By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
Everyone loves a show house. We go dream, to get ideas to take home, and to meet superstar designers.
The Inaugural Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House provides plenty of inspiration and ideas you can translate into your home. Kips Bay built a sterling reputation for 44 years with their Manhattan Show Houses, heralded as the best in the nation, and it plans to continue that tradition in Palm Beach.
Let’s take a peak at the show house at Villa Belmonte Road at 196 Belmonte Road in West Palm Beach. It runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 19. Admission is $35.
Walls, walls and more walls: The big story this year is the varying kinds of wall treatments. Take note, naysayers: Wallpaper is back with a vengeance and so are some unusual applications.
Lisa Erdmann’s sitting room radiates warmth and sunshine with sunny yellow paint, fabric and wallpaper from F. Schumacher. The new twist on grasscloth is embellished sisal with an Asian motif.
Mary Foley’s upstairs hallway features 3D flowers on canvas that are cut out and applied to the wall.
Look closely at the walls in Ellen Kavanaugh’s vestibule. New York artist Phillip Estlund, known for his découpage chairs, created the look for the first time on walls for Kavanaugh.
Four stealable ideas: Show houses can be creative inspiration if you look closely enough and try to discern how the designer created what you see.
Some are hidden like the creative storage in Matthew Quinn’s kitchen. Everything is tucked away to create clean and orderly surfaces. The cabinetry by Downsview Kitchens features the perfect hideaway for kitchen utensils. One pull out is for regular garbage; another has two wastebaskets for recycling.
Look closely at the ceiling in Christopher Maya’s breakfast room. The ceiling appears to be tented but it’s actually covered with fabric. Notice the Frances Elkins’ style Loop chairs from Bungalow 5 that are covered in plaster. So is the tabletop and chandelier.
Ever wonder how designers hang artwork on bookcases? Stephen Mooney says if the bookcases have dividers, just use a pair of picture hooks. And how about the lighting over the art? That’s a bit trickier. A hole is driven into the base of the bookcase and connected to a plug inside.
You don’t have to worry about making a room too dark if you borrow the trick from Christopher Drake. Mirrors were inserted into the wainscoting to create light and glamour.