Kips Bay Showhouse

Last week I had a couple meetings in NYC and so I got the chance to stop by the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse and check out what the designers had done this year.  I have to say, the most breathtaking, amazing work was done in the spiral staircase running the entire height of the five floor townhome.  Every inch was hung gallery wall style over a beautiful grey and white wallpaper and it was STUNNING.  Done by Philip Mitchell Design, it was, hands-down, my favorite space in the whole house.  Take a peek…

Obsessed with the mix of art- abstract, landscape, photography…you name it, it looks amazing all mixed together.
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This was a HUGE job as this staircase was insane.

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Designer Feature: Lisa Hilderbrand’s Charleston Project

When I saw this stunning kitchen in Traditional Home last month I had to know more. Designed by Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors (and sister-in- law of famed Nantucket writer Elin Hilderbrand), this was a second project for the designer and client Sarah Hamlin after they moved from Connecticut to Charleston (which I’m considering right now with this winter weather.)  It’s such a compliment when I client hires you for a second home, and I loved to learn that the family brought many of the items Lisa purchased for their previous home with them!  This space is a great study in combining various styles, time periods and textures.

But first, let’s all have a moment of silence for this Lindsay Adelman chandelier in the kitchen.
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Two “Traditional” Spaces That Caught My Eye

I’ve been totally impressed with Traditional Home magazine as of late. It’s one of the few shelter magazines that I feel really has upped it’s game instead of losing my interest. And I think the word “traditional” in decor is no longer a dirty word for “hip” designers.  I predicted a while ago that traditional decor is going to have a big comeback in 2015 and these spaces are proof that we can take spaces and furniture of traditional design and mix them with more modern items to create a very interesting and layered look.

This month’s TH magazine has great examples of this look, especially this house designed by Summer Thornton. I LOVE the rustic modern vibe of it, and all the details that feel collected over time, not all bought in one swift shopping trip. And there is a cute story behind it too- the man who bought the home and was renovating it with Summer ended up falling in love with the previous owner’s daughter and they ended up getting married! Quite the meet-cute. :)

Those windows! The log holder opening (doubles as art!) SIGH.

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Ralph Lauren’s Jamaica

So far Jamaica has been amazing, I’ll do a full post on Round Hill and our time here, but for today I just wanted to share a little more island style. Ralph Lauren owns a giant villa here at Round Hill and yesterday Andrew and I got in a kayak to try to go scope it out. I’d seen these images of his home in Architectural Digest before, but now seeing the actual location I had to post! No Ralph sighting yet, but I’ll keep you posted if anything changes!

Look at this pool!
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