Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas is just around the corner, and we are counting down the days until we can witness the transformation of the gorgeous, Georgian-style home in Old Preston Hollow. Twenty-five designers have been tasked with scheming up incredible creations that are sure to inspire the coming season’s (and year’s) interior design trends and most popular concepts. We’re pulling back the veil just a bit with an exclusive sneak peek of these designs. Here, nine room renderings from the creatives behind this year’s Show House that stir the senses and are sure to make design enthusiasts even more excited for opening day on September 23.

Mark Hampton LLC’s Primary Bedroom

This sumptuous primary bedroom suite features rich, warm hues and an inviting seating area that is sure to become the ultimate retreat for the home’s concept owners.

“I am ever leery of forecasting trends but sometimes. when things go zig, it makes me want to go zag,” says Alexa Hampton, owner and president of her late father’s firm in New York City. “So, as I think red and russet tones are generally eschewed for bedrooms, naturally, that put me in mind to do a red room.”

Hampton says she thought the lusciousness of red walls and materials would be cut through nicely with a buttoned-up ticking stripe which will be used on the bed and as a window treatment. She and her team have added crisp plaster moldings to promote a sense of rigor to the space.

Traci Connell Interiors’s “Martini Muse”

When Traci Connell learned she would be redesigning the home’s pool bar and bath, she found inspiration from its unique positioning in the house. The Dallas-based designer envisions this tucked away room off the poolside veranda as a refuge for those seeking a place to rest their feet or refresh a martini. She refers to the room as a space of “fanciful relaxation” and, ultimately, luxury.

“Each panoramic of decor immerses the guests in a fairy-tale moment as the fascination is let loose to run wild with fun elements of cocktails sprinkled throughout,” says Connell. “The bar beckons the guests to take a moment to relax as their spirits—both figuratively and literally—soar.”

The focal point of this room is a gemstone illusion wallcovering that looks like it’s in motion yet brings a calming, grounding element to the space. Luxe details abound throughout the room, allowing the eye to wander and find inspiration as the body finds rest.

Robin Henry Studio’s Rear Outdoor Terrace & Pool Deck

New York-based designer Robin Henry of Robin Henry Studio wanted to bring a Dallas twist to poolside vignettes of Slim Aarons’s iconic photographs, so she designed this sophisticated and colorful atmosphere that’s fit for a chic alfresco affair with cast of witty and charismatic characters in mind. Henry says there are certainly plenty of those in Dallas to create such a chic and lavish event!

“We created a preppy and glamorous tent in the center of the property furnished with 1960s Danish low lounge furniture, a wonderful bar lined with mirrored trellises, a custom canopied daybed featuring lots of monograms and towelling and tassels, a comfortable dining area, and color galore,” says Henry. “Backgammon in the pool, anyone?”

Studio 6F’s “Honey, Tilda Swinton is coming home for dinner”

The team from Chicago-based Studio 6F felt a deep sense of responsibility to “honor the symmetry of the home’s Georgian architecture” while bringing the kitchen into the 21st century with a creative, tonal, monochromatic approach and cutting edge appliances from SKS. The team’s goal was to create a gathering spot for enigmatic conversations around food with friends and family. Also inspired by the force of nature that is Tilda Swinton, the room can be both ethereal or bold when it needs to be.

“We think this kitchen is for champagne, take out from Toulouse Cafe, or a third cup of morning coffee,” says principal designer Gil Mellott. “It’s for whispering late at night while eating a six-layer chocolate cake and for big laughs over a shared slab of BBQ ribs.”

There are notes of European playfulness, organic beauty, and modern elegance that ultimately create a space with the ability to take on personalities based on the time of day with a design that highlights the way light interacts with the space and the utility of both the focal points and minute details.

Janet Gridley’s “Live From Preston Hollow”

Dallas-based designer Janet Gridley was inspired by the study of her own grandfather, “Doc” Gridley, whom she says was “a country doctor and lifelong horseman who lived and rode into his hundredth year.” She ties this inspiration with that of Old Preston Hollow and its history of cotton fields and dairy farms full of horses before it became one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

The name of the study, “Live From Preston Hollow,” highlights the space as a place for intelligent and interesting people to gather together and share their opinions over lively discussion in this cozy space. There’s podcast and music recording equipment in case the conversations get real interesting or creative personalities need a place to experiment.

“Come on down to see us and feel free to say something you just might regret,” says Gridley. “There may or may not be some cold Lone Stars around, but it’ll definitely be worth the trip.”

Liz MacPhail Interiors’s “A Lounge of Her Own”

Liz MacPhail, an Austin-based designer was inspired to create a dramatic, chic, and feminine wine cellar and lounge for the woman of the house. This space is created to be an ideal place to gather girlfriends for a night in and close deals with prospective, high-profile clients over a bottle of Barolo from the stylish SKS wine columns.

“This room holds pieces of personal history for my imagined client, a collector at heart,” says MacPhail. “It serves as a place for the pieces she’s held onto, passed down from her beloved great-aunt. It contains the art that moved her on a weekend trip and stop in at a gallery and her collection of wines from wineries she’s toured and vintners she’s met during travels—all poured into glasses her grandmother once hosted with years ago.”

The room is full of dramatic lighting, confident colors, rich fabrics, and refined details, along with some custom and vintage pieces to create a one-of-a-kind, fearless space that will rise to any occasion.

Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates’s “A Tent for New Beginnings”

The home’s dining room is designed to celebrate “the intersection where haute couture fashion, luxurious textures, and fantasy meet.” Corey Damen Jenkins found inspiration from the whimsy and wonder of Cirque du Soleil which translates to the chintz and silk-draped walls and ceiling. The lush color palette features rich saffron, periwinkle, emerald, and sapphire jewel tones from Sanderson.

The layout of this dining space eschews tradition and houses two round tables outfitted with brass table lamps to set a perfect mood for a dinner party or help the owner burn the midnight oil as a luxe work space. Versailles-inspired elements ensure this space feels regal and enchanting, no matter how it’s being used.

“This formal dining room is built to house festive dinners, enlightening conversations, and memorable moments,” says Jenkins. “It is truly a tent for new beginnings as we move forward as a changed society in a post-pandemic world.”

Studio Michael Hilal’s Her Study

San Francisco-based designer Michael Hilal found color palette inspiration from Southwestern U.S. style in the late ’70s and early ’80s, which visitors will find in the wood tones, earthy ceramics and nude shades. The space will be enveloped in celadon to create a neutral space that will soothe any who enter.

“I really thought about how to make it a space that is non-binary and really inclusive to the modern-day person,” says Hilal. “The goal is to create a space that feels soft and ethereal.” The room is full of curvature, organic elegance, and masculine woods, creating a well-balanced space for working, creating, resting, or playing.

Meredith Ellis Design’s “The Admiral’s Chamber Room”

Dallas-based designer Meredith Ellis is transforming a secondary bedroom suite into a guest space that offers a reprieve for “a weary, distinguished traveler.” Ellis was inspired by the home’s Georgian architecture to create a classic yet timeless space with a “time-honored American feel” that balances tradition with touches of the modern and unexpected.

“Having visited Mount Vernon a few years back, the vibrant colors of the parlor and dining room were so memorable that I wanted to select a color that would be equally memorable for my space,” says Ellis. Providence Blue by Benjamin Moore covers the ceiling trim and millwork while an ikat fabric by Leah O’Connell Textiles swathes the walls, provides drapery, and serves as the bed canopy.

The designer’s intention for the space is to be a visual feast, drawing in visitors to uncover the layers and stories that lie inside, as if the room had been there for decades. Each traveler leaves a new layer and tale that will give a special energy to the space over the years.

Creative Tonic Design’s “Moulin Rouge Media Lounge”

Courtnay Tartt Elias of Houston-based firm Creative Tonic Design is transforming the house’s media room into a fanciful escape from reality where Moulin Rouge meets Palm Beach. The vibrant sectional invites the owners and their guests to sprawl out and contemplate the beauty of art, love, film, and all things dramatic. Guests can glide across the fanciful New Moon Rugs floor covering to pour a glass of champagne from the bar.

“The custom Champagne Bar by Peck & Co. with an antiqued gold leaf hanging bar ornamented by cherries serves as a dazzling focal point that pays homage to the whiplash designs of Art Nouveau and Hector Guimard’s Paris metro stations,” says Elias. “Stocked with Armand de Brignac Champagne bottles that sparkle like jewelry and gorgeous crystal stemware, it’s a lavish pièce de resistance!”

The Turkish pillow ottomans not only add extra seating but also act as an intimate spot to curl up to enjoy dinner and a show. There’s a place for everyone to indulge and enjoy decadent treats along with the night’s entertainment. “How wonderful life is now that you’re in our Creative Tonic world,” says Elias.

A. Lantz Design’s “Meet Me in the Family Retreat…”

A. Lantz Design‘s founder Amanda Lantz envisions the home’s family room as a refuge from all the technology that have become ever more prominent parts of our lives during the pandemic. This space is designed to encourage conversation, games, reading, and even a cat nap on the antique daybed.

“Color was key for the space combined with authentic antiques and modern influences,” says the Carmel, Indiana-based designer. “Geometry is an important element of the room with a combination of round, square, rectangle and hexagon shapes.”

Art became the foundation of this room and features a collection of vintage and new artworks from her and her father’s private collections to bring pops of eclecticism to the space. Fabric pattern and textures were carefully curated by the father-daughter team to create a warm and inviting place for anyone in the family to lounge on a Sunday afternoon—or any day for that matter.

Burkle Creative’s “The Heimat”

The home’s dreamy dressing room and closet is inspired by “Heimat,” a European concept the Dallas-based Burkle Creative team says “is rooted in feelings of personal identity and understanding. The Heimat is a place where expectations are reliable, known, and personal.”

This space artfully balances masculine and feminine qualities, creating an idyllic destination for the couple’s most cherished treasures and for enjoying the day’s transitions. While one spouse pours a cocktail after work, the other can be close by getting ready for the evening so they can still engage and reflect on the day’s events together.

“Layered with textures, pattern, and a curated, eclectic aesthetic throughout each space, the result is three unique interpretations of the same story—a place designed to eliminate stress and connect within surroundings that feel comfortable functional, and customary,” says Javier Burkle.

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