24 designers and architects have transformed this Preston-Hollow home into a luxury show house

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas is what you get when leading designers and architects are given creative freedom and space to flesh out imaginative design ideas. Twenty-four designers have joined forces this year to transform a Preston-Hollow home for the public to view.

This year, at its third annual show house in Dallas, the event has faced complaints from the community and the city with licensing issues. During construction, the organization received a message from the city to suspend work for about two weeks due to the lack of proper permits. The event, which usually runs tours for a month, has been reduced to four days, from September 22 to September 25. The house is located at 9250 Meadowbrook Drive in Old Preston Hollow.

According to a press release, the designers and architects participating in this year’s event are:

  • Anthony Baratta
  • Atelier Davis
  • Avrea and company
  • Beauty Is Abundant
  • Blaire Designs
  • Alessandra Branca
  • Byron Risdon
  • Christina Kim Interior Design
  • Christopher Peacock
  • Fisherman Weisman Brugioni. Fisher Weisman Collection
  • Grace Interiors
  • Harold Leidner Company
  • Huma Sulaiman Design
  • Isabel Ladd Interiors
  • Jean Liu Design
  • LC Studio
  • Lucinda Loya Interiors
  • M and M interior design
  • Natasha Baradaran
  • Noel Pittman
  • Patricia McLean Interiors, Inc.
  • Project AZ
  • Schooler Kellogg
  • Shelley Johnstone Design

Dallas-based designer Jean Liu, who co-chairs the design committee for the event and also designed the foyer in the house this year, said the team of designers has tried to make the most of the shortened run.

“I think the pressure is on us to figure out how to get the most out of the four days,” Liu said. “Of course it’s not what anyone hoped it would be, but we understand that this is the reality of the situation. We’re not going to waste time complaining about going from 31 to four [days]we are just going to do everything we can to make the best use of the time.”

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Liu said she named her space “Nothing Nowhere All At Once” because of the quick way her room came together. Liu joined the show house at the last minute after another designer dropped out, and she said her space was completed in 23 days, compared to the few months designers typically have. The name reflects the “frantic energy with which all this must take place,” which Liu said reminded her of the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and the “roller coaster of emotions” experienced by both the film and the show house produced.

The event will benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York City, as well as Dwell With Dignity and the onsite Crystal Charity Ball. The showhouse event began in New York City in 1973 for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, according to the organization’s website. Now the event takes place annually in three locations, New York City, Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas.

Ashley Cathey of Dallas, of Avrea and Company, designed an upstairs bedroom suite in the house. She said that although they started planning for the room early on, the event’s time constraints meant that she and her design team had to “adjust and change” their design based on resource availability. The bedroom suite she designed is called “Pretty in Plaid” and features checkered wallpaper, grosgrain trim, and a four-poster bed covered in floral fabric.

Noel Pittman, another Dallas designer, was given the task of furnishing the laundry room. She said her goal with the room was “to make it somewhere pleasant and give you a place to sit and relax.”

The room features cabinets with fabric paneled doors, counter space and a ladder that provides access to wall units.

Designers and event representatives echoed the feeling of being excited to see the house come together after a challenging few months.

Ann Schooler, together with Schooler, Kellogg, & Co. from Dallas, the dressing room and closet in the primary suite downstairs. She said it felt like the opposition the organization faced encouraged the overall showhouse team to unite. Together, they were determined that the event would not be shut down, she said.

“I like that camaraderie,” Schooler said. “Everyone was like, ‘Okay, put on your marching boots.’ It is beautiful.”

The show house is open to the public until Sunday. A limited number of tickets can be purchased through the organization’s website for $125. Virtual tour tickets can also be purchased for $20.

This is part of our Chic Features series, which provides an inside look at beautiful homes in North Texas for those who like to look at homes. It is not paid or presented by any brokers or companies in the region.

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