For nearly five decades, the annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York has been a highly anticipated event showcasing the most exciting talents in the world of interior design. Two years ago, the show house, which raises money for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, expanded to Palm Beach. Now, it has grown once again launching the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, which can be visited either in person or through an experiential virtual tour.
Running through October 25, this massive show place brings together 27 designers from across the country, who have curated unique living spaces featuring striking examples of lighting, furniture, wallcoverings, and textiles. Additionally, a large number of rooms are enlivened by unique works of art—from modern paintings to Old Masters—sourced from area galleries such as David Shelton Gallery and Hiram Butler Gallery as well as New York art-and-design staples Maison Gerard and Cristina Grajales Gallery.
The home, located in the city’s prestigious Woodland Estates neighborhood, opens with a foyer evoking a modern wonderland by Houston-based Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, who drew inspiration from Dallas’s botanical gardens.
The designer installed the artist’s interpretive botanicals alongside sculptural topiaries and an oversize magnolia rug which leads into a creamy gallery by Margaret Naeve Parker of M Naeve. Here, Apparatus Studio pendants surmount a Black Creek Mercantile table, while art by Paul Lee and Amanda Martinez from David Shelton Gallery add texture and contrast.
In a family room by Viviano Viviano, Texas’s C2 Art Advisors helped cultivate a collection that ranges from Surrealist-inspired works to an abstract Mary Weatherford triptych to a vintage tapestry.
A masculine upstairs living room by Dallas firm Ten Plus Three, artfully adorned with Porter Teleo’s handmade Kintsugi wallcovering, Liaigre furnishings, and an Achille Salvagni light fixture, boasts a global array of pieces, including works by Mexico-based Peruvian artist Aldo Chaparro, American artist Jesse Mockrin, Korean-born artist Chul Hyun Ahn, and Japanese artist Yongjin Han.
A bedroom suite collected by Trish Sheats brought in the colours and textures of nature, which is reflected in artworks by John Holt Smith, Joey Lancaster, Sarah Gentry and Richard Thompson. A guest room by Wells Design combined works by Dorothy Hood, Elaine Reichek, and Karin Broker.
One of the home’s most art-filled spaces is a first-floor study with coffered ceilings, designed by Jan Showers, who serves as the house’s design chair. Imagined as a space for Jackie Kennedy Onassis, it’s appropriate for writing letters, editing books, and even enjoying a cocktail. Illuminated by a dazzling 18th-century German chandelier, the room, painted a high-glass Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore, houses a striking mix of antiques and contemporary art, including an abstract work by Robert Jessup whose colourful swirls are echoed in the Shade Store drapery custom made using Brunschwig & Fils’s Lohdi Garden fabric.
Works on paper, paintings, and sculptural objects abound as do artisan works from dealers like Cristina Grajales Gallery and Maison Gerard. Fort Worth artist Letitia Huckaby’s work Sister Rebecca from her “Bayou Baroque” series overlooks the staircase. From a sexy music room composed by Cravotta Interiors to the main bath and adjoining dressing closet that channels the gilded accents of Gustav Klimt conceived by Doniphan Moore, art influences are everywhere.