Welcome back to our coverage of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in sunny Palm Beach, Florida. In our last installment, we brought readers along to check out the work seven acclaimed designers, each of whom took part in designing an area of a gorgeous 1920’s Mediterranean Revival estate. If you are just tuning into our coverage, the first and second installments can be found here and here.
All designers featured in this series have generously donated their energy and expertise to help raise funds for The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, an organization that offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for children and young people throughout the Bronx and across Palm Beach County.
Today, we will visit spaces designed by six visionary designers each with their own take on Palm Beach Chic.
Robert Brown Interior Design
First up is designer Robert Brown’s super chic media room. His “Petit Salon” pays tribute to modernist GOATs Le Corbusier, Perriand, Arp, and Prouré. The space is filled with vibrant energy thanks to the bold, avant-garde mural by French artist Garance Vallée’s aptly titled L’ivresse (in English: Intoxication). Layered artwork and boldly hued accessories add to the upbeat mood of the space, while furnishings in soft muted hues add a laid-back element.
Jim Dove Design
A visit to designer Jim Dove’s tribute to New York City’s much-loved Monkey Bar is a true delight. A rich sensory experience is delivered through his sophisticated use of ambient light, bold color and charming patterns. De Gournay Hand painted wallpaper in deep terracotta features playful monkeys while the “Cristallo Sunshine” waterfall bar by Prima Stones glows to create an elegant and enticing space. Orange silk taffeta curtains crafted by The Shade Store and trimmed with Samuel & Sons taping surround the room which is topped off by a dramatic Art Deco “Sillage” chandelier from Currey & Company under a contrasting soft blue ceiling and echoed by seating in a similar shade.
The Lewis Design Group
Stepping inside the main bedroom closet designed by Barbara Lewis of The Lewis Design Group is like walking into another world. Lush hand-painted palm tree wallpaper by Aqualille surrounds the space creating the effect of entering an enchanted garden. The designer explains, “It was love at first sight with this wallpaper. From there, the rest of the design fell into place and the concept of an elevated closet was born.” The room is filled with a curated mix of one-of-a-kind antiques, re-upholstered and refinished in soft blues, yellows and whites. Not only a place to store clothes, the design of the room is elevated to what feels like a private sanctuary. Lewis describes her goal with the space this way,“One should celebrate the closet – this is the space where we decide how we will present ourselves to the world. Window treatments and wallpaper are game changers in elevating the closet. I forecast a future where closets not only store our clothes but inspire and nurture us with elevated interior design!”
Nikki Levy Interiors
Designing not one but two show stopping bathrooms, Nikki Levy doubles down on color in both her “Petal to the Metal” primary bathroom” and the “Happy You’re A-Round” upstairs hallway bathroom. The primary bathroom is punctuated by dichotomies abound. Design features are at once hard and soft, light and dark, curvaceous and linear. A deep emerald green used throughout the room contrasts beautifully with the gold tones of the Currey and Co. lighting and magnificent Kohler Plumbing hardware while the organic details of the Phillip Jefferies Haiku floral wallpaper is offset nicely by the geometric tiles.
In the upstairs space, an equally stunning look is executed in softer tones. The Artistic Tile’s Moon Cosmati Marble tile compliments the Phillip Jefferies Collage wallpaper to create a playful and modern space. A unique scalloped vanity counter is an inspired finishing touch.
Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design
Ashley Gilbreath’s “Tented Retreat” turns the primary bedroom into a romantic and restful retreat. Inspired by the tented designs of London’s Veere Grenney, the neutral stripe textile ensconcing the room is an ideal place to unwind, in “an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.” Rich colors in the contrasting stripe carpet, the jewel tone headboard and gold framed three dimensional artwork give the space the feeling of a luxe cabana. Sophisticated and elegant, “the overall effect is a timeless retreat based in the classics and accented with modern touches that plays with scale and texture to achieve a laid-back luxe feel.”
San Fransisco based Noz Design took on the sitting room off the primary bedroom with brilliant results. A textural sensation titled “No Bad Mondays”, the space is “envisioned as a cheerful, light-filled space to ease oneself into a busy week: a space where one can start the day with a cup of tea on the sofa, a breathing exercise or morning meditation, or daily calendar review at the bistro table in the window, before facing the rest of one’s workday at the (home) office.” With the upbeat lavender adorning the walls, bright patterned sofa and eclectic mix of vintage pieces, it is easy to imagine enjoying a joyful, productive day in this space. Vibrant artwork courtesy of NYC artist James Sexer Rodriguez and proud alumnus of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club tops off the room’s energetic design.
Next up, join us as we continue our way through the Decorator Show House as we share the work of more fabulous designers here in Palm Beach.
Text by Liana Hayles Newton / Lead Image “The Closet Reimagined” design by The Lewis Design Group / Photo by Dan Cutrona