Kips Bay continues its stylish run

Have you made it down to the 42nd annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House yet?

I’m still thinking about some of the beautiful, inspiring designs I saw when we had the chance to tour The Mansion on Madison a few weeks ago.

The show house, which is an annual fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, is open for tours through May 29, so you still have plenty of time to visit if you’ve not been (or want to go again).

We’ll have a story and photo spread in WAG’s June “Power Trips” issue, but I wanted to share some additional images, above, and an update on the event’s lecture series.

Sponsored by The Monacelli Press, the series of Salon Nights is under way. The remaining evenings, which are included with the $35 show admission, include:

May 20, “He Said, She Said” — Architect/designer William T. Georgis and Cullman & Kravis founder Ellie Cullman will critique each other’s show house rooms with questions and comments on their design choices and challenges. Immediately following, both designers will be in the Kips Bay shop signing copies of “The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis” and “Make It Fabulous: The Architecture & Designs of William T. Georgis.”

May 27, “The Villard Houses: Formidable Icons of Midtown Manhattan” — Decorative arts and design expert Derek Ostergard will present an exploration of the show house setting. The houses, built in 1882 and designed by McKim, Mead & White, have long been an imposing presence on Madison Avenue as the city dramatically transformed around them. Ostergard will discuss their history, the ever-changing neighborhood and their enduring legacy.

Lectures begin at 6 p.m. The show house is at 457 Madison Ave., adjacent to The New York Palace.

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– Mary Shustack

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