The Decorator Show House

Show houses allow designers to get out-of-bounds creative in their designs. With no particular client (other than the 'home' and their self-imposed budget constraints), designers have free reign to go bolder, bigger and crazier than they could in the typical client's home. Of course, it's an honor to get chosen (there are only so many rooms in each house - and so many homes each year) and the best of the best get picked. 

This year's Kips Bay Show House finally debuted (selection of photos here), after a 6-month delay due to the sale of the original property (and an initial fear of cancellation). Here are some memorable rooms from the Kips Bay Decorator Show Houses through the years:

Bunny Williams's Living Room for the 2009 Show House - a tribute to 
legendary decorator Albert Hadley.

Katie Ridder's 2010 Entryway - I love this custom wallpaper and it would be adorable in other colors for a child's room. Lighting fixture is fantastic.

Maureen Footer's Living Room in 2008 - cheery, but elegant.

David Barrett's Garden Room in 2008. Reminds me of the Newport mansions 
and eccentric old ladies. I love this.

2007 Stairway Mural by Amy Lau - stunning and eye-catching in a 
usually forgotten space.

Luxe Lounge by Healing Barsanti in 2007 - a feeling of calm, despite 
the use of very bold colors. 

Can't wait to see the full list of rooms for 2010!

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