The 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

I was fortunate enough to take a few days off last week and to head down to NYC.  I love New York and always feel inspired and happy just walking around, eating, shopping, connecting with family and friends, and discovering new things.

When I arrived on Monday I dropped my bags off and headed up to the Kips Bay Decorators Show House.  The show house is put on by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and features prestigious designers who each transform a room in the house.  Visitors pay an entry fee and all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.  The year's home was built in 1905 by architect Charles A. Platt as a private home.  The style is neo-Georgian with a red brick exterior - very classic.  However the interior was anything but, with very bold rooms making quite the statement!

But my favorite thing throughout the home was the artwork.  I was really wowed by some of the pieces throughout.  Art covered nearly every wall and was very much an integral part of the design, showing how important artwork is in tandem with furnishings, textiles, and accessories.  Here are some photos I took while visiting the home. Unfortunately it was a dreary, rainy day, so the lighting wasn't great.

My favorite room was by Robert Stilin.  It was the most neutral room in the house (in my opinion) with lots of great color, textures, and layers.  Including the art!  Here are a few snaps of the room.

One view of the room - so much artwork in mixed mediums.

One view of the room - so much artwork in mixed mediums.

And the other side of the room.

And the other side of the room.

This strange camper / big rig piece above the sofa was intriguing.

This strange camper / big rig piece above the sofa was intriguing.

Oh you know, just Javier Bardem hiding in the corner...swoon!

Oh you know, just Javier Bardem hiding in the corner...swoon!

I love the colors in this abstract piece.

I love the colors in this abstract piece.

 Making a statement.

 Making a statement.

Down in the basement was the lounge / bar by Lichten Craig Architecture & Interiors which had a speakeasy vibe to it.  I really loved these two old photographs they used from the Staley-Wise Gallery.

A little Sophia Loren eye roll...

A little Sophia Loren eye roll...

...and some folks having a good time.

...and some folks having a good time.

I neglected to snap a pic of the artwork in this room by  Kirsten Kelli  (which had a lot of cool pop art) because I was mesmerized by this purple, velvet sofa.  Such a great color! This was probably my second favorite room behind Robert Stilin's.  Super bold and interesting.

I neglected to snap a pic of the artwork in this room by Kirsten Kelli (which had a lot of cool pop art) because I was mesmerized by this purple, velvet sofa.  Such a great color! This was probably my second favorite room behind Robert Stilin's.  Super bold and interesting.

I thought these brass and lucite lamps in the same room were very funky too.

I thought these brass and lucite lamps in the same room were very funky too.

If you're in New York between now and June 6th I would definitely recommend checking it out. It's really a creative, fun space and benefits a great cause. And here's a great write-up from The New York Times with more (professional) photos of all the rooms. 

Enjoy!

So Cal Cool

I was paging through the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living when I came across a spread featuring the coolest Southern California home.  I keep coming back to it because it's so hip and minimal, but feels comfortable and warm as well.  The owners are clearly cool too - the husband is a musician and the wife is a trend forecaster...whatever that means!  She described the home as "family-friendly, bohemian, and not too precious, but with a definite edge."  I think she hit the nail on the head.  And after days of swooning over it, I realized that Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors was the designer - now wonder I love it!  Here are some pics I took with my iPhone (unfortunately I can't find the images online to repost).  And here is a link to the project within Amber Lewis' portfolio.  The images are just as beautiful there, but I always love seeing how a home is really lived in, per the showcase in MSL.  Enjoy!

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in  Amber's portfolio here  and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

This is the photo in the opening spread.  The vintage leather chairs bring that edginess to the room while the sofas and pillows are more bohemian.  I love the rug too!   Compare this to the photo in Amber's portfolio here and you'll see how different a room can feel just by showing it more "lived in".

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

I love the casualness of this custom sofa in a linen that looks like a denim.  A layered rug look is always a great way to add texture to a room.

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

Framing a cool poster is a great way to add art to a room, especially if it's meaningful to the homeowner.  That being said, there's still no way I'm framing my husband's old beat up Red Sox posters in our living room ;)

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

A few more photos of the gorgeous kitchen, the dining area, and another framed vintage poster.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

The daughter's room is pretty in pink, but feels sophisticated and like a room they can grow into.

Photographs by Abby Ross

Text by Catherine Hong

Design by Amber Lewis