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Designer Rugs Enrich 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Top 10 Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2017 12:23:00 AM

We take a close look at how designer rugs unify and enrich the ten best rooms in the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Designed by Robert Stilin, Kirsten Fitzgibbons, Kelli Ford, Ken Fulk, Joan Dineen, Richard Mishaan, Kate Singer, Neal Beckstedt, Jonathan Savage and Robert A.M. Stern, these rooms are sure to inspire decorating trends for years to come.

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Tags: Ken Fulk, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Richard Mishaan, Robert A.M. Stern, Kelli Ford, Neal Beckstedt, Kirsten Fitzgibbons, Kate Singer, Robert Stilin, Jonathan Savage, Joan Dineen

Today's Client Has Different Expectations — Susan Zises Green

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Aug 1, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Susan Zises Green

Susan Zises Green Interior Design: Manhattan, Nantucket, Connecticut, Palm Beach, Southhampton

For almost 40 years Susan Zises Green has been delighting clients with her elegant taste for interior design. Susan has taken part in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House an amazing nine times, honored as one of House Beautiful America’s Top 100 Designers and has been featured in Architectural Digest, House BeautifulTraditional Home, The New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and many others. The prestigious Franklin Report gives Susan a four star rating and quotes these three client comments and more: "Such a refined and elegant look, but amazingly comfortable and inviting." "I can always look to her for solid, tasteful design." "Susan is impervious to fashion, much to our delight."

Join me as Susan shares her thoughts around client expectations, types of designer rugs she uses, her use of florals, how gardening helps her interior design and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, Nantucket, Susan Zises Green, Mario Buatta, Jamie Drake, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Sister Parish, floral rugs, Antiques, Designer Spotlight, Brimfield Antique Flea Market, Page Dickey

How to Choose Designer Rugs for Clients — Timothy Whealon

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 24, 2016 2:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Timothy Whealon

Owner of Timothy Whealon Interiors, New York, NY

The prestigious Franklin Report gives Timothy Whealon their highest 5 star rating saying, "In Whealon's hands, fussy traditional spaces become joyful homes, and modern rooms are elevated with warmth." The Report also includes comments from clients, such as "Top-drawer talent for a reasonable price." "Really went out of his way for us." "Tim deeply cares about giving you something that's perfect for you." Timothy is frequently featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, British House and Garden, Architectural Digest, the New York Times as well as in numerous design books. Timothy was hand-selected for the second time in 2016 by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee chaired by renowned interior designer Bunny Williams.

Join me as Timothy discuses how he chooses designer rugs for his clients, the pros and cons of Sotheby's verse 1stdibs, his thoughts on Instagram, and much more.

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Tags: Sotheby's, designer rugs, large custom rugs, Bunny Williams, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, Flatweave rugs, Architectual Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, New York City, 1stdibs.com, Instagram, wool rugs

Cowhide Rugs Serve a Great Purpose — Hall of Famer Laura Bohn

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 14, 2016 6:07:44 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Laura Bohn

Laura Bohn Design, New York, NY

Laura Bohn was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1998, and has been featured in Luxe, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Interior Design, Country Home, Oprah Magazine, HGTV, CNN Style and A&E. Laura is a graduate of Pratt Institute and has taught at Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. She has been selected twice to design spaces at the nationally acclaimed Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseThe prestigious Franklin Report gives Laura a four star rating and quotes these three client comments and more: "She is a seasoned professional. What she sketched is exactly what you get, and it is always perfect." "Unbelievable sense of color, every room is gorgeous and exciting. She delivers the highest quality." "I was hysterical when she used six different shades of green in a single space, but she was absolutely right—it looks rich, yet homogeneous and peaceful."

Join me as Laura shares with us why she uses cowhide rugs, how she sources designer rugs, what it's like to design internationally, what it was like to do Kips Bay Decorator Show House and much more...

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Tags: designer rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Cowhide Rugs, HGTV, Designer Spotlight, Interior Design Hall of Fame, Laura Bohn

Why I Love to Start with a Designer Rug – Gideon Mendelson

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 27, 2016 11:58:26 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Gideon Mendelson

The Mendelson Group, New York, NY.

Since launching Mendelson Group in 2003, Gideon Mendelson has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors, Modern, and Coastal Living. Mendelson Group offers a broad range of services including interior architecture, construction management, interior design and custom furniture design. A Columbia University architecture graduate, Gideon also has a degree from The New York School of Interior Design. Gideon's early background in the classics and his later education in modernism provides him the ability to work in a wide range of styles. His 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House room, The Lady's Lair, won critical acclaim in the press. Gideon's down-to-earth manner is a refreshing break from the image of the decorator as a snooty arbiter of taste.

Join me as Gideon expresses surprise at Margaret Russell's sudden departure from Architectural Digest; why he loves starting a room with a designer rug; what it was like to work with Steven Gambrel when both were starting their career; how he responded to a challenging space in his first Kips Bay experience in 2014; why he avoids Viscose rugs; and much more...

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Tags: Gideon Mendelson, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Hamptons, Bruce Bierman, Geometric Rugs, New York Style, Steven Gambrel, Damask Rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Needlepoingt Rugs, Designer Spotlight, 1stdibs.com, Margaret Russell, Viscose

Why Classic Design Will Replace Transitional – Gil Walsh

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 19, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Gil Walsh

Owner of Gil Walsh Interiors, The Palm Beaches - Martha's Vineyard - Pennsylvania.

Renowned for her keen eye for color, design and fabrics, Gil Walsh has directed over $200 million in design work in Palm Beach, Martha's Vineyard, and Pennsylvania. Growing up in homes filled with classic design Gil's first love was fashion, but she soon realized that interior design allowed her to broaden her love of fashion to include art history, antiques, and architecture. Her powder room in the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House called J. Lo's Jewel Box received wide acclaim and her home in Martha's Vineyard has been published numerous timesHer new book Gil Walsh Interiors – A Case for Color comes out in October. On top of heading a staff of 21 brainy designers, Gil finds the time to mentor new design graduates.

Join me as Gil Walsh delights us with her insights into Kips Bay, emerging interior design trends, deriving inspiration from nature, and what she loves about Asmara rugs.

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Tags: Martha's Vineyard, Gil Walsh, Patrick Ahearn, designer rugs, Palm Beach Style, Outdoor Living Areas, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, Houzz.com, Designer Spotlight, Edgartown, Powder Room, Yachts

How to Succeed at Kips Bay Decorator Show House – Timothy Whealon

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jun 2, 2016 6:17:09 PM

The prestigious Franklin Report gives Timothy Whealon their highest 5 star rating saying, "In Whealon's hands, fussy traditional spaces become joyful homes, and modern rooms are elevated with warmth." The Report also includes comments from clients, such as "Top-drawer talent for a reasonable price." "Really went out of his way for us." "Tim deeply cares about giving you something that's perfect for you." Timothy is frequently featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, British House and Garden, Architectural Digest, the New York Times as well as in numerous design books. Timothy was hand-selected for the second time in 2016 by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee chaired by renowned interior designer Bunny Williams. His room can be seen in the 44th Kips Bay Decorator Show House until June 9, 2016.  

Join me as Timothy shares insights on how to design a successful room in the Kips Bay Decotator Show House and also shares which room he would love to design in the next show house.

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Tags: designer rugs, Geometric Rugs, Bunny Williams, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon

2016 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse - Before & After with Designer Rugs

Posted by Justin Heitmann on May 25, 2016 12:37:44 PM

This year marks the 44th time leading interior designers have transformed a Manhattan mansion for the worlds most prestigious designer show house - The Kips Bay Decorator Show House which was started in 1973 to support the work of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for the benefit of the children of New York City. We start with the artist's sketch and see how the designer's vision changes and develops as actual furnishings are selected and how the room comes to life alive only after the perfect designer rug is put in place.

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Tags: Alex Papachristidis, David Kleinberg, Garrow Kedigian, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, David Collins, Kati Curtis

Gray, Gold and Blue Rugs Enliven 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 19, 2016 10:22:51 PM

The 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House has set the design world abuzz by a stunning mix of the modern and traditional deftly unified by gorgeous designer rugs. I am particularly taken by the work of Suzanne Kasler, Phillip Thomas, Eve Robinson, Garrow Kedigian, Timothy Whealon, Kati Curtis, David Kleinberg, Olasky & Sinsteden, Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson.

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Tags: Suzanne Kasler, David Kleinberg, Garrow Kedigian, Jamie Drake, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Timothy Whealon, Caleb Anderson, Olasky & Sinsteden, Kati Curtis, Eve Robinson, Phillip Thomas

Designer Rugs Add Glamour to Kips Bay Show House's 10 Best Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 29, 2016 3:00:00 AM

"Maximalism is thriving" proclaimed The New York Times in an article about the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. "The house .... reflects the lifestyle of today’s gazillionaires," intoned The Washington Post which was itself bought out by the super gazillionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just a few years ago. Let us take a look at how the 10 best rooms in this $35 million 1909 mansion were made glamorous, and comfortable by designer rugs.

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Tags: Tilton Fenwick, Alessandra Branca, Thom Filicia, Cathy Kincaid, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, McMillen, Mark D. Sikes, Suzana Monacella, Alan Tanksley, Bennett Leifer, Michael Herold, Charles Pavarini

11 Blue Rugs Enliven Decorator Showhouses

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 8, 2016 2:00:00 AM

The April 2016 Traditional Home has such an eye catching selection of blue fabrics, trim and furniture, it inspired me to search out the best blue rooms and rugs in designer showhouses. Here is my selection of the 11 best blue rooms and blue rugs and in designer showhouses across America.

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Tags: Miles Redd, Eric Cohler, Aman & Carson, Patricia McLean Interiors, Blue Rugs, Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Showhouse, Napa Valley Showhouse, Hamptons Designer Showhouse, San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Cathy Rhodes, Kathy Geissler, Jennifer McConnell, Amy D. Morris, David Scott, Jonathan Rachman

12 Decorative Rugs Adorn Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2012

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 30, 2012 3:12:00 PM

Bunny Williams, the chairwoman of this year’s 40th annual Kips Bay Decorator show house explained to the New York Times why visitors pay admission to visit this famous show house.. because they enjoy the “fantasy, the playfulness, the flair of artistry.”

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Tags: Kips Bay Decorator Show House

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