See how 24 designers and architects transformed a Preston Hollow home into a luxury show home
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas is what you get when leading designers and architects are given creative freedom and space to implement imaginative design ideas. Twenty-four designers have joined forces this year to transform a Preston Hollow home for the public to visit.
This year, at the third annual showhouse in Dallas, the event faced community complaints and city permitting issues. During construction, the organization received notice from the city to halt work for approximately two weeks due to a lack of proper permits. The event, which usually holds tours for a month, has been reduced to four days, from September 22 to September 25. The house is located at 9250 Meadowbrook Drive in Old Preston Hollow.
According to a press release, the designers and architects included in this year’s event are:
- Anthony Barata
- Davis workshop
- Avrea and company
- beauty is abundant
- Blaire Drawings
- Alessandra Branca
- Byron Risdon
- Christina Kim Interior Design
- Christopher Peacock
- Fisher Weisman Brugioni. Fisher-Weisman Collection
- Graci Interiors
- Harold Leidner Company
- Design by Huma Sulaiman
- Isabel Ladd Interiors
- Jean Liu Design
- Studio LC
- Lucinda Loya Interiors
- Interior design M and M
- Natasha Baradaran
- Pitman Christmas
- Patricia McLean Interiors, Inc.
- A-Z Project
- Schoolboy Kellogg
- Design by Shelley Johnstone
Dallas-based designer Jean Liu, who serves as co-chair of the event’s design committee and also designed the home’s foyer this year, said the design team tried to make the most of the race shortened.
“I think the pressure for us is to figure out how to make the most of the four days,” Liu said. “Obviously that’s not what anyone was hoping for, but we understand that’s the reality of the situation. We’re not going to waste any time lamenting the fact that we’ve gone from 31 to 4 [days]; we’re just going to do whatever we can to make the most of the time.
Liu said she named her space “Nothing Nowhere All At Once” because of how quickly her bedroom came together. Liu joined the show home at the last minute after another designer left, and she said her space was completed in 23 days, compared to the few months designers typically have. The name conveys the “frenzied energy with which all of this must take place”, which Liu says reminded him of the film. Everything everywhere all at once and the “roller coaster of emotions” that film and show house experience produced.
The event benefits Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York, as well as Dwell With Dignity and the Crystal Charity Ball locally. The show house event began in New York in 1973 for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, according to the organization’s website. The event now takes place annually in three locations: New York, Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas.
Dallas-based Ashley Cathey of Avrea and Company designed an upstairs bedroom for the home. She said that although her team started planning the room early, the lack of time for the event meant that she and the design team had to “adjust and modify” their design based on the availability of sources. . The bedroom she designed is called “Pretty in Plaid” and has plaid wallpaper, grosgrain trimmings and a canopy bed covered in floral fabric.
Noel Pittman, another Dallas-based designer, decorated the laundry room. She said her goal with the bedroom was “to make it nice and give you a place to sit and relax.”
The room includes cabinets with fabric panels in the doors, counter space and a ladder that provides access to the upper cabinets.
Designers and event representatives said they were delighted to see the house come together after a difficult few months.
Ann Schooler of Dallas Schooler, Kellogg & Co. designed the walk-in closet and a closet in the home’s master suite on the ground floor. She said the opposition the organization faced encouraged the entire show house team to unite. Together, they were determined that the event would not be interrupted, she said.
“I love that camaraderie,” Schooler said. “Everyone was like, ‘Okay, put your walking boots on.’ It’s nice.”
The show house is open to the public until Sunday. A limited number of tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website for $125. Tickets for a virtual tour can also be purchased for $20.
It’s part of our Chic properties series, offering a peek inside beautiful North Texas homes for those who enjoy looking at homes. It is not paid for or presented by real estate agents or companies in the area.
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