We finally got ourselves over to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House yesterday. This annual event, where the brightest and most talented designers showcase their talents in rooms, both large and small, has become a one of the most anticipated and recognized events for the design industry. This year’s house is a beautiful brownstone located on tree-lined 64rd Street (number 161). All of the proceeds from the decorator show house benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls club ” The Positive Place for Kids,” which serves as a safe haven for over 12,000 talented young people in New York City–a very worthy cause, indeed. We love visiting decorator show houses for inspiration. We take lots of pictures of the little details like interesting window treatments styles, tape and trim along pillows and curtains, and of course, the art. In Kathryn Ireland’s master bedroom, below, the designer used fabrics from her collection with Scalamandre virtually everywhere to create a room that felt very cozy and enveloping. She used almost ten different fabrics in one room, all within the red, blue, and white family in deferent patterns and scales. Part of what made all of these fabrics work together so well in one room was the fact that the walls and the curtains were both done in the same fabric. With this foundation, Ireland was able to play with lots of different patterns on the bed.
Jack Levy’s sitting room, see below, was covered in some seriously fun wallpaper. Apparently it inspired the room. While the room itself was fairly traditional, there were unexpected modern touches throughout like this pair of black and white paintings by James Lecce. This is a great example of modern art working on top of a traditional wallpaper. Both the wallpaper and the art are graphic in their own way, complimenting each other nicely. The two large graphic art pieces in the Gomez Associates-designed drawing room dictated the color scheme. These large watercolors, below, are by Joseph Raffael.
Sara Story hung a dramatic, custom designed wallpaper in her sitting room with a Yoshitomo Nara hung above the fireplace. You can find similar works at a better price by artist Eric Doerenger if you don’t have the kind of cash it take to by a Nara (wink). Kristen McGinnis designed the very dramatic dining room painting the walls in a custom Benjamin Moore lacquer paint and covering the ceiling in a Maya Romanoff silver leaf. This was stunning. McGinnis had some pretty incredible art pieces in her room, with a pair of Al Held canvases flanking the dining room table and a beautiful hanging sculpture that served as a chandelier by Elliott Hundley (a childhood friend of McGinnis). Mariette Hines Gomez’ room was beautiful edited and styled. We loved the simplicity of two pairs of glass, unmatched hurricanes on the mantle, below. Easily done, no?
Kips Bay Show House is open through Tuesday. If you have the time, you should definitely walk through. It’s a wonderful cause, and the rooms are pure eye candy. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!