I ADORE taking the train to New York in years that I’m able to visit the annual Kips Bay decorator show house. Sometimes I go with a friend, or sometimes alone — it’s like escaping into a fantasy land.
This spring, of course, was different. No one went anywhere. But now that Kips Bay is expanding into different regions, the inaugural showhouse in Dallas has just opened on Friday, and we can go! It’s just $20 to get a virtual tour, which shows you so much more than the photos below.
The best thing is, you can listen to each designer lead you through his or her space — something you definitely can’t do, generally, by visiting in person. You can also examine the texture of a wall covering or custom cabinet up close, click to see which paint colors, fabrics and furnishings a designer used, and hone in on delightful details, such as a hand-washing station at the front door in the Rottet Studio entry, or a custom mask hanging with its matching outfit in the daughter’s bedroom closet by Michelle Nussbaumer.
Here are images from each space, which are just a taste of what you’ll get on the tour. These days, if you can’t travel, this showhouse will let you imagine that you did.
I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the Dallas Kips Bay showhouse, which you can “walk through” anytime through October 25. What’s incredible about touring these rooms virtually is how much a single image doesn’t capture here.
I hope you’ll consider donating $20 to Kips Bay to get this personalized tour by each designer through every room and outdoor space — and engage in some major escapism in the absence of real travel!