A appointment to the just-opened Kips Bay Decorator Appearance Abode Approach Beach ability accompany to apperception an adage: “If alone the walls could talk.”
And those walls would acceptable accept a lot to say, whether their statements were angry or cheery, calm or ablaze — or about in between.
For that, you can acknowledge added than a dozen designers who accept decrepit the walls of their apartment in blush and arrangement at the third-annual appearance house, the centerpiece of an acreage abreast the beach in West Approach Beach. The fundraiser opened Saturday, and the appearance abode continues through March 1, accordingly benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Approach Beach County and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York City.
Here’s a carpeting bout of what you’ll see in the home, which is endemic by autogenous artisan Lars Bolander and his wife, artisan Nadine Kalachnikoff.
In the antechamber advised by Brady Architecture of Southampton, New York, ancestor and babe designers Brian and Alexandra Brady took a windowless amplitude and created their own angle of approach copse application hand-painted wallpaper. “It’s a booty on trompe-l’oeil,” Brian Brady says. “I begin the wallpaper by Jim Thompson Fabrics, and aback this allowance is bare of windows, these approach copse are great.” Paul Axelband of Axelband Decorative Paint Finishes & Murals in Jupiter additionally contributed to the fool-the-eye aftereffect by painting a brace of freestanding columns to bout the wallpaper. The walls are complemented by full-blooded and one-of-a-kind accoutrement that the designers acclimated to accomplish their signature simple but artful look.
Above the foyer, artisan Sarah Magness of Sarah Magness Architecture in New York City, repurposed the second-floor study, which overlooks the active room. It is now her “Mindfulness Retreat,” and she says she was aggressive by the room’s bones, including its ailing ceiling. “I lived in Japan for four years, and I accomplished that the architectural appearance were agnate to what I saw there, which gave me the abstraction to do article with a Japanese spirit.” Aloft an colossal daybed, Gracie wallpaper army on the beam depicts a agreeable afraid pond with koi fish. “It’s hand-painted and advised for this amplitude specifically,” she says. “The abstraction is to lie aback on this daybed, attending up at the beam and reflect on your day.”
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Also overlooking the active allowance — and anon adverse Magness’ amplitude — is addition second-floor abstraction with an alien Asian theme. Leta Austin Foster of Leta Austin Foster & Associates in Approach Beach relied on wallpaper, one of her admired architecture elements, because it allotment the “biggest blast for your buck,” she says. On the beam is a Nobilis paper, Chene, that looks like copse paneling, and on the walls, akin out in azure woodwork, is the custom China Seas paper, Nairobi, which appearance an animal-print arrangement in chrism and teal. Foster says she congenital her allowance about a story, in which the capital amount is Jim Thompson, co-founder of the Thai Silk Co., who abolished in Malaysia after a trace in 1967. “It’s declared to attending like a retreat that Jim would accept had in Thailand,” she says. “The amplitude didn’t accommodation itself to article grand, so consequently, I capital to accomplish it exciting. So I anticipation of accepting a adventure to the allowance — but I additionally capital it comfortable for a den and retreat.” For furnishings, she alloyed pieces from her Pretty Fabulous Apartment accumulating with accurate Hawaiian Mission-style pieces.
Designer Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors in Atlanta has alleged her two-story active allowance “Edited Style.” She additionally has accepted pink, one of her admired colors, which finds a abode in one of the two-story room’s focal credibility — the San Souci wallpaper by DeGournay. “It’s on a white background, which is abnormal for DeGournay, but we adulation it,” says Paige Goodloe, Kasler’s activity manager. “It feels fresher and apple-pie and added Approach Beach. We chose the colors from the flowers to the award to the bees, and DeGournay hand-painted it in our colors. And back we capital a timberline taller, they could accomplish it taller.” The exclusive and the sofa, from Kasler’s Paris accumulating for Hickory Chair, are alloyed with Paris-flea-market finds. To accomplish the abundant allowance added intimate, Kasler advised a row of second-story mirrored annular “windows” and added accomplishment moldings aloft the French doors. Moldings additionally bend the wallpaper, allowance to accompany the eye bottomward to arena level.
In the second-floor adept bedchamber advised by Alessandra Branca of Branca Inc. in New York City, the walls are bizarre with blue-and-white tiles — or so it would assume at aboriginal glance. A afterpiece analysis reveals the tiles to be hand-painted wallpaper that Branca advised for DeGournay, based on azulejos, the acceptable bowl tiles accepted in Portugal. “I adulation accessible and beginning bedrooms — that’s how you alpha the day — and the dejected and white artful plays into this charge for bloom and light,” she says. “The appliance is a mix of Dutch and French pieces with 18th-century corrective chairs, and we brought in some avant-garde (pieces) to activate it up.” She adds: “If this bedchamber were mine, I would never leave it.”
Master ablution and closets
The adept bedroom’s bathrobe breadth and ablution are a accord amid Tom Kirchhoff of Kirchhoff and Associates in Jupiter and Betsy Wentz of Studio B in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, who reconfigured the absolute ablution and closets. The breadth additionally appearance walls and ceilings covered with — brace yourself — 11 altered wallpapers by F. Schumacher & Co. They ambit from a ablaze abounding arrangement to one with stars, from polka dots to added aerial beastly prints. “We approved to cull the apartment calm but accumulate them separate, so one could be added feminine and one added masculine,” Wentz says. The colors alteration from medium-bright colors to bolder hues, including fleet and orange. “And in the men’s space, we acclimated atramentous and grays,” Wentz adds. “The wallpaper makes it feel a little softer and added cozy, and we additionally wallpapered the ceilings instead of befitting them white, which I’m not a fan of. I capital the amplitude to be fun and accept a adamant feel.”
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Robin Gannon of Robin Gannon Interiors in Lexington, Massachusetts, is calling her second-floor bedchamber “It’s a Jungle Out There,” because the bougainvillea aggressive over the balustrade balustrade aggressive her back she aboriginal saw the room. She additionally took afflatus from barrio of Colonial-era Africa, she says. Adjoin barbarous blue-gray walls, copse moldings anatomy antiqued mirrors to reflect light, while affected wallpaper panels characterize mural scenes. And Gannon absolute the adjoining ablution with wallpaper featuring a vividly brave arrangement of leaves.
Hallway and crumb room
Back on the arena floor, artisan Javier Fernandez of Boca Raton’s Capricious Designs Inc. created a adamant and affecting capricious amplitude — absolute a vestibule, alley and crumb allowance — advantaged “Design with Bite.” Fernandez added bedlam bolt grids as wallcoverings, complemented by aflame coat accents. “The panels are microfiber fabricated by Arte, and we did them in a ablaze gray to accompaniment the copse and lighten the space. In the crumb room, we acclimated the aforementioned color, but in a lattice-like pattern.” The beam and a console on the vanity, meanwhile, are faced with a faux-leather Fabricut wallcovering in taupe brown.
In the kitchen advised by Sarah Blank of Sarah Blank Architecture Studio in Greenwich, Connecticut, a neutral-hued Fabricut wallpaper aloft the backsplash is acclimated to set off the clear periwinkle-blue millwork.
On the adverse ancillary of the house, a allowance alleged the “Writers Retreat” is belted by walls covered in a custom wallpaper architecture by Gracie. “A tropical-scene fantasy in amber tones and robin’s egg blue, it’s 175-percent of the pattern’s accustomed scale,” says artisan Kevin Isbell of Kevin Isbell Interiors in New York City and Los Angeles. The appliance and accessories were called to actualize “a abode area you can shut the aperture and achieve in,” Isbell says. As a designer, he adds, “I charge to be angry by the affectionate of admirable things you don’t see every day.” A Ceylon el Cie pagoda daybed, set adjoin a arresting aubergine wall, would be a accomplished branch for cerebration while bubbler in the affluence of the multi-layered room. And the best board is accessible and cat-and-mouse for working.
Front garden and access hall
Down the alley is the advanced door, which opens assimilate a motor cloister with a garden advised by Jobe Lopez of Lopez Group in Approach Beach.
The advanced aperture additionally leads into an amphitheater access anteroom alleged “Le Jardin” advised by Alizee Brion of Ablaze on White Architecture Studio in Miami Beach. The access anteroom acts as capricious amplitude amid the home’s autogenous spaces and its garden rooms. So the blush arrangement was congenital about green, Brion explains. “It’s such a air-conditioned intersection,” she says. “We capital to booty the abstraction of a layered close garden and so we collaborated with altered artists.” Muralist Austin Kerr, for instance, corrective walls with airy approach fronds to accommodate a bendable accomplishments for the solid white-marble accoutrement from Brion’s new line, Objets. Valeria Nascimiento did the ceramics installation, and columnist Nicolas “Pottsy” Potts is represented by one of his works, Ella Monsatera 2.
Nearby is “The Palmetto Snug,” the name artisan Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio Inc. in West Hollywood, California, gave to his comfortable sitting room, with its ablution and alfresco loggia. The hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental appearance Le Corbusier-like abstruse designs in peach, block and apricot — a abatement accomplishments for appliance pieces from Lucas’ Harbinger line. “It’s a little bit added of an alien architecture to escape to and apprehend a book,” he says.
Outdoor areas and gardens
Walls in the alfresco spaces additionally accomplish able architecture statements. Artisan Colette van den Thillart of Toronto’s Colette van den Thillart Autogenous Architecture acclimated a custom filigree to advice ascertain her dining terrace off the kitchen. And the basin pavilion advised by Jonathan Savage of Savage Autogenous Architecture in Nashville is bankrupt in on two abandon with louvered teak panels.
Designer Sherrill Canet of Sherrill Canet Interiors, Ltd. in Locust Valley, New York, acclimated an able aberration to adorn walls in her loggia: she army Indian carved panels that serve as backplates for her Italian torchieres. “I like to put article (in appearance abode rooms) that bodies can do at home. These accomplish the walls absorbing and breach up the space,” she says of the loggia, which appearance her custom alfresco appliance band for Richardson Allen. The arcade additionally overlooks the backyard breadth advised by Mario Nievera and Keith Williams of Nievera Williams Architecture in Approach Beach.
One of the outbuildings has been dubbed “The Sanctuary” by artisan Keith Baltimore of Baltimore Architecture Group in Port Washington, New York. Baltimore capital to actualize a “retreat aural the home,” he says. “It’s a atom for massage, contemplation, or aloof a abode to ‘be’ — a comfortable abstraction and a corrupt affair to have.” Furnished with two adipose custom beating benches and driftwood stools, which advice set a Zen-like mood, he acclimated a wallcovering of sand-dune-like abundance ranges in anemic blooming and acceptable by Zoffany.
IF YOU GO
What: Kips Bay Decorator Appearance Abode Approach Beach
Where: 260 Palmetto Lane, West Approach Beach
When: Through March 1; accessible for tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Information: (718) 893-8600, ext. 11236; or KipsBayDecoratorShowHouse.org
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