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The 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House: A Design Icon

Chelcey Berryhill - Wednesday June 03, 2015 11:55

In October, Royal Oak will be celebrating the best of the design world at our annual Timeless Design Gala, which this year honors Kips Bay Decorator Show House with the Timeless Design Award. We’ll also be honoring Dr. Susan Weber, founder of the Bard Graduate Center, with our Heritage Award.

Get an idea of what makes Kips Bay so special by taking a peek into this year’s Show House, which is going on in New York City right now.

Join us for Timeless Design this fall! Tickets for this year’s Gala are on sale now. Purchase Tickets

The Show House's formal dining space, designed by Mark D. Sikes

The Show House’s formal dining space, designed by Mark D. Sikes, image courtesy of HGTV

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is in full swing this month, and we at Royal Oak are happy to be celebrating the finest interior designers in the country with them. Crowds are pouring into New York City’s Arthur Sachs mansion on the Upper East Side for a real treat: a look inside a home decorated by some of the most renowned decorators in the country.

Take a virtual tour of the show house here with NBC New York:

The Show House opened last month to glowing reviews. Architectural Digest wrote:

If you’re stumped for decorating ideas, there’s no better place right now to turn than the 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which runs from May 14 through June 11 in New York. The cavalcade of style, staged this year in an elegant Gilded Age townhouse designed by architects Albert Buchman and Mortimer J. Fox, embraces color (deep and lush), comfort (ditto), and idiosyncrasy, from Drake Design Associates’ mica-spangled burgundy entrance hall crowned by cloudlike ceiling lights to Gail Green Interiors’ powder room sheathed in jazzy Keith Haring tiles.

The Huffington Post’s Bob Richter effused that it was “one of the finest show homes I’ve seen in a very long while,” adding:

Show houses by nature are places for designers to highlight their talent and capabilities. Over the years of both attending and participating in them, I’ve found that like fashion shows, sometimes participants create concepts and over-the-top themes to stand out in the crowd. The result is often a series of rooms with a certain ‘wow’ factor, but little cohesion. This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, however, was a world apart from the norm. For the first time, I can say that the house really felt like a home.

The huge galley-style kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock, image courtesy of HGTV

The huge galley-style kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock, image courtesy of HGTV

The positive press extended to The New York Times and HGTV, among others.

It’s no surprise that the press are blown away by this year’s Show House. After all, the list of collaborators is staggering. The following designers all contributed rooms inside this gorgeous old New York mansion.

  • Alan Tanksley, Inc.
  • Janice Parker Landscape Architects
  • Bennett Leifer Interiors
  • Mark D. Sikes Inc.
  • Branca McMillen Inc.
  • Cathy Kincaid Interiors
  • Michael Herold Design
  • Christopher Peacock
  • Paula + Martha
  • Clive Christian
  • Pavarini Design
  • David Phoenix, Inc.
  • Philip Mitchell Design
  • Drake Design Associates
  • Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.
  • Gail Green Interiors; Rottet Studio
  • Greener by Design
  • Thom Filicia Inc.
  • Home Works
  • Tilton Fenwick

Royal Oak is pleased to honor Kips Bay for their work in uniting the design community and driving its ideas forward.This year’s Timeless Design Gala is sure to be one to remember, and we hope that you join in our celebration this fall! Purchase Tickets