By Terry Trucco
I’m a fan of decorator show houses for the same reasons I love hotels.
The best create rooms with a heady atmosphere where you can step into another world and try on a different life.
And like a cleverly designed hotel, a good show house is jam-packed with decorating ideas ripe for picking.
This year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the big kahuna of New York’s show house scene, serves up an added bonbon for hotel enthusiasts. It’s at a hotel, the silky New York Palace. And while the decorators didn’t have the run of the guest rooms – the hotel was redone last year to the tune of $140 million – they lavished their talents on something far more tempting, the The Mansion on Madison, one of the historic Villard Houses that form the base of the hotel. (more…)