This all began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Manhattan to raise funds for much-needed after-school and enrichment programs for New York City children. For 47 years, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has celebrated the best of interior design by transforming a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. For more than four decades, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts, renowned for sparking interior design trends worldwide.
Renowned Palm Beach firm SMI Landscape Architecture created a fantasy garden in the home’s rear courtyard, wrapping the space in a vine patterned lattice painted Benjamin Moore’s, Aegean Teal. A canopy of Maho trees creates a dappled light effect over the outdoor dining area of Cox London faux bois furniture situated near a custom koi-pond mosaic.
Inspired by the Mediterranean-style architecture and beachfront setting of Palm Beach Kips Bay Decorator Show House. 20 designers from around the country created vibrant rooms featuring inspired combinations of antique furniture and contemporary pieces.
Open to the public beginning April 8, the fourth-annual Florida iteration of the esteemed New York show house once again helps raise funds for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County. These organizations provide educational, developmental, and recreational activities for children and teens in disadvantaged communities.
West Palm Beach antiques and design firm Casa Gusto created a “Colonial Hothouse” in the foyer, staircase, and hall. Adding English paneling painted Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage to set the scene. “We wanted a space that was formal but also very much lived in,” the firm’s Pablo Briger says. Eighteenth-century prints in Casa Gusto framing, Jamb lighting, and the atelier’s wall-mounted Talavera complete the airy space.
“Some designers I know personally, but some designers I have not worked with before,” design co-chair Joy Moyler tells. “Going through the concept renderings, I could not wait to see them come to life. It is my first year of doing this, and I love it—I hope they invite me back next year!”
Local designer Ellen Kavanaugh captured the tropical glamour of Mustique in her terrace entertaining area. Natural textures and artisanal pieces create a resort-like atmosphere while a brass bar and seashell pink table provide a luxe area for après-beach cocktails.
Influenced by how a family would use this living area, Benjamin Deaton created a “Parlour Games” room. “I wanted the room to have that coastal Florida feel but I also feel like this room could be in so many different places around the southeast,” he tells.
Located on Palm Beach’s prestigious South Flagler Drive, the 4,400-square foot waterfront villa includes five bedrooms and six baths, as well as a formal living and dining room and 30-foot atrium. Landscaped grounds surround the home’s three terraces and pool area. “Our goal is to continually build on the success of each year’s show houses – constantly raising the bar.” This year, they are thrilled to secure a beautiful location that will play home to a new set of renowned designers’ talents.
For this Wonderland-like guest bedroom, Kemble Interiors‘s Lori Deeds and Cece Bowman collaborated with Aqualille on a large-scale print, hand-painted on silk.
Brittany Bromley brought the romance of a boutique hotel in the French countryside to this spacious bedroom where a large-scale trellis pattern painted on the floor lends itself to the garden print on the sage-colored de Gournay wallcovering, customized with hand-painted parrots.
The palm-print Schumacher wallpaper of Courtney Giles‘s main bedroom set the stage for the designer’s beachy retreat featuring Perennials textiles, Katie Madden’s artwork, and a hand-painted sisal rug from Mary Meade Evans.
A welcoming guest suite, cultivated by Atlanta’s Amy Morris, mixes a relaxing red with oceany blues.
To craft the ultimate “Contessa’s Bedroom,” Houston designer Nina Magon took cues from a series of glamorous artworks, most notably a large-scale Horst P. Horst photograph from Holden Luntz Gallery.
Ontario-based designer Alexandra Naranjo brought an exotic spirit into the primary bath where a vibrant de Gournay wallpaper created a transportive atmosphere. A new sapphire blue Kohler tub is surmounted by a glamorous Currey & Company pendant, while new Phillip Jeffries ombre grasscloth and metallic raffia wallcovering used on the ceiling add a painterly effect.
Miami-based designer Nicole White set a seductive scene in the primary bath where bronze three-dimensional tiles provided a glamorous backdrop for matte black mirrors, Kohler fixtures, and a floating vanity made with Consentino stone.
Naranjo also created the Tiffany Blue adjoining closet for a well-traveled couple who enjoys the finer things in life. A custom runner from New Moon Rugs provides art underfoot while an eye-catching chinoiserie-esque wallcovering from Osborne & Little completes the “Asian Enchantment” design.
Mikel Welch created this “primitive modern” family room complete with dramatic cabinets from his own furniture collection for Yosemite Home Decor, a tassel M2C Studio chandelier, a vintage dining table repurposed as a console, and a cocktail table that emphasized the length of the room.
Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos of Atlanta firm Mark Williams Design created this modern kitchen, drawing inspiration from the home’s Spanish tile floors.
For her “Menagerie Dining Room,” designer Lorna Gross took inspiration from a whimsical Flora rug from New Moon Rugs, then carried the animal pattern onto the walls. “Coming out of COVID, I was interested in giving people a lift,” the designer tells.
Fabric designer Mally Skok‘s “Sunny Spot” suite echoed the rich colors of the terra cotta roof tiles, with a joyous coral shade on the ceiling and doors. Her new Secret Temple wallpaper makes its debut at the show house, enveloping the room that’s dotted with artwork by Pamela Hoffmeister and beach-chic prints discovered on Chairish.
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