by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kips Bay
If you are looking to extend your summer and support a great charity, get onboard for Summer's Last Blast Cruise with Kips Bay designers on September 12th. It is a fun way to catch up on summer adventures on the high seas (ok fine, river waters). If you want in on the fun, including cocktails, dancing, and dinner, sport your best festive attire and get your tickets here. Be sure to arrive at the dock by 6:30pm for they set sail at 7pm from Pier 81, West 41st St at the Hudson River.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Kips Bay is taking shape, so spring is not far off! I decided to get the scoop from master colorist Katie Ridder, who is doing a hallway this year. She generously shared her color scheme and inspiration with me. Katie is sitting in one of her color-filled interiors, surrounded by vibrant pillows that match her sweater's trim. Her fashion sense and interiors often go hand in hand, as she tends towards brights in her wardrobe as well. Her new collection of wallpapers and fabrics capture a certain joie de vivre, and will grace her space in the showhouse.

The Scheme- A sophisticated color palette used in unexpected ways
She explains her design process-- "I have an affinity for things Moorish. My wallpaper, Moonflower, I hope is not identifiable in terms of Turkish, Moroccan, Japanese but it has an exotic bent to it. I've always been drawn to crescent moons - I have one in almost all of my wallpapers and fabrics.The colors are coral and mole gray on a natural linen. I wanted my little hallway to stand out so I am painting the trim a deep gray/brown and the ceiling coral. I’m going to paint all the trim very dark and then use my Moonflower fabric upholstered on the walls placing mirrors over the 3 doors.The gold chip is the finish on the pair of lamps and the trim will be a lampshade detail. I wanted fancy, sparkly light fixtures to accentuate the space. I am using a pair of console tables with gold Spitzmiller lamps and pagoda-like shades trimmed in coral rick rack with coral lining, with the corners turned up to see the lining. I was going for elegance and a little drama."

The goods-

A pair of tables on which the spitzmiller lamps will sit. The George III mahogany side tables are from Michael Pashby Antiques.

A set of 3 circa 1940s Beaded Crystal Light Fixtures from Carlos de la Puente


by Marisa Marcantonio


Breaking from tradition, The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Showhouse is doing things differently this year. Shaking things up! The house is on the Westside, at 26 West 76th Street(!) AND they announced the participating designers and room designation last night at the pre-renovation event. These two big changes are sure to garner buzz in the design world, since announcing a new locale and a new group of designers and their rooms has never been done before.

This year's showhouse participants are:

Aman & Carson
Nancy Boszhardt
Sarah Bune
Sherrill Canet Interiors
Coffinier Ku
Robert Couturier and Associates
Chuck Fisher
Darren Henault Interiors
The Jeffrey Design Group
Kemble Interiors
Monica Rich Kosann Interiors
Christopher Peacock Home
Jennifer Post
Katie Ridder
Robert Verdi
Rod Winterrowd
Vicente Wolf Associates
2Michaels Design

If you are local, consider volunteering as a docent.
As Kips Bay reminds us, "the success of each magnificent Show House depends on its dedicated volunteers."
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to take a deeper look into the Show House and to further support the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club by volunteering as a Show House docent.
Each volunteer is assigned a room based upon the following shifts:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday;
12 –2:30 pm, 2:30 – 5 pm Sunday;
5 – 8 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Evelyn Rivera by phone at 212-755-5733 or by email at


by Marisa Marcantonio

Ping pong is making serious inroads this season. Last year, the club Spin was opened by enthusiast Susan Sarandon on Park Avenue South. Then, Christopher Coleman decorated his Kips Bay Showhouse room as a mod lounge with a very pricey custom steel ping pong table. Pong fever continues. Long popular as a basement or garage game, and frat pastime, pong is having its day. Why not turn your basement into an updated game room, so you can get in on the action? The game is becoming hotter and more stylish, and with the accessories here you can bring your A game.

Photo Kips Bay
Christopher Coleman's sleek playpen for ping pong and a good cocktail.

Photo Courtesy of James Perse
Another custom option is the limited edition Malibu Ping Pong Table from James Perse. This table is well suited to the beer drinkers. With the black finish as opposed to the classic green, spilled beers are less likely to create a stressful situation.

Jonathan Adler just came out with the new spring collection that had graphic geometric needlepoint covers for your favorite racquet sports--tennis and ping pong.

The creative gals over at Alice Supply Company upped the ante with their nautical red,white and blue racquet set.