Before and After: See 14 Designers Transform an Upper East Side Mansion

Holiday House — a decorator show home held annually on New York City’s Upper East Side — could not be more fittingly named. For one, the house provides the gift of good health: all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In the past seven years, the organizers of Holiday House have donated nearly $1 million dollars to fund breast cancer research and support women fighting the disease.

But the Holiday House also offers another gift, one specifically pointed toward 21 very lucky interior designers. This gift is the opportunity to decorate a room in the exceptionally beautiful 1920s limestone Academy Mansion, located on one of the city’s toniest blocks. Told only to loosely base their concept on a particular holiday, these designers were given carte blanche to makeover their rooms from floor to ceiling, lending their own unique imprimatur to the home. The results are entirely transformative and speak to the singular vision of each designer. Scroll down to see incredible before and after photos of 14 of these rooms.

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Stairwell by Ally Coulter.


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Interior courtyard by Ally Coulter.


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Drawing room by Bjorn Bjornsson.


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Living room by James Rixner.


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Library by Robert Passal.


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Living room by Antonino Buzzetta.


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Mezzanine by Archives ID.


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Master bedroom by Paris Forino.


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Bedroom by Campion Platt.


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Office by Ashley Darryl.


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Sitting room by Marks & Frantz Design.


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Bedroom by Darrin Varden Design.


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Sitting room by Buckingham I.D..


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“Outdoor” bedroom by Vicente Wolf.

All photography courtesy of Holiday House NYC. “Before” photographs by Carl Bellavia. “After” photographs by Alan Barry.

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