Kips Bay Show House, Central Park, and Tavern on the Green: A Day for Inspiration

What a way to spend a Sunday! Great friends, cool libations, and beautiful design were all on tap for a spectacular day in NYC. As it comes to the end of its 2015 run, The 43rd Annual Kips Bay Designer Show House has never looked brighter. We took in the day with a tour of the storied East Side Sachs Mansion, walked through the sun-drenched Sheep’s Meadow, and refreshed ourselves at the iconic Tavern on the Green. “Only in New York”, was a phrase that was uttered more than once that day.






Of course, the highlight of the day was witnessing the incredible genius and inspiring design of the many designers’ work. Here’s a look at some of my absolute favorites of the day.

The Foyer by Drake Design Associates set the tone by showing us that the Sky is the Limit. The light installation by artist Ayela Surfaty was absolute heaven, set off by the lusciously lacquered ceiling.



Allesandra Branca showed us “Le Salon Rouge” swathed in punchy crimson ticking stripe and stunning artwork.





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The Torridon Stair Gallery” perfectly curated and placed by Phillip Mitchell Design was a study in collecting what you love. A mix of periods, mediums, scale, and artists like no other I’ve seen.


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Pavarini Design’s Midnight Manhattan” was truly a sophisticated mix of texture and rich color. There was a beautiful asymmetry to the room with fireplace cloaked in foil-wrapped travertine and flanked by Clive Christian millwork on the right and moody artwork on the left.



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David Phoenix‘s “Master Bedroom”: One of my absolute favorites this year. David chose to contrast the rest of the home’s gloss, lacquer, and shine for a muted palette and cashmere soft elegance. Upholstered walls and a cable knit-like carpet gave the room a quiet hush that begged us to sit and relax.




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Cathy Kincaid Designs Marvelously detailed and appointed, this bedroom spoke quietly of refined taste with a collector’s eye. The crisp linens, canopy, and panels were exquisite.



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Peter J Sinnott IV Home Works has created a bathroom with eye catching accents of color throughout. Using bright artwork, unique sculpture, and beautifully creative fabrics, the layers the space with simplicity and style.



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Alan Tanksley Inc.Pavlos Retreat” This is a “gotta have it” space. Handsome is the word that comes to mind when you walk into Alan’s study. It all starts with a lacquered bar ready for a gentlemen’s cocktail service, and draws you into the rich, textured comfort of the sitting room. Stunning millwork by Best and Company is at once traditional and modern.


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Bennett Leifer Interiors A glittering display of old world gilded paper by DeGournay and lighting by Phoenix Gallery.


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Tilton Fenwick continue to use pattern and trim to the utmost effect in this cozy dining lounge. We loved the textured trim on the chair rail and the signature pattern work on the upholstered walls and runner.


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Mark D. Sikes Red, red and more red! And let’s not forget, a fantastic use of multi scale pattern in this dining room. The truly traditional yet whimsical space brought a theatrical sensibility the home.



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Without a doubt this year was an inspiring mix of modern and traditional, muted palettes and eye popping color, and young designers and seasoned pros. I always leave the house ready to start a fresh new project, and of course have a cocktail….Tavern awaits!

Bob Gaynor

Clark Gaynor Interiors


Bob Gaynor, Evan Ainbinder, Corey Damen Jenkins, Elissa Grayer, and Dwayne Clark.

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