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"It really is a cause for celebration," says a beaming Iris Danker as she stands in... this year's Holiday House. Indeed, the breast cancer survivor and founder of the festive New York Showhouse—whose proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation—has more than one reason to celebrate. 2017 marks the tenth year of the benefit show house as well as Danker's own 20-year anniversary of being cancer-free.

"My idea is that you're inside of one of those crystallized Easter eggs looking out," explains Hosford of her floral room. Visitors are enveloped by soft hues and painterly pattern, which the designer highlighted by upholstering the fabric on built-out walls. To finish the scene, the remarkably crafty Hosford bought silk strips in the colors of her wall covering and knitted them herself into an area rug.

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Christmas may still be more than a month away, but the holiday season has just begun. Tuesday saw the unveiling of this year’s edition of Holiday House. As AVENUE’s Wendy Sy put it earlier this month, “For the past decade, Holiday House has been known as the ultimate showcase of unique interiors curated by top designers.” Proceeds from the House go to help fight breast cancer. Holiday House Founder Iris Dankner, herself a breast cancer survivor, said in a statement, “It has always been a dream of mine to help eradicate this disease that impacts more than 250,000 women and 2,000 men in the U.S.who are diagnosed each year.

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NEW YORK, NY (November 16, 2017) – On Tuesday, November 14th, the City’s best and brightest turned out in full force for the Holiday House NYC’s 10th Annual Gala benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ® (BCRF) at the Academy Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The gala – which unofficially marks the New York Design community’s launch of the Holiday Season was a wonderful gathering of architects, designers, artists and style aficionados. Holiday House Founder Iris Dankner, Design Chair Thom Filicia, Honorary Chair Christopher Hyland, and ASID Chairs Bjorn Bjornsson and Kim Radovich were joined by handsome news anchor -Maurice DuBois, über chic interior designers – Juan Montoya + Campion Platt, Instagram star – Kate Rumson, design legend Geoffrey Bradfield and powerhouse publisher – Suzy Slesin (Pointed Leaf Press).

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This year marks the 10th iteration of Holiday House NYC, a designer showcase created to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Located at the Academy Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side, this year’s showhouse features 22 design firms, each given five weeks to decorate their assigned rooms. The results do not disappoint: From floors to furnishings, each space was completely re-conceived. The only requirement was that the designers had to stick to a theme, which was to be inspired by a moment that’s personally special.

Jacqueline Hosford's "Spring Dawn" upholstered walls are done in a palette of pastels and a window was created where there wasn’t one using glass emblazoned with an impressionistic motif.

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New York City based interior designer Jacqueline Hosford joins an esteemed group of 15 design stars bringing innovative and inspiring interiors to life while working to combat breast cancer at Iris Danker’s acclaimed Holiday House NYC, which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2017.

Opening Night Gala: November 14, 2017 / 6:30-9:30pm
General Admission:November 15 – December 6, 2017Open Daily: 11am – 5pm; Thursdays: 11am – 8pm Admission: $40 (Show House catalogue included)

WHERE:  Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

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What do you get when you take 22 design firms and set them loose on the 55th and 56th floors of the luxury Residences at W New York – Downtown?  A show house to end all show houses, full of brilliant décor, amazing ideas, and breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan's Financial District.  NYC&G was proud to sponsor the project, which raised fund for the new Lenox Hill HealthPlex in Greenwhich Village and set the bar even higher for great design in New York.

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Top home designers took on a 1915 Scarsdale mansion to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Jacqueline Hosford had this to say about her creation: "I had to ask myself how to take something so traditional – the room's boiserie–and allow it to shine but not overwhelm.  Two mirrored niches in the room provided inspiration.  I'm mad about matte finishes and decided to play shine against matte and then add in some warmth with antique brass fixtures and gold-bronze pots on the window ledge.  The centerpiece, a large ottoman covered in a richly embroidered silk botanical, completes the picture."

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"I explain to my clients that they could buy a $300 product from China, or they could spend $1,500 on something locally made that will last them 20 years," says Jacqueline Hosford, president of the NY Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, at the New York Museum of Arts and Design presentation on eco-design.  "Designers are stewards of information and must pass it on," Hosford says.

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Despite a clear voice and diverse style, Hosford successfully interprets her clients’ styles within any interior, urging clients to express themselves and what they ultimately feel comfortable living with...

"When it comes to bringing fine art into a space, Hosford says, “Art is not purely a decoration. I try to find a balance between works of art that can say something on their own, but also enhance the interior.”

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