Spectacular Interior Design at Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House
For the 3rd annual edition of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, nineteen award-winning interior design firms created design magic!
Set in a plantation-style home owned by the famous interior designer Lars Bolander, this year’s Florida iteration of the esteemed NYC Show House features gorgeous spaces decorated by some of the nation’s most prominent design firms. The show house officially opened on February 1, 2020, and will remain open through Sunday, March 1. The event benefits both the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
“The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach has become a highly anticipated event since first opening its doors in 2017 and we are thrilled to return for a third year,” said James Druckman, President and CEO of the New York Design Center, and President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “This year’s incredible talent is comprised of local, national, and international designers, and we are so grateful for their support in raising critical programming funds for the 17,000 children served by both organizations.”
About the Show House
In just under three months, the group of talented designers completely transformed the remarkable 8,751-square-foot home inspired by South African and Dutch architecture. Affectionately dubbed Bamboo Hill, the main home, located at 260 Palmetto Lane in West Palm Beach’s South End neighborhood, features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a great room with vaulted ceilings and french doors that open up to an expansive loggia, and a spacious kitchen with an adjacent outdoor dining terrace. The home’s large master suite offers sprawling garden and pool views. The estate also boasts two guest houses and a pool house. Along with an expansive private garden with lush tropical flora for the ultimate outdoor living and entertaining experience.
The level of creativity and imagination on display through unexpected wall treatments, beautiful furnishings and an array of bold colors will delight design enthusiasts and novices alike. Enjoy!
A Tour of the Spectacular Home
Front Garden by Jobe Lopez
Lake Worth Beach-based Jobe Lopez of Lopez Group, Inc. drew inspiration for the home’s front garden from the vineyards at the Klein Constantia Estate in South Africa. Luscious greenery and native Floridian plants open up the façade of the house, while cypress line the exterior walls. Two olive trees alongside the front door offer a warm welcome, while white paint adorns the trunks of palm trees along the front of the house elevating the plantation-style architecture of the home.
Entrance by Alizee Brion
Alizee Brion of Miami-based Light On White makes a powerful first impression upon entering the home. “Le Jardin” celebrates the home’s blurred boundaries between the exterior and interior with the lush outdoors serving as the inspiration for the tropical garden design. Natural elements, textures and materials, including hanging planters, a custom terrazzo rug, and tailored pleat drapery by The Shade Store in Sunbrella® Alma White with a custom tassel trim, carry the green and white color scheme throughout. A hand-painted bamboo leaf mural by artist Austin Kerr lines the entrance. While an eye-catching porcelain floral installation by Valéria Nascimento adorns the back wall. Curated pieces from Light On White’s own debut furniture collection are featured throughout. Carved from blocks of various white marbles, the bold geometric furniture forms contrast against the softness of the enchanting tropical backdrop.
Guest Suite/Bathroom/Outdoor Terrace by Joe Lucas
West Hollywood-based Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio, Inc. transformed one of the home’s guest suites into a chic and intimate sitting room. He coined the space “The Palmetto Snug.” Inspired by the subtle parchment and pink hues of the Fromental abstract wallpaper, the room features coastal touches of pinks and corals, vintage rush chairs, a relaxed roman shade in custom fabric by The Shade Store, a well-appointed bar and sculptural pieces throughout, creating the perfect atmosphere for a cocktail by the custom fireplace on a chilly evening. The bath underwent a complete transformation with terrazzo tile, CW Stockwell wallpaper and new plumbing fixtures by KOHLER. The outdoor terrace features a collection of vintage French rattan furniture and a stone dining table by Serena & Lily, while hand-painted shells from Cape Town adorn the walls.
Guest Suite/Bathroom by Kevin Isbell
Hailing from Los Angeles, Kevin Isbell of Kevin Isbell Interiors informed the design of the home’s second guest suite and bath by dubbing it “A Writer’s Retreat.” Designed with the worldly traveler in mind, an oversized pagoda-shaped daybed set against a floating wall lacquered in deep eggplant anchors the space. Bright colors, eye-catching details, and a ceramic tiger from Eleish Van Breems Home fill the retreat, while the hand-painted tropical scene wrapping the walls nods to the home’s South Florida location. Around the corner lies a new closet system by The Container Store which holds books and accessories, as well as the guest bath which received a masculine refresh with Silestone by Cosentino in Eternal Noir, KOHLER plumbing fixtures, and a vanity surround, shower curtain, and tailored pleat drapery by The Shade Store.
Foyer by Brian and Alexandra Brady
Brian and Alexandra Brady of Southampton-based Brady Design made their father-daughter debut with a classically inspired foyer. Upon entering the home, a whimsical scene of palm trees framed by pilasters bridges the transition between indoor and outdoor, and a selection of antiques and custom design elements fill the space.
Great Room by Suzanne Kasler
“Edited Style” was designed at the hands of Atlanta-based Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors. Built on a quintessential Palm Beach color palette of pink and white and featuring rattan, linen, and natural materials, the Great Room boasts stunning views of the outdoor logia, garden, and swimming pool. High-gloss, built-in bookcases in Benjamin Moore’s Custis Salmon stretch across an entire wall, housing a number of books and white sculptural pieces, while a stunning wallcovering sets the scene for a stylish living room with edited details and timeless sensibility.
Loggia by Sherrill Canet
A crisp palette of black, white, and jewel tones reigns supreme on the shaded terrace designed by New York-based Sherrill Canet of Sherrill Canet Interiors. Embracing its role as the heart of the plantation-style home, the Loggia blends modern touches with antique pieces for a tailored look, inspiring good conversation and glamorous, comfortable outdoor living.
Hallway/Powder Room by Javier Fernandez
The vestibule, hallway and powder room feature the contemporary transitional style of the Boca Raton-based designer Javier Fernandez of Transitional Designs, Inc. Titled “Design with Bite,” the three spaces unite with framed wall panels in a dark wood trim with three-dimensional suede inserts. Infused with both vintage and modern style, a light grey pony hair console table nestles in the vestibule below contemporary art pieces, while “pouf” ottomans line the hallway. The powder room is home to KOHLER’s Eir Intelligent Toilet and a vanity featuring Silestone by Cosentino surfacing.
Kitchen by Sarah Blank
Inspired by classical architecture, Connecticut-based Sarah Blank of Sarah Blank Design Studio created a timeless kitchen that offers a relaxing and refreshing gathering place for all. A Thermador range anchors the space along side KOHLER’s Poise Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, beautiful Dekton by Cosentino countertops, a wine cellar, and a large island that blends style with function. The light blue custom millwork and Fabricut wallcoverings add dimension to the kitchen, while artwork depicting birds and coral pays homage to the home’s South Florida location.
Dining Terrace by Colette van den Thillart
Toronto-based Colette van den Thillart of Colette van den Thillart Interior Design transformed the outdoor dining terrace into a delightful enclave full of character and texture reflective of stylish living. Encompassed by bougainvillea and bookended by custom trellises, the space features a black and white color scheme with subtle touches of curry and Naples yellow that celebrate the Florida sunshine. A custom hand-loomed carpet by New Moon Rugs grounds the space, while Turkish cushions, lanterns from Serena & Lily, and a bar fit for entertaining create a laid-back space for cocktails or al fresco dining.
Master Study by Sarah Magness
Providing a “return to calm” inspired New York-based Sarah Magness of Sarah Magness Interior Design to transform the Master Study into the “Mindfulness Retreat”. Floating just above the Great Room, the space surrounds visitors with a gentle evocation of the senses. The room fuses Japanese furnishings with modern decorative elements. The color palette is a soothing high-gloss “Symphony Blue” by Benjamin Moore balanced with subtle blues, greens. And accented by silver in the Gracie “Koi Pond” wallcovering stretching across the ceiling. A meditation bed sits at the center, calling visitors to ease the tension of public daily life with peaceful reflection.
Master Bedroom by Alessandra Branca
Comfortable, chic living is Alessandra Branca’s signature approach to design. And the New York-based designer of Branca, Inc. did just that with the Master Bedroom. Inspired by one of her favorite countries, Portugal, the bedroom touts blue-and-white wallpaper resembling Portuguese tile. It also features a vintage bed, and pieces from her namesake furniture line, Casa Branca. On the terrace, floor-to-ceiling custom window treatments by The Shade Store make way for sweeping views.
Master Bathroom/Closets by Betsy Wentz and Tom Kirchhoff
Bold color and patterns are on display in the master his and her bathrooms and closets designed by Palm Beach-based Tom Kirchhoff of Kirchhoff & Associates Architects and Pittsburgh-based Betsy Wentz. In her bathroom, KOHLER’s Abrazo Freestanding Bath encompassed by a mosaic tile wall by Ceramic Matrix takes center stage. In both bathrooms, lime green vanities with KOHLER’s Iron Plains Under-Mount sink in grey lavender command attention. A large center shower joins the his and her dressing areas which boast personality and flair courtesy of eye-popping wallcoverings and fabrics, whimsical prints, and closet systems by The Container Store.
Study by Leta Austin Foster
Jungle-inspired patterns and Asian influences are captured in Palm Beach-based Leta Austin Foster of Leta Austin Foster & Associate’s “Tropical Study.” China Seas “Nairobi” wallpaper by Quadrille in a custom colorway covers the walls with whimsy. Wood blinds by The Shade Store, decorative Asian elements, Chinese porcelain, and a collection of books fill the space, showcasing the dwelling of an eccentric, yet sophisticated seasoned traveler.
Guest Bedroom/Bathroom by Robin Gannon
The flora that surrounds the home is what inspired the second-floor guest bedroom and bathroom aptly titled “It’s A Jungle Out There” by Massachusetts-based Robin Gannon of Robin Gannon Interiors. Elements of colonial-era Africa coupled with thematic references to the “urban jungle” are highlighted throughout the space in a playful way. Natural materials, palm tree motifs, and Currey & Company’s Tropical Semi-Flush chandelier embrace the home’s location. While eye-catching art and a plaid tufted headboard round out the space with sophisticated glam. The bathroom also received a glamorous refresh with green tile adorning the shower walls, a vanity clad in Silestone by Cosentino in Pearl Jasmine with, a vanity surround and shower curtain by The Shade Store, and KOHLER’s Iron Works Historic Bath.
Pool Pavilion by Jonathan Savage
Inspiration for the “Cabana Hideaway” by Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design was derived from the Nashville-based designer’s lifetime of travel to the French West Indies. The relaxed and livable outdoor escape is filled with fine finishes from Indonesian teaks, luxurious woven fabrics and heirloom quality furnishings and accessories. Nantucket and Palm Beach fine art photographer, Nathan Coe’s print, alongside The Shade Store’s custom drapery is the perfect backdrop to the lush upholstered Sutherland Furniture daybed. The pair of custom-designed teak louvered dividers flanking the space contrast with crisp white painted walls to create the ultimate luxurious respite.
Guest Casita by Keith Baltimore
New York-based Keith Baltimore of Baltimore Design Group transformed the Guest Casita into a chic and well-traveled spa-like haven. Dubbed “The Sanctuary,” the delicate color palette is coupled with organic materials. The interplay of textures and patterns, drapery in custom fabric by The Shade Store, an artistic wall covering, and glamorous lighting tell a story of luxurious pampering and self-indulgence in a space inspired by nature.
Garden by Mario Nievera and Keith Williams
The home’s garden was transformed by Mario Nievera & Keith Williams of Palm Beach-based Nievera Williams Design. Drawing inspiration from the gardens of the Taj Mahal, “The Mughal Garden” features bold patterns and bright colors that expose the glory of outdoor living in South Florida. A Mughal design utilizing sod and gravel surrounds the pool, offering a strong visual element to the landscape design. Purple and pink bougainvillea bring a pop of color among the greenery of the native plants. While various sitting areas welcome guests to relax in tranquility.
Support from Far & Wide
This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach partnered with VERANDA as the media sponsor. Additional sponsors, including both global and local high-quality brands across a number of categories, include: Aston Martin; Benjamin Moore; Carlisle and Co.; Cosentino; Currey & Co.; Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa; Eleish Van Breems Home; Fabricut; Ferguson; Kohler; Marmi; New Moon Rugs; New York Design Center; Sean Rush Atelier; Serena & Lily; Susan’s Jewelry; Susan Zises Green; Perennials and Sutherland; Thermador; The Colony Hotel; The Container Store; The Grand Tour; The Shade Store; and Willoughby Construction.
Proceeds from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach will benefit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Purchase Tickets online in advance or at the door during general admission hours.