I have always wanted to attend the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Every year gorgeous pictures would fill my inbox via my favourite bloggers about the show’s fantastic design credentials. I therefore assume that everyone else knows what is, that is until yesterday when I was telling someone about my recent fantastic trip to New York courtesy of Modenus on #BlogTourNYC. So for the uninitiated the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House is actually a fundraiser for a the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, a programme that has helped more than 12,000 children of which more than half live below the poverty line. The decorator show house every year transform a Mansion on the Upper East Side into a showcase for trendsetting ideas in home decoration. It brings together the crème de la crème of the design world, each decorating one room or area, with the designers having cart blanche but only a tiny working window (often only 4-6 weeks) to conceive and install their rooms.
The room’s are lavishly designed and created to dazzle, although occasionally they befuddle me but thankfully not this year. This year 22 designers worked their magic on the Arthur Sachs Mansion. Designers that included Jamie Drake, Mark Sikes, Thom Filicia and Christopher Peacock.