40 Years of Fabulous + The Kips Bay Decorator Show House

40 Years of Fabulous

I recently received a copy of Steven Stolman’s new book, 40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Published by Gibbs Smith, the book is a treasure trove of images and personal anecdotes from the first forty years of the legendary Kips Bay Show House. Lauded as the premier show house in the country, Kips Bay repeatedly attracts the foremost talent in the American design scene for its annual event which benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which serves over 11,000 children. I was so excited to receive this book because it is like a portal into the past. While I vividly remember rooms from the more recent installments of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, it was an incredible treat to see spaces from the past four decades compiled in one beautiful book. The book itself is divided into style categories, which I found really visually pleasing and inspiring. I know that 40 Years of Fabulous is a book I will turn to time and time again for endless inspiration.

Designer Charlotte Moss Photographer Peter Estersohn Pg 56

{The Traditionalists: Charlotte Moss | Photo by Peter Estersohn}

Designer William McIntosh Photographer Phillip H Ennis Pg 80-81

{The Modernists: William McIntosh | Photo by Phillip H. Ennis}

Designer Barbara Ostrom Phillip H Ennis Pg 94

{The Showmen: Barbara Ostrom | Photo by Phillip H. Ennis}

Designer Eric Cohler Photographer Francis Smith Pg 135

{The Classicists: Eric Cohler | Photo by Francis Smith}

2009 Kips Bay Showhouse: Room by Bunny Williams

{The Exquisites: Bunny Williams | Photo by Thomas Loof}

Designer George Constant Photographer Dennis Krukowski Pg 216a

{The Provocateurs: George Constant | Photo by Dennis Krukowski}

Designer Kirsten Kelli Photographer Timothy Bell Pg 253

{The Newcomers: Kirsten Kelli | Photo by Timothy Bell}

To purchase 40 Years of Fabulous, visit Gibbs-Smith. If you are in New York between May 14th and June 11th this year, be sure to visit the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and see the beginning of what the next forty years of this legendary show house has in store. The 2015 roster of designers was just announced and I’m so pleased to see several friends on it– congratulations, Mark, Anne, Suysel, Philip, Alessandra, and Bennett!

Alan Tanksley, Inc.

Bennett Leifer Interiors

Alessandra Branca

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

Christopher Peacock

Clive Christian

David Phoenix, Inc.

Drake Design Associates

Gail Green Interiors

Greener by Design

Home Works

Janice Parker Landscape Architects

Mark D. Sikes Inc.

McMillen Interior Design

Michael Herold Design

Paula + Martha

Pavarini Design

Philip Mitchell Design

Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.

Rottet Studio

Thom Filicia Inc.

Tilton Fenwick

Paloma Signature

{Images Courtesy of Gibbs-Smith}

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  1. Oh I cannot wait to get this book. It will be a treasure trove of rooms to go back to year after year!! Thanks Paloma!

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