The renowned Kips Bay Decorator Show House expands its footprint to Dallas, Texas. Nestled at 9446 Hathaway Street in the esteemed Sunnybrook Estates of Old Preston Hollow, this 5-bedroom home with four spacious living areas sprawls across 1.7 acres. A pristine pool and inviting outdoor spaces, alongside a convenient 3-car garage with ample storage, add to its allure.
Come Friday, November 3, 2023, this elegant residence will open its doors to the public for a two-week showcase, merging top notch design with a noble cause. Each room will bear the imprint of leading interior designers, a tradition that has shaped the Kips Bay legacy for nearly half a century.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Show House stands as a beacon of philanthropy. Since its inception, it has raised over $29 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of New York, empowering young minds with vital educational and developmental programs. Steering this venture are co-chairs Jean Liu and Chad Dorsey, supported by vice chairs Laura Lee Clark and Trish Sheats. Notable figures like Jamie Drake, Jan Showers, and Veranda’s Editor in Chief Steele Marcoux serve as honorary chairs.
This year, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas takes its commitment to the next level, benefiting not one, but two local charities: Dwell with Dignity, dedicated to providing homes for families facing homelessness and poverty, and The Crystal Charity Ball, an organization devoted to uplifting children’s charities in Dallas County. This convergence of design, charity, and community promises an event of unparalleled significance in the world of interior decor.
Let’s take a tour of the Kips Bay Show House Dallas 2023, starting with the bold exterior paint color change- looks good doesn’t it?
This area, dubbed “the Woodland Garden”, provides what can only be described as an elegant living room set among the trees with furnishings by David Sutherland and a 19th-century Belgian limestone water feature.
“The Garden Arrival”
Melissa Gerstle designed the front landscape to encompass three designated areas. The central garden features Gone a sculpture by New York artist Carolyn Salas. The laser-cut, powder-coated artwork shows a figure leaving a scene of domesticity. Gerstle designed the entrance of the property to embody the space where she envisions the character in Salas’ sculpture is heading.
As one steps into the foyer, an immediate sense of artistry and adventure envelops the senses. The walls have been graciously adorned with a bespoke wallpaper, crafted by the talented artisans at Porter Teleo. Drawing inspiration from their Ink Blots pattern, this wall covering imparts a sense of depth and creativity that sets the tone for the entire space. To elevate the experience, a delicately woven paper from Zoffany graces the ceilings, adding not only dimension but also a touch of warmth to this impressive entrance. The pièce de résistance within the foyer is the Dionysius Vertical Pendant, a breathtaking creation by Emilie Lemardley, sourced through Garde Dallas. This exquisite fixture dramatically emphasizes the double ceiling height, casting a soft and alluring glow throughout the space.
Ooh lala, the talents of Kirsten Kelli- wow! The coziness is all in the details…. which include Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings, Embossed Crocodile ceiling, walls in Sailor Stripe Canvas, rich Stark Carpet with an overlay Indian rug, custom sofa from OFF THE FLOOR, Shade Store’s soft plaid window treatments, Macassar Ebony chairs, club chairs covered in Cowtan & Tout’s Hollyhocks, vintage armchairs and interesting contemporary decorative accents. The Dutch convex art mirror from the David Sutherland Showroom serves as a focal point in this welcoming room.
“Tea for Two”
A nod to 18th-century English and colonial tearooms dedicated to people socializing and engaging in philosophical discussions with a chic twist.
May I direct your eye to the high gloss ceiling in this bedroom? (Benjamin Moore paint color ‘Cotton Balls OC-122’) Such a nice touch, that, paired with the soft textures, impart the feeling of floating. This room has beautiful natural light and is loaded with plush, cozy details….which I might add include a 16-18′ sofa.
This master bath is INCREDIBLY handsome and tranquil. Sometimes photos just don’t do a room justice. The details, which are many, come together powerfully: stone from Aria Stone Gallery, Arteriors lighting, Day Designs shower curtain, Artistic Tile flooring, Kohler, Shade Store, and more.
The shower, in contrast, embodies nature’s tranquility, constructed from crushed stone material that is expertly applied in a plaster-like finish.
Photos do not do this room justice, so be sure to go see this show house in person! This master closet is full of luxury details that are best seen up close, like Philip Jeffries wallpaper, which is actually laser cut wood veneer- inspired by The Ned in London. Carefully considered layout of California Closets includes luxe details of built in laundry hampers, valet hooks, gold hardware, specialized organization. The designer is the only UK designer in this show house.
Kurt Bielawski of MORE+Kurt Bielawski designed The Gloucestershire: A Cook’s Kitchen & Scullery. As visitors enter the spacious chef’s kitchen and adjoining scullery, they’ll find themselves transported to a meticulously-restored European estate kitchen, where the original tile flooring bears the patina of the years, akin to marble countertops at European bistros.
Warm wood cabinetry features glass paneling to highlight the contents, reminiscent of a vintage apothecary.
For obvious reasons, I felt right at home when I stepped into this guest suite paying homage to New Orleans —which is where Rivers Spencer’s design firm is located. The main design element in the bedroom is the Philip Jeffries bespoke mural wallpaper depicting a panoramic scene of the bayou punctuated by florals. In another nod to New Orleans, Rivers collaborated with Leontine Linens to create custom bed linens, which are trimmed in a border of magnolias and bayou white flowers and an intricate ‘RS’ monogram. The bedroom area of the suite is meant to be laid out like a luxury hotel suite mixed with the hospitality of a Southerner’s home, replete with all of the amenities a guest could require.
Laura Lee Clark Falconer’s concept for the Living Room was inspired by the much sought after Gracie wallcovering mural, “Kano Garden”, derived from the Kano school and is based on an antique Japanese screen featuring flowering cherry trees, gold leaf applied clouds and colorful peacocks on a neutral, antiqued background. The design resources include a Julian Chichester bar cart, Niermann Weeks game chairs, walnut T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings game table, and a rare Philip and Kelvin LaVerne “Viola” table, circa 1970.
Bedroom & Bathroom 3, Kristi Nelson, KMNelson Design, LLC- Photo Credit- Nickolas Sargent
The charming Darren Henault masterminded a luxurious oasis, meditating on the use of texture and dressmaker details, juxtaposed by bold flourishes. The result is an elevated bedroom suite for elegant living. Seeing this room makes me want to book a trip to New York (Hudson River area) to go shop his store TENT, in Amelia, NY. He is a go-to for design finds- designers, look him UP! www.tentnewyork.com
“An Ode to Bunny Mellon”
Kincaid drew inspiration from Bunny Mellon’s library in Virginia, showing how her work brings interior and exterior together. The room is meant to be a place for personal refuge, reflection, and inspiration–a space I personally dream of everyday. Though labeled “bedroom” on the floorplan, this space is a library with a desk for working; a daybed for resting and of course a dog bed for a furry companion; and a window seat for perching.
In this upstairs bedroom you will see a variety of fabrics, a soft green and white palette, and a subtle division transforming this small space to include a sitting room and a bedroom. This space is intended for a grown daughter, perhaps returning home from school.
“A Nostalgic Reverie: The Fox Den Suite”
A living homage to interior designer Chad James’ cherished recollections of his sister’s mid-1980’s teenage bedroom, the suite is transformed into an exclusive sanctuary — a tapestry of comfort and cheerfulness, with a touch of irreverence.
“Traditional Today Room”
A luxurious salon with an eye to the past and present, with inspiration from David Hicks and Suzanne Rheinstein, as well as a commitment to antiques and objects with beautiful forms and unexpected applications.
A dining room, a library, an office, or a retreat… Swathed from top to bottom in a timeless blue and white windowpane, it’s a comfortable and inviting room that is à la mode because it can be whatever you need it to be, whenever you need it to be. Inspired by the great rooms and the elegant lifestyles of Bunny Mellon, Billy Baldwin and Hubert de Givenchy, the multifunctional space is curated with beautiful fabrics and furniture designed by Mark D. Sikes and special pieces acquired from Givenchy’s country retreat outside Paris, Le Jonchet, and his seaside villa, Le Clos Fiorentina, on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
If anyone knows how to set the mood for a party, it would be Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. His details include two Belgian Bluestone Sphinx sculptures from Pettit Architecturals, Fremont Lounge Chairs and Ottomans from Brown Jordan, Morris & Co outdoor performance fabrics, Peninsula Coffee Table and Dining table from Sutherland, Brown Jordan’s Oscar Armchairs and Oliver Sofa and Lounge Chairs, Perennial fabrics, and Christopher Spitzmiller ambient lighting.
Now that you have seen the rooms and outdoor spaces, I will note that the house started out with a yellow exterior and was painted black. Bold move, and it looks fantastic. Unlike previous Kips Bay Dallas locations, this home will not be going on the market. The owners will decide which rooms and items they would like to leave as decorated, and the others will be cleared and restored to a start point. The home is beautiful and the designers are exceptionally talented. Don’t miss the opportunity to see it in person until November 14.
The 22 designers and architects participating in this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas include:
The sponsors for this year’s Show House include Arsin Rug Gallery, Artistic Tile,Benjamin Moore, Bella Notte Linens, Brown Jordan, California Closets, Casci Plaster,Christopher William, Cowtan & Tout, Fabricut, il granito, JAMES Showroom, JennAir, Kohler, Loloi Rugs, New York Design Center, Perennials and Sutherland, Phillip Jeffries, Sewell, Sharland England, Soane Britain, Susan’s Jewelry, The Joule Dallas Hotel, The Shade Store, Veranda, Staub, Zoffany Brand.
VERANDA serves as the Dallas Show House’s national media partner. PaperCity serves as the regional media partner.