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Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Its hard to believe that the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is celebrating its 45th year! A home in Manhattan is re-designed into a magnificent showpiece annually for this event. Residing on 125 East 65th Street, this gorgeous Manhattan home has been transformed into an exquisite space…

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Its hard to believe that the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is celebrating its 45th year! A home in Manhattan is re-designed into a magnificent showpiece annually for this event. Residing on 125 East 65th Street, this gorgeous Manhattan home has been transformed into an exquisite space. Proceeds of the Show House benefit the children of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. This worthy organization promotes general health, educational advancement, character development and leadership potential in disadvantaged children ages 6-18. I thoroughly enjoy visiting and supporting the Kips Bay Show House each year and seeing each designer’s ideas come to life!

I was thrilled to meet Nashville-based designer, Jonathan Savage from SAVAGE Interior Design during my visit. He was responsible for designing the grand staircase in this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Jonathan dressed the walls in a custom plaster-on-canvas wall covering made by MJ Ateliers in Los Angeles. The Southern-style chinoiserie wallpaper affixed with hand-sculpted plaster motifs created an inviting yet sophisticated space (See photos 7 and 8 below) and a welcoming entry to the many showhouse rooms.

My favorite room in this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House was the second floor living room designed by Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford. The sister design duo of Kirsten Kelli Design created a chic, yet inviting oasis. The bold purple velvet sofa and the royal blue glass coffee table (Photo 2) work well with the white sheepskin armchairs and the eclectic table lamps (Photo 1). The blend of different colors and styles play off each other superbly, creating an elegantly cohesive space.

Everyone should attend this event when they are in NYC!

Written by Katie Baskind & Denise Wenacur Photos by Denise Wenacur

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