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Thursday, May 9, 2013

2013 Kips Bay Decorator Show House


The good. 



The bad.

Bath by Sara Story.
 (A truckload of Home Depot 4x4 is not a tribute to Andrée Putman.)


And the ugly.

 The foyer by Andrew Suvalsky.

Photos: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times.

18 comments:

The Down East Dilettante said...

Spot on. My reactions exactly.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Is hooker-chic a thing? That foyer screams brothel.

Nancy said...

Those lacquered green walls and that rug slay me in a good way, the other rooms -in the worst way. Agreed R, did you go in person? Always wanted to get to this one.
Good luck packing up and selling your digs!
have a nice weekend.
xo Nancy
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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Sad.

Lekalia Interiors said...

What's that jizz-jazz in the tub? :)
Now you have to say it.

jtc said...

FAIL.

David said...

How bad do I want to lacquer a wall now?!

Jill said...

Foyer is very Wearstler. Did I spell that right?

An Urban Cottage said...

That black and white tile is like something from an airport cafe where the cappuccino comes in a foil packet with a cup of hot water and mini moo.

Heather said...

please please please follow the link to the NYT article and you will have an even greater appreciation for the showhouse. that junk in the tub? i'm quoting here "crumpled bits of paper scrawled with phrases like 'Bamboo: Hate or Love?'"
make.it.stop.

Raina Cox said...

Heather - I did read the article, searching for a reason(s) as to why some of what happened happened. I think show house designers are divided into two camps - the ones who want to show off their very best work and the ones who want press. Actually, that's probably true of design in general.

Heather said...

I think its true of many professions, mine included: Art Curation!!!!!

Sarah said...

I like certain elements of the foyer, the chandelier & cocktail, but I'm not convinced they belong together in the same space with that shiny sofa and random garden stool.

That entire pillow situation however is inexcusable.

jason said...

I kinda like the ugly. Hangs his head down sheepishly
Uh oh

A said...

I was conceived in a motel like "the ugly." I've been "bad" ever since. The "good": ha ha ha ha I'm staying alive.

A.J.Barnes said...

I think you pretty much nailed it!

mackenzi said...

If the goal is to decorate as much like Elvis as possible, that foyer is pretty spot on. Otherwise, it makes me feel a little dizzy.

Joshua said...

This year's show house is embarrassingly bad. The only good rooms were Kathryn Ireland's, the one you showed as the "good" one (which it's only so so), and the white/cream boring room my Ms. Gomez. There is no room to truly love, which does not say much for the industry, when the top show house in the country is dullsville.