Before and After: See How a New York Mansion was Transformed for a Great Cause

As America prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, some of its best designers have been looking ahead to Christmas, creating a festive showhouse in NYC in aid of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation…

Watching Home Alone 2 is the closest I’ll be getting to New York this Christmas, but for anyone lucky enough to be spending it in the Big Apple, Holiday House NYC is one event you shouldn’t miss. Founded in 2008 by interior designer Iris Dankner after she survived breast cancer, Holiday House brings a selection of accomplished designers together every year to give a 1920s Upper East Side mansion a Christmas overhaul  – with each one giving a dedicated room its own distinct flavour.

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The Holiday House 2015 hallway design by Ally Coulter. (Images via 1stdibs)

Décor devotees gather in droves to admire the results, and all proceeds from ticket sales go to breast cancer research. This year’s line-up includes Bjorn BjornssonCampion Platt and Kathleen Walsh, and before and after pictures from the project on the 1stdibs blog show that each designer relished the opportunity to really let loose in a bare space without a rigid brief. Designs range from the elegant through to the outrageous.

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The library, by Robert Passal. (Images via 1stdibs)

While the militant minimalist in me can’t help but love the stripped-down before photos a little bit, there’s no denying that this show-stopping showhome achieves its mission: to act as an uplifting celebration of transformative interior design, festive decorating and life itself.

Holiday House NYC runs from now until December 2, check out their website for more information and (if you’re lucky enough to be New York-bound) tickets. 1stdibs has more behind the scenes before and after pics.

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