Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 6:14 pm 31 degrees . . 

    In the rush of our lives, at the cusp of Winter’s deepening of our core strengths and dreams…I LOVE that NOW we must GATHER. Gather to light up, primp, anoint, tidy’up, re-imagine our spaces, make time for tete-a-tetes AND support those in need of healing through our good graces and good will. Last night’s Holiday House NYC preview was one of those evenings filled with the Creative + Good of old and new friends. 

    Here’s to a joyous season and so great to see Tamara Matthews Stephenson . .  Saxon Henry . . Pryor Callaway . .  Vyna St Phard . .Randi Schatz . . Elizabeth Sadoff . . Louis Navarrete . .Rio Hamilton . . Andrew Joseph . . Ally Coulter . . Patrick J Hamilton and so many others. Thank you Iris Dankner, visionary.
    Jade Dressler . . . . Brand Specialist

    “It was an honor last nite to be surrounded by so many talented peers at Holiday House! And all the rooms were amazing!” 
    Victor-Raul Garcia . . . Artist

    “Thrilled to have attended the opening night Gala for Holiday House NYC 2014 alongside Bob Gaynor and amazing friends! The brilliant Charity was founded 
    by the remarkable Iris Dankner and supports a “Cure for Cancer”!
    Here is to finding a cure, celebrating the Holiday Season, and being 
    amongst the Interior Design Industry’s Leaders!”
    Dwayne Clark . . . Interior Designer

    “A beautiful night for a beautiful cause !”
    Champagne Joy . . . Survivor

    “What a fantastic evening at the Holiday House!” 
    Kristen McCory . . . Interior Designer

    “This is the best Holiday House I’ve seen in the years I’ve been covering it-lots of surprises”.
    Valerie Kellog. . . Writer, Newsday

    “Fantastic opening of Holiday House. Kudos to the amazing Iris Dankner for facilitating another fantastic house benefiting BCRF. Friends – go check it out!!!” 
    Randi Schatz . . .Socialite

    The reviews are in and it was a marvelous kick off for the seventh annual Holiday House. Traditional Home hosted the Opening Gala with proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 400+ in attendance . . .delicious non-stop tray pass nibbles. . (6) open bars, not that I was counting – someone else told me., . .. the 2nd floor had live percussion tunes sounding out from the clever Caribbean Island Holiday room by Gary McBournie and on the ground floor there were soothing jazz sounds of Chris Gillespie‘s trio in the masterfully crafted  Roman Holiday suite by Ally Coulter. 

    On the top floor of the Academy Mansion is handsome Justin Shaulis’s nod to Miami’s infamous Art Basel which included a 1975 Warhol screenprint of Mick Jagger.  The sparkle and glimmer space called “Reflection” by Natalie Kraiem  touts mirrors and reflective elements   . . hmmmm maybe that’s why I like it.

    Holiday House was founded by Iris Dankner to raise breast cancer awareness in the design industry. Iris is a seventeen year breast cancer survivor, and has made it her mission to raise funds for breast cancer research and women who need help fighting this disease.

    Thank you Iris Dankner, Holiday House NYC, Traditional Home, Christopher Hyland, Peter Kubilus Photography and the New York Design Community.  You’ve made Holiday House Gala for 2014 a remarkable event.  This is part 1 of our review  . . .stay tuned for the sequel.

          Coffinier Ku + Jim Druckman
            Amy Lau 

                  Darrin Varden + Iris Dankner
                    Myra Biblowit + Iris Dankner
                      Joe Badilla + Iris Dankner
                        Rio Hamilton + Iris Dankner + Alexa Hampton
                          Rio Hamilton + Ally Coulter + Daniel Lombardi

                            @allycoulter @alanbarry @holidayhouse@Fendi @John Lyle @assouline

                              @chrisgillispietrio @allycoulter @holidayhouse

                                Lillian August
                                    Stephanie Odegard
                                      Sylvie Bliger + Julie Schuster
                                        Linherr Hollingsworth
                                          Andrew Joseph + Rio Hamilton

                                              Michael McGraw + Brett Beldock + Guillaume Gentet
                                                Rachel Laxer
                                                  Island Weiss
                                                    Marks & Tavano

                                                                Ron Marvin + Rio Hamilton + John Eason
                                                                  Gary McBournie
                                                                    Patrick Hamilton
                                                                      Kapito Muller
                                                                        Michael Hall + Champagne Joy
                                                                          Karen Shaulis +Justin Shaulis
                                                                            Beth Bates back
                                                                              Natalie Kraiem + Sabrina Bimbaum
                                                                                Louis Navarette
                                                                                  Jeffrey Meier + Victor-Raul Garcia

                                                                                    @HolidayHouseNYC #Gala #KubilusPhoto #AcademyMansion #HHNYC2014

                                                                                    Rio Hamilton

                                                                                    Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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