The third annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House for Dallas officially opened today. The event, held by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York City, invites 24 of the country’s best and brightest interior designers and architects to transform an ordinary mansion. Designers are given space – one person might have the basic bedroom, another the grand staircase, another the kitchen – and they are given the freedom to show off (it’s a show house) their best skills. The house is then opened for a month so that the public can come and enjoy it.
A home was scheduled to open this year – 9250 Meadowbrook Dr. – On September 23 – October. 23, but that range has been shortened to just four days due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a Kips Bay press release.
A boon to the Dallas-based interior design world, the Kips Bay Texas iteration opened in 2020. The event raises funds for New York’s Kips Bay, as well as local organizations Dwell with Dignity and The Crystal Charity Ball. The first two years went well: Kips Bay Dallas hosted more than 8,500 and 11,000 attendees in 2020 and 2021.
“We are so grateful to welcome Dallas the way we are,” said Nazira Handal, Director of Special Events and Corporate Partnerships at Capes Bay. d . magazine Elaine Daly last summer. “Maybe it’s southern hospitality.”
Despite this, Kips Bay seems to be over-welcoming. Construction was underway on the 12,470-square-foot Sunnybrook Estates home in August of this year when a “Stop Work” sign appeared on the property’s gate. However, the reason for this is ambiguous. The request was originally because the house did not have the correct plumbing and electrical permits, per a Dallas Morning News Report. However, Handel said to News The Dallas City District Attorney’s Office classifies the problem as improper land use. The non-profit fundraising campaign was designated a “commercial event”.
According to several reports, permit issues have been instigated by grievances from neighbors. The accusation was led by Leland Burke, president of the Inwood-Northwest Homeowners Association. The designers promoted their final rooms on their social media and websites, which was listed as a complaint by the local neighborhood association in a June letter to councilman Jay Willis.
Burke also said News Last year’s event — a 2021 home on Deloache Avenue less than a half mile from this year’s property — caused excessive traffic, parking problems, and neighborhood trash.
Kips Bay waived with the city and neighborhood association for a four-day event.
“While we’ve had massive setbacks this year, we’re very excited that the show is now open to the public,” James Druckman, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Chairman, said in the release. “The designers and architects at this year’s Show House have worked incredibly hard to finalize the gallery in time for opening, and we couldn’t be more excited to open the door to the public.”
Friday and Saturday tickets are on sale for $125, and Sunday tickets are on sale for $40. Kips Bay also offers a virtual tour for attendees who cannot attend in the shortened time frame and a place to donate online to local charities. No parking allowed on the street – both sides of Meadowbrook are lined with ‘Towing by force’ signs. Alternatively, visitors should park across the street in the plaza of the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
Scroll through the gallery to get a sneak peek at the different spaces in this year’s showroom.
Katherine Wendlandt is the online assistant editor at d . magazineLiving and Home and Garden blogs, covering all…