Every year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology at the Kips Bay 2012 Decorator Showhouse. The event began in 1973 when several dedicated women’s committee members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House to raise funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has raised in excess of $17 million and grown into a “must destination” for thousands of design enthusiasts and is recognized for launching interior design trends throughout the world. Today, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club is one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This is our sixth room decorated for the Kips Bay Show House.
Digital decorating ideas from our show house.
All framed art was created by Soicher Marin from photos by Charlotte of Chateau de Hautefort and La Prieure Notre-Dame d'Orsan.
The most realistic faux bois wallpaper anywhere by Piet Hein Eeks available through Sylvester & Co., Sag Harbor, NY.
We railroaded our baseboard of ‘digital delft’ – we selected a tile and border we liked and John Fasano from JSN Painting installed it on top of the existing baseboard.
John also installed our knit backed cotton velvet on the walls and ceiling. Everywhere. And what a beautiful job he did.
DIY wall to wall carpet installation, well almost. I have been thinking about the wall to wall carpet at Maison de Verre in Paris and how brilliant and practical the installation is there, simply snapped into place. So for our long “L” shaped hallway, we secured our twill bound sisal with grommets (spaced every 18”) to a brass hook in the baseboard with a leather shoelace. P.S. the carpet is “Ind/Out” my indoor outdoor design for Stark Carpet.
I knew I could depend on Michael Walter at Lexington Gardens to build boxwood walls with windows. Michael wove masses of preserved boxwoods to create our hedge inspired by the hedge windows at La Prieure de Notre-Dame Orsan.
One of my favorite mirrors by Hervé van der Straeten from Gerard Antiques was perfect for our room.
The music in the room was recorded at my house in East Hampton, and enhanced by Paul Myers-Davis in our office.
A wise Black Forest owl oversees all, perched on a bookcase by Juan Montoya for Century Icons.
A statue fragment I recently purchased from Coup d’Etat in San Francisco. A shopping must in San Francisco at the Design Center. The Main building and all adjacent buildings is such a relaxed civilized place to work.
A simple stem of holly hock in porcelain and tole by Vladimir Kanevsky
A perfectly faded divine oushak from Mark Sacco at Sacco Carpets.
My new furniture collection for Century Icons – sofa, slipper chair, arm chair, “bunching” coffee tables, console tables and one of my favorites, the two tier basket vide-a-poche. All are being installed in showrooms around the country now. www.centuryfurniture.com/icons
In the bathroom adjacent, Fables of Fontaine prints by Soicher Marin were used to cover the bathroom walls.
And luxurious applique monogrammed towels by Leontine Linens, of course.
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Our participating designer friends include:
Alexander Doherty Design, Andrew Tedesco Studios Inc., Brian del Toro Inc., Brian J McCarthy Inc., Bunny Williams Inc., Charles Pavarini III, Chuck Fischer Studio, Inc., Coffinier Ku Design., David Kleinberg Design Associates, David Scott Interiors, Gunn Landscape Architecture and Vert Gardens, James Rixner Inc., Jamie Drake / Drake Design Associates, Laura Bohn Design Associates, Lynne Scalo Design, Mark Hampton LLC, Monica Rich Kosann Photography, Neal Beckstedt Studio, Patrik Lonn Design Inc., Raji Radhakrishnan/Raji RM & Associates, Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St. Charles, Scott Sanders LLC, Shawn Henderson Interior Design, Susan Zises Green Inc., Thom Filicia Inc., Timothy & Associates Interior Design, Todd Alexander Romano, and Zoya Bograd of Rooms by Zoya B.
Alluring vignettes from around the house.
This is only a handful of what you can expect. So come on over and see the rest for yourself!