Hats off to Designer Celerie Kemble for her outstanding space at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Celerie’s dark and masculine room was transformed into a woman’s library. Since the walls could not be touched, the team focused on adorning “the ceiling, floors, windows, furniture, and bookcases with every trick of her craft to add glimmer and put a little switch in its skirts.” Artist Miriam Ellner created an amazing ceiling of gold leaf and other metals on the reverse side of glass, verre eglomise, to create a “Chinoiserie inspired skyscape fantasy.” Wellbuilt had great pleasure in working Celerie and her team to bring such an important project to fruition.
In 2011 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club will showcase its 39th Annual Decorator Show House. The high-profile renovation project has been taking place in an Upper East Side mansion, 163 East 63rd Street. The doors open to the public from April 28 – May 26, 2011. The striking, neo-Federalist style residence was once owned by John Hay “Jock” Whitney and boasts unique historic details acquired during his travels abroad. Each of the 16 rooms in this four-story, 10,000-square-foot mansion will delight design enthusiasts and anyone looking for decorating inspiration. This year, Wellbuilt has been proud to support designer Celerie Kemble in her task of remodelling the library room. The show house is the primary fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Historically the annual event raises over one million dollars to help sponsor essential after-school and enrichment programs for more than 13,000 young people at ten locations in the Bronx. So not only are you getting to see the work of influential designers, you are supporting a worthy cause.