flower arrangement for Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse

Yellow tulips bloom in Michelle Nussbaumer’s “Writer’s Lair” at the 2020 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in Dallas.

Interior designer Trish Sheats (left) with Alice Doyle

Since 1973, designers from around the country have joined hands to transform a luxury Manhattan location into a showhouse to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of New York, raising over $21 million through the decades. The success of the New York showhouses has led to other locations, including Palm Beach and in 2020, for the first time, Dallas.

The grand home, situated in Woodland Estates, an enclave of Dallas’s historic Old Preston Hollow neighborhood, is full of color, pattern, and creative ideas sure to inspire. While some traditional Kips Bay showhouse events were cancelled due to Covid-19, the organizers opened the house to design enthusiasts like me who thrilled to see the work of 27 creatives in interior design, architecture, and landscape design.

Here I’ve gathered some of my favorite spaces with photography by Stephen Karlisch and Douglas Friedman and snapshots of floral moments by me.

All window treatments by The Shade Store; find a complete list of sources here. To see more of the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in Dallas, purchase tickets for a virtual tour. Proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, Dwell With Dignity, and the Crystal Charity Ball beneficiaries.


“Chasing Nature: A Boy’s Retreat”

Trish Sheats Interior Design

green and neutral boys bedroom at Kips Bay Dallas

I met Fort Worth designer Trish Sheats in her sophisticated teen boy’s bedroom in a rhapsody of green. Inspired by the two sides of a magnolia leaf, she chose copper and rust accents to complement the greens. I loved the grasscloth wallcovering from Kravet and the rich Brunschwig & Fils mohair.

boy's homework desk by a window flanked by green drapes

“The Garden Within”

Rottet Studio

grand staircase

The foyer and staircase by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio evokes the gardens of Dallas with magnolia custom hide rugs by Kyle Bunting, custom floral wallpaper by Trove, and a majestic fall arrangement on the entry table.

(left) photo of a large autumn floral arrangement on an entry table. (right) View of 3 magnolia-shaped rugs in foyer from perspective of second floor

“I loved looking down on the magnolia-inspired rugs from the second floor.” — Alice Doyle, FLOWER

“Bathed in Moonlight”

Doniphan Moore Interiors, LLC

vanity area of a large bathroom with a circular tray ceiling and tile laid out in a geometric pattern, designed by 3. Doniphan Moore Interiors for the Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse 2020

Doniphan Moore Interiors redecorated a large bathroom and dressing area using custom de Gournay wallpaper of irises and a gleaming moonlight feel with a modern edge. The dreamy intimate seating area beckons one to stay a while.

dressing room and closet

Below, a vase of black calla lilies and deep purple blooms brings to mind the night sky—a perfect counterpoint to a silvery wallpaper moon. The embroidered window shades are also from de Gournay and crafted by The Shade Store.

closeups of de Gournay embroidered Roman shade; full moon design on scenic wallpaper; vase of dark purple (almost black) flowers

Dining Room

Cathy Kincaid Interiors

formal yellow dining room designed by Cathy Kincaid for Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse 2020

In the dining room, Cathy Kincaid brought floral magic with custom embroidered slipcovers from her debut collection with Penn & Fletcher, a ceramic lamp with botanical detailing, and orchids sprouting from a pagoda centerpiece and blue-and-white porcelain vases. I was amazed how she made such a large room so inviting.

closeups of embroider on chair slipcover, raised botanical design on porcelain lamp base, and pagoda-shaped tulipiere holding orchid stems in the center of the table

Read Flower‘s Q&A with Cathy Kincaid

“Flights of Fancy”

Traci Zeller Interiors

In a space designed by Traci Zeller for the Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse 2020, a dark blue floral print covers the walls of a sitting room and skirts the sink in the powder room beyond, where the walls are a pale blue. The sitting room also features a large, pale blue tufted banquette.

Charlotte, North Carolina designer Traci Zeller brought botanical charm to walls and a bath in the space dubbed the “Gossip Room & Powder Room” with chinoiserie-inspired fabric from Bassett McNab. She embellished the wall fabric with three-dimensional butterflies, birds, and flowers by artist Stephen Wilson. Under the soft light of a glam chandelier from Currey & Company, I could easily imagine a gathering with champagne and lipstick touchups.

“Writer’s Lair”

Michelle Nussbaumer

Blue-and-white Moroccan-inspired interior design by Michelle Nussbaumer for Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse 2020

Michelle Nussbaumer’s writer’s retreat transports us to another heady world. Her wallpaper collection for Paul Montgomery and fabric collection for Clarence House bring her wanderlust inspiration to life. A floral wallpaper wraps the glamorous closet by The Container Store (I want that space and what’s in it with accessories from Forty Five Ten!)

walk in closet with custom organization unit on back wall, with glass fronted doors displaying the items inside

An inlaid chest with yellow tulips and other fresh flowers including roses are part of the exotic mix. The designer certainly knows how to travel without leaving home!

(left) small vase of white roses tinged with pink (right) vase of yellow tulips on a chest of drawers

Read “Michelle Nussbaumer: A World of Her Own”

“Magari Garden”

Melissa Gerstle Design

4 adirondack surround a firepit on a backyard patio. A daybed swing hangs from a tree

The dreamy landscaping by Melissa Gerstle stopped me in my tracks. What a lovely vision of green and white cast in an Italian garden villa attitude. In one vignette, Adirondack chairs circled a custom fire pit, while a Dedon tree swing called out to daytime nappers. Over by the pool, I found plenty of Bevolo lanterns to cast a spell between a pair of canopied daybeds.

A row of cypress and sculptural urns framing the pool completed the Italian garden villa look.

“I was sorely tempted to make myself at home in one of the Sutherland chaise lounges by the pool.” — Alice Doyle, FLOWER

elegant pool and patio area furnished with outdoor seating and potted plants

“Guest Room for a Sophisticated Traveler”

Wells Design

Guest room designed by Lauren Hudson of Wells Design for Kips Bay Dallas showhouse 2020

Lauren Hudson of Wells Design Group in Houston created an inviting atmosphere in a guest bedroom with fresh color and patterns. The details included monogrammed bedding from Leontine Linens, abundant florals, lots of  Rose Cumming chintz (recently featured in Flower magazine), and bespoke trims from Samuel & Sons. The gold botanical embroidery on the bed cover made my heart sing.

breakfast tray on bed, styled with flowers and place setting


“Garden of Erdem”

Dina Bandman Interiors

Bedroom with bright yellow floral wallpaper designed by Dina Bandman for Kips Bay Dallas showhouse 2020

For this cheerful bedroom, Dina Bandman paired a beautiful blue-and-white canopied bed with a de Gournay wallpaper designed by fashion genius Erdem Moralioglu (read Flower’s feature on the collection). The garden theme continued in the bathroom in a quieter manner where Dina collaborated with The CEH on the bathroom vanity with the beautiful trailing ivy detailing also by de Gournay (a personal favorite of mine) and of course fresh flowers.

(left) green and white floral floral arrangement by the bathroom sink. (right) colorful floral arrangement with blue hydrangeas, purple orchids, hot pink tulips, and coffee colored roses, mirroring the wallpaper behind it

“Casa Fiorentina”

Mark D. Sikes

blue-and-white living room designed by Mark D. Sikes for the Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse 2020

California designer Mark D. Sikes brings his blue-and-white aesthetic to the showhouse living room with a symphony of varying shades of the favorite palette. The Mediterranean atmosphere is inspired by La Fiorentina with a hand-painted wallcovering from Iksel Decorative Arts. The rug made me do a double take, as it reminded me so very much of this one from designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas’s home.

An explosion of daises in the fireplace, flower-filled antique vases, and a towering arrangement of oak branches on a stately table at the room’s center imbue the space with a sense of lushness that makes you want to linger on the cozy furniture, which comes from Mark’s collection for Chaddock recently featured in Flower magazine.

(left) a basket of potted yellow mums fills a fireplace. (right) a simple green and white floral arrangement in an antique brass vase with intricate botanical details

“We Tell Ourselves Stories”

Viviano Viviano

Large room with an arched ceiling painted white, dark olive green walls, dark velvet seating, and an antique tapestry hanging above the mantel, decorated by Michael Viviano for the Kips Bay Showhouse Dallas 2020.

For the large informal den, Michael Viviano used velvet chaises from Perennials and Sutherland and menswear wool flannel in espresso for the Roman shades by The Shade Store. I loved the decorated stone mantel with its lush dried garland that includes eucalyptus and hydrangea. Created by Ciuri, a floral design studio belonging to Michael and Catherine Viviano, the garland is just what’s needed to soften the space.

wall of mullioned windows with glossy dark trim and wool flannel Roman shades in a dark, almost black color

“The Emerald Garden” 

M Interiors

a staircase in a room wallpapered in a floral print with dark green background in the Kibs Bay Dallas showhouse 2020

M Interiors‘ Melissa Morgan reimagined the back staircase as a type of indoor garden—a place perhaps for one to repose before the next task or for houseguests to enjoy. A lively wallcovering from Gracie Studio teems with hedgehogs, butterflies, and birds. While windowless, the space has the illusion of windows thanks to two sets of drapes; I appreciated Melissa’s trick and the fabric panels add another decorative layer.

By Alice Welsh Doyle | Principal photography Stephen Karlisch and Douglas Friedman

Find a complete list of sources for the 2020 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in Dallas.

Kips Bay Media Partners: Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Perennials and Sutherland, LLC, The Container Store, and The Shade Store.

Kips Bay Sponsors: Arteriors; Benjamin Moore; Brendan Bass Showroom; Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; Caitlin Wilson Design; Cambria; Kohler; Materials Marketing; Monogram; Retorra; Sewell; Stone Boutique; Susan’s JewelryThe Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; The Rug Company; Zephyr Gin.