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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2019

The design world celebrates its biggest event this month in New York City with the venerable Kips Bay Decorator Show House. As the crème de la crème of designer show houses, 23 of the top design luminaries across the country (and a few first timers) transformed a 12,000-square-foot Upper East Side Neo-Federal townhouse into a stunning jewel box. The show house, celebrating its 47th year, benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which offers after-school programs for 10,000 school kids throughout the Bronx. 

The show runs through May 30th and tickets are available at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. And if you can’t make it, enjoy a few of the spectacular spaces that caught our eye.


Jeff Lincoln Interiors

Designer Jeff Lincoln curated an assortment of historical and vintage pieces for his “Fantastic Voyage” themed room at the show house. “With my room, I intend to take viewers on a fantastical voyage through the cutting edge of today’s art and design universe.” The room features furniture designs by Jeff Zimmerman, Los Angeles ceramic artist Carmen D’Appolonio, lighting from Gaspare Asaro-Italian Moder and a show stopping sculpture from ArtOrigo dealer Rogan Gregory of R & Company. 

Photo credit: Nickolas Sargent


Cullman & Kravis

The theme of the dining room, “Rhapsody in Blue,” is evident throughout the room’s dramatic touches – midnight blue double glaze lacquered walls with gold embellishments that form the perfect backdrop for the vintage and custom-made furnishings and contemporary art and sculpture. Inspired by James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, gold elements were used to create a sense of depth and showstopping drama as handcrafted, 24-karat gold porcelain discs from Dougall Paulson grace the walls in a random fashion. The firm’s penchant for modern traditional is also on display with a rare 1060’s Maison Jansen polished brass fireplace paired with an oversize 1950‘s Maison Leleu sideboard that doubles as a bar. 

Photo credit: Nickolas Sargent


Jennifer Cohler Mason

Rich jewel tones, a hand-painted Brutalist wallcovering and life-size Robert Longo drawings give Jennifer Cohler Mason’s living room dramatic impact. Designed for an imaginary New York City couple who love to entertain and collect art provided the starting point for the designer, who employed masculine and feminine touches. ArtOrigo dealer Todd Merrill’s channeled mustard colored tufted sofa and Markus Haase Bronze and Onyx chandelier give the room added sophistication.

Photo credit: Nickolas Sargent


Eve Robinson

“Calling my space ‘A Room of One’s Own’ pays homage to Virginia Woolf’s renowned feminist novel and also expresses my design philosophy. Interior need to reflect the people who inhabit them,” says Robinson. The goal of creating a “woman’s sanctuary that is soothing, sophisticated and peaceful” translated into a soft color palette of creams, blushes and greys and gold accents that as the designer explains, “it created an ethereality that adds importance. The gold color is a wonderful tool that helps guide your eye around the room.” Robinson also employed a bit of ingenuity by transforming the firebox into a rose bar. “It seemed like the perfect place to assemble libations during the spring season.”

Photo credit: Marco Ricca


Charlotte Moss

The master bedroom marks Charlotte Moss’ ninth project at Kips Bay. Inspired by the discovery of a palampore fabric on Instagram and Lady Gaga’s periwinkle dress at the Golden Globes formed the basis of the color and pattern scheme. “Our imaginary residents of the room are a couple who loves to travel and wanted a bedroom that reminded them of where they had been,” notes Moss. Must-have decorative elements included a Chinese screen, Dutch lantern and Vitorrio Bonacina wicker chairs made near Lake Como.

Photo credit: Nickolas Sargent