2015 Kips Bay Show House

Last Wednesday night, I attended the opening night reception of the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House. image1962062

My date and my chauffer was my design partner in crime, Ericka. We didn’t realize how few parking garages there are in that neighborhood. We made a few laps around Madison, Park and Lexington and finally found one on 63rd. street so we only had to walk three blocks in heels.

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The mansion is seven floors total and although it was extremely crowded we managed to see everything and get good photos.

Upon entry, the very first room is by Drake Design Associates. My favorite feature was the painted ceiling and Jamie’s use of multiple ceiling fixtures that looked like clouds.DSC02329

Ronald Bricke designed the stairwell in a very simple and effective manner; a simple black, silver and white painted wall in which he told us he also applied jewelry chains.DSC02327

The kitchen was done by Christopher Peacock. The first thing that caught my eye was the rough cut slab of burl wood set into the counter.

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It was offset with a marble counter and black cabinets.

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The eating area was visually enlarged and given depth and dimension by a mirrored wall hanging. It was greatly complimented by the ceiling fixture.DSC02257

To access a back stairway we passed through a sitting area done by Bennett Leifer Interiors LLC.

He used a striking hand painted wallcovering by de Gournay, a very personal favorite company of mine.

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The windows had sheers that were hand painted to compliment the walls. I am currently researching this for my own bedroom. It was absolutely beautiful.

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For a little touch of whimsey, the “pieds de bouc” stool by Marc Bankowsky was waiting as we got to the stairway.

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The stairway led to the first floor terrace which was designed by Janice Parker Landscape Architects.

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On the second floor we entered into a sea of red in the dining room designed by Mark D. Sikes Interiors.

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Of course, this was another favorite of mine. The mix of the patterns, antiques and a stunning crystal chandelier really appealed to me.

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A powder room by Gail Green Interiors featured ceramic tile licensed by the Keith Haring Estate. It was very simple and so effective and fun.

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Straight down the hall, Alessandra Branca designed “La Salon Rouge”

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The stairway leading to the third floor was designed by Phillip Mitchell Design Inc. He used a creative mix of a very subtle French toile paper, and a large collection of many different types of wall art.

The wall facing the stairs was an installation of black and white photographs.

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The third floor was a real treat.

 First, was a bedroom by David Phoenix Inc. A very subtle neutral wool plaid fabric covered all the walls.

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The bed was a very sophisticated blend of the wool fabric with  cotton sheets intricately trimmed with linen. Very beautiful and understated.

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Off the bedroom was a bathroom designed by Clive Christian. This room was my show stopper. Crystal, silver leaf and marble made up the majority of the space. The main attraction was an oversize silver relief wall hanging in a very Art Deco style.

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Baccarat crystal lighting fixtures also reflected the era.

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The vanity sinks were crystal by Kohler. Gorgeous!!

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Venetian mirrors hung over the sinks

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The man’s closet adjoining the bath raised the bar for every man alive..

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The wall covering by Maya Romanoff is made from shells and added to the retro feel

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All the custom cabinetry was monogrammed with “KB” so Ericka and decided it was for Ken and Barbie.

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This floor was by Peter J. Sinnot IV, is a mix of grey and white tiger marble cut into an intricate mosaic pattern.

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Another stairway to the fourth floor again designed by Phillip Mitchell Design

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Pavarini Design’s room was a statement of texture with it’s travertine wall

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and the multi dimensional ceiling fixture

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A very Zen bath was also by Pavarini Design

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Cathy Kincaid Interiors LTD. designed a bedroom/bath at the other end of the floor. It was very feminine,and had great attention to detail.

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Up to the fifth floor! Honestly at this point, I was losing track of things but I took a photo of this ceiling treatment that was so beautifully done in many layers and colors of paint.

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Greener by Design had a fun display on the fifth floor terrace. Lots of mosaic work were evident on the wall and even with a three dimensional dalmatian.

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Looking up the stairs to the skylight

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The view down

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 After viewing the show house, we were treated to a cocktail reception at the Park Avenue Armory.DSC02332

I have been there several times for the Antique show but I have to admit I never realized the beauty of the architecture and the magnificent works of art that grace the walls in every gallery.

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Again, the venue was very crowded, but they did a wonderful job of catering to the guests and making sure we were pampered.

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Ceiling detail

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Closeup of 7th regiment stencil

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It was an incredibly successful event and for a good cause. Please research Kips Bay and all of the great things they do for the young community of New York and consider them in your charitable donations. I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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