COMING TO THE UPPER EAST SIDE THIS FALL: KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE IS ON!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Finally and with great excitement, I can tell you that the Kips Bay showhouse is on for this fall! As one of the oldest and best in the country, the show goes on. The location has been secured, and not a moment too soon. The house on show, listed with Corcoran for $28.8 million, is a newly-renovated 17-room, six-story, 10,000-square-foot limestone mansion at 106 East 71st Street. With six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, there are 17 rooms ready for transformation. This means plenty of space for designers including Vicente Wolf, Jennifer Post, Robert Couturier, Katie Ridder and Noel Jeffrey to do their thing. For the fifth year in a row, Benjamin Moore is a sponsor, so expect to see Ben paint colors on the walls. The show house will open Thursday, October 14 and runs until Thursday, November 11. For ticket sales and more information about the 38th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, call (718) 893-8600 ext 245, or visit Kips Bay Showhouse . Stay tuned for the full list of designers which I will reveal soon...

IS KIPS BAY CANCELLED THIS YEAR? NO, JUST RESCHEDULED

by Marisa Marcantonio

With just six weeks till the doors open, Kips Bay has been rescheduled. The Showhouse raises around $1 million each year for the club, and also showcases a multi million dollar residence that is on the market. It is the ultimate open house. Well, it seems real estate sales in the upper echelons are looking up. Last week, the townhouse on 26 West 76th Street sold for $19.5 million, and the buyer wants to close right away. So on March 19, The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Inc. announced that its 38th Annual Decorator Show House, which had been scheduled to open on Friday, April 30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled when a new venue is located. We will have to eagerly await the announcement of a new date and a new home!

Here is the press release:

Daniel Quintero, executive director of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, said, “We are very grateful to all of the designers, architects, sponsors and many others who already have put a lot of work into this year’s event. The design community is hugely important to Kips Bay and we value everyone’s continued support. We hope to have an alternative fundraiser this spring, and we are looking at a possible date this fall for the 2010 Show House.” Designer Celerie Kemble added, “The Show House must go on, and it will. The funds raised are vitally important to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s important work for children, and we in the design community are ready to rally and scramble in any way we can to help our friends at Kips.”

For the annual show house, which raises approximately $1 million annually for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, two dozen top interior designers decorate every room, closet and hallway before the house opens to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club's essential after-school and enrichment programs for more than 13,000 young people at 10 locations in the Bronx. The event is the foremost showcase of interior design talent and trends in America, and receives as many as 20,000 visitors during its four-week run. It has raised more than $16 million since its inception in 1973.

A revised schedule, likely for early fall 2010, will be announced shortly.