May 29, 2013

Kips Bay Decorator Show House - Part 1

The 41st edition of the Kips Bay Decorator Show house is in it's final week and an experience that many travel from far and wide to visit, designers aspire to be part of, and the media anxiously awaits to photograph as it is always such a fantastic place to spend an afternoon.

This year is no exception.

Couple that with the fact that it provides a helping hand to 12,000 through the work that the Kips Bay Boys & Girls club provides to children throughout the Bronx, now that is always a recipe for success.

Barbara Ostrom tackled this top floor office space, with existing built ins and walls that were in need of much "TLC", and brought about a 360 with a little help from Marut Custom Interior Woodworking in recreating some great new paneling and wood work that one would imagine had always been part of this magnificent home.

Antique Gold Leaf French Louis XVI Armchairs in the living area, by English Country Antiques paired with Coffee Table, Étagère and Squared Shelved Lamp Table by Baker, a Lucite table by Donghia, Round Lamp Table by Profiles 200 and a Fufu Stool in White by NOA Living on the Stark rug.

Before Pictures

A Chesney’s fireplace acts as a central focal point and helps establish the layout of the room...

The Dedar silk drapery with Samuel & Sons trim are a beautiful frame around the window off of the little working nook, with a desk by Dakota Jackson & Desk Chair Reagan Hayes covered in a leopard print by Scalamandre just gives that final touch of glamour. 

With the final touch of a glam added by the gold leaf plaster ceiling, by I-Faux-Professional Decorative Finishes, Inc.,  and a strong pattern added by a Niedermaier folding screen, which I loved seeing as I have a special love for screens in any design scheme.

Eve Robinson welcomes the Modern Family into this comfortable lounge, with a neutral palette and layers of textures especially highlighted by the Kyle Bunting Custom Hide Rug in Silver designed by Britto Charette.

A custom built in / fireplace makes a strong statement and unifies the two areas of this room.
I love the metal details by Material Process Systems, Inc and the simplicity in the overall design - even though there is really nothing 'simple' about it.

The work of pulling it all together was done by the fabulous team at Silver Lining that I have had the pleasure of working with on my own interior design projects and HIGHLY recommend.

 R. 20th Century glass pendants hang above the occasional table by Avenue Road with the Games table cord chairs. Perfect for a late afternoon coffee, as well as a family meal.

No detail was left to chance in this room, and every design detail was woven into the tone on tone design scheme so effortlessly.. just a really great overall scheme that made this space very comfortable and chic.

Almost too good to eat!

A final touch of sparkle added by the Suzan Etkin Inc.Silver Hand Blown Glass Logs left to shimmer in the fireplace as you walk out onto the balcony .. or should I say "Outdoor Spa" above the Upper East Side rooftops .. a true New York Luxury.

This space was conceived by WCA, West Chin Architects, who was so lovely to speak with as he explained the need for this outdoor haven among the hustle and bustle of city living.

X-tra Large Freestanding Tub by AF|NY, with DaVinci Collection Floor Mounted Tub Filler

A stunning BirdHouse was designed especially for this project by FTF Design Studio, and a little highlight not only for those attending, but for the flying friends that added a little touch of music as they played in their new home.

A collaboration between West Chin, with 3 Form, "Beam" by Inter-Lux on the brushed aluminum outdoor rated wall mount fixture adds the sound of water in this fish pond -
the finishing touch to the serenity of this outdoor space.

Please visit again tomorrow as I continue to share more from Kips Bay!

About Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club
Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York
City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers
innovative programs to more than 12,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations
throughout the Bronx, with essential after school programs aimed to help them recognize their potential
for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth
development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more
information, please visit

The Show House receives as many as 20,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $17 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

Show House Dates - May 7 - June 4, 2013  - 161 East 64th Street. New York, NY
Mon- Sat - 11am-5pm. Tues & Thurs evenings - until 8pm. Sun: noon - 5pm Children under 6, pets and infants are not permitted. Admission: $35, incl. book. All Proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

Designers and architects participating in this year’s Decorator Show House include:
Andrew Suvalsky Designs
Barbara Ostrom Associates
Christopher Peacock
Dineen Architecture + Design PC
Eve Robinson Associates
Felicia Zwebner Design
Garcia / Maldonado, Inc.
Gomez Associates
Huniford Design Studio
Jack Levy Design
Judy King Interiors
Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design
Kristen McGinnis Design Inc.
Monica Rich Kosann Photography
Nievera Williams Design
Robert Brown Interior Design
Sara Story Design
Stephen Mooney Interiors
West Chin Architect, PLLC

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