Kips Bay Palm Beach 2019: let the sun in

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The setting is infinitely warmer than the Kips Bay Decorator House in New York. The sun sets beautifully over the ocean and the views are unobstructed. The second Kips Bay Palm Beach Decorator house is open to visitors until February 20, 2019.

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For the second time, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club joined camps to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children. The fundraiser in form of a decorator house that is styled and designed by 22 US interior designers is a gem for the industry and design enthusiasts.

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Latest interior design trends and tendencies are on display in the 10,000 square foot ‘Fountain House’ on 6215 South Flagler Drive, off the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, Florida.


For visitors, it is a mid-winter escape to the sunny shores of Florida’s coast, for the participating designers, it was a delight and a challenge to work on the Mediterranean-style building for the past four months.

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The pleasant climate seems to have informed the design trends and executions. Throughout the house, influences from Northern Africa, Middle East, India, and probably Latin America are visible in combination with contemporary and modern design styles.


The grand staircase, loggias, and the sculpted garden really stand out. Lee W. Robinson and Kyle Johnson designed the spiral statement staircase with the jungle in mind. The living moss wall, green pagoda bird case with live birds named after designers are offset by the bold wallpaper.

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The five bedrooms and seven bathrooms are no less impressive with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that let in lots of natural light to further illuminate the exceptional spaces throughout the property.

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Bold colors such as saturated petrol, purple, pink are some of the reflected foreign influences. Meg Braff Designs even ventured out to clad one room entirely in apricot, pink, yellow, complementing the bright design with their own Rainforest wallpaper.

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The kitchen shows European sensibilities that designer Vasi Ypsilantis applied masterfully. She used Kohler fixtures for the two sinks embedded in the warm atmosphere of the cream-colored room.

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Krista Watterworth Alterman’s design of the master bathroom ‘le bubble loungj’ and closet is entirely based on the magnificent marble slab from Ceramic Matrix. The whole design is kept in black and white, dotted with gold. The KOHLER soaking tub fills from the ceiling with a dramatic effect and the digital shower is glassed in for unobstructed views and a more spacious feeling in the room.


The power room by Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos shine with Ann Sacks glass tiles that sport metallic leaf backing. Other fine elements to discover throughout the house are the vaulted ceilings, grasscloth wallpapers, tiered, gold-leaf lighting, frequent use of wicker, bamboo, and more.

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The coastal climate was a real inspiration for all the designers who went all out to create an astonishing showcase of 2019 interiors.

Source: some photos are Kips Bay Palm Beach 2019 are courtesy of Sargent photography.

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