Annually, well-known designers gather and transform an upscale Manhattan home into a designers’ show house to benefit the local after school and enrichment programs throughout the city. Originated by supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls club in 1973, the Kips Bay Show House has become a beacon to designers and design lovers wanting a peek into new decor styles that are coming on the scene.

I spent a nice afternoon at the 2018 Kips Bay Show House with another interior designer. It is always fun and informative to attend these shows with a like minded friend as we both see different things and see them with our own “design” eye.

One design trend we both picked up on is the move away from the “less is more” modern design trends of the last several years.


The rooms were full of color, beautiful fabrics. gorgeous wallpapers beautifully curated collections of decorative objects and found pieces and amazing art. I love a clean modern look but was happy to see this new trend emerge as most of my clients spend time collecting pieces — art, furniture, textiles, pottery, or decorative objects from their travels and their adopted home countries.

I love to help them showcase these collections in a way that highlights their importance in their lives.

What was my take away from my experience in this beautifully dressed home? Go ahead and pull out the things you love. Highlight them, hang art that speaks to you, display textiles you love.

I want you to live a Well Designed Life…one that speaks to you, moves you, and is a reflection of yourself and what you love.

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