Kips Bay Show House Palm Beach 2022

April 5, 2022|In SD Blog|By Rachel

The sunny and vibrant allure of Florida served as an extraordinary muse for the two dozen designers who participated in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach this year, also featured in Veranda magazine. The sun-kissed colors, tropical vibes, and the genius use of treillage, fabric, pattern, and rattan and much more were all on glorious display at the show house venue, a 1920s Mediterranean Revival estate. The Kips Bay Show House charity has been around for nearly 50 years helping the needs of NYC schoolchildren and inspiring design trends by showcasing the incredible depth of design talent annually.

Five years ago, Kips Bay expanded its brand to the Palm Beach Show House, and this year several Studio Designer clients featured in this post got the singular opportunity to get the high profile and exciting experience to design a room in this lavish estate. Each designer had the freedom and artistic license to be exuberantly expressive with color and texture to design one-of-a-kind rooms that elevate and redefine Palm Beach style.

Andrea Schumacher

“Flutter” by Andrea Schumacher | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Designer Andrea Schumacher founded her firm two decades ago in the Denver area and has since built a thriving design practice specializing in home interiors and also feature film and television set decoration. Andrea prides herself on always being a student and learning from her travels, observations, and experience with designing beautiful and distinct environments. Her show house design of this powder room called “Flutter” is a special tribute to her artist grandmother Elizabeth Burger Monat, whose paintings were turned into the wall covering used in this space. Some of the other extraordinary details of this design include 3D butterflies by artist Paul Villinski, a brass chandelier from Currey and Company and elephant console tables sourced from Palm Beach Regency.

Craig and Company

“The Octopus’s garden” by Craig & Company | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Founded by Joan Craig, Craig & Company operates out of Chicago and New York and prides itself on its holistic approach to design as they do both the architecture and interiors of their clients’ homes. For this show house, they crafted an oceanic entryway called “The Octopus’s garden” that has a playful and engaging vibe with its deep turquoise hues. Other fine details include the seashell and octopus illustrations on a custom wallcovering by MJ Atelier, and a gold chandelier by Eve Kaplan that looks like a treasure from a sunken ship.

Robert Brown Interior Design

“Petit Salon” by Robert Brown Interior Design | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Atlanta-based Robert Brown has achieved national acclaim for supremely luxurious and sophisticated interiors that showcase art with classic, clean lines drawing from his long career designing men’s fashion. He decided to pay tribute to French modernist artists like Le Corbusier in his “Petit Salon” design using a mural from artist Garance Vallée and using it as a modern-art wallpaper.  The mural inspired the striking palette of blue, brown, and yellow in the room accented with unique art and streamlined furniture in performance fabric by Perennials.

Paloma Contreras Design

“Green Gardens” by Paloma Contreras Design | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Paloma Contreras has always been a style setter with fresh and elegant spin on luxury décor with aspirational spaces that sparkle with deft layering and classic style. Paloma is based in Houston, Texas and aims to give what she calls “la dolce vita” to her clients’ homes with an array of stylish, timeless room designs tailored to their unique lifestyles. Her wondrous “Green Gardens” room design is her personal tribute to Palm Beach style, with lovely treillage on the ceiling and walls. Paloma also made great use of Schumacher patterned fabric to dress rattan armchairs from Soane Britain.

Philip Gorrivan

“Sala Exotico” by Philip Gorrivan | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

The accomplished designer Philip Gorrivan strives to tell a story with each and every astonishing interior he creates for his clients. Based in New York, he has an impressive way of putting together modern pieces and varied antiques for supremely luxurious spaces of glamour and authenticity. His gorgeous “Sala Exotico” is a playful space with a unique sculptural ceiling made of Brazilian woods with a wallpaper by Fromental that is an ode to the blooms and plants of Florida. A selection of furniture and accessories from Gary Rubinstein Antiques combines with the graphic elements to make a lively and well-rounded room.

Tiffany Brooks 

“Bloom Lounge” by Tiffany Brooks | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

HGTV star and widely acclaimed designer Tiffany Brooks has made her mark on the television world and the trade with her deep passion for design and her sensational residential designs. Based in Chicago but designing nationwide, Tiffany always seeks to find the “soul” of her clients’ homes by truly getting to know her clients’ tastes and sensibilities. Her captivating “Bloom Lounge” is a green, calming place she designed to be an escape for artists. There is so much whimsy and delight in the room from the modern chandelier by Currey and Company, floral wallpaper by Thibaut, to the suspended chaise in Fabricut‘s Italian leather.

Sarah Bartholomew

“Brighton Boudoir” by Sarah Bartholomew | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Nashville-based designer Sarah Bartholomew’s fresh perspective and talent for achieving great beauty with function has won her national acclaim She has a brick-and-mortar store, SB., in her hometown selling furniture and accessories that showcase her style plus collaborations with brands like Pottery Barn, Kings House Rugs, and more. Her tented guest room in the show house is a wonder of restrained elegance. Covered in Guy Goodfellow Collection fabric, the room’s overall feel is a nod to King George IV’s Brighton Pavillion. Other impressive details include the beautiful canopy bed upholstered in woven indigo batik pattern by Susan Deliss.

Catherine M. Austin

“The Jewel of the Jungle” by Catherine M. Austin | Photo by Nick Sargent of Sargent Photography

Charlotte-based designer Catherine M. Austin has a playful eye and a deep appreciation of art in the unique interiors she tailors for each of her clients. Her background in studying the humanities and art history informs her work and she loves designing interiors that showcase art collections. Catherine rejoiced in the bright, tropical feeling of Florida plus her love of the artist Henri Matisse when she designed this outrageously colorful guest house kitchen and dining room. The eye-popping wallpaper comes from CW Stockwell and Voutsa and the quirky banana-inspired chandelier is from Shades from Midnight Sun.

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