The best interior design trends from the Kips Bay Decorator Show Dallas 2023.

The best interior design trends from the Kips Bay Decorator Show Dallas 2023.

Like an iridescent pearl isolated in an unexpected shell, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse Dallas 2023 features twenty-two different interior design projects with a visual treat inside a stunning black painted home. It’s already a stark contrast to the neighboring Texas mansions in the Sunnybrook Estates neighborhood of Old Preston Hollow, but the kaleidoscope of patterns, fabrics, colors, and craftsmanship inside certainly matches the city’s aesthetic—a scene that’s as sophisticated as it is camp. .

When your senses are somewhat overloaded by all that is before you (as was the case during my visit), one can only seek temporary refuge by looking away. Early in my home adventure, I chose to look upward, hoping that the ceilings would provide a clean white slate. I was wrong, but glad.

In Kirsten Kelli’s spacious family room called “Sumptious Sanctuary,” the textures and fabrics went wild. First, it was a set of Macassar Ebony chairs above the sofa. Next up, it was a pair of club chairs covered in Cowtan & Tout’s Hollyhocks. A Dutch convex art mirror from David Sutherland Gallery sealed the deal, and my eyes went up. I was amazed: crocodile patterned ceiling? A strange but exciting development than expected. Something of this sort was designed by Philip Jeffries for wall coverings, and seems best reserved for a surface designed to withstand use. It’s a bold choice, but on the ceiling, it makes the room feel intimate, dare I say? Tom Ford cool?

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Find: Kirsten Kelli used the alligator-embossed ceiling from Phillip Jeffries Wallcoverings.

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Throughout the showroom, designers did their fair share of toppings. Mark D. Sykes, Jill Biden’s Los Angeles-based designer, wrapped his dining room design in blue-and-white windowpanes from top to bottom. The walls blend into the ceiling in this style, complemented by a treasure trove of interior items inspired by Bunny Mellon, Billy Baldwin, and Hubert de Givenchy. Sykes is known for his affinity for traditional patterns, but the use of window wallpaper throughout the room brought out a contemporary side, providing an example of how traditional patterns can be put into a modern world.

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Mark D. Sykes wallpapered the dining room with window wallpaper.

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Kathy Kincaid also referenced Bunny Mellon’s lifestyle by creating a library that directly referenced Mellon’s horticultural background. She chose Persian-style wallpaper covering the walls and ceilings. Sims-Hayes thought of her daughter in her bedroom “Fern Returns,” which fits her name. Above the Samuel and Sons trim and curtains designed by The Shade Store, one of the event sponsors, were fern decorations made from Casci plaster used on all corners of the ceiling. Nearby, Darren Henault dressed his stylish bedroom in a Cowtan & Tout fabric with Colefax and Fowler finishes. The Morgan Madison’s mysterious landing room on the second floor even features a metal cup holder that descends from the ceiling. The detailing on the ceilings wasn’t the only part, not even the best part, of these rooms, but the experience, like any memorable space, gave tremendous character to its setting.

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Kathy Kincaid used Persian-inspired wallpaper to cover the library ceilings.

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Simms Hayes’ Fern Room is dedicated to her daughter.

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But there were other huge wins on the show as well. Dodson Interiors, a tribute to legendary interior designer Susan Reinstein, honed the use of antiques in her parlor-style room. Like the aforementioned wall-to-wall fabrics from The Shade Store in Zoffany fabrics that descend from the roof of a tent. With a mix of modern art, the result is a room rooted in timeless elegance that is neither too old nor outwardly bold. KMNelson Design turned to Marrakesh in search of a bedroom, creating bohemian decadence inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Paul and Talitha Getty. Design and architecture by Pursley Dixon Ford offered a different experience in their basement bedroom: a minimalist one that relied on layers of textures to evoke a kind of clean elegance.

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Dodson Interiors used a fair share of antiques in its space.

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Pursley Dixon Ford relied on a more neutral palette.

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At the heart of the home, Kurt Bielawski’s kitchen succeeds not only in conveying utility (thanks, Jennair appliances), but also imagination. To the side was a scullery with warm wooden cabinets full of grain of all kinds. The scullery’s window pane overlooks the home’s rustic front yard—which features towering plants designed by Melissa Gerstl—and perhaps transports you, for just a second, to the European countryside. It’s a contemplative space for culinary experts, and perhaps a boost to a new skill for those who aren’t skilled in the kitchen.

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Curt Bielawski has a beautiful laundry room.

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Speaking of Gerstle’s creativity, there was magic in other parts of the landscape as well. Todd Events’ pool folly offers a plush lounging area featuring a Perennials Tibetan-knot performance rug and heirloom Chinoiserie seating. Dan Houchard at From the Ground Up presented a playful area that evokes a remote wooded garden set among mature trees with a moon gate and a 19th-century Belgian limestone water fountain.

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Dan Houchard’s garden features a mysterious moon portal.

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Back at home, it was Sarah Hillery’s ‘Tea for Two’ entry (shown at the beginning of this article) that provided the perfect end to a long tour. The Virginia-based designer reimagined an often forgotten feature of the home as a place of intimacy and relaxation. A green velvet sofa was used as the French alcove, accompanied by a pair of French chairs and small British Colonial wicker tables. Christopher Farr’s fabric curtains surround a room in which one cannot help but pause; For tea, to play cards, or to think about the next decorating step.

The Kips Bay Decorator Show Dallas 2023 is now open to the public through November 14, with proceeds benefiting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club as well as local Dallas charities Dwell with Dignity and The Crystal Charity Ball. For tickets, visit kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

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