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Gary McBournie and James Andrew at the Holiday House NYC

Gary McBournie and James Andrew at the Holiday House NYC

I do love a show house — it’s such fun to see what my fellow interior designers are up to, and of course it’s also gratifying to support a good charity. Holiday House NYC was founded by the delightful Iris Danker to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year, Danker added a very personal touch to the show house with a gallery featuring nudes of breast cancer survivors (which includes Danker herself). It’s an exhibit entitled “Clothing Immaterial” and graphically captures these bravely defiant women in a series of truly powerful photographs.

The show house features quite a few stunning rooms, and of particular note is Gary McBournie’s offering — a tremendous tropical retreat-in-town theme — think: Babe Paley at Round Hill or Bunny Mellon at Mill Reef. Using his own line of Antilles Designs fabrics he creates the most ravishing tented room in the freshest, clearest color palette and populates it with marvelous mid-century modernist furniture and bamboo. Designers do need to push the envelope, setting the highest standards with each new showing, and it is clear that McBournie has done just that!

Do make a point to visit Holiday House at the Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd Street here in New York City — we’ll be sharing more spectacular interiors from the the show in upcoming posts, so stay tuned.

Incidentally, McBournie’s room has us well primed for our planned Thanksgiving getaway to Palm Beach! Will send you pics đŸ˜‰

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton velvet jacket, Tom Ford pale blue cotton mini herringbone shirt, Borrelli forest green cashmere tie, Charvet forest green and white retro print silk pocket square, Uniqlo slim jean, Pierre Hardy cobalt suede boots, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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  1. Karena says:

    James, I love Gary’s tented room, so enveloping, bright and uplifting in color and pattern. Brilliant use of fabric and design!

    Happy Thanksgiving James!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Regina says:

    Very 21stC Comte d’ Artois at Bagatelle…enjoy Vizcaya!

  3. Dean says:


    A great look for a great cause!


  4. Jane Schott says:

    So casually chic gentlemen.
    Have a very content Thanksgiving James.

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Karena,

    Certainly one of the highlights of the show house – I hope you get to experience this in person!

    Thank You and ALL Best


  6. James Andrew says:

    Regina Darling,

    If only there could be this much chic in Florida!!!

    I adore Vizcaya- need to plan a major -Gatsby moment there!

    All Best and Much Love


  7. James Andrew says:

    Dean Darling,

    It is certainly the event of the season and a must see for all!



  8. James Andrew says:

    Thank You Jane Schott,

    I certainly hope you get a chance to experience the showhouse!!!

    All Best and a Very Happy TDay to you as well!



  9. Chic beyond!!

    Love you and your partner!

    Do come back and see us!
    I am still reeling from the Mellon auction! SHEESH!!!! A triumph of TASTE! So comforting!!!


  10. And; HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Don’t we have soon much to be thankful for!

    (as I think you know…..our pond went dry…our ducklings survived ; thanks to their brilliant mother; and we had to go to great expense to “line” the pond” ) Bravo Adam!!! It is almost finsihed…..there is water in it…and Adam called me to tell me…..”the ducks are back!!!) Honestly, I burst into tears of happiness! And they are the same ducks! The recognize my voice! YAY!!!

  11. autocorrect turned “sooooo” into soon! It just did it again 3 times. Where is Steve Jobs when we need him?

    Don’t get me wrong…..I am totally grateful for Steve…..and especially my new “geezerphone….the iPhone 6 plus. ) YIKES!!!


    Happy Thanksgiving again!


  12. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    Happiest Thanksgiving Wishes!

    Mr McB and I are en route to Palm Beach as we speak!

    Thrilled about the Bunny Mellon sale – one hopes all the buzz also creates some interest in this kind of collecting and decoration!

    So happy to hear the ducks are back!

    We miss you terribly and hope to see you all soon!

    I am getting the iPhone 6 as well – How do you like it?

    Much Love and ALL Best,


  13. Tom Samet says:

    Two Clever talented Men!

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