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Inside A French Provincial Manse That Shows 30 Captivating Fall Looks In 30 Designer Rooms

The first Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas is a depiction of the luxurious safe haven many are yearning for in these uncertain times


In Dallas' Old Preston Hollow’s Historic Woodland Estates neighborhood, specifically in 5828 Woodland Drive, a French Provincial mansion showcases the creativity and design expertise of twenty-seven of the America's most acclaimed interior designers, architects, and artists. Each designer was given approximately seven weeks to transform their assigned space in the home.  


True to most fall-inspired decorating, earth tones and a wide array of textures enhance these rooms, but in this first edition of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas, designers have done more than adorn the its rooms with deep, rich colors that recall nature.  If anything, the many shades of the color green is notable in these interiors, proving that variations of this life-affirming hue may be the next big thing in color trends.  A layering of periods and styles is present as well, this eclecticism rooted in a nostalgic connectedness with the past, married with the present.  Perhaps this edition of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is singular in that it is happening during the pandemic, also mirroring aspirations that many have harbored during these trying times.  As a whole, it is a depiction of a safe haven, luxuriously appointed in the best craft and artisanal homeware found all over the globe.  A nod to the wanderlust many feel these days, these designers have appointed rooms that reach for inspiration all the way to the Far East: in wall coverings that recall the patterns found in dainty fine china, represented by Chinoiserie; or the dramatic sheen of Japanese lacquer and powerful brushstrokes of Sumi-e paintings, all mingling with an expansive breadth of furniture styles, from traditional European to mid-Century Modern and Post-Modern.  A display of innovation coupled by fantasy and the allure of distant lands mark these thoughtful designs by the industry's top players.  



5828 Woodland Dr. plays host to the first Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas. | Stephen Karlisch (Karlisch Photo)
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This anticipated design event is also held in Palm Springs and New York in different times of the year.  When you visit the Dallas Show House in person or virtually, you are benefitting  charities such as  Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit agency dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty, and The Crystal Charity Ball, another Dallas-based organization whose mission is to aid, support and make contributions to children's charities in Dallas County.


From a gracious Lady's Study inspired by iconic ladies of taste, the likes of Jackie O., Babe Paley and Grace Kelly, to a landscape that recalls the Loire Valley in the French countryside, take a look at each inspiring space in the Fall edition of the Kips Bay Show House in Dallas:


For visitor information, visit https://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/dallas


Photographs by Stephen Karlisch (Karlisch Photo), courtesy of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

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