For more than four decades, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been a must-see event for design enthusiasts. People know it for sparking interior design trends worldwide. Now you can discover the impeccable design of each room in this year’s Show House. They range from the soothing to the fantastical and mesmerizing.
Perchance to Dream
John Bobbitt was responsible for redesigning the home’s entry, stairs, and second-floor hallway. Bobbitt’s designs take inspiration from his own experience as a Parisian gallery owner in New York City. Here, tales of Greek and Roman mythology stir to life. A fantastical 18×18 foot chandelier embellished with steel flowers and semi-precious stones by Larry Whiteley floats magically overhead.
A Study in Optimism
As fans of Ken Fulk may have anticipated, his transformation of the home’s den, study, and screened porch becomes a kingdom all its own. Heroic figures from throughout history fill the first space. Gilded landscapes additionally surround them. What is more, the walls flow into a sapphire blue.
A Tent for New Beginnings
Corey Damen Jenkins believes that “the more fantastic, crazy, and over-the-top the rooms are, the more people will want to come and bring their friends” and support the kids of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. While his dining room redesign is certainly aspirational and breathtaking, there are plenty of elements and inspiration that visitors will take home with them to upgrade their own dining spaces.
Meet Me in the Family Retreat…
Amanda Lantz has been looking at fabrics since she was six-years old. Besides the gorgeous gallery walls one of the main focal points is the stunning fireplace from Strike by Chad Dorsey.
Dallas designer Traci Connell was tasked in Kips Bay with transforming the pool bar and bath, and she flipped the room’s original design on its head.
It is a small space, and she wanted to emphasize the pool bar more than the bath, so she gutted it completely and reimagined it with unique architectural details before plastering the ceiling, installing three wallcoverings, and adding stylish banquette seating.
She hopes this space highlights the fact that you can take any rectangular room and transform it into something magical.
The designer utilized deep archways to create alluring alcoves for making a drink, getting cozy, and freshening up in order to keep the party going all day long.
While the vanity room space was downsized, it’s still a stunner. The space features commissioned artworks from Katherine Corden through Design Supply Shop and Lauren Williams Art. along with marble flooring by the room is definitely mesmerizing.
Body oils and face creams, masks, and serums by Chantecaille and luxe bath linens from Yves Delorme fill the space. It is the perfect spot to steal away from the sun and prepare your skin before going back out for another few hours in the Dallas heat.
The Wise & the Wicked
The duo from Pulp Design Studios began crafting a story on the entire upper loft. The office space is the first room off the stairs and features a light and airy design with moments of delicious contrast. This room houses custom furniture and a spectacular hidden door. leads into a bathroom which serves as a midpoint or “purgatory” connecting the two spaces.
The Admiral’s Chamber
Meredith Ellis used local resources and divde deeper into the city’s incredible design community. She was reimagining one of the secondary bedroom suites at the top of the stairs. What is more, the suite also features plenty of luxe touches like marble and stone. The room embodies the designer’s love of color and pattern play.
Yates Desygn received the basement’s living room and kitchen. While one can anticipate this room to be experiential this living and kitchen space feels like a chic environment. All its own that evokes the best elements of exclusive clubs throughout the years.
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Photos: Stephen Karlisch