Kips Bay 2016: Neutrals With A Pop of Color


Several trends emerged from the 2016 The Kips Bay Show House and neutrals with the addition of bright color used sparingly and dramatically stood out. Making an easy transition from stark, monochromatic rooms of past years to neutrals with luxurious layering, several designers updated this look with a pop of color.

And note that drapery is happily making a comeback. Simple, elegant panels adorn many spaces, adding an extra layer of warmth.victoriahaganlogo

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” Carl Sandburg’s quote inspired Victoria Hagen and she in turn said “I am forever grateful and consider myself to be a very lucky gal. Dreams can come true!”

“The Grand American Salon” (featured above) marks Victoria’s return to Kips Bay in twenty-five years and exemplifies this Architectural Digest 100’s design philosophy: a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes. “I design for the way modern families live” she says about her Classic American aesthetic.

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Hagen created a light and livable living room. She mixed technology and design seamlessly. Her airy curtains have LED lighting strips sewn into them to add sparkle to this stunning room.

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Livable is once again the main concept for Alex Papachristidis sitting room/dining room. “I always believe that a room should be lived in, used and enjoyed. I think it is modern for a room to have more than one purpose” said Alex.

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This room is a glamorous and enchanting space that features a magical custom hand painted wallpaper by Gracie . Alex designed his room to host guests in a space that is comfortable, fun and luxurious.


Alex created a neutral color palette with pops of soft mauve flowers on the wallpaper and hand painted on the silk pillows and dining chairs.

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The White Orchard  Room is both modern and timeless. Artfully mixing period furniture with bespoke pieces, Timothy’s bedroom creates a calm and inviting interior that evokes feelings of air and light.

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Layering pieces from different periods and cultures is successfully achieved in the sitting area.



Sophisticated simplicity defines this stunning Family Room. Inspired by the adjacent limestone terrace, the neutral palette is comprised of muted natural linens and velvets. Books and art make this a casual and refined room.

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Filled with beautiful objects perfectly placed, the console table and linen striped upholstery add another layer to create a relaxed environment.

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2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
The Carlton House Townhouse
19 East 61st Street (Between Madison & Fifth Ave)
New York, NY 10065
May 12, 2016 – June 9, 2016
Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm
Tickets: $35

All Interior Images: Credit to Phillip Ennis.

Contemporary Design Made Easy

Get the scoop on how to create a contemporary look in your home. Contemporary decor is one of those design terms that is easily misunderstood because of its ever-evolving nature. Although it takes cues from modern decor, the look is more fluid in that it allows for pops of color, softer lines, and accessories. Check out these four tips:

Claire Paquin Clean Design

Claire Paquin of Clean Design told us that her clients wanted this living room to be sophisticated but youthful, and she tackled that challenge by incorporating a lot of color in the less-permanent pieces. “We almost always keep our upholstery pieces very neutral because it allows you flexibility down the road if you want to change your color scheme,” she said. We love how Claire mixed textures and patterns in the neutral furniture, like the creamy faux bois bench and cut velvet geometric slipper chairs. They’re both versatile and beautiful.

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Coffered Ceiling & Textured Walls


What a statement a coffered ceiling makes in a beige room! To give dimension to a room full of natural hues, use textures like silk and quartz wallpaper. Mix this with luxurious textured fabrics including mohair and velvet for upholstered pieces and dupioni silk for drapery.

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Wallpaper An Accent Wall

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Although contemporary decor tends to favor solid patterns, a bold accent wall is not uncommon, especially to modernize antique architectural features. Stick with abstract wallpaper designs and neutral furniture for a look that’s versatile & unique. Neisha Crosland, a distinguished English designer represented by Clarence House, has ideal contemporary wallpapers, like Cactus Paisley in Black & Cream, to subtly liven up any wall.

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Black & White Décor


The combination of ebony & ivory is a warmer, more contemporary take on the Mod black & white trend. Walls adorned with Ralph Lauren’s Acacia Grass – Ebony wallpaper set a sophisticated backdrop for pinch-pleated linen drapery and milky chenille sofas with clean, yet slightly rounded lines. Here, geometric pillows in patterns like Kravet’s 129520-81 add visual interest, while a circular black wood-framed mirror balances the room’s angular decor elements.

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Sheer Elegance

Simple panels, a drapery that is trending right now. After a long hiatus from any drapery, interior designers are finishing a room with pinch pleat and tab top panels.

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We love the use of short panels, just to the window sill, to emphasize the dining area.

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Stephanie Somogyi Miller

3.Stephanie Somogyi MillerSeparating the outdoor loggia are pinch pleat panels with tie backs. This frames the beautiful view and defines the space so that it keeps its own identity from the pool area.


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Airy tab-top sheer panels look so refreshing with a slight breeze.


Christopher Coleman

5 Christopher ColemanSheers are the ideal drapery to block an unwanted view. The white fabric blends in with the white walls and takes on an architectural element to soften the space.

Elena Kalashnikova

6. Elena KalashnikovaCombined with traditional drapery panels, these lovely sheers add a touch of elegance and refinement to this stunning Parisian apartment.

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13 Amazing Ways To Decorate With Our Best Sellers

Looking to make a statement? Check out these iconic patterns that are always on our Best Sellers List. These stunning designs are versatile and create that Wow factor in any room.

Schumacher: Chenonceau Fabric & Wallpaper

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Whether you select the fabric or the wallpaper, Chenonceau will grace your home. We love it offset by stark white -moldings, furniture or tile- and with a pop of color, especially yellow, red or pink to add that special zest.
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Clarence House: The Vase Fabric & Wallpaper


Designed in the early 1970s, David Hicks’s hand printed The Vase fabric and wallpaper is based on an 18th Century Chinoiserie Document. Exclusive to Clarence House, this perennial favorite is so popular that it is now available in 23 colors including metallic gold and metallic silver

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Cole & Son: Nuvolette Wallpaper

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A newcomer to our list, Nuvolette wallpaper originated from one of Fornasetti’s designs. Released a few years ago, it makes every room, even the lowly laundry room, dramatic and unforgettable.

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What Inspires Kelly Wearstler, Barbara Barry and Jeffrey Alan Marks can inspire you too!

Think Big Sur with its jagged coastline, crashing waves onto soft sand, ancient redwood trees and beautiful light as part of your daily lifestyle. Blending together are the natural elements of stone, wood and sea colors in nature to inspire our outstanding California designers. Look outside your back door and you too can find a wealth of inspiration!

Color Usage

Raw Coast Color Palette

California colors reflect those found around their coastlines: sandy beiges, marine blues, shell greys and warm corals.

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“California is a major point of inspiration to me. There is so much organic beauty, from the rugged, layered coastline and lush botanical gardens to the vast and scenic desert scapes. With this collection I wanted to evoke the unaffected luxury and natural beauty of the diverse terrain in a versatile play of patterns, colors and textures. The rhythmic patterns of an ocean wave, the labyrinth of a botanical garden, the subdued tonal hues of the shoreline. The idea was to capture an easy, yet elegant, raw and refined vibe.” – Kelly Wearstler


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Jeffrey Alan Marks

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Once an avid water polo player, Los Angeles based interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks’ Kravet and Portfolio fabric collections express his passion for the ever changing California coastline.


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Barbara Barry


“I am a Californian designer and am inspired by the clear and constant light that illuminates the subtlety and nuance of texture and color. Like the multitude of shades in the grains of sand on a beach, I like to mimic nature by using many tones of one hue throughout a room.”  Barbara Barry

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“Every year I head to Austria to take in the beauty of the mountains. The green Alps and blue skies are a spectacular backdrop for a simple but refined lifestyle. An all day hike is rewarded by the return to soft pine floors, fine linens and a glass of crisp Austrian Riesling. This magical lifestyle and beautiful surroundings inspired this new collection, Chalet.” – Barbara Barry


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World Class Designers Share Exclusive Tips For Summer Living!

Second homes and get aways are so important to reenergize us from our hectic lives! Whether you crave the beach and The Hamptons scene, the quaint New England charm of Nantucket, the pure cool air in the mountains or relaxing in your back yard, décor contributes greatly to rejuvenation.

Anthony Baratta


My new pool! Well not quite… But we can all get “The Look!” Congrats to Anthony Baratta for designing one of the most original pool settings!

Anthony’s TIP: “Well I approach swimming pools like any other room in the home; with an adventurous and fearless touch. I have never been known for understated anything, and designing this pool area was a fabulous opportunity to work with one of my favorite patterns; a bold blue and white stripe. I kept the trim crisp white, and layered in colorful regatta pillows and accents to punch things up. This room is happy, sporty and nautical-chic. Mariner light chandeliers finish this off in a seafaring fashion.”


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John Barman


Fields of sunflowers inspired John Barman’s vivacious living room for clients who use their Hamptons home year round. “The super white walls and bright colors work well with the clear light outside to make a happy inviting space.”

John’s TIP: “For summer, the white slip covered sofas and upholstery in indoor/outdoor fabric make for easy maintenance.”


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Gary McBournie


Several years ago my daughter Ashley and I took a girls’ trip to Nantucket and stumbled upon the Boat Basin’s wharf cottages. Once owned by fishermen who steamed lobsters there, these tiny gems intrigued me. Gary McBournie had the good fortune combining two and has enabled us to take a peek inside!
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The ideal cottage living room! Gary said “The weather-worn plank ceiling and spatter-painted floor recall the rich maritime history of the island.”



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5. McBournie Banquettes

Like living on a boat, space is at a premium and banquettes with storage are a must!

Gary’s TIP: The dual sofas that convert to ship bunks provide additional sleeping.


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6. McBournie Nantucket pixShell art is a local maritime tradition begun during the Moby Dick years!

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Drinks at sunset facing the harbor and that beautiful picnic boat!

Gary’s Tip: Create a connection between the interior and surrounding environment. The clients’ Hinckley picnic boat, docked by the cottage, provided much nautical inspiration.


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This stunning Sun Valley  mountain home is used year round by Suzanne Rheinstein’s clients. Warm and cozy in the winter, woolen fabrics prevail. Come summer, Suzanne uses a lighter touch and fills the faux bois containers on the fireplace with flowers that grow in the meadow.

Suzanne’s TIP: I love soft wools for the winter, but slipcovers in cottons and linens, perhaps a change of decorative pillows, and putting away the warm throws for soft cotton quilts prepares you for the new season.


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We’ve Been Featured by The Pink Clutch


We are so excited to share The Pink Clutch’s terrific blog post featuring DecoratorsBest with you! Enjoy!

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More from Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch!

“I have absolutely loved using DecoratorsBest wallpaper and fabrics in my last two One Room Challenges projects. With both the Kitchen and Den reveals behind me I love looking back at all the details that were truly my favorite.

In both spaces I started with one thing that inspired me and built the room from there. I always have a jumping off point when designing our home. For the kitchen it was the Clarence House The Vase wallpaper. I had seen the paper in an episode of Lipstick Jungle about ten years ago and I never forgot it. When I knew I would be using it in the kitchen I was thrilled to see it was available from DecoratorsBest.”

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