Inspired by the classic Georgian architecture of the venue, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas living room by designer Michael Aiduss focuses on elevated authenticity with tall, dramatic drapery to showcase the windows’ height while adding a lush, inviting glow.
A leading designer with an innate talent for creating atmospheric spaces, Michael Aiduss works globally, bringing to life bespoke interiors that reflect their unique interiors. We spoke to Michael to find out more about the vision he had for his space at the Kips Bay Show House.
Can you tell us a little bit about your space? What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by the use of bold classical moldings in French and English homes. Being a classic Georgian-style home, it felt important to embrace the authenticity of the style of the house by installing plaster moldings and a fireplace that would exhibit the use of materiality from the 1930s. Overal,l the room is a French and continental mix from the 1920s to 1970s.
How do the window treatments relate to your overall vision for the space and bring it to life?
Whenever possible, I like using tall drapes to accentuate the height of a room. Typically, I avoid drapes that are too gimmicky — instead, I always focus on luxury. I have selected an oyster-colored natural silk that is the perfect backdrop for my trim collection with Houles.
What do the window treatments accomplish in your space?
The drapes help to bring light into the room — being lightly colored, they absorb the light and add a glow. They also make the room feel softer, especially when paired with strong architecture.
What, in your opinion, is most important about selecting custom window treatments?
One of the most important factors to consider when furnishing a room is the use of good drapery. I always insist that clients use the correct amount of fabric so the drapery is full, and not skimpy. I love using long drapes as much as possible. However, the size and shape of the window always plays the biggest factor in what feels appropriate.
What aspect of working with The Shade Store have you found to be noteworthy in this experience?
Coming from a world where bespoke drapery is always a wanted luxury, I have found The Shade Store to be very impressive with their knowledge of creating drapery.
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