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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2011

James Andrew in Richard Mishan's drawing room, with a fantastic mix of wonderfully curated pieces. Photo Gabriel Everett

Along with the sense of optimism that this time of year brings, the art, antiques, and decorating world starts to stir again with renewed vigor. The opening of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is one of those must see events for anyone with an interest in interior design—and it has a nearly voyeuristic appeal as it is held each year in a truly remarkable home.

This year, the show house is located at 163 East 63rd Street, a striking, neo-Federalist style residence which was once owned by John Hay “Jock” Whitney. And I was excited to hear it was originally decorated for the Whitneys by my alma mater, Parish-Hadley. Needless to say I was quite curious to see how the house would be re-interpreted by this year’s featured designers.

My talented photographer friend Gabriel Everett came with me to the Press Preview, and I’m pleased to bring you just a few highlights—more of a tease really, in hopes that your interest would be piqued. Beyond the general delights held within, it should be noted that the proceeds from the cost of admission go to support Kips Bay, and their ongoing efforts to help many young people reach their best potential. The Decorator Showhouse is an experience that promises to enrich, inside and out!

The lovely Celerie Kemble transformed the library into a super chic 'Lady's Library' with the most stunning antiques and pieces designed by Kemble. Her look is a fresh and exciting take on the classic WASP sensibility.

Aurelien Gallet has the most fascinating approach to interior design—he sums it up best in his own words. 'I want people to read the houses that I design like a book ....Each room is like a chapter, with its own distinct identity. But everything fits together in the end.' His background as an art appraiser, world traveler, and interior designer has given him the eye of a true aesthete, creating super sophisticated interiors that can be best described as 'classic with an edge.' Photo Gabriel Everett

Brad Ford's room had an organic modernist vibe. The space had an almost zen-like quality and there I took a few restful moments to bask in its warm glow. Photo Gabriel Everett

There is so much more to to share, but I certainly don’t want to deny anyone the great pleasure of discovering the house on their own. So do make a point to visit—the show house will be open until the 26th of May.

For our tour of the Kips Bay Show, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, cotton shirt in blue cotton oxford melange with contrast white collar and a black silk tie, Seaman Schepps pearl and blue sapphire cuff links, Cartier “Tank Divan” watch from Raj Tolaram, Yves Saint Laurent silk pocket square in a paisley and camo print, Gucci black patent belt with silver leather trim and grommets and black leather tasseled wing tip loafers, pale gray wool pants by Paul Smith and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.


  1. Dean says:

    Dear James, WIJW

    Fab! Thanks so much for this virtual minitour of some of the highlights of the showhouse. I especailly like the Celerie Kemble room. Great photos!

    Dean Farris, Naples, FL

  2. James Andrew says:


    This years show house is just marvelous! I wish you could come up up to New York City and see for yourself.



  3. Francois says:

    hm it all looks so chic, but what will be when the dogs runs around, the little kids from aunt Lillian showed up with their ice cream and grandma dropped her tea cup.

  4. jon k says:

    what a stallion ! omfg

  5. Nick Zantop says:

    Love the blazer James, one of my favorites!

  6. James Andrew says:


    Thank You! These Tom Ford jackets are flawless.

    I look forward to being photographed by you someday!



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