Holiday House NYC

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Rear Terrace by Robin Kramer Garden Designs. Independent/JJ Jetel

Designer showhouse benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Perry Sayles Interior Design’s master sitting room detail. Independent/Frank Trimble

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Across New York City and the East End, events have taken place in support. One of them is Holiday House NYC, a designer showhouse hosted annually for more than decade in a magnificent NYC location to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. On Tuesday, October 23, Holiday House NYC hosted its opening gala.

This year’s location is a luxurious, new eight-bedroom limestone townhouse at 118 East 76th Street. The event was founded by 21-year veteran breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner, and has become one of the New York’s leading interior design events.

More than 20 talented design firms — including some with East End locations like The Studio at One Kings Lane, Robin Kramer Garden Design, Perry Sayles Interior Design, and Unlimited Earthcare — transformed each room of the 32-foot-wide mansion with innovative designs loosely inspired by holiday themes, like a “Getaway in Paris,” the “Chrysanthemum Festival,” and the “Modern Royal.”

A highlight of the gala was the pool, located on the top floor, which included a live mermaid. The space was designed by Vanessa DeLeon.

Design Chairs of this year’s event include Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Vicente Wolf, as well as Honorary Chair Tracy Anderson. Dankner thanked the honorees, as well as Richard Steinberg and Douglas Elliman, for providing the designers “with such a marvelous canvas.”

“Together we are building awareness about and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” said Dankner.

Holiday House NYC is open to the public through December 2. Tickets are $40. Visit

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