By danielle


Thanks to Robert Allen, I managed to catch the first-ever Holiday House Hamptons before it closes its doors this weekend. Fabrics from its distinctive Beacon Hill brand were used to add color and texture to the kitchen. On Tuesday, we set out to see, touch, tour and take inspiration from the show house.

Before our departure, Christy Almond, VP Design gave us a sneak peek of the Decorative Modern collection for DwellStudio. The fabulous array of fabrics featured bright, bold color, geometric designs and animal prints. Like a kid in a candy store, I just couldn’t get enough!

While it was hard to leave the cool air-conditioned studios behind, it was time to board the bus for our 2+ hour journey to Bridgehampton. We rode in style – a luxury limo-like bus equipped with wi-fi and outlets (a blogger’s dream come true!)

At 12:30PM, we arrived and found the one-and-only Iris Dankner, Holiday House founder, waiting for us at the door.

Dankner is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and an inspiration to us all. 

She started the Holiday House in 2008, combining her passion for interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research. It became the first designer show house in New York City to benefit a breast cancer organization and attracted talented designers from across the country to transform the historic Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East side each fall. One of the things that makes Holiday House so special is that each design space is themed around a holiday or special moment in life that inspires the designer. This summer, she took her show on the road and brought the Holiday House to the Hamptons.  A bit more laid back, the modest 7,000+ square foot Bridgehampton home showcases stylish summer living and entertaining ideas. That it does….

As the heart of the home, the kitchen, designed by Jennifer Duneier, set the stage for the rest of the rooms. Inspired by the summer solstice, its cool blue accents popped against the crisp, white cabinetry. Her well-curated product selection included everything from custom-made light fixtures by Avram Rusu Studio to turquoise Ikat drapery by Beacon Hill.

The adjoining great room by Mabley Handler Interior Design featured a similar color palette. Staying true to the show house’s roots, the design team also incorporated pops of pink and signature breast cancer awareness ribbons.

From paisley patterns to woven pendants, Holiday House design co-chair Thom Filicia layered on the texture in the living room.

The outdoor terrace and covered porch celebrated the Fete du Muguet, a public holiday in France and an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones. Soft and romantic, THE DESIGN STUDIO‘s space certainly captured the essence of the day.

July 4th or any other day….who wouldn’t want a grand piano and Maserati in a garage designed by Inson Dubois Wood?!?!?!

A big thank you to our gracious hosts: Iris Dankner, Holiday House founder; Robert Nachman, VP Marketing, Robert Allen | Beacon Hill; and Jennifer Duneire, President, Duniere Design.




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