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Highlights from the 41st Annual Decorator Show House

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Since 1973, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has been hosting an exquisite fundraiser with design fanatics in mind. Each year they let loose of team of interior designers and architects on a luxury Manhattan home, turning it into a life-size doll house when the designers can rearrange, and redecorate to their hearts' content. The completed Show House is decked out in the latest industry trends, making it a must-see for locals interested in interiors. More than 20,000 guests take a peek inside each year.

This year, the space getting made-over is the Sharp Townhouse on the Upper East Side. The 7,000-square-foot home has view of Central Park and a lovely Federal style facade. This five-story blank canvas has been transformed into a delight of design. The house is open to the public through June 4th, so if you're in New York City, be sure to check it out this week.

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The exterior of the Sharp Townhouse. Built in 1899, the home features a two-story atrium and three wood-burning fireplaces.

1 The exterior of the Sharp Townhouse. Built in 1899, the home features a two-story atrium and three wood-burning fireplaces.

Designed by Niviera Williams, the garden features beautiful terra cotta pots and

2 Designed by Niviera Williams, the garden features beautiful terra cotta pots and "islands" of ground cover plants.

Kristen McGinnis, one of Traditional Home's 2009 Young Designers to Watch, worked her magic on the stately dining room.

3 Kristen McGinnis, one of Traditional Home's 2009 Young Designers to Watch, worked her magic on the stately dining room.

The sculptural chandelier was designed by her friend Elliott Hundley.

4 The sculptural chandelier was designed by her friend Elliott Hundley.

Using fabrics from designer Kathryn Ireland's collection for Scalamandre, the master bedroom is a mixture of feminine and masculine.

5 Using fabrics from designer Kathryn Ireland's collection for Scalamandre, the master bedroom is a mixture of feminine and masculine.

La Petite Writing Room, tucked away on the home's fourth floor, is the work of designer Stephen Mooney. The patterned wall coverings make the room feel more spacious.

6 La Petite Writing Room, tucked away on the home's fourth floor, is the work of designer Stephen Mooney. The patterned wall coverings make the room feel more spacious.

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