Philadelphia

DAROFF DESIGNS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY hosted by Karen Daroff and James Rappoport

Baby it’s cold outside, and a few weeks back Interior Designer Karen Daroff and Architect James Rappoport invited me in to cover their annual holiday party
Their’s is a unique house set in the woods inside the Wissahickon Park. Nestle on the side of a hill, the house was designed by husband James Rappoport, Vice President of Daroff Design, while Karen designed the interior of the home. The house was featured in Phila Style Mag Spring 2001 and you can read about it here.Besides their fabulous house, the Daroff Design firm is responsible for many of the beautiful interiors in our City like the Loews Hotel, The Marriott, The Rittenhouse, The Comcast Building, Harrah’s AC, and a little further in NYC my favorite restaurant Mars 2112 and then there’s the renovation of the Cotemporary hotel in Disney. So a lot of places where I loved the interior turned out to be Daroff designs. Here’s their kitchen. This sofa faces a fireplace that divides the kitchen from dining area, cozy.Helping to plan and execute the party were Monique Curry and Samantha Brodsky, Karen’s right and left hands. The girls were dressed to the nines and ready to get the party started.
For me this was the type of party I always wanted to photograph, to reach a point where people knew me and trusted me enough that I would do a good job and be professional as the people invited to this party were some of the power brokers in Philadelphia, the people behind the scenes and out front that make up the decisions that drive our City into the future.
Developer Bart Blatstein (responsible for the transformation of the Riverview Plaza and the transformation of Northern Liberties), attorney Jim Schwartzman – As published in Philadelphia magazine, Jim was recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 by being selected by his peers as among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth; and former mayoral candidate Tom Knox (Knox is a self-made millionaire businessman who grew up in Philadelphia) Word on the street is that Tom may throw his hat into the gubernatorial race in 2010.
Parking magnate and Koi farm owner, Joseph Zuritsky and wife Renee with Jeweler Craig Drake and his wife Tania. Recently the Drake’s opened their homes for a charity house tour and according to the Phila Inquirer “Jewelry manufacturer and antiques buff Craig Drake and his wife, Tania, should be bathed with praise, because they have managed to bring an outdoor feeling to a very indoor activity. The house, on Spruce Street, has a huge balcony, decorated with Southwest-style plantings, overlooking South Philadelphia.” Lots of delicious shrimp were on ice. Food was provided by Melissa Branson of Uncommon Taste
Jim Tirchon with wife Stephanie Stahl and Lisa Roberts
Carol Saline greets Karen Daroff as Helene Batoff looks on

Hmm crab claws
Barbara Tiffany and Paul Bagga. You remember Paul Bagga who with his wife Kushia, welcomed us into his home last year to see a climate control presentation by one of Al Gore’s trained representatives.WolfBlock attorney Jerome J. Shestack and his wife, Marciarose enjoyed catching up with old friends. Marciarose was the first woman anchor person in prime time in a major media market. I was so excited to photograph her and meet her as I have long known who she was. Some of you know I talk about my friend Greta Greenberger; she and Marciarose are friends, and every other July 4th Greta & Alan either come to my home to see the fireworks, or to Marciarose’s condo just down the block. As gracious as ever Marciarose invited me to see next year’s fireworks from her balcony. I might take her up on it, she probably serves better food than I do.
Talk about spread, wow this spread was delicious. The caterers name is Melissa Brannon and she is the owner of Uncommon Taste
Oh but the women to the left is the owner of the caterering company, anyone know who she is?
Architect James Rappaport with Jim and Nancy Schwartzman
Susan Jacobsen, Michael Golden, Dorothy Binswanger and Karen Burcholtz
Elaine Levitt with Marciarose Shestack
Lisa Brown and Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Guests Derrick Pitts with Kent and Sylvia LeslieCraig Drake, Patricia and Christopher DiGeorge and Tania Drake
Hon Marjorie Rendell and Gov Rendell greet Monique Curry and Samantha Brodsky
Barbara Sylk chats with Tania Drake, Diane Semingson, and Patricia DiGeorge
GPFO Director, Sharon Pinkenson, Gov Edward Rendell and our hostess Karen DaroffRenee and Don Freeman of Freeman Interiors It was fun chatting with them, especially since I had just photographed them on Halloween night at the “Give the Shirt off Your Back” charity event at the Rittenhouse. I haven’t really written about it here as I was hired by Philadelphia Magazine and the photos belong to them, and have been on their website, but now I just got word that they will be in January’s magazine. SO if you are following along from last year’s resolutions, being published in Philly Magazine was on the list.
Paul Rathblott and wife Carol Saline (she doesn’t look any different than when I used to see her around the neighborhood when I was growing up in Cherry Hill and went to school with her daughter Sharon.)
A great night was had by all, I mean look at this photo these women look terrific, this was the last picture of the night I took after all the guests had left. Monique Curry, Karen Daroff and Samantha Brodsky had a terrific party and everyone really enjoyed themselves.