"The window treatments are designed to resemble the valentine gowns in terms of color, the peplum with passementerie acts as a 'body' and the striped fabric represents the 'gown'."
For the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, he expanded the narrative on the formal library through the perspective of the female home owner. Wall panels and moldings are glossed in the palest blush color, while the interior of the bookcases are gift-wrapped in a rich, textured grass-cloth. The Hanging Gardens of Ancient Babylon are invoked courtesy of a dramatic mural on the ceiling, and a French 1940s crystal-encrusted chandelier suspends through the branches and florals like a piece of sparkling jewelry. Clean-lined contemporary furniture is mixed with antiques to add layers of modernity. A show-stopping mahogany desk—paired with a Cinderella-esque acrylic chair—provides much-needed functionality. The stately window panels feature layered peplums dripping with elaborate passementerie: the concept was inspired by gowns modeled on the Parisian Runway by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. All in all, this Lady’s Library pays homage to the women who run the world: from the household to Capitol Hill—and everything in between.