I made it! Where?
Kips Bay Boy & Girls Club’s 39th annual decorator Show House, that’s where!
This is where designers, textiles and companies donate their time; with a challenge to transform a selected home; from the basics to extra, extra extraordinary! Stretching their vision to the ultimate!
Kips Bay addresses many critical needs of children, adolescents and young adults:
- a safe place where they can “belong”
- a place to play and grow socially with peers
- adult mentoring
- a place to challenge oneself physically and intellectually and be recognized for accomplishments, and opportunities to give back something to others.
It’s great opportunity for the designer to have their vision shown. All articles shown can be purchased, where all proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club! A lot of work, but all done for their love of the club.
Well the show house did not open its doors until Noon! So I was an 1 hr early and decided to dine at the Ritz Diner. A small diner, at 62nd st on 1st Ave. I had a broccoli & cheese COMBO omelette; with a cup of coffee! It was wonderful! www.ritzdinenyc.com.
Ok! Now, this year’s choice is a 1919 brownstone, designed by the architect Frederick Sterner on a historical New York City block, 63rd Street.
There are quite a few celebrities which live in the area, (60 -68 th Street) like Bill Cosby and Sting to name a few. Central Park is nearby, the 59th Street Bridge is close by for a quick hop to the borough of Queens and a slew of restaurants you could ever imagine…Greek, Italian, Indian…you name it, it’s here!
Still returning a little early, I waited with this lovely woman, who has convinced me that I must see Morocco! Which I have indicated before in one of my earlier posts that I have to go!
The doors opened, I was the 3rd person to enter and was so taken back about the entrance. I began snapping pictures, until one of the volunteers said “You are not allowed to take photos”. Oops! I’d taken about 10 -15 already! “Sorry” I said. So, I only got a few to share with you! But more importantly it is about the cause!
Ever think about having pinstripe gray flannel walls? How about turning your laundry room into a bar with neon lights! Designer Stephen Fanuka thought, why not!!!! Oh, instead having a huge flat screen TV – a mini Sony ® Internet TV with Concierge, so quaint for any room. A copper inspired kitchen by Bilotta.
How about, making a fish net into a shower curtain!
What being part of a Zen garden with a Buddha right behind while meditating?
Oh! Remember last year, I’d talked about Interior Design Magazine’s cover with a giraffe, well a baby giraffe was found lurking around!!! LOL
Such creativity! Such Fun! Whether your home is big or small, you can do with it, what you may!!
So if you are on Facebook (who isn’t), you can see more pictures http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kips-Bay-Boys-Girls-Club-Decorator-Show-House/127163207319000
Well I ended the day at their POP UP Shop; which has wonderful items! I was looking for their fragrant candles, where I was told that they are on hold; until their supplier can find a sponsor. I luckily have one left, but will be checking to see when they’re in stock!
Oh! Gilt Home will feature some of the items shown at the Show House for sale. If interested join Gilt Home at www.gilt.com/kipsbayshowhouse
If you would like to know more about The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, go to their site: www.kipsbay.org
I had such a wonderful day! With keeping Kip’s mission in mind, the Kips Bay’s Designer committee is still working. As soon as this year’s event has ended, they begin planning next year’s! So if you are NYC next year, during the month of May….do make plans to see it!
Images provided by Kips Bay Decorator Show House, You Tube video by LM LifeStyle & Design.