Kips Bay Dallas 2023 Loves Perennials
It’s baaaaaaaack. The Kips Bay Show House returned for 2023 to the idyllic neighborhood of Preston Hollow in Dallas. The bold black exterior of this year’s house is a moody complement to the marvelous designs within. The 2023 crop of designers used Perennials in striking ways throughout the interior and exterior spaces. Let’s take a peek…
Kristi Nelson of KM Nelson Design took showhouse guests to Marrakesh with her secondary bed and bath. The highlight of the room is Nelson’s 14 foot custom headboard, upholstered in Perennials’ Big Softy (Breakers). The beautiful piece includes architectural elements the wrap around side tables.
Nelson utilized another Perennials texture in softening up a rattan lounge chair. The woven high back chair showcases cushions in Perennials’ Classy (Breakers).
From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up took on the momentous task of designing the house’s back lawn. In addition to a gorgeous layout with beautiful shrubbery, they created a Narnia-esk vignette via a “moon gate.” This seating area features a pair of Franck Right Arm Sectional Chaises – adorned in Perennials’ Rough ‘n Rowdy (Soapstone) – Luna Stone Seats, Plateau Lounge Chairs, and Gulassa GFRC Koi Tables. The Plateau Lounge Chairs feature cushions made in Perennials’ Sutton Stripe (Pumice).
Pursley Dixon Ford
Bronwyn Ford created a serene sanctuary with her primary bedroom design. Using creams, pale lavenders, and blues, Ford says of her space, “A restful space that evokes a feeling of calm and relaxation to start and end your day.” Facing the bed is an eight foot white sofa upholstered in Perennials’ Rough ‘n Rowdy (Blanca) – the perfect kid-and-pet proof white fabric for a sofa. “We decided to have this very strong viewpoint and use all white with very soft shades of color—and very few of them—so the room feels warm and comfortable with the absence busyness.”
Todd Fiscus, floral genius and Dallas-based event planner, designed the property’s pool and cabana area. Alongside the pool, Fiscus placed Sutherland’s Neo-Classic Armless Chaises with cushions in On the Lamb (White Sands) along with Sutherland’s 11″ Cantilever Octagonal Umbrella. In the cabana, Fiscus paired Perennials’ En Plein Air Tibetan knot rug (Gunmetal) with eclectic furnishings like Sutherland’s Louis Soleil Chauffeuse Chairs (in Rough ‘n Rowdy Blanca) and Hoofed Table.
Fiscus also used Sutherland pieces within the side terrace design. “My original thoughts on the space were that it offered lots of square footage but had zero flow, and it felt unusable because there was no real connection to the house,” explains Fiscus. To counteract that feel, he created distinct seating and dining areas. Fiscus placed the Peninsula Large Rectangular Dining Table in the center area. For a sense of continuity, he included a Peninsula Rectangular Coffee Table and Peninsula Console Table elsewhere on the terrace.
Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors took a maximalist approach to the upstairs den. “We drew inspiration from David Hicks,” explains Dodson. “We wanted a fresh take on traditional design and we did this by mixing more modern pieces with traditional elements.” Paired with a symphony of patterns, Dodson installed Perennials’ Jake Stripe (Chocolate) to the walls for a classic base.
Texas-based landscape designer Melissa Gerstle completely transformed the house’s front yard and driveway area. Gerstle assembled a couple seating vignettes surrounding the space. In one area, she styled Sutherland’s Eclipse Three Seat Sofa and two Eclipse Lounge Chairs, with cushions in In The Loop (Shell). By the front door, Gerstle placed Sutherland’s beautiful Spin Bench, designed by Christophe Delcourt.
Nashville designer Chad James borrowed inspiration from his youth for his bedroom suite design. Inspired by his sister’s 1980s bedroom, James paired feminine peach tones with more masculine navy elements. He anchored the room with Perennials’ Cascade Tibetan knot rug in Nightshade. “The main reason I chose this rug was color,” says James. “But the advantage of using performance materials is that they live in a space forever.”
From all-white bedrooms to maximalist pool cabanas, the Kips Bay Show House never disappoints. What was your favorite room?