Kips Bay Show House

June 26, 2019

The Kips Bay Decorator Show
House kicks off the spring design season with flair. Designers from all over
the country flock to New York City to be inspired by their colleagues. This
year the show house featured a luxuriously renovated 22-room, 12,000 square
foot Upper East Side townhouse.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show
House is an annual fundraiser to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
Designers were assigned a room and each had seven weeks to completely renovate
it. This year Margaret and Alexis went to Manhattan for inspiration – and a
little bit of fun.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show
House is a great place to spot design trends, and we saw plenty to like.

For color, deep saturated
blues were everywhere. We loved how they were such a dramatic backdrop for more
feminine pinks, vivid scarlet begonia, tangerines, and aquas. Deep blue also
set off the many hints of gold in the home.

Texture also played a big
part in this year’s project. Furniture and rugs begged to be touched, as did

Pattern and shape stole the
show in several rooms. Organic forms mingled with geometrics to create peaceful
rooms that were also visually interesting.

The home featured strong lines
and bold statements, and we liked how the feminine touches balanced it out.
Chinoiserie, tassels, botanicals and florals, along with pink furnishings and
and raspberry paint softened more masculine elements.

Upstairs, the breathtaking
artist’s studio featured a floor-to-ceiling cubist collage that we’re still
thinking about. Who would want to leave that room?

Because we’re dog lovers at MDI, one of our favorite rooms was the Salon des Chiens, or the “dog lounge”.  What was once the reception space for the home became a whimsical (and elegant) place to stow doggie gear and clean up after a neighborhood stroll. 

There was something fun to
see around every corner, and we’re all thinking about how to incorporate our
favorite elements.