I had the opportunity to pop into the Kips Bay Showhouse this weekend during a quick trip to New York- and wow, was it ever worth the price of admission! I'm going to have to do this every year. Of course we've all seen a zillion Kips Bay photos on blogs and in newspapers, but nothing compares to seeing the entire house in its sprawling glory and taking in all the little accents in a room that get lost in photos. Here are a few details I just loved:
Agate drawer pulls
Amanda Nisbet's now-infamous bedroom
The flippin' outrageous mirror in Amanda Nisbet's now-infamous bedroom
Quartz obslisks and a huge quartz specimen decorating a fireplace
A completely freaky (wolf?) rug...you know I love taxidermy but even I was totally skeeved by this.
The room that housed said rug- unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the (real) human skeleton that was positioned at the doorway of the room. You can't see the artwork over the fireplace too well, but I initially said to myself "how creepy, it's a child's drawing of a machine gun." Then I read the list of items in the room and realized it was a Basquiat....whoops.
I just LOVED the mod child's room and this chair with vintage Lilly fabric on the front- the fabric had been quilted ever so subtly, a great detail that I am filing away for future use.
This pic doesn't do it justice but the two-tiered agate table in Celerie Kemble's library was BEYOND.
As was the malachite chair.
I loved the vines on the facade of the townhouse.
In other news, before I forget- John Robshaw is coming to the Corcoran Gallery of Art this Wednesday to present "Textiles and Travels: The Work of John Robshaw." It's at 7pm and tix are only $12. These Corcoran lectures are such a great way to get a peek into the insight of notable designers and they get some fantastic names coming through.
I would be there in a heartbeat, but (humblebrag of the day) I'm tied up seeing this guy in concert on Wednesday!