I recently traveled to New York City for work, getting a chance to see the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in person. While I did travel due to my role at Kohler, I am not speaking in any official capacity or on behalf of the company in this post.
I do love getting to attend these showhomes though - not only because it's much easier from a social media perspective to do my job well when I'm in the midst of all the action, but it's also just really fun to see in person. As someone who is incredibly interested in design, even designs that may not be my exact cup of tea, It's always such a cool vibe to me - so many different designers, tastes, personalities - all in one one, albeit rather large, space.
There were 18 different designers this year. They each took on a room and made it their own. Every year, the home is open to the public and then sold, with all of the proceeds going to the Kips Bay Boys and Girls club.
I noticed a lot of big trends from room to room. Natural elements, like fossils and sand, were in more than a few rooms, something I found to be very intriguing. I don't consider it to be my style personally, but I found that the natural elements added a bit of depth and character to the rooms. Below, you can see an example of the sand I mentioned. It was a bright blue and actually made up part of the coffee table that's in the middle of the room. I took a closer shot as well.
Wallpaper was almost a near constant, in some form or another, as you go room to room. I particularly loved seeing the stairway by Savage Designs, with the animals from Savage's home state of Tennessee on the walls.
The wallpaper in Ken Fulk's room was also stunning to see in person. I loved all of the zoo animals - especially the zebras.
Ken Fulk's dining room really stood out to me - especially with the incredibly impressive flower arrangements - and all of the beautiful peonies!
I have barely touched the surface with these two rooms pictured - if you want to see more of the home, you should definitely check out the home tour.
Have a great Monday / start to your week!