Today I’m excited to share my favorite rooms and details from the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House (which closes June 9, so hurry if you’d like to go!). The interesting thing about the house this year is that every room started out as a blank white box. This is in contrast to previous years – typically whatever house they use already has existing moldings, trim, and architectural details. In a way you can see that this would be good for the designers, because they can start with a totally blank slate, but in a way it just adds an extra layer of work for them to do – which is a big deal considering that they only have FOUR weeks from the time they get to see the room to the time that the Show House opens! Read on to see the amazing work that these designers pulled off in an incredibly short period of time…
Dining Room by Alex Papachristidis Interiors:
Ok, so to my earlier point – see the crown molding above the wallpaper? That was added by the designer. This room also had amazing painted floors which sadly I forgot to get a picture of – you can see it here.
This little doggie cutout made me laugh – and how chic is that doggie bed? With the little bolster pillow? Too cute.
A glam ice bucket on the little tabletop bar.
Family Room by Suzanne Kasler:
I really liked Suzanne Kasler’s room, with its muted palette and airy furniture layout.
That beautiful lamp is from Suzanne’s line for Visual Comfort, available for purchase here.
We all know Suzanne Kasler likes her sunburst mirrors, since she has a line of them at Ballard. I’m guessing these are antiques? I love the unique way she placed them.
She even put a starburst on a pile of books! Now that’s a usage I haven’t seen before.
Hallway with de Gournay wallpaper by Kati Curtis Design:
Living Room by Victoria Hagan:
Victoria Hagan’s room isn’t my usual style, but I loved it. It just felt striking, bold, and sophisticated – it’s an airy and fresh take on red, white and blue.
Love those sculptural chairs.
Master Bedroom by Timothy Whealon Interiors:
This room was one of my favorites – a masterful use of color, pattern, and shapes.
The fabric and buttons on this armchair even played into the color scheme! Love those little details.
Designers always have their “calling card” in their room, but the very best is when the card is a rendering or illustration of the room from the Show House. This is an excellent example!
Love this piece of artwork in a stairway, reminds me of vintage Kate Spade ads:
Back with the rest of my favorites tomorrow!
The Carlton Townhouse at 19 East 61st Street
Open through June 9, 2016
all photos by me