The Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017
Kips Bay charity for children of New York has been holding its Decorator Show House each year for the past 45 years. This year a four-storey house, built in 1905, in Manhattan was selected for a total re-design. Eighteen designers were invited to participate and bring their unique and uncompromising flair to a section of the house.
Below are some of my favourite rooms of the house. I chose these rooms because they exhibit such different approaches but, all show us how to use decor, colour and materials to achieve design ideas.
The Entrance by Powell & Bonnell
Sophisticated grand entrance to this magnificent home with the selection of rich glossy blacks and metallic accents, with minimalist decor, highlights the scale of rooms and takes nothing away from the gorgeous architecture.
Living room by Robert A.M Stern Architects
One aspect of this room showcases the traditional timber work on the walls and around the fireplace, on the other side of the room the designer has delivered a vibrant yellow to lift the entire space and provide a complete contrast to the conservative architecture. Not what you would expect.
Sitting Room by Richard Mishaan Design
This room takes 'Maximalist' to the extreme! Despite its ornate and over the top use of patterns it all seems to work. This is a room that you need to really take in all the detail bit by bit to appreciate how clever it actually is.
Dining Room by Ken Fulk
All rooms in this house push the boundaries of interior design, and this room is no exception. A jungle inspired theme with lush decor and an extravagant mural, this dining room is a real talking point!
The Top Floor Landing by Jonathon Savage
A more reserved palette welcomes you to the top floor of this amazing house. Flooded with light the stairs and landing allowed the designer to use a dark patterned wall paper and flooring without enclosing the space. The fresh white and grey walls either side of the wall paper, and minimal decor, lead the eye up to a magnificent glass ceiling.