3001 Spruce Avenue in the Old Northwood Historic District has been graced by the resplendent visions of 24 esteemed interior designers and architects.
The welcome mat has been laid out at Florida’s Fifth Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which runs March 5th through April 3rd on a different side of the Lake Worth Lagoon than usual.
This year’s venue—a Mediterranean Revival built by Orrin Randolph, the neighborhood’s formative developer, in 1923—couldn’t provide a more perfect canvas. Shaded by palm trees and framed by verdant hedges, this year’s Show House embodies the visual opulence of the region, where pinks and greens shimmer naturally beneath an ever-azure sky.
All proceeds from the endeavor will benefit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County.
The convergence of textures, patterns and pigment-plentiful rooms weaves its way through 20,000 total square feet. Designers have enlivened rooms with bold pattern pairings, welcoming the lush South Florida environment in. (Hello, dream-inducing puffy clouds “floating” across the painted ceiling of Damour Drake’s imaginative children’s room.)
Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design has transformed the primary bedroom into a tented temple, sourcing inspiration from the whimsically contemporary designs of Veere Grenney. Stripes sweep across the room as antique furniture frames the bed.
Eco-enchantment reigns where you may least expect it—in the reimagined closet by The Lewis Design Group, where palm tree wallpaper hand painted by Aqualille creates a seaside garden motif for your budding personal style to flourish. Meanwhile, in the drawing room, Peter Pennoyer Architects evokes the temperature of the Floridian tropics with rich, layered textures and patterns, most notably on the fiery grasscloth wall adorned with hand painted branches.
While no shortage of flora and fauna allusions channel the “Palm,” others designers have drawn their inspiration from the “Beach.”
Craig & Company has delivered a seashell-studded entry hall. The original oak floors play sea bed under the ombre turquoise rug cascading down the stairs. Artists Maria Apelo Cruz and Mike Jovanovic of MJ Atelier animated the wall with an octopus silhouette.
“We’re incredibly excited that the showhouse is now open to the public,” says James Druckman, President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “The designers and architects of this year’s Show House have worked around the clock to bring their dream rooms to life. We think they have encapsulated the essence of Palm Beach perfectly and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests in.”
Connoisseurs of design who can’t visit in person can explore virtually in 3D as well.