We had the pleasure of attending the Kips Bay Showhouse President's Dinner a couple of weeks ago, and while the dinner itself is always a treat, we were most excited about getting a sneak preview of this year's house. The architecture of the Upper Eastside townhouse is as impressive as many of the rooms, but there was one space in particular that literally took our breath away. The "Urban Sanctuary" designed by our dear friends Jayne and Joan Michaels was absolutely sublime. We'd been talking with 2Michaels about this project from Day 1 and had looked at photos, sketches, swatches, samples, you name it – so we were eager to see the final results. When we finally walked up the stairs and entered their room we were beyond impressed. The overall design of the space is incredibly complex. It's clear that each piece of furniture was carefully and thoughtfully selected with every detail including the materials, the artwork and the millwork in mind. Yet it looks as though it was created effortlessly. The colors are absolutely mesmerizing and lend to the serene and calming spirit of the room. It truly is the ideal "urban sanctuary." We couldn't be more proud of these two, especially because we know how much hard work went into it. The New York Times obviously agrees – they included not one, but two photos of the space in last week's Home and Garden section. Something else that's exciting is you can get a behind-the-scenes video tour from the sisters along with Gilt Groupe, that shows their work on the room leading up to the opening. To learn more about that click here.
Be sure and check out the 38th Annual Kips Bay Showhouse this year. It's not only inspiring, but it also benefits a fantastic cause. The house is located at 106 East 71st Street here in New York and is open through November 11th, Monday to Saturday 11am - 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and Sundays noon - 5pm. For more information click here.