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May, 2016:

KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE 2016 – HIGHLIGHTS

Room by David Kleinberg.

Room by David Kleinberg.

I had the great pleasure of previewing this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House and it is simply sensational, and filled with the most ravishing rooms.

In fact, it is virtually impossible to pick a favorite – everyone did such a terrific job – but if I were really pressed to choose, there were two standouts: that of a fellow Parish Hadley alumnus, David Kleinberg, and a spectacular room by my friend Alex Papachristidis.

Kleinberg created a lux library sitting room with a marvelous modernist mantel realized in sand blasted pine and gold leaf as the focal point – a work of art to be sure, and he’s chosen the most gorgeous antique pieces for the room, creating a super chic and sophisticated lair to luxuriate in.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Room by Alex Papachristidis.

Alex Papachristidis pulled out all the stops in his most sublime dining/sitting room, recreating the Chinese paper Elsie de Wolfe used for Conde Nast’s ballroom (he had Gracie blow up the scale and used a grisaille palette with touches of plum). The room is an other-worldly confection – ethereal lux with accents of silver and gold throughout. There is so much in that room that I am coveting, especially Christopher Spitzmiller’s large scale gold gourd. Papachristidis truly has the eye of a curator and knows how to arrange things for maximum fabulosity!

Of course this little post is just a tease – you must see it in person – by this we mean: #rundontwalk!

Soaking up the sublime beauty of it all, I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in linen, silk and cashmere, dusty rose mini check cotton shirt with French cuffs, checked silk tie in blush ivory and brown, silk pocket square in beige, ivory and cocoa, saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell with coral beads, vintage Rolex. My fragrance is Creed Royal Mayfair and I’ve applied a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.