Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2018: Imaginative, Superb, Sponge-y



The Opening party greeted 1,000 guests

A magnificent late 19th century Townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has become a decorator’s dream-for-a-month at the 46th Annual Kips Bay Showhouse, benefiting the  Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of New York.

The door poster greeted Show House guests

Over 1,000 guests attended the Show House’s opening night reception , held at 583 Park Avenue, including actor Jonah Hill, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Antoni Porowski, Barneys New York Fashion Director Marina Larroudé, interior designers Alex Papachristidis, Richard Mishaan and Stephen Sills, Town & Country Editor in Chief Stellene Volandes, Elle Décor Editor in Chief Whitney Robinson, Veranda Editor in Chief Clinton Smith, author James Reginato, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Board of Trustees President James Druckman, and Daniel Quintero,  Executive Director, celebrating  unique vision and design.

Exquisite Garden Terrace by Nievera Williams


And unique it was, as over the initial weekend visitors streamed through the architecturally superb seven-story house house on East 76th Street to find the elevator not working (why handrails were invented?). The show’s rooms were so varied in style and energies, from Alexa Hampton (of Mark Hampton LLC)’s period“swag” room to the Spongebob Squarepants inspired, art/cartoonish stairwell of Sasha Bikoff , speaking to the kid in all of us, that visitors were taken anew with each turning and doorway.

A detail from Barbara Orstrom's Art a la Carte

Particularly striking were the gorgeous Garden Terrace by Nievera Williams Design, the sculptural and golden room by Bunny Williams, the drawing room by Philip Mitchell with a large wall photo of Lee Radziwill in her residence, the Bar and Butler’s pantry by Wesley Moon (we heard “I want that” more than once) with its whimsical photos of a woman who takes her laundry seriously.


The laundry room  in Wesley Moon's Bar & Pantry

Ideas, beauty and comfort for the rooms we live in? Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse embraces them all through the vision of its fine designers. It is a must-visit.


Gilded Knots, room by Bunny Williams


Visitors to the Show House are able to shop a selection of must-have curated items including antiques, fine art, home furnishings, and vintage designer clothing at the seventh annual Kips Bay ShowHouse Shop, located at street level of 118 East 76th Street. The Show House will be open to the public seven days a week through May 31st.  

Go to www.Kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.orgfor tickets and information.

Participating designers: Alessandra Branca, Alexa Hampton, Andrew Torrey, Barbara Ostrom, Brian del Toro, Bunny Williams, Caleb Anderson, Charles Pavarini, Dan Fink, David Netto, Elizabeth Swartz, Jamie Drake, Juan Montoya, Katie Ridder, Marcia Tucker, Mario Nievera, Mark D. Sikes, Michael Herold, Philip Mitchell, Sasha Bikoff, Scott Sanders, Stefan Steil and Wesley Moon..


The antic stairwell by Sasha Bikoff




Exquisite dining room by ??





Photo wall honoring  children's art work





The gorgeous livinng room by Philip Mitchell





The 7th floor sanctuary  and wellness retreat by Charles Pavarini




A themed mirror on a landing -- by Sasha Bikoff












View down the stairwell from the 7th floor






Alexa Hampton's "swaggering" room






Illuminated mirror in a hall -- Funhouse style









Exterior of the historic home at 110 East 76th Street









The program




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