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More Favorites from the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Just wanted to drop a quick note to share that this is the last week to visit the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House which officially ends this Thursday, June 11. I’ve already posted about a few of the standout spaces from Tilton Fenwick, Mark D. Sikes, Alessandra Branca and Philip Mitchell Design but I wanted to share a final roundup of a few more of my favorite moments from the show house. There was so much inspiration abound!

The two photos above are of the gentleman’s study designed by Thom Filicia. It’s a multi-functional space that …

An Epic Staircase Gallery Wall by Phillip Mitchell Design at the Kips Bay Showhouse

The Chicest Staircase in NYC

One of the most fabulous features of the Kips Bay Showhouse was the spiral staircase winding up the 5-story mansion which Toronto designer Philip Mitchell transformed into what might be the most stunning and epic gallery of art I’ve ever seen. The walls were covered in a beautiful, soft gray “Torridon” toile wallcovering from Mulberry that served as the perfect backdrop for hundreds of pieces of art, many from Philip’s own collection and others, donated works from galleries and artists that includes paintings, etchings, photography and more. I love that many of the pieces were incredibly high-end while others were …

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“Up In The Villa” with Mark D. Sikes at the Kips Bay Showhouse

I was thrilled to learn that my friend Mark D. Sikes was designing a room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Mark is known for his love of blue and white and has even coined a frequently used hashtag #blueandwhiteforever that’s become it’s own thing. So I kind of went into the preview with the expectation of a blue and white themed room but was pleasantly surprised when I stepped into his space to find every inch covered in red checks, stripes and paisleys. Mark says he didn’t want to be too predictable and he definitely succeeded with this …

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A Kips Bay Designer Showhouse Favorite: Alessandra Branca’s “Le Salon Rouge” Living Room

At this year’s Kips Bay show house one room I absolutely loved was Alessandra Branca’s salon style living room. Alessandra dubbed her space, “Le Salon Rouge” which is quite appropriate seeing as though red is a signature color that permeates some of her best known designs. Her room for Kips Bay was, of course, was full of red accents set against a backdrop of red cotton voile ticking stripe upholstered on the walls. Such a lovely feature that enveloped the room and gave it a very cozy feel. There were so many lovely accents in this room from multiple sitting …

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Before & After: Tilton Fenwick’s Kips Bay Dining Lounge

The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is by far one of the most inspiring show houses of the year and what always impresses me most is the creativity with which the designer’s tackle the toughest challenges when it comes to decorating their space. While some participating designers are lucky to be assigned an amazing room in pristine condition with a perfect layout, other designers end up with far less desirable rooms to decorate. Case in point: my friends Suysel de Pedro Cunningham and Anne Foster of Tilton Fenwick who were given the home’s butler’s pantry which they transformed into a chic …

Tour The Kips Bay Showhouse!

Showhouse season is winding down so what better time than to recap one of my favorites – The 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. I’ve attended this showhouse for many years and I have to say, this year’s was the best yet and it was chock full of beautiful rooms by twenty-two of the nation’s most acclaimed designers and architects. Showhouses give designers the opportunity to execute their most creative and over-the-top design ideas without the limitations that a client project would have and here there was certainly no shortage of creativity and design inspiration on display. In case you missed …