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14 Practical Design Lessons From a Fantasy Mansion

Jun 18 2014 - 2:09pm

If you've ever fantasized about peeking inside some of New York City's grandest homes, you'll want to add the annual Kips Bay decorator showcase [1] to your bucket list. I had a chance to tour this year's venue, the mansion on Madison Avenue, and it didn't disappoint. With 22 different design firms using every nook and cranny to showcase their creative visions, every room felt grander than the next. While most of us might not be rushing to gold-leaf our ceilings, there are plenty of takeaways that can be applied to any home!

Source: Angela Elias, Timothy Bell

How to Make an Entrance

If anyone can teach you a thing or two about making a dramatic first impression, it's Martyn Lawrence Bullard [2].

Source: Timothy Bell

Marble papers were inserted into the wall panels to create an Italian palazzo feel, and the original checkerboard floor only enhances the effect.

Photo: Angela Elias

How cool is the zebra-pattern overlay on the mirror?

Photo: Angela Elias

How to Have a Fantasy Closet

So the 24-karat custom gold hardware probably isn't happening for us, but we're inspired by Christopher Peacock [3]'s choice of a high-gloss bubblegum pink for all the cabinetry. That, we can do!

Source: Timothy Bell

Another favorite idea? Framing a vintage scarf.

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How to Mix Old With New

We love how Darryl Carter [4] seamlessly blends the old with the new. Weathered antiques feel fresh and timeless when combined with clean, modern pieces and, of course, buckets of bright white paint.

Source: Timothy Bell

Who would have thought that an old chaise and a pencil-thin LED floor light could work so well together?

Photo: Angela Elias

A low, rustic bench puts old books on display without hogging precious wall space. Leave that for the art.

Photo: Angela Elias

How to Do Something Unexpected in the Bedroom

Sure, you could have a TV mounted on the wall that faces the bed, but Edward Lobrano [5] chose to use a console with a cozy linen ottoman instead. Suddenly, you have a desk and vanity all in one!

Source: Timothy Bell

How to Create a Corner Gallery

Markham Roberts [6] took advantage of this nook with a plush corner sofa and strategically placed matching mirrors for his gallery wall.

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How to Make the Most of a Hallway

This hallway by Meyer Davis Studio [7] feels like an art-gallery experience, thanks to the wall mural, statement lighting, and unexpected art.

Source: Timothy Bell

How to Create a Killer Backdrop

Instead of adding wallpaper over the original wood, the team from ODADA [8] added a pop of pattern with a huge screen.

Photo: Angela Elias

Why Lighting Is Everything

Leave it to SPAN Architecture [9] to turn a basic hallway into an intriguing tunnel of light. We doubt walking through this could ever get old.

Source: Timothy Bell

How to Have Fun With Red

You could experiment with matching any wall color with art, but there's something irresistible about pairing bold red walls with a paint-drip abstract. Well done, William T. Georgis [10]!

Source: Timothy Bell

Why Doors Shouldn't Be an Afterthought

Young Huh [11] upholstered the walls with gorgeous block-print fabric and topped it off with a gold-leaf ceiling. Still, the simplest but most memorable detail might be the geometric patterns painted on the doors.

Photo: Angela Elias

How to Take a Chance With Tile

A herringbone tile pattern feels even more decadent paired with glossy red walls.

Source: Timothy Bell

How to Create a Cozy Nook

A velvet-upholstered nook complete with animal-print cushions and a sunburst mirror is our idea of a dream reading nook.

Photo: Angela Elias

How to Do Feminine With Very Little Pink

Gold marble wallpaper and a modern nude palette lend a girlish sophistication to this room by Carrier & Company [12].

Source: Timothy Bell

How to Make Organic Look Glam

Forget the bookends and coasters. We're coveting the agate end table we spotted in this room!

Photo: Angela Elias


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