Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010

by Leona Gaita

Today from New York, Leona Gaita—Interior Design Expert and Contributor—visits a tradition in design and fundraising. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice, to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010—a fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, and this year a fall event—is chock full of original and inspiring design.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The big picture:

  • Luxurious, user-friendly interiors,
  • Strong use of neutrals,
  • Enlivened with art, and
  • Layers of texture.

This elegant yet serene sitting room by Coffinier Ku Design, Ltd, is bejeweled with an ornate—yet consistently modern—oversized, turquoise-framed mirror. The variegated squares of the mirror’s frame, repeat the theme of the custom-made table and paneling.

Connifer Ku Designs Sitting Room

This spare, earth-toned room by 2Michaels, is all about art, and meditation.

2Michaels Meditation Room

A literal interpretation – a meditation chair before a Buddha Niche. This might be the best use of a too-small closet ever!

Buddha Niche & Meditation Chair from 2Michaels Space

Again neutrals, with one gorgeous accent color—in this case a stunning turquoise blue—in the accessories. In this dining room titled “Dinner at 8” by Cullman & Kravis,

Layers and layers of texture and detail can keep an observant appreciator busy for hours. And yet it’s all beautifully modulated, and not at all overwhelming. The Venetian plaster walls are possibly the best I’ve ever seen! Note the seven foot sculpture of bronzed cooking pots, a foodie’s celebration of chefs everywhere.

Cullman & Kravis Dining Room

Cullman & Kravis Dining Room Fireplace Vignette

Ample seating and a sleek modern sensibility (again, with a neutral palette) are the outstanding features of this modern rooftop lounge by Jennifer Post Design Inc.,

The plantings add a splash of color and warmth, and neoclassical touches are reminders of the house’s traditional roots. I’d LOVE to be invited up for a martini!

Jennifer Post Design Rooftop Lounge

This is just a tip of the iceberg! There’s inspiration around every corner at this year’s show house. I so enjoyed my tour there, and I highly recommend you pay a visit.

Have fun!

38th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House
A Fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

Thursday, October 14th – Thursday, November 11th
106 East 71st Street, New York

Monday through Saturday: 11 am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings until 8pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm


Leona GaitaLeona Gaita has an infectious enthusiasm for interior design that she shares with us, with her clients and with the readers of her popular blog, Gaita Interiors.

With a lifelong involvement in the fine arts and design, Leona designs for Gaita Interiors, a staple of the local community for over 40 years, serving Larchmont, Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.

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