Take some of New York’s top designers, give them an empty room, and tell them to decorate it any way they want. The result might end up being a blueprint to the chicest ideas in home design right now. That’s apparent at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which just opened in Manhattan. Nothing is off the table in terms of decorating, from colors to textures to the things to frame them against.
Northport native Brian del Toro, a Manhattan designer, says color is back. In the study he designed, he used a rich tourmaline, which he paired with green, a color that figured prominently throughout the show house.
DIY tip “You have to look at how much light you have in a room, or how little, and what is reflected outside and where your taste is,” del Toro says.
To create whimsy in the “Sleeping Beauty” little girl’s room, Manhattan designer Zoya Bograd
DIY tip “It is so simple and actually low cost,” Bograd says. Paint the wall, and then glaze it by blotting with a dry cloth. Stencil it next, using house paint. Last, “glue anything” on the walls, she says.
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40TH ANNUAL KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE
WHAT A benefit for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx
WHEN / WHERE 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Aldyn Residences, 60 Riverside Blvd., Manhattan
INFO $30, which includes a journal and source book; children younger than 6 and pets not admitted; 718-893-8600, ext. 245; kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org