Last week, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in New York City jump-started the holiday season by showcasing eight trees rimmed by interior designers from Westchester, Manhattan and the Bronx, who took inspiration from holiday stories like The Snowy Day to Christmas Farm.
2014 Bartow-Pell Christmas Trees and designers
The trees at the seventh-annual “Storybook Christmas Trees” display represent tales written by authors including Eric Carle and Caldecott Medal winner Ezra Jack Keats. The trees line the historic home, from the entrance hall, through the north parlor, and the bedroom chamber and dining room.
Here’s a look at each of the eight trees:
The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits Storybook by Ulf Stark; illustrations by Eva Eriksson. Tree design by Alice Pirsu of Alice Pirsu Interiors in Pelham, N.Y.
The Snowy Day Storybook by Ezra Jack Keats. Tree design by Bryant Keller of Bryant Keller Interiors in New York City.
Christmas Farm Storybook by Mary Lyn Ray; illustrations by Barry Root. Tree design by Joshua Greene and Katrina Hernandez of Hernandez Greene Design in New York City.
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel Storybook by Shirley Climo; illustrations by Jane Manning. Tree design by Bartow-Pell Docent Tom Berta, from Westchester, N.Y.
One Snowy Night Storybook by Nick Butterworth. Tree design by Ken Binder of City Island, N.Y.
Dream Snow Storybook by Eric Carle. Tree design by Peti Lau of Peti Lau Interiors in New York City.
Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas Storybook by Jan Waldron; illustrations by David McPhail. Tree design by Charles Farruggio of Charles Farruggio Interior Design in New York City.
Snow Storybook by Uri Shulevitz. Tree design by Michael Van Nort of MVN Interiors in New York City.
The trees served as a backdrop for the annual holiday party, which raises money to pay for the mansion's upkeep.
The mansion is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The trees will remain up through Wednesday, Jan. 7, and the house is open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
A New York City Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is owned by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. It is operated by the private, non-profit Bartow-Pell Conservancy. The Bartow-Pell Conservancy, originally known as the International Garden Club, was formed in 1914 by a group passionate about horticulture. That year, New York City gave them permission to use the Bartow family mansion on Pelham Bay in the Bronx, as their headquarters in exchange for restoring it, creating public gardens and programs, and preserving it for generations to come.