Cambria Designer Living Spaces from Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Are you dreaming of a designer living space in your home? One of the best ways to stay on top of interior design trends and cutting-edge style is to explore the latest spaces from industry events. The Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York is an endless source of inspiration, with swoon-worthy details at every turn. Unique applications were a highlight of the luxe spaces in the 2019 Kips Bay Show House, including stunning Cambria bar applications, backlit countertops, a Cambria fireplace hearth, and a decadent soaking tub.
47th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House
For the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, each room of a luxury Upper East Side townhouse was transformed to the vision of an industry-leading designer with proceeds benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. We’re thrilled we were able to chat with some of the Kips Bay designers about their beautiful spaces and find how they incorporated Cambria. Check out our in-depth look at the sophisticated kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock and read on to explore some of the designer living areas and custom spaces from this year’s show.
Relaxation room with soaking tub and Cambria Huntley
This luxe relaxation room by Vicente Wolf of Vicente Wolf Associates gives a new meaning to a dream space. “My inspiration for the space was creating an environment where you could dream,” says Wolf. Originally the home’s breakfast room, the space features a Kohler soaking tub atop a Cambria Huntley platform as a centerpiece amid lush greenery and rich purple walls.
Bold color palette
Cambria’s Huntley design, a creamy base with swirls of walnut-brown and gradated gray, was the perfect complement to the bold, saturated purple in the room. “How I chose the color of material for Cambria was matching the colors of the walls,” says Fox. “I knew I wanted to have something that related to the [existing] fireplace as well as to the colorization of the space.”
Working with Cambria
One of the challenges of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is the tight timeframe each designer has to plan and complete the space, typically just over a month. “Working with suppliers is sometimes a question [of] is it going to go smoothly [or] not, especially when one has a controlled time[frame],” Fox explains. “Working with Cambria was really so easy. We gave them our ideas and that was it until the day it got delivered. There was no back and forward, there were no mistakes, and Cambria provided it in a fast, smooth, professional way.”
Library with Cambria Ella fireplace hearth
Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates sought to modernize the historical function of his room and design it with a new audience in mind. “This house was built in the 1940s, and back then this [space] would have been a gentlemen’s study,” notes Jenkins. “We want to fast forward that narrative to the 21st century, where women are really running the world now from the household all the way to Capitol Hill.” Jenkins envisioned a “ladies’ library—a command center where a woman can come and enjoy herself [in] a space dedicated to her personal tastes and style.”
With blush tones, bold florals, and brass accents, Jenkins’ luxe library is fresh and elegant. While most elements of the space were significantly transformed, the fireplace surround was not altered. “The fireplace was the one thing from the original house that I really retained as far as its original shape and style. I didn’t want to change it or tear it out—it would have been very cost prohibitive to do that. It was in good shape as far as the surround,” says Jenkins. “That really informed the color palette. I pulled the raspberry, the gray, and the white from that into the rest of my scheme.”
Pairing Ella in the space
While the surround was retained, the fireplace required a new hearth and Jenkins selected Ella, one of Cambria’s marble alternatives. “Cambria played a big role with the decision-making process with the fireplace as far as the hearth is concerned,” says Jenkins. “The surround was aged, so obviously we wouldn’t have been able to match that particular slab with the hearth. I’m all about mixing and matching everything anyway. And so, by using the beautiful Ella, we pulled this beautiful creamy white element that was in the existing surround out and played it up.”
“The Ella from Cambria really was a lifesaver for the design,” says Jenkins. “It brightened up the floor (and) played beautifully with my rug which had a snow leopard print. And the andirons popped more because they were now on this bright backdrop.”
Blending old and new in historic homes
“I got so many compliments on the surround and the hearth—how they did not match and yet they flowed,” Jenkins notes. “They were designed to come together as a pairing.”
The mix-and-match pairing of Cambria with the fireplace surround serves as an example of how to elevate and update a historic home while preserving character and functional structures. “I think it inspired a lot of people. So many people are renovating these historic homes and they may not be able to match every stone they have in the house, but that’s where a durable product like Cambria can come into play,” says Jenkins. “You can mix it in [with other materials] and it looks almost seamless and it doesn’t affect the durability, the functionality, or the look of the space.”
Each of these stunning Kips Bay spaces showcase how Cambria can be used as a stylish and innovative surface in spaces beyond the kitchen. For tips on planning your own designer living space, explore these home workspaces, dining rooms, Cambria bar ideas, Cambria fireplace surrounds, and other unique applications.
Curious about other Kips Bay Show House projects? See our spotlights on designer spaces from Kips Bay Palm Beach: a stunning baker’s kitchen from Vyda Fine Interiors and a celebration-inspired master bathroom from Krista + Home.
Our thanks to Jim Dove, Vicente Wolf, and Corey Damen Jenkins for sharing their insight behind the design of these Kips Bay Decorator Show House designer living spaces with us.