NEW YORK—Every year the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator’s Show House is festooned with the best in interior design by some of the city’s most renowned (and connected) decorators, complete with inspiring palettes, lush fabrics and unique accessories. This year is no different on the design front, but the venue has changed. The show house is usually staged in a townhouse, but this year’s 40th annual edition is on the Upper West Side at the Aldyn in two 6,000-square-foot penthouses the 21st and 22nd floors.
The rooms are “a fantasy” as one of the security guards working the event noted. Among the most successful designs are what could be described as “masculine glamour” by firms that created a “Lounge” (Shawn Henderson Interior Design) and a “Gentleman’s Study” (David Scott Interiors, whose namesake has just published a new coffee table book, “Outside the Box”). Bold red wallpaper by Scalamndre with prancing zebras adorns the staircase when you first enter one side of the show house. In many rooms, in fact, the most inventive work is on the walls, where coverings also include faded velvet that resembles denim, green imitation hedging, murals and a wallpaper that looks exactly like distressed, beach wood siding until you touch it.
The views from the condominium residences give the interiors stiff competition—overlooking the Hudson, there are expansive, unobstructed views of the river and the New Jersey skyline beyond. Even the bathroom windows offer framed picturesque views. The residences feature terraces with private pools, too. Not bad for city living.
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The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House at the Aldyn at 60 Riverside Boulevard is open from May 16 to June 14, 2012.
Photos by Arts Observer
Above and top of page, A room by Lynne Scalo Design.
“The Writing Room” is designed by and features a hand-painted mural by Chuck Fischer.
“Black, White and Red All Over” bedroom by Charles Pavarini III Design Associates.