Colors and Patterns Wow at the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Dining Room: Up in the Villa
“This space is my take on an Italian villa in the Upper East Side,” says designer Mark D. Sikes. Inspired by Italian socialite MarellaAgnelli and the use of patterned walls by architect and designer Renzo Mongiardino, the space embraces what Sikes describes as casual elegance. “This is California-meets-uptown in a multifunctional space,” he says. Rattan furniture adds to the casual feel of the dining room, which is set for lunch. Various potted plants, including garden roses, dahlias, ferns and geraniums, add a fresh touch.
Serveware: Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs
Roof Terrace: Toit-Terrasse
Inspiration for the rooftop terrace came from things that designer Lauren Rottet loves. “I love being outside, looking over the rooftops in Manhattan imagining all the history and lifestyles that live so separately through the years yet so close together.” A striking mosaic wall of butterflies by Sicis juxtaposes the brick exteriors in the Lenox Hill neighborhood, while potted plants wrap the outdoor living room.
Mesh chair: Maia by Patricia Urquiola, Kettal; lighting: Artemide; Midcentury sunshade: Design Within Reach
Family Room: Le Salon Rouge
An elegant Genoese mezzaro-like Braquenié print was the starting point for designer Alessandra Branca. Organic and graphic patterns mix comfortably throughout the rose-colored space — a ticking-stripe wall covering contrasts with a Japanese black lacquer panel screen. Natural sisal zigzag carpeting helps anchor the space.
1970s coffee table: Guy Lefevre for Maison Jansen
Lounge: Midnight Manhattan
Chameleon-like walls in rich aqua hues wrap this lounge space that also features a bar area and bathroom. The team at Pavarini Design started with a lapis-blue base coat finished using a strié glazing technique, resulting in an ever-changing wall finish as it absorbs and reflects light. The soaring fireplace mantel is clad in pewter-leafed travertine mosaic tile and finished with a sculptured steel screen by John Lyle Design.
The floor-to-ceiling drapery panels are shagreen-embossed leather with a metal beaded pleating detail. The LED lighting in this dramatic space is controlled by an iPad — dimming on demand to highlight the selected art pieces.
Espresso-colored custom floating cabinetry continues in this adjoining bar area. This tiny space focuses on the commissioned paintings that take focus in a cut-glass mirrored wall. The wall is punctuated by a round Oled-lit convex decorative mirror and a midnight-blue stretched-PVC ceiling. The flooring is an off-white shagreen-patterned cement tile.
Aluminum skyscraper sculptures: Bizarre Bazaar
Chocolate glass and metallic grass cloth walls (Phillip Jeffries for Holly Hunt) and the marble floor repeat the lounge’s design theme of contrast and color.
Fixtures and vanity: Kohler; mirror: John Salibello; accessories: The Brass Center
The stairwell dining lounge was imagined as hosting a casual small group looking to continue a great conversation while mixing an after-dinner cocktail. “We imagined this intimate duo or trio as they excuse themselves from the end of a more formal dinner party to escape for a bit more privacy,” says designer Tilton Fenwick. Capturing this feeling of escapism became the designer’s inspiration for the space. Anchoring this theme is a large photograph, “Shakti” by Karen Knorr, that transports you from the Upper East Side to the interior of the Sheesh Mahal, aka the Palace of Mirrors, in Pakistan.
Wall fabric: Zulla, Tilton Fenwick for Duralee; Lake Credenza: BDDW; English Victorian Tub chairs: James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art; rug: ikat flat-weave, Studio Four NYC; lamp: Christopher Spitzmiller
Study: Pavlos’ Retreat
This fifth-floor study is fashioned out of a space originally intended for use as a bedroom. Designer Alan Tanksley installed modern walnut millwork and applied textured Kravet grass cloth to the walls to create an intimate retreat.
Custom sofa and throw pillows: J. Quintana Upholstery; giraffe vase: James Salaiz,Cristina Grajales Gallery
Laundry Room: Las Palmas
Designer Michael Herold transformed the old two-room laundry area into a glamorous art deco oasis filled with vintage furnishings sourced from his own collection and Newel antiques gallery. Palm leaf wallpaper by Cole & Son adds glamour to the small space.
Rug: Deco Spiral by Tim Gosling, The Rug Company; torso sculpture lamp: Newel
Kitchen: The Lambourne Collection
Traditional-style dark cabinetry shines in this debut collection from Christopher Peacock. The classic design was inspired by the designer’s favorite area of northern Belgium, Flanders, where he spent his summers growing up. The hardware has a brushed-brass finish, and the showstopper is the live-edge sealed slab countertop made of English wych elm from Grothouse Lumber.
Table and chairs: Christopher Guy; wall paint: Farrow & Ball
Designer Peter Sinnott wanted his en suite bathroom to be a relaxing retreat that would be traditional with a twist. Hexagonal tiger marble floor tiles are paired elegantly with the honed Carrara wall tiles. Blue glass tile has been used along the baseboard and bottom of the chair rail as an accent to complement the his-and-her vanities. The neutral-colored grass cloth wall covering matches the taut sheer window panel.
Study: A Study in Style
Thom Filicia wanted to create a space that, in his words, was “subtly sophisticated, elegantly easy and playfully purposeful.” This study space is meant to blur the line between work and play, but also to celebrate the role that the design community can play in helping to shape the lives of young people. The teak sculpture, by Robert Greene, is called “Frenetic Composure.”
Sofa: Thom Filicia Home Collection for Vanguard; screens: Fresco Decorative Painting
Master Bedroom: Luxury Sanctuary
Walls upholstered in tartan fabric and a custom canopy bed anchor the master bedroom. A pair of antique demilune consoles and mirrors are in perfect mirrored symmetry with the built-in bookcases.
To highlight the room’s original fireplace, designer David Phoenix partnered with Clive Christian on the pair of custom built-in bookshelves to display a custom collection of books from Juniper Books.
Armchairs: custom, upholstered in Cowtan & Tout fabric
The starting point for this traditional bedroom was a patterned linen fabric, Rumeli by Penny Morrison, seen in the chair upholstery and canopy of the four-poster bed. “We incorporated the influence of Indian textiles and artwork,” says designer Cathy Kincaid, who wanted to create peaceful, calming bedroom layered with intricate designs.