by Marisa Marcantonio

Kips Bay is now open to visitors! After priming walls, papering, plastering, upholstering and installing, the designer rooms are ready today in their big reveal.
Starting off with Katie Ridder's entryway, the house amazes with stunning wall applications, well chosen modern art, and inventive schemes. Take a peek at my initial round up with more to come soon. Stop by the house at 106 East 71st Street over the next month to see all 17 rooms, shop the stocked gift shop and sign up to volunteer as a room docent if you have the time.
Beauty awaits.

Katie Ridder welcomes you to the house with her fantastic coral color - infused entry

An over sized custom pendant light with a hanging piece of coral from Ruzetti and Gow adds glamour and drama to the entrance. Her new Pagoda wallpaper from Holland and Sherry and a gold foil paper tie it all together.

Rod Winterrowd designed the parlor floor stair landing and stairwell

Design takeaway: use table surfaces an an opportunity to display collections. Add in a flower arrangement, candle and sculpture,and voila, a pretty moment.

Yet another great console moment in between two black lacquer doors

A shell console grounds a vignette with an eglomise mirror

The Rod Winterrowd - designed space continues on the second floor as seen here. Mottled deep blue Italian Venetian plaster covers the walls in a recessed niche. Antique pedestals hold matching Roy Hamilton gourd vases.

A plastered and wallpapered tiny nook is made important with architectural prints, a chinoiserie lantern, a pretty console and Roy Hamilton vase filled with purple Hydrangeas, a stair model and dark hurricane

A close up view

Eve Robinson's fresh take on a traditional kitchen with pops of lilac and pistachio green in a modern and traditional mix

A custom lacquer desk makes the space dynamic and workable

A sputnik pendant adds a vintage modern touch to the minimalist dining table

Beautiful vintage Murano glass hurricanes with a subtle stripe hang over the marble - topped island

Elissa Cullman and Tracy Pruzan of Cullman & Kravis created the dining room around the theme of Dinner at 8: celebrating the great celebrity chefs of our time.

Dutch modernists Studio Job's Homework Tower of cast bronze cooking pots adds a light hearted element in front of the windows, with their cream panels and embroidered leading edge.

1810 Biedermeier chairs are arranged throughout the room

Two arched bookcases encase artfully displayed books mixed with turquoise Foo Dogs and vases for a pop of color.

A killer Candida Hoffer print hangs above a 1930's Art Deco Maxime Old sideboard

A closer look at a Joel Meterowitz photograph of a city street

The table is set for the leading lights of haute cuisine

Darren Henault created His and Hers Dressing Rooms. He stands next to a magnificent Gilt Bronze Mounted Ebony Antique Cabinet with enamel plaques from Carlton Hobbs.

"Her" dressing room where a hard screen has a draping motif that is echoed in the window treatment valance. A Leleu vanity from Maison Gerard is exquisite with its clean lines.

The return of the daybed! Designers are dressing them up and making them the focal point in smaller spaces.

Mirrors on closet doors have been painted with the same pattern as the matching Fortuny fabric. Darren takes pattern and texture into every aspect of what he mixes together. From the stenciled floor to the walls, there is a geometric combination working together.

In "His" dressing room, a new Fortuny fabric covers a daybed in a niche lined with a Holland and Sherry embroidered haberdashery fabric. Art Advisor Kim Heirston works with Darren on picking art work suitable to the client's needs and location.

A deco chair from Berndt Goeckler on a round patterned silk rug

Elizabeth Pyne of McMillen Plus created a Room for Daydream in a girly escape

Another daybed-- I am seeing a trend here. Does this mean we should be turning out smaller spaces into nap rooms?! Made up in F. Schumacher's Birches Blue and Herringbone Aqua cover the daybed and canopy.

A Charming hard valence perfectly frames a wire tree sculpture by Pablo Avilla from Maison Gerard. Sherwood Park fabric from Osborne and Little covers the walls and valences.

Elizabeth's vast knowledge of art inspired her unique choices like this fantastic Portrait of her grandmother, Evelyn Sloane Pyne by Bernard Boutet de Monvel.

A modern chair and desk with clean lines and severe silhouettes stand out amidst the sea foam green and white scheme

Vicente Wolf took on a grand room with existing mill work and great architectural details

An engaging mix of antique and modern elements jazz up a classical marble topped console

A sleek chrome chair with chinese fretwork detailing supports a painting

Spare book shelves with a few white bound books celebrate the beautiful wood surround and millwork

Noel Jeffrey created a frothy glamorous bedroom for an imaginary young client

Black and white elements pull the large space together

Stay tuned for all the rest!


by Marisa Marcantonio

Get a chance to see stellar design in action and provide enriching experiences to Showhouse visitors as a volunteer docent at this year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. As a co-chair of the Volunteer Committee, I highly recommend showing your support by volunteering as a Show House docent.

A room by Charlotte Moss from last year

Be a part of history, making the 38th year of the showhouse the best ever!
Your fall will be even better after you support the best showhouse in the country, taking place at 106 East 71st Street, a six-story, 17 room Limestone townhouse overlooking Park Avenue, with rooms transformed by design favorites Cullman and Kravis, Mcmillen Plus, Katie Ridder and more.

A desk in the Charlotte Moss room

Running from October 14th to November 11th, the event raises over $1 million annually for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and enrichment programs for over 13,000 youths between the ages of 6 and 18 from ten locations in the Bronx.

Bunny William's room

If you are interested, please contact Kips Bay at
The success of this historic Show House depends on its dedicated volunteers, like you.

Perhaps you have antiques, furniture, lighting, tabletop, rugs, artwork and home accessories you would like to donate to the showhouse shop. Idis Boyle at Kips Bay can help you with that at