What to Wear to the Kips Bay Decorators Show House Palm Beach

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Calling all aesthetes to the 4th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach. Officially open to the public tomorrow, April 8th, this year’s show house is a 4,400-square-foot Mediterranean villa on Southern Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, lushly landscaped by the highly decorated team of Fernando Wong and Tim Johnson. We simply cannot wait to see what visual delights await us.



The format this year is “Covid considerate” as a limited number of tickets are sold for a particular two- hour time slot. This gives viewers just enough time to peruse each designer’s stylish a la mode creation and book your returning dates. The Show House will be open from Thursday, April 8, 2021, until Sunday, May 9, 2021, with the Opening Day Preview Reception on April 7, 2021.  As fine weather friends are flocking to Florida, this year’s showcase will be more popular than ever so reserve your spots now. Last year’s pre-Covid photos paint a perfect picture of convivial life in the past and the hopefully not-too-distant future.


2020 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach Designers.

Junior Committee: Molly and Nick Mele, Adam and Elisabeth Munder, Caroline Rafferty, Allegra and Cachi Garcia Velez, Katherine Lande, and Kevin Condon.
Preview Party Chairs: Steele Marcoux, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, Steven Stolman and Rick Wilkie, Tom and Carol Kirchhoff, Andrew and Sarah Wetenhall, Ellie Cullman, James Freeman, and Laura Lofaro Freeman.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach.


There is a lot of excitement for this year’s event generated by the generous participation of the who’s who of the design world. And for what to wear when around such a talented and creative group? I kept choices neutral and layered in a bit texture for interest. This Veronica Beard Satin Midi is a perfect minimalist backdrop for architectural experimentation. Accessories are stylishly provided by ASHA, whose line is inspired by art, architecture. Experience has taught that wedges or block heels are the ideal choice for wandering a house and gardens of this stature.

Ready for Opening Evening …

Veronica Beard Peony Satin Midi Dress, $595 / Asha Pear Garden Earrings, $495 / Asha Flower Cuff, $495 / Loeffler Randall Lame Satin Clutch, $250 / Veronica Beard Dali Metallic Snakeskin Wedge, $325.

Taylor and Cindy Rinfret.
Cindy’s entrance for the 2018 Kips Bay Showhouse Palm Beach.

Ellie Cullman and Laura Freeman.

I have reserved some spots for the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. slot and invited some friends to join me, then go onto an early dinner at Swifty’s Palm Beach.  I put together a versatile day-to-night look, with Acler’s Juliette sleeved shirt dress an update on the classic.  The Rosantica raffia bag adds a bit of whimsy as do the Staud sandals. ASHA earrings complete the pulled-together look.

From Show to Swifty’s …

Aclear Cotton Shirtdress, $370 / ASHA Quinn Earrings, $495 / Rosantica Raffia Top Handle Bag, $870 / Staud Wavy Leather Mules, $295.

Caroline Rafferty, Sarah Wetenhall, Michael Reinart, and Tiffany Isaacs.
Molly and Nick Mele, with Allegra and Cachi Garcia-Velez.

Hilary is feeling feminine. “I too am dressing for a day turning into an evening event. I am always warm, so I chose this flowy off-the-shoulder dress to keep cool as we stroll amongst the rooms and gardens. The Show House visit is one of my favorite things to do each year in Palm Beach.  I am always inspired by the creativity of the designers and take notes for my own, one day, Floridian dream house.”


Veronica Beard Kailey Ruffled Silk Dress, $695 / Asha Garden Pave Earrings, $250 / Rosantica Teodora Mini Tote, $975 / Valentino Garavani Gladiator Sandals, $1075

Hilary and Sophie Dick sparkle in ASHA by ADM.

L. to r.: Joe Lucas and Colette van den Thillart; Joseph Geary and Sean Rush.
Keith Williams and Mario Nievera.

The 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach Designers include: Alexandra Naranjo Designs, Amy Morris Interiors, Anna Braund Interiors, Benjamin Deaton Interior Design, Brittany Bromley Interiors, Casa Gusto, Courtney Giles Interiors, Ellen Kavanaugh Interiors, Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, FORBES MASTERS, Harry Heissmann in collaboration with artist Staszek Kotowski, HW Interiors, Kemble Interiors, Lorna Gross Interior Design, Mally Skok Design, Mark Williams Design, Mikel Welch Design, Nina Magon Studio, Nicole White Interior Design, SMI Landscape Architecture.

All proceeds from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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