Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas: Elegance in Dallas Part One

Earlier this year, we brought readers along to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach Florida where we soaked up the gorgeous spaces transformed by designers in support of the Boys & Girls Club. Today, we bring you our coverage straight from Dallas, Texas where the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a premiere destination for design enthusiasts, is displaying the work of two dozen distinguished designers, each of whom have generously donated their time and talent to this important charity. The proceeds of the show house will go to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in partnership with two local charities: Dwell with Dignity, “a nonprofit agency dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty” and The Crystal Charity Ball, “another Dallas-based organization whose mission is to aid, support and make contributions to children’s charities in Dallas County.”

“The distinguished designers and architects working on this year’s Decorator Show House in Dallas are highly admired within the community and we always look forward to seeing how they work together to transform the estate”, says James Druckman, President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “We’re thrilled to continue this tradition of raising funds to support the youth we serve throughout the Bronx.”

Over the course of the month-long show, visitors can expect to see the work of 24 designers and architects from across the country including: Anthony Baratta, Atelier Davis, Avrea & Company, Beauty Is Abundant, Blaire Designs, Branca, Inc, Byron Risdon, Christina Kim Interior Design, Christopher Peacock, Fisher Weisman Brugioni. Fisher Weisman Collection, Graci Interiors, Harold Leidner Company, Huma Sulaiman Design, Isabel Ladd Interiors, Jack Levy Design, LC Studio, Lucinda Loya Interiors, M + M Interior Design, Natasha Baradaran, Noel Pittman, Patricia McLean Interiors, Inc., PROJECT AZ, Schooler Kellogg, and Shelley Johnstone Design.

In order to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club, designers have kindly donated their time and efforts as well as work tirelessly to source products from suppliers who aim to support the cause. The show also runs on donations from generous sponsors. The sponsors for this year’s Show House include: Abier A Dream Design, Allan Knight & Associates, Arsin Rug Gallery – Dallas – Houston – Los Angeles, Arteriors, Artistic Tile, Benjamin Moore, Brendan Bass Showroom,Cambria, Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel, Christopher Peacock, Design Management Company/Lloyd Princeton, Fabricut, JennAir, Kohler, Loloi Rugs, Morris & Co.,NEAT Method Dallas – Highland Park,New York Design Center, PaperCity, Peacock Alley, Pella Luxury Division, Perennials & Sutherland, LLC., Sacco Carpet, Serena & Lily, Sewell, Soane Britain, STAUB, Stone Boutique, Strike, Susan’s Jewelry, The Container Store, The Rug Company, The Shade Store, Veranda, Wells Abbott, Wolf Hall Antique Collective, and York Wallcovering.

Follow along as The Local Vault visits the show house, this year presented in the beautifully manicured Old Preston Hollow’s Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood.  We are thrilled to share what the designers have accomplished at this unique location.

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First up, we take a peek inside a most elegant and refined study, created by award winning designer Anthony Baratta. A beloved designer, Baratta’s career has spanned over 40 years in the industry where he is known for his bold application of color and scale – two elements that he uses to beautiful effect in this space from the vibrantly colored plaid wall coverings to the ornately detailed curtains. The room feels classic and yet modern which is in keeping with this designer who is often praised for “honoring tradition while defying predictability.”

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Traveling through the softly terracotta hued main corridor and into the richly marbled powder room, both by Atelier Davis, one can easily imagine the Texas skies that served as inspiration for designer Jessica Davis in these spaces. This designer, with an education in art history from Princeton and a Master’s in interior design from The New England School of Art and Design is no stranger to using location as a starting point for inspiring her designs. Her Chinese American heritage and global travels often help her to create a vivid narrative in her work.

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Dallas native Ashley Avrea of Avrea & Company imagined a beautifully nuanced bedroom draped in a serene blues in a variety of shades from pale cornflower to richly saturated teal.  Florals, plaids and stripes blend together seamlessly in this elegant and whimsical space.

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A truly memorable space can be found in Los Angeles native Leah Alexander’s star-studded bathroom. Shimmery gold stars adorn a deep red wallpaper by Serena & Lily while a custom quartz floor boast its own constellation of stars created in partnership with show sponsor Cambria and the designer’s own firm, Beauty is Abundant.

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Blaire Murfree of Blaire Designs, one of Luxe Magazine’s “Women in Design” in 2021, composed an elegant and yet unexpected color combination of lilac and mustard in the sitting area which she credits as being inspired by her travels through Portugal. Vivid and playful patterns add hints of blue from the curtains to the upholstery. Eye catching hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper makes for an extraordinary finishing touch.

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In the living room, Italian designer Alessandra Branca has created an indoor/outdoor feeling through use of a verdant wallpaper design, oversize indoor plants and an emphasis on the home’s large-scale windows with a view of a lush green garden. Furnishings in creams and whites balance the rich green touches in the décor.

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A stroll into the gorgeous garden and through Byron Risdon’s outdoor terrace reveals a soothing and inviting seating area. Soft white sofas and end tables offer a variety of curvaceous shapes that entice visitors to gather and take a moment to admire the view of mature trees, mosaic art pieces and the stylishly decorated white fireplace. South Carolina native Byron was recently featured among House Beautiful’s “Next Wave” designer’s class.

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From designer Christina Kim of Christina Kim Interior Design, we are treated to a modern beach inspired paradise. Walls in soft plum accented with lush green palm leaf print wallpaper, and details including a sleek rattan chandelier, a high gloss surfboard and an ethereal seascape painting add to the bold and yet soothing space. Her unique take on beachside luxury can be found in the many homes she designs for clients who seek her out for her firm’s specialty: ground up construction of modern beach homes.

Up next, we will be sharing the next set of designers from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas who offer even more inspiring ideas and dreamy spaces for us to enjoy.

For more information on The 2022 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas click here.

Photos Courtesy of The Kips Bay Decorator Show House / Lead Photo Byron Risdon Design – Photo Credit: Nathan Schroder/ Text by Liana Hayles Newton

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