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Five Bright Ideas to Steal from the 2014 Kips Bay Show House

I’m a fan of decorator show houses for the same reasons I love hotels. The best create rooms with a heady atmosphere where you can step into another world and try on a different life.

And like a cleverly designed hotel, a good show house is jam-packed with decorating ideas ripe for picking.

This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the big kahuna of New York’s show house scene, serves up an added bonbon for hotel enthusiasts. It’s at a hotel, the silky New York Palace. Read more

7 Great Decorating Ideas to Steal from the 2012 Kips Bay Show House

Designer James Rixner’s sitting area adjoins a kitchen.

If you love plucking decorating ideas from hotel rooms  – and the cleverest properties serve up plenty – you probably love show houses. Read more

Five Great Decorating Ideas You Can Steal from the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Library by Designer Celerie Kemble.

We like decorator show houses for many of the same reasons we like hotels. The best show house rooms are fantasy rooms, a designer’s vision for an imaginary occupant. When a designer gets it right, you’re transported to another world where you can try on a different life, albeit fleetingly, just as you do in an evocative hotel room. Read more

Cool Stuff From Nine Clever Artisans at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Design in bloom.

Design in bloom.

I love design shows, and this is one of my favorites. (Full disclosure: I moderated the show’s New York Times design seminars, but I’d love it anyway.) Read more