Take a peek at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which is only open this weekend

The third edition of Dallas Show home of the Kips Bay decorator officially opens today. The event, hosted by New York’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, invites 24 of the country’s best and brightest interior designers and architects to transform an otherwise mundane mansion. Designers are given a space – one person might have the master bedroom, another the grand staircase, another the kitchen – and have free rein to show off (it’s a show house) the best of their skills. The house is then open for a month so that the public can come and enjoy it.

This year’s home – at 9250 Meadowbrook Dr. – was scheduled to be open September 23 through October 23. 23, but that run was shortened to just four days due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a Kips Bay press release.

A boon to the Dallas interior design world, Kips Bay opened its Texas version in 2020. The event raises funds for Kips Bay in New York, as well as local organizations Dwell with Dignity and The Crystal Charity Ball . The first two years have gone well: Kips Bay Dallas hosted over 8,500 and 11,000 attendees in 2020 and 2021.

“We are so grateful to have been welcomed to Dallas the way we have,” said Nazira Handal, Kips Bay’s Director of Special Events and Corporate Partnerships. Magazine D Ellen Daly last summer. “Maybe it’s Southern hospitality.”

It seems, however, that Kips Bay has overstayed its welcome. Construction was well underway on the 12,470 square foot Sunnybrook Estates home last August when a ‘stop work order’ sign appeared on the gate of the property. The order’s reasoning, however, is murky. The order was originally because the house did not have the correct plumbing and electrical permits, according to a Dallas Morning News report. However, Handel told the New that the Dallas City Attorney’s Office called the issue an improper land use. Nonprofit fundraising was considered a “business event.”

Permission issues were sparked by neighbors’ grievances, according to multiple reports. Leland Burk, president of the Inwood-Northwest Homeowner’s Association, led the charge. The designers promoted their finished pieces on social media and their respective websites, which was listed as a complaint by the local neighborhood association in a June letter to Councilwoman Gay Willis.

Burk also told the New that event last year — the 2021 home on Deloache Avenue is less than half a mile from this year’s estate — caused excessive traffic congestion, parking issues, and litter in the neighborhood.

Kips Bay has reached a compromise with the city and the neighborhood association for a four-day event.

“While we have experienced tremendous setbacks this year, we are incredibly thrilled that the showhouse is now open to the public,” said James Druckman, chairman of the board of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, in the statement. “The designers and architects of this year’s Show House have been working hard to complete the showhouse in time for opening, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to open the door to the public.”

Friday and Saturday tickets are on sale for $125 and Sunday tickets are for $40. Kips Bay is also offering a virtual tour for attendees who cannot make it within the reduced time frame and a place to donate online to local charities. Street parking is not permitted – the sides of Meadowbrook are lined with “Towing Enforced” signs. Instead, visitors must park across the street on the grounds of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Scroll through the gallery to get a glimpse of the different spaces in this year’s show home.


Catherine Wendlandt

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Catherine Wendlandt is an associate online editor for Magazine D‘s Living and Home and Garden blogs, where she covers all…

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