Big House Big Ideas
By Meda Kessler
Photos courtesy of Kips Bay
The project? An 12,500-square-foot Dallas home with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, in-home guest quarters, a pool house apartment and more. The experts? The designers chosen to work their magic on this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas.
The Old Preston Hollow single-family home, which sits on 2.3 wooded acres and includes five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, is perfect fodder for those whose wizardry involves tile, stone, paint, paper, art, decor and furnishings.
One of the top design events in the country, the show house is a major fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club as well as local charities, including Dwell with Dignity. Kips Bay has been celebrating interior design with its Manhattan makeover for 47 years. In 2017, it expanded to Palm Beach and in 2020, to Dallas.
This year’s honorary chair is New York-based designer Jamie Drake, known for promoting modernism in interior design in the early ’80s. Local committee members include Trish Sheats of Fort Worth.
The 24 designers and architects (chosen based on submissions of their work) are wide-ranging in their talents and backgrounds. They include Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis in Atlanta and creative director of Nest Studio; Byron Risdon of Washington, D.C., whose bespoke design commingles with practicality; Christopher Peacock, a Kips Bay veteran who is revered for his handcrafted British cabinetry and has a showroom in Dallas; and Brazilian-born Isabel Ladd, who embraces color, print and pattern with enthusiasm befitting a self-avowed maximalist.
The complete list of designers and more information is on the website.
Prepare to be wowed, amazed and inspired by the transformations, big and small.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas This year’s event runs Sept. 22-Oct. 23. The house is open for tours Monday through Thursday. Opening-day preview party tickets, $300; general admission tickets, starting Sept. 23, $40. The house is at 9250 Meadowbrook Drive, Dallas. kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org