The fifth annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach officially opens to the public on Saturday, March 5 at 3001 Spruce Avenue in the historic Old Northwood neighborhood of West Palm Beach.
The house showcases the creativity and design expertise of 24 of the country’s most acclaimed designers and interior designers. From March 5 to April 3rdthe house will be open to the public as the nation’s premier design event, while also functioning as a major fundraiser for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
The show home will also offer a virtual 3D video tour for those unable to attend in person. Visits to the House must be booked in advance to ensure proper social distancing, and the wearing of face masks is mandatory for all visitors. Tickets for the Show House can be purchased here.
Unsurprisingly, this year’s designers are celebrating Palm Beach’s rich and colorful past with references to jungle patterns, trellises, seashells, underwater scenes, architectural window cornices, rose and gold color palettes. green and, of course, bars.
There’s a bar in the 30ft salon designed by Peter Pannoyer, Beth Diana Smith’s dining room includes a bar at the end of the table, of course there’s a bar in the ‘Sala Exotico’ designed by Philip Grorrivan, the The sleek, modern home office created by Trish Mills includes a bar, and then there’s Jim Dove’s Monkey Bar, a room lined with DeGournay wallpaper and devoted entirely to the pursuit of adult beverages.
But there are also large spaces designed for children. Craig & Company’s entry, inspired by the song octopus garden, is a happy amalgamation of deep, watery blue, seashells and ocean motifs chosen in the tradition of a sailor’s Valentine’s Day. Damour Drake’s Maryline Damour and Mel Jones created a “Toddler’s Haven” that has puffy white clouds floating from the ceiling and descending through the air, and Nikki Levy’s “Happy Year Round” bathroom is an ode to childhood. childhood in onyx.
The biggest story in this year’s showhouse, however, is the loud use of color. Bedrooms, living rooms, closets, bathrooms and patios look pretty in pink, green, yellow, deep blue, fuschia and purple. These designers are sounding the death knell for beige and gray bedrooms and showing us that strong, saturated colors are cheerful, energizing and great expressions of creativity. Even in a relatively monochromatic room like Ashley Gilbreath’s master bedroom, a bold striped blue and white rug brings color and contrast; Pearl Design Interiors transformed an outdoor patio into a black-and-white dining and lounging space whose classic design is punctuated with pops of bright pink. The one room in the house that doesn’t get a punchy color is the kitchen. The beautiful cabinets from Bakes & Kropp are trendy in white, black and grey. But in the guesthouse, the kitchen cabinets and dining room ceiling are painted a glossy leaf green while the jungle informs the wallpaper and fabric Catherine Austin chose for the casita. Classic in the main house, Amanda Reynal’s terrace, with its lime green, lime yellow and powder pink upholstery.
The showhouse also looks to the past: the spirit of Elsie deWolfe lives in the veranda, which Paloma Contreras designed as an homage to the spirit of Palm Beach with trellises, valance and botanical fabrics in green and white . Tiffany Brooks created her “Bloom Lounge” using this singular brand from the early 20sand ambitious design of the century, Chinoiserie wallpaper. A former French secretary displays 1950s Rookwood pottery in the living room of Chris Goddard’s guest house. In Lewis Design Group’s reimagined closet, accessories are arranged like works of art against lush hand-painted palm tree wallpaper. Sarah Bartholomew looked to the Brighton Pavillion in England for bedroom inspiration. Several designers, including Joy Street in one bedroom, have used Italian modern furniture for a contemporary note.
Robert Bell of Bell Designs has skillfully transformed a limited space around the house into a lush garden; to keep with the spirit and aesthetics of the venue, he built a domed and lattice-work booth where visitors can line up and buy their tickets. Pink and white stripes dress the seating areas around the pool, designed by Janie Molster.
A main reason to visit a show home is the chance to see something unexpected, a new way of doing or seeing something, and this home has a number of examples. One is Noz Design’s unexpected lavender, lilac and tomato red living room, the other is the bold walls of Robert Brown’s “Petit Salon”. Amanada Reynal’s lush outdoor room is the epitome of genteel old Florida, and in Andrea Schumacher’s vibrant blue water room, butterflies fluttering on a wall turn out to be individual sculptures made from coffee cans. recycled aluminium.