I couldn't put the 2013 Kips Bay Decorator Show House to bed without pulling out from the participating designers' bag of tricks some notable flourishes that repeatedly made their way into this year's Show House.
1. Drapery Details
We designers love to finish the leading edges of drapery panels with interesting trims and details.
On the left, is a contrasting reveal and trim from JAB Anstoetz in Garcia/Maldonado, Inc.'s "The Lounge Suite." On the right, is a beautiful pleated reveal with a glimpse of rust, all by Lee Jofa, in Jack Levy Design's "Sitting Room." I'm a big fan of using these subtle reveals. In a family room I'm working on (pictures to follow), I'm using this detail on soft roman shades to add contrast and variety to an embroidered linen fabric.
At left is a glimpse of the window treatments in Barbara Ostrom Associates' "Sitting Room/Home Office." The trim from Samuel & Sons provides texture and a bit of variety to the monochromatic palette of the draperies and soft romans.
Was anything more popular in this year's Show House than lacquered paint treatments? So reflective, they exponentially illuminate a space. But so labor intensive as well. To do lacquer right each layer of paint--and it takes many to get the smoothest, most polished finish--must be sanded between coats. This is a painstaking process and not for DIYers. Perhaps that's why we designers love it so much: lacquer will never become pedestrian.
Lacquer was all over Andrew Suvalsky Designs' Foyer and Powder Room. His two-toned lacquered cabinets were one of the most talked-about designs among the bloggers and designers with whom I viewed the Show House as part of Blogfest. Notice the lacquered crown molding too.
Kristen McGinnis' Dining Room featured lacquered walls, best to reflect the neon in the Hanging Sculpture by Elliott Hundley centered over the dining table.
Photo by Timothy Bell courtesy of Architectural Digest
Garcia/Maldonado, Inc.'s Lounge Suite, photo by Timothy Bell courtesy of Architectural Digest
Dineen Architecture + Design PC's Veritas, photo by Timothy Bell courtesy of Architectural Digest
Eve Robinson Associates' Family Lounge, photo by Timothy Bell courtesy of Architectural Digest
3. Layered Textiles
You'd expect a room kicking off a designer's signature line of textiles to be laden with fabric. And of course, Kathryn Ireland's "Master Suite" fit the bill. The room was layered with Kathryn's new collection of fabrics and wallcovering for Scalamandre.
The room had a decidedly English flair. Not surprising given Kathryn's birthplace. But not representative of her usual relaxed California style.
Kathryn is known for her predilection for global, homespun textiles. The beautiful Anglo Indian tester bed in her Kips Bay bedroom was layered with textiles bearing similar motifs, most from her collection for Scalamandre. What designers once did with multiple pillows at the head of the bed Kathryn does with textiles at the foot. It's a takeaway designer look that anyone can make their own.
4. Kyle Bunting Rugs
Animal hides have graced us underfoot since prehistoric times. But nothing can compare to the contemporary cowhide rugs created by Kyle Bunting. Two designers--Andrew Suvalsky and Eve Robinson--featured Kyle Bunting rugs in their Kips Bay Show House rooms.
Kyle Bunting Rug in the Foyer by Andrew Suvalsky Designs, photo by Trevor Tondro courtesy of The New York Times
Kyle Bunting Rug in the Family Lounge by Eve Robinson Associates, photo by Timothy Bell courtesy of Architectural Digest
As much as we designers love using zebra patterned rugs, they've become ubiquitous. I'd be happy to see Kyle Bunting rugs, with their varied patterns and colorways, fill that niche.