Twenty-two interior designers, photographers and landscape artists took part in the 39th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House to benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Kips Bay provides programs and activities to promote the general health, educational advancement, character development and leadership potential to its members.
Both Hilaire and Rob visited the showhouse in New York City. Hilaire’s favorites (above) included the Kitchen designed by Regina Bilotta, the dining room by Matthew Smyth, and the stereo lounge by Brad Ford.
Rob has an ability to recognize all the beautiful details of how a room is pieced together. There were design features in several of the rooms topping his favorites (below) as well as admiring the rooms designed by Robert Stilin and Richard Mishaan Design.
images 1-4. Facebook, Kips Bay Decorator Show House 5-7. Personal 8. Facebook, Kips Bays Decorator Show House
I used to live in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. One of the things I miss the most is passing by the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright. While not as famous as Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, I love it just as much. The elongated eaves seem to stretch out to the horizon, bringing to mind the expansiveness of the Midwest prairie.
Like many of Wright’s masterpieces, the Robie house is full of beautifully-executed details. Even in black and white, this vintage photograph shows the stunning stained-glass windows located at the the home’s “prow.”
Even the gate was designed to be completely integrated with the house. In fact, it was Wright’s goal to completely design every aspect of his projects, and in that spirit he created everything from rugs to light fixtures.
The Robie house is owned by the University of Chicago and is open to the public. If you’re in the area, you should definitely stop by!
image 1 & 3: Chicago Concierge, image 2: Decor Hotline
Who said you can’t have pink food too! A sweet macaroon or a “In The Pink Drink” is a perfect snack before a girls night out.
As far as interiors go, pink can definitely give a room the “wow” factor! Below are two shots from our portfolio. The room of the left is of a little girl’s room, while the picture on the right is Judy’s living room in the 2008 ASID Ramblewood Showhouse.
images: 1. NicNacManic 2. Traditional Home 3. & 4. DLL
THANK YOU , THANK YOU- To the Junior League of Raleigh!!
The 2010 Showcase of Kitchens was a huge success and we were thrilled to be a part of the tour. Above you see (Left to Right) Pat the owner of the Lake Boone Trail house, Laura from ROCKin’teriors and Hilaire from Design Lines, posing in their lime green aprons. They were so fun!! You just might find me wearing mine flipping some juicy hamburgers.
There were volunteers at every house greeting the visitors and answering any questions. What a fine organization!
Meredith and Hilary hats off to you ladies — fabulous job.
This tour was also fun for the whole team at Design Lines. Below Lauren and Hilaire take a quick break to snap a shot. Throughout the weekend all the designers took part in the tour.
For more pictures on the Lake Boone house click here and you will be re-directed to previous posts. Tomorrow we will show you some pictures of the master bedroom. My are they gorgeous!
When staging a kitchen there are endless possibilities, for us it is about — simplicity and elegance.
This Lake Boone Trail home is on this years Showcase of Kitchens Tour presented by the Raleigh Junior League. I love these chairs below especially with the nail-head trim. Divine! Every time I look at these photographs of this kitchen, I want to whip up a six course meal for my friends and family. This kitchen inspires me!
The dining room is perfect for a party. Conversation moves from appetizers in the kitchen to dinner in this timeless dining room and dessert in the living room.
Dramatically proportioned Wainscot wraps the entire room. Lime green fabric drapes the back of the bookcase creating a soft look.
Gold coffers in the ceiling gives the room a stately feel.
Above: The artwork above the mantel was commissioned by the talented Raleigh fresco painter, Steve Staresina.
Last night Judy, Molly and Hilaire attended the Toast to the Tour evening event that kicked off the 2010 Showcase of Kitchens Tour. The tour is presented by the Junior League of Raleigh and it will run today and tomorrow from 10-4pm.
The toast night included a silent auction, chef demonstrations, great food and fabulous music.
Above Molly and Judy chatting — probably about work.
These pictures only give a snapshot of the evening! There was so much fun, music and socializing going on, it was hard to keep up. The catering was by B & B Catering of Spring Lake and of course a Raleigh party would not be the same with out Ed Mitchell the Pit Master from the local Raleigh favorite, The Pit.
We’re really looking forward to this weekend because it’s the Junior League of Raleigh’s 2010 Showcase of Kitchens Tour, and one of our kitchens is on the tour! You may have seen some shots from this home on Lake Boone Trail on our portfolio. Here’s a look at the space, before and after.
During the construction process, Judy meets with the client to look at the placement of the light fixture above the island.
And here it is after being installed. This beautiful fixture with a metallic lining inside the shade is from Corbett Lighting through House of Lights in Cary.
Another before shot, looking from the kitchen into the living room under the beautiful arch! The cabinets are done in a painted finish which was then glazed, by Thompson Cabinet Shop.
Here is a detail of the interesting backsplash just after it was installed, selected though Triangle Tile and Stone. Two layers of glazed subway tiles sit underneath a row of intricately detailed square tiles. Above the pencil edge, square marble tiles pop with their dimensional shape.
Here’s one last look at the kitchen – unfinished floors, no appliances, pre-backsplash, and without the beautiful Delicatus granite countertops.
And finally, here’s the beautiful finished kitchen! Check back tomorrow for shots from some of the other spaces we had the priviledge of working on in this gorgeous home!
The 4th Annual Green Home Tour presented by Stock Building Supply is running May 2nd 10am-6pm and May 3rd noon-6pm across 6 counties in the Triangle area. Design Lines provided the interior design services for the entry by Rufty Homes. This house is worth checking out!
The house is located in Preston Grande II on 111 Trellingwood Drive in Morrisville. Click here for a map.
Molly Simmons, ASID of Design Lines was part of the team Rufty Homes, Inc. put together who designed and built a home that was not only beautiful for the client but also one that was environmentally friendly. The green approach is documented in a set of guidelines put out by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle Green Building Initiative.
The green design included a selection of the following:
• Kitchen counter tops came from recycled glass- Rockin ‘teriors
• Cabinetry met green specifications- used with no formaldehydes
• Solar panels are used to heat the water
• Carpet was made using recycled material
• Water based floor stain instead of chemical based was used
• Hardwood floors were sourced locally to cut down on energy expense of transportation
• Energy Star appliances and windows
• Sprayed foam insulation to increase thermal envelope effectiveness
• Siding with EPA approved borates
(Visit the house to see a complete listing of the green features.)
Being green does not have to be tiring, time consuming or an after thought; but rather should be efficient, beautiful and best of all environmentally sound.
We’re currently working on an exciting ASID Designer Showhouse in Raleigh. Design Lines will be designing a “work-in and work-out retreat,” the powder room & vestibule, and a living room. Our designs debut in May. At the moment, our designs come to life through presentation boards—allowing someone to touch and experience the space before it is finished. At Left and below: Molly’s Presentation Boards for her “work-in, work-out retreat”
Brittany’s Powder Room Design
Judy’s Living Room