Kips Bay 40th Annual Decorator Showhouse 2012: Part 1 – Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St. Charles

I’ve tried to attend the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House every year that I’ve lived in the NYC area.  I have attended most years and I am never disappointed!  This year marked the 40th Annual Showhouse.  Bunny Williams served as the Chair of this year’s Show House Committee.  Jeremiah Goodman (whose work I love and I own at my home) was an honoree at this year’s President’s Dinner and the Gala Co-Chairmen were Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Aerin Lauder and Richard Mishaan (a stylish bunch!).   As part of Blogfest 2012 this week, I was invited to Kips Bay for a press preview.  

Since I know many of you can’t make it to New York City to view the show house in person, I am sharing some of my favorite rooms of the house and the details that stood out.  This is the first in a series I will do this week!

Everyone loves a fabulous kitchen, and this one by Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St. Charles didn’t disappoint!   They dubbed it “Too Hot to Handle” and with details like a “made in France” rotisserie with heavy brass detailing, I think they are right!   The centerpiece of the room is pictured below (Photos Copyright Melissa Hawks) – the beautiful row of orchids atop the sink area.  What could possibly make washing dishes any better than this?  What a view of New York City!

Custom cabinetry by St. Charles.  Countertops by New England Stone.
Flamberge (Rotisserie) by La Cornue
Island Cooktop and Cabinetry by La Cornue.  Faucets by Fantini USA.  Sinks by Native Trails.  This has to be every chefs dream!
Miele refrigerator. There was also a beverage center and wine fridge by True Manufacturing Company.  Hardware from The Brass Center.
Pictured here is Karen Williams, who I enjoyed chatting with!  
I loved the Andy Warhol inspiration here!
The kitchen was the perfect combination of city sleek with classic French culinary cooking tools – a professional working kitchen perfect for soirees with a view! 

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Melissa is the owner and founder of The Well Appointed House, a company that sells luxuries for the home, furniture, gifts, decorative accessories and is based in Greenwich, CT

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