10 Unforgettable Rooms from NYC’s Fall Designer Show Houses

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With 2017 wrapping up, now seemed the perfect time to share the best designer show house rooms in NYC from this past fall.  Here are ten unforgettable rooms that you must see before you start decorating in 2018.

1. The New All White Living Room


Alyssa Kapito has one upped Syrie Maugham’s famed all white living room, with her latest rendition for Holiday House NYC.  Like Syrie, Alyssa deftly mixes different design periods and she showcases some of the hottest talents in decorative and fine arts.  How about that giant canvas by William Mclure?

2. The Radical, Traditional  Kitchen


Come on designers, ‘fess up.  Admit it’s  challenging to create a truly innovative kitchen. With her Holiday House NYC kitchen, designer Young Huh has raised that demanding bar even higher.

Somehow she has conjured energy, softness and functionality, tied up in wonderfully pretty bow.  Young claims that she was inspired by European kitchens set in grand architectural rooms, but I think she has devised something uniquely her own.  It’s the hashtag #tradisrad personified.

And let’s give a nod to those dreamy curtains and Young’s new tile for Akdo.


3. Best Multi-Use Space


I need never leave this room. Lounge, read, eat, do the crossword.  All of the essentials.  The beauty created by Deborah Berke Partners resides in one half of a large double parlor on the the ground floor of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House.  While I wouldn’t mind living in a prime townhouse in Brooklyn Heights, I honestly don’t *need*  more than this one space.

And the beautiful furnishings, you ask? My current vendor crush, Avenue Road, supplied most.

4. Garden Boudoir


I have always wanted and never had (even in the house I built), a dedicated dressing room.  Henry & Co.created the boudoir of my dreams with their signature mix of vintage collectibles and contemporary verve.  I feel like we would be fighting over the same stuff at an antique show or flea market such as Brimfield.

Design Dictionary fans, the ceiling treatment is called treillage.

5. Cleverly Cute Nursery


Jaime Walters‘ nursery almost (ALMOST!) makes me wish my kids were babies again. Really it’s the perfect mix of cute and clever. The furnishings are by Ouef and Kinder Modern, who I first encountered at Frankfurt’s Ambiente trade show

6. Man Space


Glenn Gissler’s parlor for the Brooklyn Heights Designer Show House has a subtle masculine vibe that I find so handsome.  I am confident that the 4 high testosterone guys in my family would feel right at home.

Glenn is well known for his connoissuership  The gorgeous leather-wrapped chair is by  Jacques Adnet. Abstract Expressionist painter,  Judith Godwin, created the art.

7. Blushing Salon


If Marie Antoinette were to lounge in a 21st century salon, I think she would be right at home in this room designed by Robin Baron for Holiday House NYC.  It’s girly with a certain joie de vivre.

The statement floor lamp is a contemporary Italian design from Cosulich Interiors and Antiques.  It reminds me of giant flowering branches.

8. Circus in the Bath


Harry Heissmann  is known for his playful take on design and this bath fits his genre perfectly. Tub time should always be as fun as the circus.  Not surprisingly,  when Harry worked for Albert Hadley, the iconic designer dubbed Harry’s desk, “the magic shop.”

The wallpaper is by the acclaimed Tillett Textiles, a vendor favored by Parish-Hadley that I have blogged about before.  Check out one of Parish-Hadley’s rooms in the same paper, different color way.

9. Playroom for the Parents (kids are welcome too)


Do millennials let their children eat Pez? These parents do! Maybe it’s because Bella Mancini Design gave them such nice seating to watch the kiddies play.  Look up for the Jackson Pollock inspired splatter ceiling. Never forget the fourth “wall.”

10. Tabletop Fantasy


This tabletop extravaganza by Tina Ramchandani was part of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Bash. Tina was inspired by recent travels to Venice and the centerpiece features gorgeous antiques from Newel. 

For ten years now, Hope Lodge has held an annual gala filled with similarly glorious tables created by designers from across the country. This event, and the cause it supports, deserves more attention.

The American Cancer Society maintains Hope Lodge in the heart of Manhattan to house those seeking cancer treatment in NYC’s fine hospitals who could not otherwise afford to come here.  A shout out is long overdue.

Photo credits: Deborah Berke Partners photos by Chris Cooper and Susan DeVries. Glenn Gissler full room shot by Gross and Daley. Bella Mancini full room shot from her website. Henry & Co images from the Neo-Trad. Harry Heissmann bath from Town & Country. Jaime Walters photos by Kalen Holloman. Young Huh’s photos by Marco Ricco. Tina Ramchandani’s photo by Kyle Caldwell.  All other photos by Lynn Byrne.