The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, the fourth annual Florida iteration of the esteemed Show House program based in New York City, hosted a series of VIP Opening Day Preview Receptions on April 7th to reveal the transformed 4,400-square-foot Mediterranean villa in West Palm Beach’s South End neighborhood.
Over 800 guests celebrated the opening of the Show House over a series of six receptions, enjoying cocktails and lite bites provided by Tim Edwards and The Colony Palm Beach while touring the spaces that 20 prominent interior design firms transformed in just under three months. The Show House will run through May 9th, with proceeds benefiting Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Honorary Show House Chair Bunny Williams; along with Design Chairs Steele Marcoux, Ellie Cullman, and Joy Moyler; Preview Party Chairs Andrew and Sarah Wetenhall, Meg and Doug Braff, Tom and Carol Kirchhoff, James L. Freeman and Laura Lofaro Freeman, Steven Stolman and Rich Wilkie, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, and Lloyd J. Princeton; Junior Preview Party Chairs Katherine Lande and Kevin Condon, Adam and Elisabeth Munder, Nick and Molly Mele, and Christopher Leavitt; Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Jaene Miranda; and Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Daniel Quintero, all did an outstanding job of pulling this year’s show house together under unprecedented circumstances.
Fernando Wong – Front Motor Court and Pool Terrace
Palm Beach-based Fernando Wong of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design drew inspiration for the home’s black and white themed motor court and pool area from the glamorous 1920s movie sets designed by Cedric Gibbons, as well as the Hollywood home he shared with Delores Del Rio. Lush native plants, Christmas palms and three varieties of oleander frame the pool area, while a large teak dining table, black svelte lounge chairs, and a round coffee table by Sutherland Furniture add a touch of glamour and bridge the transition between indoor and outdoor living.
Casa Gusto – Foyer, Staircase, and Hallway
For the foyer, staircase, and hallway, Cris Briger, Pablo Briger, and Charles Peed of West Palm Beach-based Casa Gusto present a fresh take on a “Colonial Hothouse,” including vines and objects from various centuries and adding them over textures and structures. The color palette is a time-honored hue of “Saybrook Sage” by Benjamin Moore with touches of brown and antique bronze throughout.
Benjamin Deaton – Living Room
Inspiration for “Parlour Games” by Benjamin Deaton of Kentucky-based Benjamin Deaton Interior Design was derived from the azure walls of Bunny Mellon’s iconic Manhattan dining room. The silk-clad wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries and chocolate lacquered mantel are cozy, yet maintain a feeling of cool that is suitable for the tropical climate. Curtains from The Shade Store in a crisp, yet casual white linen fabric nod to the laid back lifestyle of Palm Beach and complement the pops of color scattered throughout the room. An inviting, white sofa and slipper chairs provide ample seating while a beautiful vintage rattan piece plays home to collections of silver, a well-appointed bar, and delicious snacks that are ready to be enjoyed over a game of backgammon.
Lorna Gross – Dining Room
The “Menagerie Dining Room” by Lorna Gross of the DC-based firm, Lorna Gross Interior Design, is a whimsical, enchanted space with a collection of unique antique, vintage and hand-crafted pieces from around the world coupled with signature touches of sophistication and glam. The dining room is anchored by a custom Flora rug artfully designed and hand-knotted by New Moon Rugs and boasting a multi-colored palette, featuring 174 color combinations. Floating above the dining table is a dramatic gold leaf and rattan sculptured chandelier by Currey & Company and adorning the walls is a metallic wallcovering hosting a collection of miniature creatures from giraffes to dragonflies, serving as pieces of art and adding visual interest to the room.
SMI Landscape Architecture – Rear Courtyard and Garden
The home’s rear courtyard and garden was transformed by Jorge Sanchez, Claudia Visconti, Brian Vertesch, and John Lubischer of Palm Beach-based SMI Landscape Architecture. Dubbed “The Slathouse,” the space pays homage to the historic Palm Beach slat house of Hotel Royal Poinciana. The courtyard is enclosed by a vine patterned lattice dressed in Benjamin Moore’s “Aegean Teal” and anchored by a pebble mosaic koi pond made of crushed terracotta brick. Yellow oncidiums hung in handmade terracotta pots adorn the walls, adding a pop of color. In the garden, the flooring transitions to gravel and stepping stones under a canopy of pleached maho trees. The space is furnished with extravagant gold oak leaf pieces and furniture from Cox London.
Mark Williams Design – The Kitchen
The kitchen was reimagined as an informal gathering place by Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos of Atlanta-based Mark Williams Design. The colors and materials were inspired by the Spanish Mediterranean style of the house, as well as the rich terracotta hue of the existing tile floor. Tiled kitchen walls in a warm color palette are complemented by soft, natural hues of white oak cabinetry by Bentwood Luxury Kitchens. Dekton by Cosentino countertops and backsplash in Entzo reflect the luxury of white marble while offering extreme durability and stain resistance. Fully integrated Monogram appliances and a state of the art induction cooktop round out the kitchen design so that it is just as functional as it is beautiful.
HW Interiors – Utility Room Within
“Laundry Meets Luxury,” Lisa Hynes and Heather Weisz of Wellington-based HW Interiors created an updated, upscale take on the laundry room by including a mix of unexpected materials in practical ways. Bespoke bleached walnut barn doors flank the entrance to the space, making way for a large GE Monogram front load steam washer and dryer beneath a Silestone by Cosentino countertop and backsplash. Matte brass accents on the contemporary light fixture by Currey & Company tie in with matte brass plumbing fittings by KOHLER in the versatile and incredibly practical dog shower. A backlit onyx floor underfoot gives off a warm glow and creates a luxurious environment for the most mundane of chores.
Forbes+Masters – Powder Room
Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Atlanta-based Forbes+Masters stayed true to their eclectic design style while imagining “Balneario,” a quaint powder bathroom complete with a tropical spa-like rainshower inspired by The Old City and outdoor bathing in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The space is enveloped by a grey marble with subtle hints of pinks and creams–a stunning backdrop for KOHLER plumbing fixtures in polished nickel to sparkle like jewels against it. A Currey & Company garden stool and sculpture of a meditating bronze lady are also featured in the space.
Mikel Welch – Family Room
Hailing from New York City, Mikel Welch of Mikel Welch Designs transformed the family room by staying true to the primitive, modern design aesthetic for which he’s best known. The space invokes comfort and invites calm, featuring monochromatic tones, organic textures, and a selection of furnishing from the Mikel Welch Collection, including his oversized “Exposure Cabinets” and mid-century-style “Cradle Chairs.” Floor-to-ceiling drapery by The Shade Store in a Luxe Linen makes way for sweeping views of the pool and Intracoastal Waterway.
Harry Heissmann– Primary Vestibule
“Flock Hall” by New York-based Harry Heissmann in collaboration with muralist Staszek Kotowski is a playful take on the vestibule connecting the more public family room with the more private primary bedroom. The main wall features a grisaille mural of an ostrich group going about their day, while a built-in bar by The Container Store serves as the perfect place for a nightcap before bed followed by a juice or coffee before the day ahead.
Courtney Giles – Primary Bedroom
A serene space that packs a punch is what Atlanta-based Courney Giles of Courtney Giles Interiors set out to create in the primary bedroom. “The Peaceful Retreat” embraces the home’s South Florida location with statement Blair Palm wallpaper from Schumacher, commissioned “Royal Palm I & II” art pieces by Katie Madden, coral on custom brackets adorning the walls, and a hand-painted sisal rug underfoot by artist Mary Meade Evans. A love seat covered in a Perennials ticking stripe fabric is flanked by a scalloped slipper chair, creating additional spaces to unwind and relax.
Nicole White – Primary Bathroom and Closet
The primary bathroom titled “A Modern Afro-Inspired Palm Beach Retreat” by Miami-based Nicole White of Nicole White Designs Interiors is a true celebration of luxury and diversity in design. Dark hues take center stage in this space with a matte black decorative mirror and plumbing fixtures by KOHLER and Dekton by Cosentino slabs in Kelya defining the main shower walls. A rich, wood tile juxtaposes the rest of the space and serves as a backdrop to KOHLER’s large Abrazo Freestanding Bath.
Gold pendant lights by Currey & Company, a reflective bronze 3D tile above the vanity, and gold trim along the edge of black Roman Shades by The Shade Store adds a touch of glamour, while hints of pink in the Twill and Texture wallpaper nod to the quintessential Palm Beach color palette. Glamorous and unapologetic, the primary closet dubbed “The Afro Luxe Fashion Adventure” was designed for the well-traveled couple who appreciates luxury, high-fashion, and cultural diversity. The space features a custom silk rug by New Moon Rugs, closet systems by The Container Store enhanced with glamorous emerald green hardware, as well as a captivating piece of art titled “Manyoya Yake” meaning “her feathers” in Swahili by artist Kabriah Asha.
Kemble Interiors – Guest Bedroom
Upon entering “Beyond Eden” by Lori Deeds and Cece Bowman of Palm Beach-based Kemble Interiors, a buzz of gold, embroidered bumble bees adorn the vestibule walls setting the stage for a whimsical and blooming bedroom. Bespoke, earthy and organic green silk complete with hand-painted vibrant flowers in a larger-than-life scale covers the walls. The bed, made of twisted metal, mimics a bougainvillea vine with long, curling shoots that climb along the walls and ceiling. A grass rug grounds the space, adding to the sense of play between fantasy and reality.
Alexandra Naranjo – Guest Bath and Closet
The guest bath and closet underwent a dramatic transformation at the hands of Ontario-based Alexandra Naranjo of Alexandra Naranjo Designs. In the guest bath, titled “Interlude in Indigo,” KOHLER’s Artifacts Freestanding Tub in Indigo Blue is on display under an oversized gold chandelier by Currey & Company. Stunning wallcoverings by de Gournay and Phillip Jeffries sweep visitors into an enchanted blue jungle while indigo and sapphire tones appear again in the drapery panels by The Shade Store, glass undermount sinks by KOHLER, and in the trim which is drenched in Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy. A gold metallic raffia wallcovering on the ceiling completes the look and complements gold plumbing fixtures by KOHLER.
The guest closet, titled “Asian Enchantment,” features a soft palette of turquoise and lavender highlighted throughout the space by the chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper, custom roman drapes by The Shade Store, a custom runner designed in collaboration with New Moon Rugs featuring six different shades of teal and turquoise, and Benjamin Moore’s Poolside Blue along the trim. Two separate closet systems by The Container Store lend themselves to plenty of space for storage.
Nina Magon – Guest Bedroom
When approaching the design of “Contessa’s Bedroom,” Houston-based Nina Magon of Nina Magon Studio merged classical elements into a modern and futuristic design with distinguished furniture pieces. Benjamin Moore’s Rosy Tan color serves as a backdrop for the architecturally designed space which boasts a luscious rug by New Moon Rugs beneath a custom-designed bed frame wrapped in Dekton by Consentino, complete with an upholstered headboard in a textile from Fabricut.
The chic white bedding adds a subtle sophistication to the custom bed frame and the drapery fabricated by The Shade Store, creates an elegant and refined statement for the room. The adjoining bathroom is sleek in design and features custom wallpaper from Nina’s new collection. The closet features a chic and neutral wallpaper that creates a lovely canvas for a custom closet from The Container Store and a pink, hand-painted Foam Cloud mirror.
Mally Skok – Second Floor Seating Area
Flattering tones of corals, pinks and apricots reign supreme in “The Sunny Spot” by Mally Skok of the Massachusetts-based Mally Skok Designs. Skok’s own “Secret Temple” wallpaper covers the walls with whimsy and Benjamin Moore paint in the shade “Golden Gate” adorns the trim. A custom bench invites one to relax and unwind in the sun drenched space among layers of pillows, artwork, and objects that help complete the space.
Ellen Kavanaugh – Awning Covered Balcony
Aptly named “Bar Mustique,” Ellen Kavanaugh of Palm Beach-based Ellen Kavanaugh Interiors drew inspiration from chickee huts often found in the Carribean islands, as well as organic, natural textures and handmade, artisanal pieces that celebrate the art of the craft. Finishes and materials like sun-bleached washed linens mixed with glamorous silk and antiques mixed with mid-century modern upholstery lend themselves to comfortable, chic living. The bar, made of brass and minimalistic in design, serves as the focal point while a variety of native plants, candles, and beautiful accoutrements offset the space.
Amy Morris – Guest Suite
Amy Morris of Atlanta-based Amy Morris Interiors created “The Guest Retreat” to be an oasis inspired by coastal living where one can escape to a comfortable, relaxing room full of character and charm. A splash of Benjamin Moore Ewing Blue on the floor brings the colors of the Intracoastal Waterway into the space and creates a soothing, relaxing vibe while The Shade Store’s ivory linen window treatments trimmed in Thibaut Spa Blue tape create a light and airy feel as the ocean breeze streams through the windows and doors. A dramatic, draped canopy bed takes center stage and an antique vitrine paired with wicker chairs adds character and creates an inviting atmosphere.
Brittany Bromley – Guest Bedroom
“Le Jardin des Perroquets” by Westchester-based Brittany Bromley of Brittany Bromley Interiors represents the designer’s favorite French inspired design elements, mixed with a soft, Palm Beach style palette. The highly decorated respite features a stunning, hand-painted, scenic wallpaper complemented with an overall color scheme of soft, feminine pinks, creams and aquas. The intricate cornices, created in collaboration with The Shade Store, draw the eye upward and give the overall impression of traditional European style window treatments.
Other notable decorative elements include delicate, antique French crystal light fixtures, whimsical trim decoration and antique botanical prints. The room is grounded by a decorative hand-painted, Bunny Mellon-esque floor, and a soft pale Venetian plaster ceiling. In the en-suite bathroom, a feminine sanctuary was created using imported Italian Rosa portugal marble, antiqued mercury glass mirrors, a pair of intricate antique sconces, and KOHLER bath fixtures.
Anna Braund – Loggia
“The Loggia” designed by Atlanta-based Anna Braund of Anna Braund Interiors is inspired by her travels to Morocco and its textures and hues are informed by natural surroundings and water views. The color palette – composed of creams, saffron and terra-cotta – is defined by the home’s vernacular and on display throughout the Perennials textiles that drape the space. The incorporation of fine European antiques juxtaposed with natural fibers in the rattan and wicker pieces make for a less formal gathering place asking more of one than to simply pass through.
Support from Far and Wide
This year, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach is pleased to partner with VERANDA as the media sponsor.
Additional sponsors, including both global and local high-quality brands across a number of categories, include: Benjamin Moore; Bentwood Luxury Kitchens; Cosentino; Currey & Company; Fabricut; HIVE Trade Showroom; HIVE Home, Gift, and Garden; Kohler; Monogram Appliances; New Moon Rugs; New York Design Center; Perennials and Sutherland; Susan’s Jewelry; The Colony Hotel; The Container Store; The Shade Store; and Willoughby Construction.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s Show House has been a hybrid event — offering both in-person and virtual experiences. For those who wish to enjoy the work of this year’s design talent first-hand, the Show House will be implementing the proper precautions to protect participating designers and guests who choose to visit, including limiting the number of attendees; Admission tickets will be sold for specific dates and times to ensure guest count allows for ample social distancing. In addition, all guests and employees of the house will be required to wear masks and health screenings will be conducted for all staff, as well as increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the House.
Tickets for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach must be purchased online at kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/palmbeach.
General admission hours will be Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, New York and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, who together serve 20,000 youth, ages six through 18.