I poked my head into the 37th annual Kip's Bay Decorator Show House — for starters, the site this year is the much talked-about former home of Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, on the market for a very dear $75 million. Even at a glance, it's fit for European royalty and proves why all these faux-Normandy McMansions aren't worth their price in salt...
Colorwise, there is no sense in trend-spotting here, as these seasoned pros do what they do best and follow gut instincts rather than current market flavors of the moment. Styles range from traditional, transitional to go-green and ultra mod.
• Room 1 Jamie Drake
• Room 2 Lichten Craig
• Room 3 William T.Georgis
• Room 4 Coleman Sanchez
• Room 5 Charlotte Moss
• Room 6 Joe Nye
• Room 7 Matthew Smyth
• Room 8 St. Charles. The basement-level kitchen by St. Charles, replete with grand piano, winter garden and his-and-her sautee stations. The fantasy of course is that the two of you could saunter downstairs for supper snacks with dueling chefs and tinkling piano music, in a neutral palette. This is true luxury, without the 50K square feet of wall-to-wall, chintz or beaded tassels.
Kip's Bay Decorator Show House
Admission is $30, which includes the Journal and Source Book. Group Admission is $25 per person for groups of 20 people or more. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door, upon arrival. No entry 1/2 hour before closing. Children under 6 (including infants) and pets are not admitted.
22 East 71st Street, New York
4/17 - 5/17
Go now, and for further annotation see the Kip's Bay website. Thanks all at Harriet Weintraub for photos.