Tropical Getaway

For those traveling over Spring break, may you bask in the sun somewhere breathtaking.  And for those staying at home, we bring you tropical inspiration from past Holiday Houses to warm your thoughts and help you say a definitive good-bye to winter!

In November 2014, Gary McBournie transported us to a Caribbean isle with his vibrant room for Holiday House NYC, which was entirely tented in striped fabric from Gary’s own resort-inspired line for Antilles Designs.


Design: Gary McBournie Inc. Photo: Alan Barry Photography.

Bamboo furnishings, tropical plants, coral and even a fireplace full of conch shells made the NYC winter seem thousands of miles away.

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Gary McBournie’s clever fireplace styling. Photo: Decor Arts Now blog.

For Leslie Banker of Pamela Banker Associates‘ room in Holiday House NYC 2014, the theme may have been New Year’s Eve but the Clarence House “Lyford Key” wallpaper screamed island vacation!


Design: Pamela Banker Associates. Photo: Alan Barry Photography.

At Holiday House Hamptons in 2014, Scott Formby created an “Poolhouse Lounge” inspired by Europeans’ relaxing August holidays.  An evocative, large-scale painting of palm trees brought a little of the tropics to the Hamptons.


Design: Scott Formby. Photo: Rikki Snyder.

Wherever you may be, enjoy the Spring holidays and toast the tropics with a favorite of Gary McBournie’s:

“Pants Off Punch”

Gary’s friend entertainologist Lulu Powers shared this drink recipe that captures the free-spirited fun of a Carribean holiday.


  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 bottle dry champagne
  • 3 cups Malibu rum


Combine and away you go ….



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Tropical Getaway

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