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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Ultimate Inspiration

Hey friends, and happy Tuesday! I hope you had a glorious long weekend, full of laughs, family, friends, and great food. We started our weekend with a quick 24-hours in Seattle, before embarking for Alaska. 

Yesterday was spent at sea, so we're excited for today's stop in Ketchikan...which I think involves helicopters! #thebachelorcalled If you're following along on InstaGram, then you've seen a few peeks, but I can't wait to share more details with you. It's certainly not like anything we've experienced before.

Today I wanted to give you a big dose of new inspiration that can't be found on Pinterest! Last weekend I was in New York City to celebrate my sister's bachelorette party, and my stepmom and I had a few hours to burn before the rest of the girls arrived. As luck would have it, it was opening day for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, and a short walk from our hotel.

The townhouse was originally built in 1909 for Arthur Sachs...yep, of Goldman Sachs...and boasts 9,600 square feet over five floors. The 43rd annual show house features the work of 22 top interior designers, each leaving his or her stamp on their given space. The result is so chic and jaw-dropping, I can't even imagine the people who could actually live in it.

Since it was opening day, many of the designers were there and so excited to talk about their spaces. My stepmom was such a good sport to go with me and sit through my asinine questions, but it was fascinating to hear their perspective and behind-the-scenes details.

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

The home is 5-stories tall and narrow, with a center spiral staircase featuring stunning gallery walls the whole way up, and on every landing. Ticket sales actually go to the Boys and Girls Club, so this was one of my favorites.

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

 Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

I want you to gaze at this bathroom for a minute....the walls are sheets of mother-of-pearl!! My photo doesn't come close to capturing the sheen and texture.

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

So here's the deal....once selected as a featured designer (a hard-to-get invitation), they are each assigned a space and given FIVE WEEKS to complete them!!!! And I don't mean a little paint and some furniture...these rooms were practically down to the studs when they started. (See the before shots here.)

I can't even fathom that! I almost had a breakdown during the six weeks of {One Room Challenge}, and that was just a little paint and some furniture!

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

In most cases, the designer can choose the room's purpose (bedroom, study, etc), without regards to the rooms around it, but they have to agree to put it back to it's 'intended purpose' once the show is wrapped. For instance, this 'closet' was designed as a bar...but it's location in the house wouldn't work for actual people living there. The designers also don't collaborate with each other, yet somehow the entire house flowed.

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Each designer used their own contractors, painters, upholsterers, and movers...so imagine 22 full teams of people in that house working to get it done! And on a busy New York street...where were they all parking and unloading?! (These were the asinine hard-hitting questions I was asking.)

Designer Alan Tanksley could not have been any nicer or more charming...and his room was cozy, chic, perfection.

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Hi Sugarplum | 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

{Observations & Take Aways}

*Lacquer finishes everywhere / walls, cabinets, and ceilings
*Ceilings / all had color, pattern, or some sort of treatment
*Wallpaper / hanging everywhere from walls, ceilings, and backs of shelves
*Upholstered Walls
*Colored Trim | very few rooms had white trim
*Gallery Walls | even the smallest nooks were covered floor-to-ceiling with a mix of art and objects
*Light Fixtures / always the room's showstopper & each likely more expensive than my car
*Large Scale / the objects and furniture really filled the space...especially lamps, many were the size of me

Oh, and did I forget to mention that the home is currently for sale? Yes, it can be yours for the cool price of $35 million. So let's chat....what's your favorite space or detail?

P.S....Have you entered the 5 Year Blog Birthday Giveaway? It's a swanky swag bag worth over $2200!

P.P.S...Thank you so very much for your votes in the Redbook Real Women Style Awards!! They are announcing the winners later this week. 

10 comments:

  1. Holy schmoly! So many things to look at! My favorite was the nook with plaid wallpaper & statement butterfly prints.

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  2. I do not have words for this amazingness!! I agree, we are seeing lacquer and wallpaper are everywhere and I love it! Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Wow wow wow! That bathroom with the mother of pearl wall. The whole place is stunning!Thank you for sharing!! Hope you're having a blast!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I could look at these pictures for days! Love each and every one of them!!

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  5. Wow! I think the stairs was my favorite part of the whole house. Beautiful!!!

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  6. it's beautiful but in all seriousness I luv ur home better - I could see myself living there. the gold oriental wall paper I am swooning over just becuz my bedroom is oriental themed

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  7. Unbelievably gorgeous! My favorite is the bathroom with what looks like a wooden stool in a glass shower stall and linen on the walls. Took my breath away!

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  8. Wow! 35 million is a little out of my price range (lol) but so much beauty. Enjoy your trip. You are on the exact trip that we went on for our 40th anniversary 2 years ago. In Ketchikan, we were lucky to find a woman doing a small (just 8 people) tour that took us on a tour of the town, including back roads to where brothels were, the walk where women would go looking for their husbands and the back walk where husbands would leave from. I think she said this was from the 30's to 50's era. We saw local black rock beaches, really neat stuff. When you get to Glacier Bay, the blue ice is fantastic and when the ship turns around, it is just unbelievable that it can do this in what looks like such a small space. Some kinds of little seals (?) were on a patch of ice there and 1 jumped in after I got the picture. Going on a cruise further into Alaska like Anchorage and up is on our bucket list. Enjoy! Gloria

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  9. Ooh, yes! I would die to see this in person. Showhouses are my favorite…I love how they pack detail into every nook and cranny. Thanks for sharing!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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