Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Gold hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper - Bennett Leifer

Exclusive Designer Tips for Small & Awkward Spaces from the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Like many older New York buildings, the Arthur Sachs Mansion has quite a few unusual rooms and spaces. For this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the interior designers assigned to those particular areas were faced with a challenge. We got their exclusive advice on how to minimize awkward angles and open up cramped quarters.

Jamie Drake - Drake Design Associates

Jamie Drake’s dramatic foyer is the first thing visitors see when they enter the house, so he had one shot to make a statement. In an octagonal room with an entry door, a passage to the stairwell, and four doors in the corners, it was no easy feat.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Purple metallic foyer by Drake Design Associates
Photo by Marco Ricca

Jamie’s tip: “When dealing with an awkward space such as a room with tricky columns or uneven walls, wrapping the room in a strong statement can make these challenges disappear. I used dramatic and rich Bordeaux paint (Farrow and Ball Brinjal) coated with a dusting of Japanese silver mica flakes on the walls and carried it right onto the closet doors, thus making them visually vanish.”

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Philip Mitchell Design Inc

The heart of the Arthur Sachs Mansion is a stunning staircase spanning all five floors, and designer Philip Mitchell chose to use the space to display a vast art collection. The neutral, densely-patterned toile from Mulberry Home wallpaper reads as a texture behind the pieces.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Art gallery stairwell featuring Mulberry Home Torridon wallpaper by Philip Mitchell
Photos by Rafael Quirindongo and DecoratorsBest

Philip’s tip: “I wanted to treat every area as a micro-gallery and imbue the sense of a passionate collector.”

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Bennett Leifer Interiors

Designer Bennett Leifer was presented with a small space under the staircase. Adjacent to the kitchen, he chose to transform it into an elegant seating area.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Gold hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper - Bennett Leifer
Photo by DecoratorsBest

Bennett’s tip: “A great tip for adding luxury to a space while not overwhelming it is to select a featured wall to have a custom patterned wallpaper while coordinating the remaining walls with just the ground paper.”

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Michael Herold Interior Design

Michael Herold designed one of the smallest spaces in the house – the former laundry room – but his goal was not to be confined by it. With the large, open pattern and dark color of the Cole & Son wallpaper, the corners of the rooms blend together and create the illusion of wider walls.

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2015 - Cole and Son black Palm Leaves wallpaper - Michael Herold
Photo by DecoratorsBest

Michael’s tip: “In a small space, you don’t have to hold back from using dark colors. The most prominent color in this room is black, and it opens it up.”

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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:

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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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