Archive for November, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010 — the dining room

The Kips Bay Show House din­ing room by Cull­man & Kravis is full of amaz­ing ele­ments, but still so fun and liv­able. The theme of the space is "Din­ner at Eight" with trib­ute paid to eight world-renowned chefs. Their names were on the place cards and their books and pho­tos were fea­tured through­out the room. The design­ers intro­duced won­der­ful con­tem­po­rary art by Can­dida Hofer and Joel Meyerowitz and blended it effort­lessly with the tra­di­tional din­ing furniture.

Turquoise is the hot color accent, but again the light­ing is the star here. This chan­de­lier is divine against the metal­lic ceil­ing. Many of the show house rooms fea­tured inter­est­ing ceil­ing treat­ments in lac­quer, wall­pa­per and metal­lic effects.

beau­ti­fully accessorized

And what could be more light-hearted in this chef-inspired room than a dec­o­ra­tive "pagoda" made of cop­per pots?

Note too the embroi­dered drap­ery — chic! This room is full of ideas you can use in your own home — what's your favorite?


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010 — the kitchen

2010 was a year of upheaval for the grand­daddy of all show houses — Kips Bay. The show house, which funds the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club — usu­ally takes place in the spring, but ear­lier this year the con­tracted prop­erty was sold right out from under them! Despite that drama, the show house returned and the prop­erty at 106 E. 71st Street is sim­ply lovely. In com­par­i­son to last year, the first thing I noticed in this house is the rel­a­tively "human" scale of the rooms. The 2009 show house was enor­mous, as was seem­ingly every­thing in it. Granted, this cur­rent house is six floors (and priced to sell at $28 mil­lion), but it feels com­fort­ably livable.

And now on to my favorite spaces:

The kitchen by Eve Robin­son Asso­ciates is a WOW from the sput­nik light fix­ture to the Kreme Life wall­pa­per! The kitchen feels tra­di­tional, funky, warm and col­or­ful all at the same time.

the kitchen din­ing area

Light­ing is a big fea­ture in this space — that sput­nik, the pen­dants over the island and swing arm fix­ture over the desk are all so dif­fer­ent yet play so well together.

gor­geous glass pendants

swing­ing swing arm!

please Santa? Christ­mas is coming…

I could hap­pily live in this kitchen — and oh yes, it has the req­ui­site high-end cab­i­netry and appli­ances, gar­den view and won­der­ful nat­ural light. Did I men­tion the sput­nik? Pure light-fixture lust.

casual din­ing at its best

I really like how approach­able this din­ing area is — noth­ing too pre­cious. You can actu­ally imag­ine a fam­ily eat­ing here and not wor­ry­ing over dropped crumbs. The leather-trimmed grass rug is fresh, fun and so doable!

More to come as I sort through all the photos…