Ken Fulk at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2017

IMG_2656For more than 10 years, I’ve made a point to stop by the Kips Bay Show House in NYC. Mega talented interior designers, from around the country, take on the task of transforming a blank canvas into a show stopping space…all for a great cause. The year, there was one room that stood out to me. Ken Fulk’s dining room, for which he created a back story and a cast of characters. Set on the Upper East Side, circa 1968, Fulk’s heroine, Madame F. entertains friends and a menagerie of zoo animls that are seeking refuge in her garden.

Fulk is known for his over-the-top theatrics and his laser beam attention to detail. Both elements are on full display in his space, known as Madame’s Magical Menagerie. Leopards and tigers and giraffes….oh my!IMG_2655 IMG_2664 IMG_2661 IMG_2658 IMG_2657 IMG_2659 IMG_2660 IMG_2654So the next time you host a dinner party…channel your inner Ken Fulk and you’re sure to create a memorable experience for your guests!

The room is even better in person, so if you have a half hour, be sure and stop by to see it!

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Kips Bay Showhouse 2017

kips-bay-decorator-showhouse-2016-01Among the highlights of Spring is the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC. What began in 1973 as a means of supporting the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club has turned into a highly anticipated designer show house, drawing from top talent across the country. One of the names that I am most excited to see is Ken Fulk, who will surely give us not just a decorated room, but an experience.

Tuesday, May 1st through Wednesday, June 1st

125 East 65th Street (b/w Park and Lexington Avenues)      

kips-bay-decorator-showhouse-2016-03 kips-bay-decorator-showhouse-2016-11 kips-bay-decorator-showhouse-2016-16I always leave awed, inspired and ready to incorporate something I see into my own home. Don’t miss it!

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XOKR – Kerri Rosenthal

img_0499Something new and exciting is happening in Westport, CT!

Award-winning artist (perhaps known best for her iconic Drippy Hearts)  and interior designer, Kerri Rosenthal, has recently opened Kerri Rosenthal, a flagship concept store which will serve as a working art studio, gallery space and curated shop of everything Kerri lives in, loves and swears by. As with most things, Kerri does….this isn’t your typical shop. The moment I walked in and saw the paint splattered floor you see above, I knew it was from her former art studio. That floor has been turned into a textile pattern that now graces chairs, pillows and more.

The shop will have 5 “concepts” each year. Now, you’ll find Holiday, which will be followed by Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, so the colors and the offerings in the shop will constantly be changing. Kerri has already designed the patterns for the upcoming seasons, so if you are looking for more color than what is in store right now, you can visit the website!  If you want to try something on apporval….take home a pillow, see if it works and if it does…she’ll have it ordered and to you in 2 weeks. Instant gratification!

Among the curated items you’ll find pieces from her new XO Bijoux collection, her favorite perfume, Clare Vivier clutches, her favorite candle, striped shirts by Kule and nubby knitted hats. A little bit of everything that she loves! 64a60a_50db42396ace42cd9d6759e0324b1cac-mv2_d_5520_3680_s_4_2img_0524img_0500 img_0505 img_0506 img_0507img_0523 img_0509 img_0511 img_0513 img_0514 img_0515 img_0516 img_0517 img_0522 img_0530 img_0533 img_0535 img_0537The website contains much of her collection, but the best way to really understand the creative energy of Kerri’s new concept is to visit in person. This weekend she’s hosting her debut of Holiday 2016, so I encourage you to stop by this Saturday!screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-10-07-55-pmThere are a lot of original and special shops out there, but I really can’t recall anything that was so vividly reflective of it’s creator. I’m so excited that the shop will be evolving with each concept…giving me the perfect excuse to go again….and again!

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