Mark D Sikes - Dining room at Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015

Pamper Your Memorial Day Guests with Summer-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Pamper Your Summer Guests

New York’s most prestigious show house, Kips Bay, opened last week, and just in time to inspire us all with creative entertaining ideas! With Memorial Day already upon us to signal the start of summer, get ready to prepare your home for an influx of visitors.

Sophisticated Country

Mark D Sikes - Dining room at Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015

In this colorful dining room, designer Mark D. Sikes kept things casual with rattan furniture and checked wallpaper, then added an uptown element with fine antiques. By including custom banquettes in the corners of the room, he provided extra seating for a crowded summer soiree.

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Low-Maintenance Luxury

Bathroom by Peter J Sinnott at Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015

Peter J. Sinnott IV designed this soothing bathroom with “style and substance” in mind, installing tile four feet up the wall so that high traffic areas could be wiped up quickly. The grasscloth-look wallpaper is actually vinyl, the intricately patterned floor hides minor messes, and even the speckled ceiling acts as camouflage for water spots.

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Outdoor Elegance

Greener By Design Outdoor Space at Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015

Take a cue from Greener by Design: Provide guests with a quiet alfresco respite to read a book, make a phone call or just enjoy the fresh air. We may not all be able to include a soaking tub, but an outdoor rug is an easy way to section off a large space and create an inviting area.

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Versatility and Style

McMillen Interiors Rio Guest Bedroom at Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015

When Suzana Whyte Monacella of McMillen, Inc. designed this space, she worried that it might be too feminine, so she made the headboard and all of the bedding reversible. When picking pillows for your guest room, try choosing a masculine texture like a faux bois for one side and a softer floral for the other.

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Guest Room Transformation Video featuring Suzana from McMillen Interiors

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

The Arthur Sachs Mansion

58 East 66th Street New York City, 10065

Open May 14 – June 11, 2015

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Tickets: $35

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Designers:

Alan Tanksley, Inc. | Bennett Leifer Interiors | Branca Cathy Kincaid Interiors | Christopher Peacock | Clive Christian | David Phoenix, Inc. | Drake Design Associates | Gail Green Interiors | Greener by Design | Janice Parker Landscape Architects | Mark D. Sikes Inc. | McMillen Inc. | Michael Herold Design | Paula + Martha | Pavarini Design | Peter J. Sinnott/ Home Works | Philip Mitchell Design | Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc. | Rottet Studio | Thom Filicia Inc. | Tilton Fenwick

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show Advertisers:

Decor | Susan Zises Green | New York’s Little Elves | Back Bay Shutter Co. Inc. | Mckinnon and Harris | Silver Lining Interiors | Ferguson & Shamamian | Geoffrey Bradfield | Stark Thomas P. Richmond Inc. | Keepitup | Kholer Hearst | Eve Robinson Associates Inc. | Bilotta | Scott Salvator | Beauvais | Coffinier Kuu DesignThe Shade Store | Penn & Fletcher John B. Murray Architect | Gold Coast Metal Works Inc. | Calder Design Group | Elizabeth Bradley Home | AKDO | Park Monceau | 1stdibs | Charlotte Moss | Design NJ | Silestone Interior Design |  Didier Aaron | Two Worlds ArtsNew York Design CenterMartin Printing Inc. | H.M. Luther | James Rixner | Bernd Goeckler Antiques | Manhattan Renovations St. Charles of New York | Objets Plus New York Inc. | Bunny Williams | Daniel Barney Antiques | Visiting Nurse Service | The Decorators Club Inc. | Christopher Peacock | Drake Design Associates | Ike Kligerman Barkley | Architectural Digest | Jean Karajian | LOM Property Consulting | Maison Gerard | Flower Magazine | Farrow & Ball | Kravet HousePadMyron | Interior Management Inc. | David Scott Interiors | Vermon

2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show Sponsors:

Kholer | Interior Management Inc. | Hearst | Dacor | Architectural Digest | New York Design Center | Kravet | Elizabeth Bradley Home Farrow & Ball | Housepad | Silestone | Dekton AKDO | 1stdibs | Christopher Guy | Pirch | The Shade Store | Polyphase

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