Snow days and Sundays at home

Well we were saving a snow day post for March, but the weather gods have decided to bring us spring early! We still couldn’t resist sharing designer Irwin Feld‘s Snow Day room from Holiday House 2010.

Irwin wanted to take a departure from calendar holidays and create a day where visitors could celebrate nature and the simple things we’re surrounded by but often take for granted. Irwin created a sense of intimacy and a place where you could cuddle up, have some hot chocolate, play a board game, or simply take a nap on a winter day.

Photographs by Marcy Feld.

The  8’ Edward Wormley black mohair sofa paired with the low black cerused coffee table by TH Robsjohn Gibbings offers everything one would need to cozy up indoors.  The massive ten-arm chandelier was truly the room’s centerpiece.  Its arms, reminiscent of tree branches, subtly illuminated and enhanced the hand painted gunmetal metallic ceiling.  The faux fur bench, which Irwin designed specifically for the space, added yet another element of luxury.

Marcy, Irwin’s wife and a candid portrait and landscape photographer, had gone to Central Park the previous winter during a blizzard and had taken a multitude of photos over the course of several hours during and after the storm. Those photos served as the foundation and inspiration for Snow Day. The photo truly captures the elegance that snow creates in a natural setting.

There is very little color on a snowy day and that was reflected in the neutral palette of greys, blacks and taupes that Irwin selected, while the room was given dimension from the abundance of textures.  Irwin chose charcoal for the flooring to mimic city streets and sprinkled faux snow around to give the illusion of being outdoors.  Although the palatte was fairly neutral the colors were saturated and luxurious.

March is also about enjoying Sundays with nothing to do – just relaxing and reading your paper. Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd’s favorite thing to do on a Sunday is to sip coffee, nibble all day long, cat nap and read the NY times front to back.  Eileen created a room perfect for doing all this at Holiday House 2011.

Eileen chose her favorite color story of smoky purples, lavenders and greys. The wall covering is a modern interpretation of the classic Zuber creating a misty artistic surround. The wallpaper is actually “peel and stick” wallpaper by Black Crow Studios – self adhesive and removable! It is technically a hybrid of a textile and paper which is tightly woven and produces an extremely high print quality. Cool right?

The furnishings are a combination of current and traditional that reflect the way young couples easily mix family treasures along with newer acquisitions.

Among the great representation of fabric companies are Sunbrella, Schumacher, Romo, and Kravet. Also featured in the room are some of the fabrics from Eileen’s newly launched collection with Duralee.

Lastly, we leave with you a tune to cuddle up with from Ellen Kaye, founder of Moscow 57 and the restaurant at Holiday House 2011’s cafe: I Wish You Love

Happy Sundays everyone!

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