New York Decorator Showhouse
The 42nd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is in full swing at the Palace Hotel. A three story mansion, the rooms in the Showhouse are divvied up among New York City interior designers, who blow their budgets by making each room absolutely luxe. Of course, this results in the rooms not matching one another – some are extremely spare and contemporary, while others are traditional and cozy (including one that was part Scottish country castle, part Japanese historical homage).
It is so much fun to wander through these rooms and admire every wall treatment and drawer pull, and of course to pick your favorite room. Now I must confess that no photography was allowed so I kept my camera hidden in my bag, looked over my shoulder before I snapped, and tried not to get caught (and I was shamed by one of the volunteers, oh so shamed). But if you can’t share the beauty of the show house, or raise awareness of a very cool project for a good cause, then what’s the point? Those designers did not do all that hard work for nothing, and I hope you admire it too!
Please check out Curbed for a more fully comprehensive review of the Showhouse (since they didn’t have to sneak attack their photos), plus descriptions of the inspiration behind each room.
Add this to your list of summer to-dos! The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is open only until May 29, and requires a $35 entrance fee at the door that benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.