By Terry Trucco
If you love plucking decorating ideas from hotel rooms – and the cleverest properties serve up plenty – you probably love show houses. The Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the design world’s big kahuna, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – no mean feat for anything, let alone a moveable interior design feast.
Aptly for a big birthday, the show house is a departure. Instead of a classic East Side townhouse with a polished pedigree – last year’s was once home to New York Herald Tribune owner John Hay “Jock” Whitney – this year’s entry spills over two new penthouse condominiums, each with its own pool and wrap-around terrace, at The Aldyn, a glass tower with spectacular views of the Hudson and dazzling amenities like a grand-scale fitness center with a climbing wall.
That’s the good stuff. On the minus side are the condos’ small, boxy rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere and brute cement columns in the corners. In other words, these rooms were made for a team of savvy interior designers. We liked much that we saw and came away with a slew of decorating ideas. In the spirit of news you can use, here are a handful to steal.