Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas 2020 // My Favorite Rooms
Bucket list alert! I had the opportunity this past weekend to visit the inaugural Kips Bay Dallas Decorator's Show House and oh my gosh -- it exceeded my wildest imaginations! The stars aligned that I happened to be in Dallas opening weekend of this tour so of course I geeked out and took hundreds of photos...
If you aren't familiar with the history of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House -- it started in New York City in 1973 as a fundraiser to support after school programs for children in the city. It now attracts over 20,000 guests a year. Hundreds of interior designers submit applications and less than 30 are selected. The ones that are selected are each assigned one room in the home -- could be a hallway, powder bath, or kitchen!
Designers invest up to $100,000 to put on the show and partner with vendors, contractors, and artists to complete their vision in 10 weeks. Basically a luxury "Trading Spaces" on steroids!
Most rooms were represented by their designer on Saturday morning when I visited (translation: I tried to play it cool meeting Mark D. Sikes and I met a few designers that I will now actively fan girl forever...)
The home is approximately 12,000 sq ft and lists upwards of $5 million! Twenty six designers and 26 completely different design perspectives...I wish I could share every single inch of this incredible project!
With only 45 minutes to tour before my flight home -- here are the rooms I spent the most time in! Organized by location in the home...
The Foyer by Rottet Studio
The 20' ceilings, romantic curved staircase and oversize hair-on-hide floral rugs were definitely a "welcome to Dallas" entrance! Adored the brass chandelier and water feature (not pictured).
A Lady's Study by Jan Showers
Glossy, feminine, and sweet -- the lacquered trim work paired with a white hair on hide rug (custom bunted around the fireplace) was such a happy, peaceful room off the foyer.
Formal Dining by Cathy Kincaid Interiors
Cathy Kincaid Interiors had me at vintage wool rugs layered on a grand sisal rug! The detailed trim work was impeccable and she is a master at layering tonal patterns in a fresh way!
Butler's Pantry by Sees Design
Moody & celestial // a black and white terrazzo like counter, outer space imagery on the ceiling with brass star semi-flush mounts!
Kitchen by Marcus Mohon Interiors
This entire kitchen and breakfast seating was unforgettable for me! Dark, dramatic counters with a ledge, deep wooden cabinetry, pink decorative molding above an incredible LED chandelier...
But the most innovative idea that I want to copy desperately is the super smart custom quartz round dining table with matching base -- created with the help of a stone supplier. A woman at the show told me that it was inspired by a vintage piece on a website such as 1st Dibs...so clever. Sometimes simplicity is the most creative!!!
I could go on and on about this space ... decorative shelving in the island, beautiful iron stools, incredible drapery installation, beautiful stone fireplace with veining...
Great Room by Viviano - Viviano
Thought it couldn't get any better than that kitchen but then I walked into the adjacent room designed by Viviano - Viviano. Huge jute rug that spanned the entire room with two floating one-of-a-kind rugs -- my weakness!!! It was so refreshing to see a sofa in a dramatic color -- the original art was so well curated -- and there were pieces throughout the entire space. You could tell it was a thoughtful blend of old and new furniture. Colors were unexpected and just felt sooo cool.
Prep Kitchen by Chad Dorsey Design
If you are ready for a breath of fresh air...this was it. Dang. Chad mentioned that the ceiling was inspired by the feeling of sky light. Soft blues, deep black stone, and crisp what was sooo inviting. The wood & brass cabinet hardware, generous decorative moments in the cabinetry, and clean feeling was so refreshing. I adore sofa seating at the dining table and it was a moment.
Sunroom Bar by Tracy Hardenburg Designs
Okay -- I'm totally making up names for these spaces! Loved the high top table with the built in ice bucket...white brick walls...incredible warm wooden ceiling detail...black fireplace with art...
Covered Veranda by Kevin Spearman Design Group
When it's good, it's good. White outdoor seating with natural mat rugs, woven lighting, gorgeous black trimmed windows with exposed brick...forget Dallas -- this felt like a five star resort!
Outdoor Space by Melissa Gerstle Design
Classic, serene, and I loved the height of the landscaping planters to create a focal point at the end of the pool! Interesting details like the pop of a design inside the umbrellas with a classic exterior.
Master Bedroom by Kirsten Kelli
Hands down the best smelling room in the home! So many luxurious purples and gold. Huge fan of the basket of flowers in the fireplace -- very romantic and warm.
Master Bath by Doniphan Moore Interiors
Never have I ever seen such gorgeous marble trimwork...all of the stone selections were on point!
Upstairs Loft by Ten + III
Illuminated bar for the win!
Bedroom by Michelle Nussbaumer
A Moroccan moment -- an aesthetic experience walking through these curtains to the bedroom.
"Utopia" Study by Sherry Hayslip Interiors
I lovingly want to refer to this room as the therapy room. Everything was so happy and artistic. The design was described as an antidote to 2020. There was actually an incredible art installation inside on of the sky lights that reflected a rainbow prism effect onto the walls and furniture. I'll cheers to that!
Sitting Room by Mark D. Sikes Interiors
The fact that Mark D. Sikes was participating in this tour may have sealed the deal for me booking tickets right before my flight home...honestly it was so well done. He is a master of layering and it was inspiring to see his vision for this space!
Hallway & Powder Bath by Mnaeve
These spaces spoke to my soul -- as soon as I caught a glimpse of white hemp runner with embroidery, round table, and original art that incorporated a real tambourine...I felt it! Perhaps one of the most minimal spaces in the home, it was one of my favorites because the authentic, handmade pieces were able to sing. Not to mention black zellige tile of my dreams!!!