by Lynn Byrne
The Kips Bay Showhouse is always filled with inspiration. I am certain there will be posts on it all around the interwebs, and I would expect the New York Times to have a feature on it today.
In an effort to bring you a different twist, I will do a few posts featuring distinct aspects of the Showhouse, instead of a simple round up of rooms.
In this post, I focus on rooms where I loved the textiles and wallpaper.
Take the first photo above. I adore Andrew Suvalsky’s wall of fabric in the entry. Since the front door of the Showhouse is usually open the fabric flutters gently in the breeze. You feel like you are entering a fantasy garden. I predicted that Andrew would come up with a unique idea and he did not disappoint.
I couldn’t possibly do a post on the use of textiles in the Kips Bay Showhouse without devoting attention to the bedroom designed by Kathryn Ireland. Obvs.
Of course the bed is sumptuous, but I also love the fabric shades on the lamps. Additionally, I find her traditional pairing of the same pattern on the walls and windows charming. What do you think? Granny chic or just granny? All of the fabrics are from Kathryn’s collection for Scalamandre.
The house is so large that it is easy to miss this next, tucked away space. Just off the dining room, my tour guide referred to this room at the wine tasting room. Designed by Dineen Architecture +Design, I find the quiet elegance of the window treatments quite appealing. The sheer fabric is by Donghia and the draperies are by Calvin fabrics.
A lot of style is packed into that small space. I especially liked the interesting x-shaped light fixture and shell mask by Thomas Boog, both sourced at Maison Gerard.
Turning to wallpaper, this room by Jack Levy is a stunner. The wallpaper is Fornasetti (j’adore), supplied by Lee Jofa. Isn’t the ceiling paint color the perfect foil for it?
I can’t help but share a few more of my favorite things about this room, including the Fornasetti tiered table, the chinoiserie nesting tables, the divine candle sconces by Herve Van Der Straeten and the gorgeous rug by Beauvais Carpet.
Sara Story used her own Bamboo wallpaper in her room. She told me it is part of a new collection that I now can’t wait to explore. Sara found the sconces at Bernd Goeckler.
Finally, just inside the front door, I want to note the “Receiving Lounge” designed by Robert Brown. Robert used Groundworks’ Serpent Natural fabric in linen as a wallcovering to a lovely, chic effect.
What do you think of my textile and wallpaper picks?
All photos by me, except for the image of the Serpent Natural fabric which came from the Lee Jofa website.