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Tips from the Designers at Holiday House NYC 2013

The Holiday House NYC 2013, which we covered last week, boasted some beautiful rooms and creative solutions thanks to savvy designers & firms like Patrick J. Hamilton, Cullman & Kravis, Ally Coulter, Sarah Sarna and Tina Ramchandani. Visiting with each designer, we got some of their top decorating tips. Check them out:

Patrick J. Hamilton – How to Open Up a Small Space

Patrick J. Hamilton made the most of a smaller scale room at the Holiday House. Patrick suggests opening  up a small space by matching large pieces of furniture to the wall color, which he did in the room he designed at the Holiday House. He “knocked the mass out of the sofa” by upholstering it in a dark, lush green velvet and silk drapery in a matching color behind it. Patrick also thinks that when working with a little room, you “heighten one feature of the room.” Here, he lengthened the scale of a small window that was positioned about halfway up the wall, by tricking the eye with drapery and a roman shade that began at the ceiling. And when asked if he could leave us with one tried and true tip to go by–“Layer a room with old & new, soft and hard–the contrast makes it fun.”

Holiday House NYC 2013 Patrick J Hamilton Interior Design

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Ellie Cullman of Cullman & Kravis Design – Mix High & Low

The designers of Cullman & Kravis know that not everyone has an unlimited budget to work with when decorating a room. For those looking to save money, Ellie Cullman recommends pairing high end & low end items together. In their sitting room at the Holiday House, they used a small amount of an expensive metallic geometric pattern on roman shades, and surrounded it with an affordable orange silk drapery. Another fun idea from the design firm came from the bundle of orange balloons hanging from the ceiling. It’s a great, inexpensive way to dress up a room for a party.

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Ally Coulter Designs – Working with a Grand Room

Working with a large room can be daunting. Where do you put what, and how do you arrange it? Ally Coulter of Ally Coulter Designs LLC, has a creative solution to meet the challenge head on! In the media lounge of the Holiday House, Ally created a mirror image, dividing the room in half by using symmetry, with the focal point being two identical sofas placed back-to-back.  This creates two separate seating areas, which makes sense for a space that would be hosting a large amount of people who can converse with each other in smaller, more intimate groups.

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The talented Sarah Sarna and Tina Ramchandani dressed the ladies lounge in Art Deco aesthetic. Working with a narrow room, the two women wanted to make it feel wider, which they did by using a large mirror that reflects the sofa and wall behind it, almost making the mirror appear as a doorway to another room.

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Holiday House NYC 2013

The Academy Mansion

2 East 63rd Street

New York, NY 10065

Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days a week, November 21 – December 18

General Admission $35

Benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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