Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2015

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It’s that time of year again! Today marked the opening of the 43rd annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. This event is a must-see for all design and real estate enthusiasts. This year, a hand-selected group of 22 designers and architects were asked to transform the historical Arthur Sachs Mansion, located on the Upper East Side. The mansion, built in 1909 by the legendary Buchman & Fox architectural firm, boasts a limestone façade in Beaux-Arts style. The townhouse was recently put on the market for $35 million – which will buy you five floors of masterly designed décor, a pool, garden, elevator and a nice view of Andy Warhol’s old digs across the street. Arthur Sachs, son of Goldman Sachs partner Samuel Sachs, lived in the house for 10 years before building a larger mansion a few blocks away. Shortly after, the French-inspired townhouse was purchased by Lewis Brown Gawtry, a wealthy banker and prominent figure in various North American energy companies. His family would throw lavish parties in the mansion including the wedding of his daughter, Olive, to Robert Wallace Tilney.  In 1944, Dr. Gerald O’Brien bought the house, where he allegedly treated the infamous mobster, Frank Costello. Full of history, this mansion is a perfect choice for the Kips Bay exhibition.

Arthur Sachs Mansion

Beginning in 1973, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse fundraiser was created to help the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The money raised is donated to New York City after-school and enrichment programs. The foundation currently reaches over 10,000 children at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. It ensures that under-privileged young people are given educational and developmental opportunities and realize their potential and importance.

This year’s designers include: 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; Home Works; Janice Parker Landscape Architects; Mark D. Sikes Inc.; McMillen Inc.; Michael Herold Design; Paul + Martha; Pavarini Design; Philip Mitchell Design; Ronald Bricke & Associates, Inc.; Rottet Studio; Thom Filicia Inc.; and Tilton Fenwick. They spent eight weeks renovating and restoring the mansion. This elegant stunner will definitely be a great source for design inspiration (and will have us checking our back pockets for that $35 million). Visitors can also look forward to fantastic décor from Ascot CeramicheBeacon Hill, The Shade Store, Kravet, DacorAKDO, 1stDibs, and more!

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Gail Green Interiors’ homage to Keith Haring using tiles from Ascot Ceramiche’s “Game of Fifteen” collection. Photo: Lucea Spinelli Photography

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It will be open to the public seven days a week from May 14th – June 11th. For more information go to: http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/index.htm.

Best way(s) to get there:

58 East 66th Street – Between Madison and Park
New York City, 10065

Subway:
6 Train at 68th St./Hunter College  OR  F Train at 63rd St./Lexington Ave

Bus:
Madison Avenue & E 66th St. Stop – M1, M3, M4
Madison Avenue & E 67th St. Stop – M66
Fifth Avenue & E 67th St. –  Stop M72
Fifth Avenue & E 65th St. Stop – M1, M2-LTD, M3, M4

There are numerous parking garages available nearby. Including Manhattan Parking Group and Prime Parking Systems.

Hours:
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings: until 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Admission $35 – This includes Journal

 

Looking for a great place to eat? We recommend Match 65 (only one block away!) for some delicious French food.

Location:
29 East 65th Street – Between Madison and Park

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