Kips Bay Dallas

Kips Bay Dallas brought the talent and style equated with the annual New York show but this time to Texas where it wowed visitors with its colorful elegance.

 

Family matters required a trip to Dallas this month. It was supposed to be the last weekend in October, but a fortuitous change of events forced an earlier trip. That enabled a visit to the Kips Bay Showhouse currently open. My Orlando friend was dying to go see it so she accompanied me. We were both impressed. We have been to all three of the Palm Beach show houses as well as numerous of them in New York. The Dallas house lived up to expectations.

A French Provencal home designed in 2003 hosted the Show House.

The house is located in Preston Hollow, a posh neighborhood with expansive lots and extravagant homes. The show house architecture, while quite large, was more understated by PH standards. Lambert’s, a local garden studio, designed a garden appropriate to the French-styled home as well as for today. They have been making Dallas gardens beautiful for decades.

The house had an overall elegant tone to match that of Dallas citizens.

Jan Showers designed “The Lady’s Study” with its stunning lacquered walls in a luscious shade of pale green. The color is actually Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143.

Cathy Kincaid created a Moroccan fantasy within the dining room.

Her attention to detail is superlative.

Barry Martin stenciled the soft Moroccan patterns onto the walls.

A subtle detail on the hem of the curtains.

The two Floridians wanted to steal the plaster palm trees.

MNaeve from Houston designed the art-filled hallway.

Dallascites do not shy away from color or pattern. Neither did Kips Bay Dallas.

Mark Sikes turned to his favored blue and white scheme for an ornate yet relaxed living room, “Casa Fiorentina”.

Iksel wallpaper.

The dark marble fireplace and ornate mirror grounded the intricately patterned walls.

His banquettes curved back into the corner allowing access through the french doors.

M Interiors created the “Emerald Garden” at the base of the back stairwell.

A riot of color and pattern made this space memorable.

Chad Dorsey created a minimally sophisticated kitchen.

Glossy walls in Benjamin Moore, Green Wave 681 by Tracy Zeller Interiors.

Glossy walls in Benjamin Moore, Green Wave 681 by Tracy Zeller Interiors.

Tracy Zeller used a similar color as Jan Showers for her “Flights of Fancy” bathroom.

Interesting treatment on her Bassett McNab fabric-covered walls.

"Garden of Erdem" bedroom by Dina Bandman Interiors.

“Garden of Erdem” bedroom by Dina Bandman Interiors.

Cute chair in a peppy tomato color with an old school detail.

Elaborate bed treatments made for a cozy sleeping spot.

Dina Bandman Interiors chose a bright yellow paper by deGournay.

Viviano Viviano created a sophisticated lounge.

Texans like to have fun.

Tracy Hardenburg Designs made an impactful outdoor lounge and bar named “La Matadora”.

Spirit of Salt is a creative Dallas artist responsible for painting on these leather fireplace chairs.

The bar in “La Matadora”.

An elegant pool garden by Melissa Gerstle Design.

A bathroom by MNaeve covered in black zellig tiles, even the ceiling.

“Lounge 13” by 10 + 3 LLC featured this sexy sofa.

Texans are well-traveled.

The tented entrance to the "Turkish Writer's Lair" using Clarence House fabrics by Michelle Nussbaumer.

The tented entrance to the “Turkish Writer’s Lair” using Clarence House fabrics by Michelle Nussbaumer.

The “Turkish Writer’s Lair” was in true Michelle Nussbaumer fashion.

She used mostly her own fabrics and wallcovering in the space.

Love the crystal sconce installed on this ornate paper with the Moroccan plate hung above.

Love the crystal sconce installed on this ornate paper with the Moroccan plate hung above.

She had her treasure-filled store, Ceylon et Cie, from which to source the many accessories.

Dramatically-styled side tables.

“Guest Room for the Sophisticated Traveler” by Wells Design.

Interesting art and accessories on the bedside table.

A fabric-covered vent blends into the patterned walls.

A small hallway packs a punch, Erin Sander Design.

Every Texan needs a place to hang their hat.

And a place for their boots.

Casa V Interiors can bring Kips Bay details to your home wherever it may be.

California summer

California summer means surfing, sunsets, margaritas, tacos, skateboarding, rollerskating, hot sand, and the cold Pacific.

 

At least to me. Many think lobster rolls, sea glass, ferries, and clam bakes. It would be much easier to drive up the East coast for summer vacation. While that must be wonderful to many, summer will never be Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Maine to me. The West Coast always beckons. Summer just doesn’t feel complete unless it is a California summer. The Mexican influence and Spanish architecture set the perfect backdrop for our beloved activities.

The images below depict the perfect California summer as they appear in my mind.

A surfer in Montecito. (Photo: C Magazine)

A surfer in Montecito. (Photo: C Magazine)

Serape bathrobes.

Serape bathrobes.

The first thing to love about a California summer is the Spanish architecture.

Richard Hallberg's Montecito home. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

Richard Hallberg’s Montecito home. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

My dream house could be found in just about any California town. It would have old tile floors, wooden beamed ceilings, and white plaster walls. Charming windows and french doors allow cool winds to blow through the house.

House designed by Lutah Maria Riggs. Now owned by Richard Hallberg. (Photo: Art Design and Architecture Museum)

House designed by Lutah Maria Riggs. Now owned by Richard Hallberg. (Photo: Art Design and Architecture Museum)

Richard Hallberg's Montecito home. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

Richard Hallberg’s Montecito home. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

Hardware detail from Richard Hallberg's house. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

Hardware detail from Richard Hallberg’s house. (Photo: Max Kim-Bee)

Side entrance to Casa del Herrero by George Washington Smith, Montecito. (Photo: C magazine)

Side entrance to Casa del Herrero by George Washington Smith, Montecito. (Photo: C magazine)

The second is that everything grows in California.

Pelargoniums hate the Florida humidity. Everything grows beautifully in California.

Pelargoniums hate the Florida humidity. Everything grows beautifully in California.

The home of a fabulously creative man, Encinitas.

The home of a fabulously creative man, Encinitas.

Admiring the view from La Valencia, La Jolla.

Admiring the view from La Valencia, La Jolla.

Natural materials always seem right in California. (Photo: Pinterest)

Natural materials always seem right in California. (Photo: Pinterest)

Mary Queen of the Sea, Catholic Church, La Jolla.

Mary Queen of the Sea, Catholic Church, La Jolla.

White walls, saltillo floors, and a dutch door make a perfect kitchen. (Photo: Pinterest)

White walls, saltillo floors, and a dutch door make a perfect kitchen. (Photo: Pinterest)

Most significant, however, is the natural beauty that recharges the soul.

The morning's bounty from a few years ago. I love the brown and white striped ones the most.

The morning’s bounty from a few years ago. I love the brown and white striped ones the most.

(Photo: Slabs of the Sunburnt West)

(Photo: Slabs of the Sunburnt West)

Mornings are overcast until eleven or so when the sun burns off the clouds.

Mornings are overcast until eleven or so when the sun burns off the clouds.

Perfect end to another amazing California beach day.

The perfect end to another amazing California beach day.

Casa V Interiors can bring California beauty to your home.