Kips Bay Show House: DIY Ideas Part 1

Monday, May 14, 2012

Every year, I look forward to visiting the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, and this year the show house has a decidedly different feel. Instead of the usual Upper East Side town house, this year's "house" is staged in two penthouse apartments of a new high-rise building overlooking the Hudson River. While much of what is on view at the Kips Bay Show House is out of reach for most people's budgets, there are always a few ideas to steal from the exhibition. Over the next few days, I'll share some of my favorite DIY ideas from this year's Kips Bay Show House.

The show house opens to the public on Wednesday, May 16th, and all proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Kips Bay Decorator Show House at The Aldyn Residences, 60 Riverside Blvd., New York, NY

This lovely little room (above) was created by the muralist Chuck Fischer. While hiring Fischer is almost certainly out of my budget (and my mural painting skills are a far-cry from Mr. Fischer's), I could easily recreate his clever bulletin board closet doors (below).

To create the bulletin boards, Fischer cut two pieces of foam core to be slightly smaller than the inset panels of the two closet doors. Fischer then covered each panel in a textured, natural fabric (leftover from the custom shades he'd commissioned for the room), taping the fabric to the back side of the foam core. The foam core is mounted onto the doors using velcro.

I loved Fischer's inspiration boards for the variety and whimsy of the images, but also for the push pins! He used what appear to be plain-head gold upholstery tacks and flat red thumb tacks for a fresh combination -- proving that style is all in the details.

Hillman Fasteners 40Pk Red Thumb Tack (Pack Of 6), $3.90,

Upholstery Nails - Plain Head, Pack of 100, $10.50,

For a little bonus DIY inspiration, I snapped a quick photo of Chuck Fischer's blazer cuff. Don't you love the look of a rainbow of buttons in place of the usual matching set? Fischer said he bought his jacket with the buttons in place, but you could easily recreate this look on any plain, navy blazer. It's a fun, unexpected detail.


Liz Fenton said...

Wow, I wonder if I could do that to one of my mirrored doors. Next time you're out, it could be a project. Think about late August--village feast is on the 25th.


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