Design for a good cause? We're in! And we were lucky enough to step inside the 42nd Annual Decorator Show House whose 21 lustworthy, high-design rooms benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. If you're not in the NYC area, here's your chance to gawk at these gorgeous rooms…just make sure to pick up your jaw off the floor upon leaving.
Room 1: High & Low
Opting for a minimalist mix of a low couch with a stately crystal chandelier, Juan Montoya Design created a pensive juxtaposition with a touch of play.
Room 2: A Study in Contrast
Have you ever seen a sculptural fireplace slash chair? In steel? That's just what the design duo behind Ingrao Inc. installed when they crafted this room of traditional earth tones with custom pieces of powerful modern art by way of an enormous fireplace and chandelier.
Room 3: Hollyhock Lounge
Using fabric wall coverings, a custom sisal rug and gold accents, Young Huh transforms these typically public spaces (a corridor and bathroom) into cozy and private areas that blooms with utter warmth and softness.
Room 4: Entryway
Award-winning Los Angeles-based designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard
went for Old World glamour with an Italian Palazzo detailing. A classic checkerboard floor stages a space that’s filled with timeless furniture and surrealist artwork.
Room 5: Study in Red
“Red evokes royal interiors, ecclesiastical vicarages, brothels and Diana Vreeland’s Garden in Hell
,” states architect William T. Georgis
. Bold, sumptuous, gorgeous and a little grotesque, this study has a particular wow-worthy look that’s like nothing before.
Room 6: Grand Staircase
Trust us when we say that John Douglas Eason
has a memorable look and personality, which effortlessly translates into his interior design work. Taking over the grand staircase of the Kips Bay mansion, Eason used hand-painted walls, mirrors galore and art with an edge (hello, slightly creepy Madonna sculpture!) for a space that is nothing less than grandiose.
Room 7: Gallery of Curiosities: Bringing Brooklyn to Manhattan
Incorporating the dark wooden walls of their hallway, Meyer Davis Studio
Inc. gave this 19th-century mansion a modern facelift with oceanic life-size 3-D sculptures, mixed metal chandeliers and a photograph that screams edgy.
Room 10: Lady Penelope’s Dressing Room
The lavish Rolls Royce of a closet, designer Christopher Peacock
said, “A woman’s dressing room should be totally glamorous, opulent and girly…” Using high gloss pink cabinetry and ‘60s-esque floor and wall coverings, Peacock did a little, well, peacocking of his own by adding 24-karat gold hardware as the finishing touches.
Room 11: tête-à-tête
Design firm, ODADA
turned this large hall-like room into a cool combination of old school / new school with it’s mix of modern art, crisp white, dark woods and classical trims.
Room 12: Colorful Dining
Vincent Wolf is trying to make you hungry for did you know that orangey-reds increase your appetite? Layering midcentury and modern, Wolf build an area that's desirable for delighting in dinner.
Room 14: Studiolo
The design duo of Villalobos Desio transformed a petite nook into a cozy and curious cabinet rich in texture (leather panels and silk walls!), modern-deco furniture and charming elements such as an arctic fox and crystal skull.
Room 15: Stairwell
Decorative painting expert, Robin Sacks
turned an ordinary back-of-the-house staircase into an ombré experience by using clever geometric painting angles and shades of grey.
Room 16: Salon
The halls of the Kips Bay mansion were not overlooked thanks to the efforts of SPAN Architecture
. Contemporary photographs, golden lights, custom fugs and copper-lined seating created a gallery-like space that is an experience of its own.
Room 18: Layered Textures
Using Gregorius Pineo's Moraga Bed as inspiration, Edward Lorbano Interior Design, Inc. layered on ethnic textures and patterns, all done in earth tones for a new take on the traditional bedroom.
Room 19: Office and Sitting Room
Luxe, luxe, luxe! Kirsten Kelli, LLC
designed a golden room with numerous pops of Matisse-inspired color for one retreat that would make any artaholic
Room 20: A Gentleman’s Study
“Without a client, I thought I’d be indulgent, and design a room for myself,” states designer, Markham Roberts
about his gentleman’s study that is all things luxurious. Between the zebra carpet, peacock blue jewel tones and gold trimmings, this is one den that gives you a giant, well-designed, hug who’s arms you never want to leave.
Room 21: Vintage & Modern
Classic antiquities meet with modern forms, showing us that Darryl Carter Design has quite the skills when it comes to adding a little touch of humor to tradition. We suggest stealing his idea of paint-swiped portraits if you're looking for an offbeat way to update your family's own (read: that aunt that never stops blabbing).
Room 22: The Lady’s Lair
Gideon Mendelson of Mendelson Group, Inc
. says of his lady’s lair, “I designed it for a woman who has a high-powered job by day but is still feminine -- she’s a handsome woman.” Between the blue suede walls we couldn't stop touching, dreamy midcentury furniture and elements of humor (the doormat was made of black-lacquered Barbie dolls), this is one lady den we’d be thrilled to call our own.