One of the things that’s so much fun about visiting a show house with other designers is that everyone sees the rooms from a different point of view. Some focus on the furniture, others look at the smaller details of the design while others might be interested in the designers use of antiques or artwork. For me, a color lover, I first look at the colors.
This year the Designers use of color at the Kips Bay Show House ran the gamete from all neutral rooms layered with luxurious textures to bold color that made my heart race. Here are a few rooms where the use of color really inspired me.
I absolutely loved Juan Montoya’s room. He chose to use a neutral palette of black, camel, silver and white, accented with one large piece of bright orange art. (I also adore his window treatments)

Juan Montoya at Kips Bay Show House

Kristen Kelli also chose a mainly neutral palette with only a pop of color in a pair of vintage vases and some Lucite boxes. The vases seemed to glow from within and were the star of the room.

Kristen Kelli at Kips Bay Show House

Markham Roberts used a deep saturated blue on both the walls and sectional. The cork ceiling and similarly colored furniture and art work kept the room from feeling overwhelming.

Markham Roberts at Kips Bay Show House

One designer who can do no wrong as far as I am concerned is Alexa Hampton. Hampton chose a complex color palette of pinks, greens, purples and blues (with a deep red thrown in for good measure).

Alexa Hampton at Kips Bay Show House

This is the other side of her room. I could have spent hours studying her masterful mix of color, pattern and texture.

Alexa Hampton at Kips Bay Show House  Photo Credit Jean Bourbon

And last but certainly not least is Christopher Peacock’s closet. I mean seriously??? What’s not to love about this fantasy closet with bubble gum pink lacquered cabinetry and gold hardware. Since I associate Peacock with his iconic white kitchens this room was definitely a surprise.

Christopher Peacock at Kips Bay Show House

There were lot’s of ooh’s and ahh’s coming from the visitors but I wasn’t sure if was because of the luscious pink color or because of the major shoe envy that was going on. Either way, everyone seemed to love being in this closet!
Which one is your favorite?


Linda Holt

As a former professional photographer Linda Holt is no stranger to merging her creative eye with aesthetic appeal, having worked with more than than 3,000 celebrities, actors and models as one of Boston’s top head shot photographers.
Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of carefully edited, soulful rooms that reflect her love of color, pattern and art. She works with mid to high end residential clients who value a stylish, fresh and relaxed home that is reflective of their unique personality and lifestyle. A self professed “color lover”, she has been featured in both House Beautiful Magazine and The Huffington Post for her color expertise. She started her blog, Linda Holt Interiors, in 2011 as a way to combine her two passions of photography and design.
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