LUXURIATE IN ELEGANCE: KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE 2018 PART 2

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 (runs through May 31, 110 East 76th Street) is a masterstroke in scope and ambition with a stellar roster of interior designers who not only create ravishingly luxurious spaces but help raise financial support for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club‘s vital enrichment initiatives for disadvantaged youth. This year, over twenty designers – including Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton, Katie Ridder, Philip Mitchell Design, Juan Montoya Design, BrancaDan Fink, Clive Christian, David Netto, Nievera Williams, Scott Sanders, and Sasha Bikoff – participated in gussying up a townhouse into a showcase of dazzling sophistication.     

KBDS07 Drake Anderson (photo Marco Ricca)

KBDS07 Drake Anderson (photo Marco Ricca)

KBDS09 Barbara Ostrom Associates (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS09 Barbara Ostrom Associates (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS08 B.A. Torrey (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS08 B.A. Torrey (photo Nickolas Sargent)

Even devoid of guests, Drake/Anderson‘s salon is alive in the writhing shapes of their velvet settee, the Erwan Boulloud mirror, the Atelier Van Lieshout bronze, and the Mathieu Lustrerie prototype chandelier. Steeped in luscious shades of ochre and saffron, it serves as a warm setting for convivial chatter that flowing with ease from the adjacent bar Misters Drake and Anderson designed with all the urbane assuredness of their signature aesthetic. BA Torrey achieves a similarly debonair effect with his “after-party” lounge. He lavishes here all the louche decadence and sensuous intrigue of a James Bond fantasy: a plush sectional with Hermès throw pillows, a stone fireplace, a sleek bar – encased in shimmering dark gold foil ceilings and cork wall to contain any boisterous commotion one can possibly imagine. After the raucous revelry, withdraw into the tranquil grandeur of Barbara Ostrom‘s space, suffused with light and a precisely modulated color palette that bathes everything and everyone within in a flattering glow. Cleverly arranged with a sitting room and dining area and bridged by a couch so capacious it may be used as a bed, the space is practically a pied-à-terre.   

KBDS11 Mark D. Sikes Interiors (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS11 Mark D. Sikes Interiors (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS10 Marcia Tucker Interiors (photo Nickolas Sargent)

KBDS10 Marcia Tucker Interiors (photo Nickolas Sargent)

Function has never been more stylishly and practically served than by Marcia Tucker‘s dressing room and bathroom. For the dressing room, Ms. Tucker artfully provides the requisites of pulling together the right look from appropriate fixtures from which to hang dresses for consideration to sufficient mirrors and light to scrutinize results. It’s worth mentioning that former Condé Nast fashion editor and current fashion director at Barneys Marina Larroude curated the “props”. The bathroom on the other hand elevates an otherwise mundane routine into a blissful revitalizing with a little help from the glorious separate bath and shower, gleaming Kohler fixtures, and a plethora of other indulgent details. And what better way to end a day than surrendering to the sweet slumber of Mark D. Sikes‘ “Sleeping Beauty” bedroom in the softest shades of his originally designed fabric collection for Schumacher. The space is layered with chinoiserie, dhurries, rich embroideries, and calming blue and white Ikat that manage to steer clear of fussiness and achieve a romantic modernity. One suspects awakening from this dream would be a struggle, even with true love’s kiss.

Images Drake/Anderson photography by © Marco Ricca, Barbara Ostrom Associates, Marcia Tucker Interiors, Mark D. Sikes Interiors, and BA Torrey photography by ©Nickolas Sargent