Kips Bay 44th Annual Decorator Show House

IMG_8984The Kips Bay Show House, located at 19 East 61st St (b/w Madison & 5th) is definitely a destination worth checking out. I attended for the first time in 2001 and it made such a lasting impression. Each year, I look forward to seeing some of the country’s brightest talents transform a space for this notable cause.

This year, I was struck by the creativity in design and the information the designers were happy to share while you visited their spaces. Instead of going room by room or listing everything a designer did…I’ll share with you some of the photos I took yesterday.

Assuming I was sending you on a scavenger hunt, here are a few of the things I’d want you to notice & collect.

  • The soft pink ceiling that is actually Venetian plaster and polished with wax to a mirror finish
  • The Lalique panels, inspired by the Orient Express, in the kitchen
  • The room that used chalk to decorate the walls, as a nod to the temporary state of the space and to the man who inspired it
  • Wall treatments….lots of texture and some beautiful Gracie wallpaper
  • The view of Barneys from the top floor outdoor space
  • The light fixtures throughout
  • The smell (divine) in the guest room
  • The original grafitti
  • The peonies throughout
  • The bar set ups & vignettes

IMG_8985 IMG_9004 IMG_9005 IMG_9006 IMG_9012 IMG_9015 IMG_9018 IMG_9025 IMG_9042 IMG_9047 IMG_9066IMG_9077There’s a little something for everyone! Take a friend and wander the 6th floors. You’ll definitely come away with an idea, or two or three. Ultimately, it’s a treat to experience up close what you otherwise might only see in a shelter magazine. And, it’s all to support more than 10,000 talented young people throughout the Bronx. So, you will have done a good thing!



Kips Bay Show House 2016

d244ab_1861099493564824ab253ffdca59b4e8One of the design highlights of the Spring season in New York City is the unveiling of the Kips Bay Show House. This year will be the 44th year that established and up-and-coming interior designers will lend their celebrated talents to creating a showstopping show house!

The designers for the 2016 Kips Bay Show House are:

Alex Papachristidis Interiors
Benjamin Vandiver Interiors + Lifestyle, LLC
Clive Christian Interiors
Daniel Richards Design
David Collins Studio
David Kleinberg Design Associates
Eve Robinson Associates
Garrow Kedigian Interior Design
Gil Walsh Interiors
Groves & Co.
Harry Heissmann Inc.
Hollander Design
Kati Curtis Design
Les Ensembliers
Olasky-Sinsteden LLC
Phillip Thomas Inc.
Sawyer | Berson
Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Timothy Whealon Interiors
Victoria Hagan Interiors

Here are a few of the rooms that caught my eye last year, including the most amazing gallery-styled staircase. Each show house has a different feel, so it’s exciting to go year over year. And, if you go shortly after it opens, the designer is very likely to be standing in the room they’ve designed.d244ab_2d72d2e3d4f748008f9d652b7e9fb4dc d244ab_04c7be04daa94bf0af89179c62d35315 d244ab_76a056715f794d5097462c87df083796 d244ab_5246f578ec5b4edbba1af94ece734875 d244ab_7131265f7a494405b14898b7b9885659 d244ab_73220763ab6649669de23821f70f371f d244ab_a29674469cbc4ecba662861e6a6159c6 d244ab_e464d10e2812498eba93e233629e3131 d244ab_f8d11962247b4c2ea2d939693c3793a1You can see the Show House from May 12 – June 9th at The Carlton House Townhouse. 19 East 61st Street (b/w Madison & 5th Ave).

Hope to see you there!