For over 45 years, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse has been one of the country's most illustrious showcases of design—but also an important fundraiser for the Bronx-based Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Over the past few decades, luminaries including Mario Buatta, Bunny Williams, Sheila Bridges, and more have outfitted a townhouse in New York City, which visitors tour with proceeds going to the clubhouse in support of the programming it offers to New York City kids. This year, while the New York showhouse was sadly cancelled due to COVID, the event moved to Dallas, where this week, the first ever Kips Bay Dallas showhouse opened to the public.
In light of the ongoing pandemic and subsequent social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, this year, the Dallas showhouse will be the first ever to offer virtual tours—meaning that, no matter where you are, you can "visit" the 12,000 square foot home in Dallas's Preston Hollow and see rooms by 27 designers in 3D. But even better, the $20 virtual ticket will provide much needed funding not only to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, but to Dallas-based Dwell with Dignity, an organization providing transitional housing to formerly homeless, incarcerated, or abused women and families (read more about Dwell with Dignity here).
"Each room of the house will be showcased along with a two minute narration of the space by each designer," explains Jean Liu, who is an avid supporter of Dwell with Dignity and a vice-chair of the house along with Chad Dorsey and chairs Jan Showers, Christopher Peacock, and Veranda's Steele Marcoux.
On the tour, you'll be treated to delightfully inventive rooms by the likes of Mark Sikes, Michelle Nussbaumer, Lauren Rottet (whose entry shown above, was inspired by the nearby botanical garden), Traci Zeller, and many more—all decorated in just a few short weeks, and in the midst of a pandemic, no less!
"Every designer who participated in this year’s event deserves exceptional praise," says Liu. "Their grit and commitment to delivering top notch design during these uncertain times has been inspiring to witness these past few months."
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