Fellow: James Saavedra December 5, 2009 | 12:00 am

    thanks for the visual feast!

  2. Modern Traditionalist December 5, 2009 | 12:41 am

    So much variation. So many options! I’m googling Festival of the Stag immediately. It is my clear favorite.

  3. style chronicle December 5, 2009 | 3:35 am

    Never heard of festival of the stag. Fabulous tables – thanks for sharing!

  4. maison21 December 5, 2009 | 4:27 am


  5. Linda/"Mom" December 5, 2009 | 11:51 am

    * What a fabulous joy to wake up and read/see!!! Thanks n’ HAPPY WEEKEND!

    Linda in AZ *

  6. Gwen Driscoll December 5, 2009 | 2:53 pm


    My favorite is the Winter Solstice or Halloween. You must have spent your whole day going through all of them. Thanks for all the great pics.

    Ragland Hill Social

  7. jones December 5, 2009 | 2:57 pm

    Beautiful fairy tales for great ideas. The peacock table design was amazing. Loved seeing the new silver designs together with the best of the traditional patterns. Have a great week-end. Mary

  8. Teresa Hatfield December 5, 2009 | 3:09 pm

    This is proof that you can NEVER had too many tiny white lights.
    I am such a Christmas person, and the Christmas setting was amazing. I enjoyed them all. Such talent.

    Thank you!

  9. Diane James Home December 5, 2009 | 3:40 pm

    We stopped by the show house yesterday and loved all the holiday table settings. Harry H. is as whimsical as ever (remember his large faux chocolate Easter bunny last year?) and the flowers from ZeZe on the Birthday Celebration table are gorgeous. So glad you were able to take pictures and share them – the house is definitely worth the visit!

  10. Bailey December 5, 2009 | 5:14 pm

    Very cool…But what I am really loving is the painting of the Coppertone Girl in the first pictures…do you have any info on that?

  11. micah @ the yellow front door December 5, 2009 | 5:28 pm

    Gorgeous! I like the collage of pictures shaped like a tree. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Zoya Bograd December 5, 2009 | 10:18 pm

    Thank you! All needlepoint pictures are stitched by “Renee” and are available at Bograd Kids showroom or bogradkids.com

  13. Karena December 5, 2009 | 11:22 pm

    Heather, what a treat,such enjoyable images and such inspiration! loved Bunny’s Tablescape as well!

  14. Kitty December 6, 2009 | 1:32 am

    I really enjoyed your post. Especially Tempus Fugit and your friend Harry’s genius Groundhog Day idea! Thanks! xo kitty

  15. TheCluelessCrafter December 6, 2009 | 4:52 am

    @Bailey That’s what that image was. Duh – so familiar, yet I couldn’t place that she was the Coppertone girl. Ugh, it was on the tip of my tongue.

    Single Awareness Day is a wonderful concept, but I don’t know how I feel about the acronym “SAD”!

    Great assemblage of varied and fun tablescapes.

  16. pamelafrench December 6, 2009 | 4:40 pm

    Wow, you go girl!!! That’s my friend Renee Abraham’s work. She created those very clever Needlepoint Art pieces for the Christmas tree. Her wit and creative eye make those pieces so memorable, and she describes her work as “Art.. in Stitches”. I know her well for her years as a TV producer.

  17. Penelope Bianchi December 6, 2009 | 8:55 pm


    (brag brag…..her hosts (when she was on her book tour here); invited her to come to my house (we bought just about everything from Treillage and John rosselli when we built it) and…

    she was beyond adorable….she flew through the house…and upon arriving at the master bath…..(an 1860 french tub)..she just looked at me..and exclaimed ” ISN’T IT JUST SO MUCH FUN!!??!”

    Well, yes…..it is! And so is SHE!!!

  18. Vanessa December 7, 2009 | 12:06 am

    I could look at photos of beautiful interiors all day!!!
    The kids table was adorable, loved it!

  19. Style Scout December 7, 2009 | 1:12 am

    I absolutely love this post! I enjoyed seeing what all of the different designers came up with! The kids table was absolutely adorable.

  20. Sallie Ann December 7, 2009 | 4:18 am

    Anyone know where I can get my hands on one of those white peacocks? Of course, will need to clear it with the condo board. These photos are gorgeous

  21. Habitually Chic December 7, 2009 | 5:32 pm

    James/Decor Fellow – you are very welcome!

    Modern Traditionalist – Did you find out when it’s celebrated? I still need to look it up. That was definitely one of my favorite looks and yet it was so simple!

    Style Chronicle – me neither but I’m so glad she chose it!

    Maison21 – it was fun!

    Linda – it was even better in person! I was blown away by the creativity!

    Gwen – Ha! I actually had about an hour and a half to go through it all before the cocktail party started! I loved the alternative to a kitchy Halloween party! I have so many ideas for parties now!

    Mary – Every table just kept getting better and better but the white peacocks were amazing!

    Teresa – Christmas was great but so many of the others could have been converted to Christmas which I loved!

    Diane – Zeze is one of my favorite florists! He is amazing as is Harry! And your flowers too!

    Bailey – I spoke to Irwin and he said it’s from his gallery. It will be online soon or you can call him for more information!

    Micah – see below!

    Zoya – thanks so much! They were great as was your table!

    Karena – Bunny’s made me me miss summer and want to plan a trip to Tuscany! It was so beautiful!

    Kitty – I want to plan a dinner party for every holiday now after seeing this house!

    The Clueless Crafter – I hear ya! I’ll take off the acronym when I celebate it next year 😉

    Pamela – how fun! I really loved her work and I hope other people will check her out!

    Penelope – Isn’t she the nicest and sweetest woman ever?! I think everyone who came out of Parish Hadley must have been trained on good manner and a good attitude! She is a delight!

    Vanessa – so glad you enjoyed it too! Happy Holidays!

    Style Scout – I’m doing another kid’s room now and it was very inspiring!

    Sallie Ann – not sure. Have you tried ebay or 1stdibs? I bet Deyrolle has them in Paris but they would be very expensive! If I see any, I will let you know!

  22. spyk101 December 8, 2009 | 12:35 am

    I see you already very kindly answered reader questions and I’m hoping you can answer one more. Where is the black and white rug in the New Year’s setting from? It is exactly what I’m looking for!

  23. Yoork December 22, 2009 | 3:35 am

    Love the Topiaries as centerpieces!

  24. samia January 5, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    Ummm just one question.. How do you manage to visit so many sites and gather so many pictures.. how many hours does it take you in a day to blog..???!!! the amount of info you bring is amazing.. and allll your posts are full of them!! would love some advice..