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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

Last weekend we attended the 45th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC. Located in a turn-of-the-century townhouse on East 65th street, the showcase featured 18 talented designers who transformed the various rooms and spaces with creativity and style.

Luxe wall treatments, dark marbles, and metal strip detailing were some of our favorite takeaway trends from the day.


The kitchen, designed by Bakes & Kropp, featured a beautiful range hood with metal strip detailing. The otherwise light space was given a dose of drama with a slab of dark marble set into the center island. We also loved the pop of blue that accented the pantry area.

Design: Bakes & Kropp
Photo: Alan Barry Photography
Design: Bakes and Kropp // Photo: Alan Barry


More dark marble was seen in this bathroom by Scarpidis design, where it was used generously to create an eye-catching statement.

Design: Scarpidis Design
Photo: Alan Barry


Another note-worthy design feature by Scarpidis was their bespoke dark wood floors with brass inlays

Design: Scarpidis Design

Luxe wall treatments were seen everywhere throughout the home. One which was particularly breathtaking was the custom black and white chinoiserie wallcovering by MJ Atelier which occupied the second floor foyer, designed by Jonathan Savage of SAVAGE Interior Design. Up close, you can really see the dimensional quality of the treatment.

Savage Interior Design
Savage Interior Design

As much a modern art gallery as it was a living room, design firm Kirsten Kelli introduced color to otherwise neutral walls with some amazing pieces of pop art by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst. Glam, sculptural pieces of furniture tied the space together, balancing the color throughout the space.

Design: Kirsten Kelli
Photo: Alan Barry
Design: Kirsten Kelli
Photo: Alan Barry


We fell in love with the neutral palette in this bedroom designed by Dineen Architecture. Who else wants a swing in the bedroom after seeing this?

Design: Dineen Architecture
Dineen Architecture


Inventive designer Ken Fulk designed one of the most fantastical rooms in the house, giving maximalist design a whole new meaning. We’re also slightly obsessed with his fun website

Design: Ken Fulk
Photo: Alan Barry


Another favorite space of ours was the basement cocktail lounge designed by Lichten Craig. Dark walls accented with brass trim infused the dimly lit space with a sense of dark glamour. The liquor cabinets were adorned in bronze mesh which fit well within this aesthetic and made for a beautiful backdrop next to the richly veined bar.

Design: Lichten Craig
Photo: Kohler Co
Design: Lichten Craig // Photos: Quintessence Blog


Susan Ferrier of the McAlpine Group (we’re huge fans) designed the Master Bedroom, which featured archeological artworks worthy of being in a museum. The large ammonite piece behind the bed frame seemed to inform the entire room’s aesthetic, bringing the natural world indoors.

Design: Susan Ferrier

 

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