Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kips Bay: Design & Lots of Laughs

O.K., I better explain my post title first - the laughter is all in reference to the incredibly fun company I got to keep on The Washington Design Center's Kips Bay trip last Friday. More on that later, design first. One of my favorite spaces at the show house was the gallery stairwell space created by Rod Winterrowd. He struck a perfect balance between eclectic art and a cohesive, calm aesthetic. Loved his choice to frame subtle wallpaper for the background.

Rod also made the most of this very small space outside the powder room and created a jewel box with beautiful, glossy venetian plaster. (I think that's what it was...)
The details in the His & Hers Dressing Rooms created by Darren Henault Interiors were standouts.

Closet doors were inset w/fabric and trim - a definite take-away idea for one's own home. Love the door handles.
I know, you've already seen the "On the Bubble" bathroom created by Coffinier Ku Design, Ltd. but I couldn't resist.
Here's a shot looking up from the tub towards the ceiling.
Another favorite room of mine was the "Art Collector's Salon" designed by Aman & Carson Interiors. The furniture layout was very functional and the high gloss treatment on the walls and ceiling were a nice modern foil to the traditional furniture.
Love the choice of the mirror with the simple edge.

A photo of me on the terrace taken by my friend Anne.
Now back to what was for me the highlight of the whole trip - the people!! Laughter, great conversation and then more laughter makes for an unbeatable mix and a very memorable day. Here we are on the train headed into NY. Starting at the left: Anne Hardock of Dwellings by Design, me - Michele Ginnerty, Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home, Roxanne Lumme of Roxanne Lumme Interiors and Jenny Clark (soon to be Castle) of Jenny Castle Design.
A huge thank you to Jennifer Sergent, the Marketing Director at The Washington Design Center, for putting together this very well organized trip and for Sub-Zero/Wolf for hosting everyone in the NY Showroom for lunch!

(In the DC area they have a huge showroom in Columbia MD. Go here for more info.)


Unknown said...

Oh wow...looks as fun as you described! And loving your a lot of these little nooks aren't getting the same extensive coverage...great job!

Jennifer Sergent said...

Michele, thanks for the fab post! I hope we can do this trip (or a similar design-minded excursion) next year. What a great day. We re-posted this on our Facebook page.

Valerie Wills Interiors said...

Soooo pleased to see pictures of the Kips Bay showhouse... thanks for posting. I love that bubble bathroom! Very inspirational. It was also nice to see all of your lovely faces... I bet you had a blast together.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

so sorry i missed it! hopefully i get up to see the house soon.

Chemin des Muguets said...

Hi Michele,

What a great excursion-lucky you! Much to see and inspire, and many laughs along the way.


P.S. I love Showhouses. When I lived back East, I went every year to the one in Boston.

Jenny Castle Design said...

So true Michele - aside from the design aspect of the day, what made it so fun was lots of laughs and good company!

Unknown said...

Great pix, and this is the best coverage I have yet seen of this year's Kip's Bay. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love the Bubbles!

AnneHH said...

What a day!! Your photos do such a good job of showing the highlights.
Couldn't have had a better time!!

Roxanne Lumme Interiors said...
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Roxanne Lumme Interiors said...

Wow! Your photos look magnificent! It was a wonderful day. Quite sad that the spectacular designs at Kips Bay were eclipsed by the sparkling company we kept. I'm looking for an excuse to travel to NYC with all of you again! xo, Roxanne

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Whoa...thank you for these great photographs. Obvious a fun time was had by all. My favorite room is the Art Collector room, but all of these rooms are so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing Michele.

Unknown said...

Michele - what a fun group! I loved that staircase, too! I have a curved staircase so I keep looking at it, trying to figure out if I could do something similar!

Wasn't the penthouse floor so fun?!

At the end of the's always the people that make an experience special!
xo Elizabeth

Lauren said...

Michele!!! It was such a fun day!!! Had a blast too!! have not been able to recap yet so might just send over here!!


debra @ 5th and state said...

i have been so removed from the computer lately, i have not seen any of these images. W O W....loved everything. and the bubble bath....where have i been?

Jenn said...

Looks amazing! I'm saving that detail picture of the hardwood floor. What a beautiful idea!

Gretchen O. said...

Looks like a super fun time...and the eye candy is just, well, candy....yum!

--Gretchen O.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Looks like you had such a great time! Thanks for all the photos!


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