As we approach the holiday season, it’s time for an event that is near and dear to us, Iris Dankner’s Holiday House charity show house to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Fund. Recruiting top interior designers in the New York City area, the showhouse was held in a historic mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and was a resounding success for the past seven years, with all proceeds donated to help the quest to end breast cancer forever. We were honored to be invited to create our luxe game room in Holiday House 2015!
For Holiday House shows, all designers’ rooms are inspired by holidays or days that have personal meaning to them. Ultimately, Holiday House is about the celebration of life, each day treated with the same reverence as a holiday and every day without breast cancer commemorated. Marks & Frantz chose Game Day – a luxury game room that celebrates the art of “staying in” and celebrating the day with friends and family!
In 2016, Holiday House expanded to a summer show house in the Hamptons and this holiday season, Holiday House is moving to Soho! On the heels of last nights opening party for 2016 Holiday House, take a look at our flashback Friday to November 2015 – a truly magical event for Marks & Frantz.
Marks & Frantz luxury game room – the most beautiful window treatments were provided by Marks & Tavano with Dedar fabrics. Venture Shuffleboard made a custom table for us that kept our room super popular throughout the event…and the Michter’s Bourbon sponsorship didn’t hurt either!
Marks & Frantz – Cole & Sons launched a new wallpaper with Lee Jofa called Miami! We saw this spectacular paper after we designed the Game Room for Holiday House – it was meant to be!
Corner Banquette with a custom John Lyle game table – we sat in this corner for the 4 weeks of Holiday House, meeting and greeting our friends and guests!
After a year-long break from blogging (and pinning, and face booking and tweeting), Lydia and I are back with a vengeance! After a completely insane year at Marks & Frantz (insane in the best way) we are back on the social media vortex and we are blogging, pinning and tweeting our hearts out as we have so much to share from our year of abstinence! Our goal this year is not to just post about things we love, but also to share lots of project-in-progress, before-and-afters and tons of detail info about all the custom work that we are doing with our beloved workrooms and artisans on behalf of our clients.
And since we are currently in the middle of a polar vortex in NYC, what better post to start the year off with than my home away from home…..Aspen! My beloved Frantz family home is sorely in need of a makeover, it’s been 20 years and it’s starting to look a little shabby! When we bought the place in 1995, the town was still rocking the antler chandeliers and rock face fireplaces, but times have changed out west. Inspired by Vogue’s images of Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home and Schumacher’s Luxe Lodge collection of woven fabrics, I’ve decided that this is the year to revive that house….at least on paper, a girl can dream, right?
The living room needs some serious 21st century updating!
The interiors needs to catch up with the killer view
New Year’s Eve and the Christmas season in Aspen is not what it used to be before two small children and tons of extended family appeared in our Snowmass house, but I still managed to get out and get in plenty of Apres-Ski time and a few meals at the Viceroy Snowmass. Such a welcome addition to the Aspen scene, Snowmass Village was feeling a little lackluster and then came the Viceroy Hotel to liven up this sleepy little family enclave outside of Aspen. It’s sustainably chic décor by designers Jean Michel-Gathy and Kelly Wearstler is not only beautifully designed, but eco-conscious to boot!
Green credentials were chalked up in several innovative ways. All dirt removed from the construction site was saved and reused. Construction workers were transported to the site by bus, reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. The Viceroy also provides reusable and washable water bottles, hand towels, and shampoo and conditioner bottles. A saline pool creates its own chlorine through the use of salt and electrical current. There’s even a gratis on-site electric car charging system.
…and the Eight K Lounge makes a mean Hot Tuaca!
The Eight K lounge features a double-sided fireplace and the ubiquitous Wearstler-designed bookcase with perfectly edited books!
The glimmering earth tone palette even expands into the spa
The Nest is a poolside bar with indoor/outdoor cabanas
The best part about the whole place is that it’s about 300 yards from my house!
Aurora Robson is a brooklyn-based artist that I had to go all the way to Aspen to discover. Her work is this ethereal and organic combination of plastic bottles, rivets, monofilament, junk mail, excess food packaging and many other types of waste that fill our landfills. Her sculpture are light, airy and they make you happy to be near them. I had trouble keeping my daughter away from UpDrop at the 212gallery in Aspen. Her sculptures seem timely and poignant in today’s society; she has put a positive spin on our country’s garbage! Check out her website for more examples of her work, her painting and works on paper also fantastic….I would love to see her work used in some of our upcoming projects!
In all the years that I have been coming to Aspen, I thought that all the galleries displayed only bad western art and sculpture! Today, I made a wonderful discovery! As I was searching for a new designer consignment shop rumoured to carry “gently used Lanvin,” I stumbled across the 212 Gallery. Owned and curated by this incredibly nice and adorable woman named Katie Kiernan, they represent a great group of artists. Their current exhibit is called “Spill: Crude Response – Oil, plastics and perspective.”
This show features two artists, Daniel Beltra and Aurora Robson (more on Aurora in future posts!). See 212’s description of the show below:
The SPILL: CRUDE RESPONSE, combines photography capturing the Gulf Oil Spill and Sculptural installations made from waste stream plastics. Featured artists, Daniel Beltra and Aurora Robson, reveal our culture’s deep connection to oil, uncovering beauty within tragedy. SPILL speaks both to the idea of human beings as indelibly tied to their environment and also to the intellectual rapture found in contemplating organic forms. 212 gallery owner, Katie Kiernan, brought SPILL artists to Aspen to coincide with discussions taking place at the Aspen Institute’s, Environment Forum, to share a first hand view of the Gulf Oil Spill and to put a focus on the how important and vital the ocean is to our collective daily existence.