Interior Design: The 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

The 47th annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is underway in an exquisite townhouse on the upper east side.  Kips Bay  is the most prestigious showhouse on the interior design calendar.  Not just an opportunity for design enthusiasts to see the work of  renowned designers, there’s also the Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx on whose behalf Kips Bay raises millions of dollars “to provide much needed after school and enrichment programs.” 

The Showhouse Committee selects 22 stellar interior designers to participate and each is allocated a space to be completely renovated from scratch in a stress-inducing  6-week timeframe.  Everyone brings their A-game!  This year’s designers did not disappoint, showcasing rooms that are as dazzling and luxuriously appointed as ever. 

For your armchair viewing here are my favorite rooms. The show house is open until May 30th.

Photography by Nikolas Sargent via Architectural Digest

Grand lower staircase and landing -  Richard Rabel

Grand lower staircase and landing - Richard Rabel

Grand upper staircase -  Brian Gluckstein

Grand upper staircase - Brian Gluckstein

Grand living room -  Jeff Lincoln

Grand living room - Jeff Lincoln

Dining Room -  Cullman & Kravis

Dining Room - Cullman & Kravis

Library -  Corey Damen Jenkins... the ceiling was this designer’s fifth wall utilizing a color palette that pulled the room’s disparate elements together

Library - Corey Damen Jenkins...the ceiling was this designer’s fifth wall utilizing a color palette that pulled the room’s disparate elements together

‘A Room of One's Own’ Study -  Eve Robinson

‘A Room of One's Own’ Study - Eve Robinson

Master Bedroom -  Charlotte Moss... just love the timeless elegance of her canopy bed and who wouldn’t rest peacefully in this sanctuary?

Master Bedroom - Charlotte Moss...just love the timeless elegance of her canopy bed and who wouldn’t rest peacefully in this sanctuary?

Boudoir -  Studio DB

Boudoir - Studio DB

Guest Bedroom  - Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

Guest Bedroom - Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

Had to share a closer look at the details of this gorgeous sectional with complementing piping on the seat cushions and a bold 2” Greek Key trim on the base topped with mix & match pillows -  Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

Had to share a closer look at the details of this gorgeous sectional with complementing piping on the seat cushions and a bold 2” Greek Key trim on the base topped with mix & match pillows - Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

Maximalist decor still carries the day - here’s a detailed look at the extravagant drapery trim and matching wallpaper adding to the room’s sumptuousness … Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

Maximalist decor still carries the day - here’s a detailed look at the extravagant drapery trim and matching wallpaper adding to the room’s sumptuousness …Alice Engel of Peter Pennoyer Architects

‘A Room of Her Own’ study - Sarah Bartholomew...edited, tailored and classic

‘A Room of Her Own’ study - Sarah Bartholomew...edited, tailored and classic

‘Granduer Reconsidered’ -  Matthew Monroe Bees... chinoiserie screen, and blue/white porcelain play well with the vivid striped fabric

‘Granduer Reconsidered’ - Matthew Monroe Bees...chinoiserie screen, and blue/white porcelain play well with the vivid striped fabric

‘Young at Art’ Artists Loft -  Young Huh... this room was at the top of the house with very high ceilings and endless awkward angles - the designer did an excellent job of using up every inch of space and brought drama and seamless sophistication to an unwieldy space - if ever a room was instagram ready it was this one!!

‘Young at Art’ Artists Loft - Young Huh...this room was at the top of the house with very high ceilings and endless awkward angles - the designer did an excellent job of using up every inch of space and brought drama and seamless sophistication to an unwieldy space - if ever a room was instagram ready it was this one!!

Layering on the details and adding dramatic pops of saturated color -  Young Huh

Layering on the details and adding dramatic pops of saturated color - Young Huh

This dining table as a console is the perfect scale for the room -  Young Huh

This dining table as a console is the perfect scale for the room - Young Huh

Captivating vignette -  Young Huh

Captivating vignette - Young Huh