May 29, 2013
Highlights from the 41st Annual Decorator Show House
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
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.
1 The exterior of the Sharp Townhouse. Built in 1899, the home features a two-story atrium and three wood-burning fireplaces.
2 Designed by Niviera Williams, the garden features beautiful terra cotta pots and "islands" of ground cover plants.
3 Kristen McGinnis, one of Traditional Home's 2009 Young Designers to Watch, worked her magic on the stately dining room.
4 The sculptural chandelier was designed by her friend Elliott Hundley.
5 Using fabrics from designer Kathryn Ireland's collection for Scalamandre, the master bedroom is a mixture of feminine and masculine.
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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