More Decorating Ideas from the Kip’s Bay Showhouse

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In addition to doing good (raising money for education programs in the South Bronx) The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is a renowned sourcebook for design ideas from the city’s top decorators. Here we check in with Victoria Hagan and Suzanne Kessler to tell us about the projects they created for the event.

Designer Victoria Hagan: The Grand Salon

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Victoria Hagan’s Grand Salon for the 2016 Kips’s Bay Decorator Showhouse. All photos: Phillip Ennis

Victoria Hagan describes her aesthetic as classic American, but that’s only part of the story. Hagan is equally known for her striking use of furniture and objects with strong silhouettes and a sophisticated color sense. She makes neutrals look exciting! Hagan has designed an extensive range of projects throughout the country, from urban residences to weekend retreats, along with top resorts and corporate interiors. Her work frequently appears in magazines like Architectural Digest and Town & Country, 

Hagan says she created her first Kips Bay room soon after she began her career a quarter century ago and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return this year to design the Showhouse’s Grand Salon. “As a designer I work to make sure my clients’ dreams become reality, but not a single day goes by that I ever lose sight of my own,” she says. Hagan describes the salon as “an homage to all those who have supported me along the way. There are elements of each one of these people in everything you see, and their energy guides me: my children and family; friends, clients, colleagues, editors, photographers, committed craftspeople and extraordinary artisans.”
Since it’s been 25 years from the last time she did Kips Bay, Hagan looked back back nostalgically after completing the Grand Salon, admitting she “could never have imagined the incredible journey my life would take after that small attic space [she designed] was published so majestically in The New York Times.
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Suzanne Kessler’s richly textured Family Room

Suzanne Kessler: The Family Room

Suzanne Kessler is a wizard at layering furniture and decorative objects from different periods and is particularly known for her skillful blending of  clients’ personal collections into her sleek interior designs. Kessler has earned spots on the AD100 list and Elle Decor‘s A-list..

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Kessler uses decorative objects, many found at the Paris flea markets, to give rooms a personal sensibility.

For the family room she designed for Kips Bay, Kessler says she was inspired by the  classic architecture of Carlton House, the site of this year’s Showhouse. “The room is casual, but refined, incorporating books, art, and beautiful objects, many collected from the Paris flea market, that give the room a personal sensibility.”

An adjacent limestone terrace influenced her decision to go with a muted palette for the fabrics–natural linens and velvets–that she used in the room. Fluted plaster molding, unfinished oak floors, and high gloss Farrow & Ball Pointing white created “the architectural envelope I always use to begin my projects,” she says.. “These architectural elements, details, and layers create an added dimension, making the room my definition of sophisticated simplicity.”

For more information about The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse go to kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org. Address: The Carlton House Townhouse, 19 East 61st Street, through June 9th, 2016.

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