As an old Kips Bay designer participant I never miss this glorious show house.  It opens its doors every spring in Manhattan, and always features terrific rooms designed by super talented designers. Even though I consider myself up on the latest and the greatest in interior design,

I never fail to find some wonderful new ideas presented by my designer peers at the event.

This year’s show house was at held at The Aldyn, an ultra modern high rise apartment house located up town way over on the far west side. As someone I overheard said ,”It’s about time!” this show moved out of it’s comfort zone, the upper east side of the city.  I would have to agree with them, as there are many wonderful areas in the city that have been gentrified over the last twenty years and deserve their day in court, so to speak.

As I had the good fortune to walk through it on opening night  and again  with my fellow BlogFest(ers) (see BLOGFEST 2012: KRAVET COOKS UP A DELICIOUS DESIGN EVENT), I felt it important to show you what stood out in my mind as different, exciting, especially creative, beautifully executed, and just generally great interior design. So here we go!


COFFINIER & KU designed a perfectly charming and whimsical bedroom using Missoni fabrics and touches of “faux clouds” floating over the bed.


  Fabulous purple walls…yes, purple…and apple green fabrics surrounded  antique pieces in TODD ALEXANDER ROMANO’S dining room. To die for! Remember I always say go for the gusto!!!


  Brightly colored and inventive children’s bedroom by Laura Bohn had everything going for it. Totally innovative and clever, LAURA BOHN DESIGN ASSOCIATES deserves big kudos.


  Fabulous photo of a classical painting covered one whole wall in RAJI RM & ASSOCIATES’ sitting room. Dramatic and impressive!


  Clever mirror and wood camouflage of unpleasant looking HVAC units was a terrific finishing touch in NEAL BECKSTADT STUDIO’S  room.


  The kitchen from ST. CHARLES KITCHENS  in NYC had everything: marble, stainless steel, wood, and glass plus a high mix of modern and traditional touches. It was a perfectly divine space to cook, dine, and hang out.


  Paul Lazlo’s metal and glass bookcase stole the show in the den designed by DAVID SCOTT INTERIORS. AND the rest of the room wasn’t too shabby either!


   I love the playfulness of SCOTT SANDERS Miami inspired room done in conjunction with Schumacher fabrics. The boldness of the colors and furniture mix was superb.


  JAMIE DRAKE’S den was chock full of exquisite furnishings and colorful punches. But then Jamie  and his team always come through with a winning room!


  SHAWN HENDERSON has a highly sophisticated aesthetic that is right up my alley. AND if you don’t get the swing with the  sheepskin seat than I can’t help you!


   BRYANT KELLER  used this infamous Scalamandre  wallpaper in his entry foyer, which proves that great design is always timeless, as this pattern, Masai Red, has been around for umpteen years…but it is still a winner in my book!.


The show house is opened until June 14, so there is still time to scoot over there and take it all in.  As I have said many times before, you will not be disappointed.