Designers showcase raises money for Boys & Girls Club

May 9, 2013 2:25:09 PM PDT
An East Side brownstone has a new look and it's all for a good cause.

It was redone by designers to help raise money for charity.

The brownstone was in a bit of disrepair, but now you walk through it and can say "wow".

The best part is that the transformation will help kids in the Bronx.

"It took us three and a half weeks, four week yeah," said Louis Garcia-Moldanado, designer.

There was barely time to transform the room into what it is today; a sophisticated lounge that invites, lounging.

Designer Louis Garcia-Moldanado also added some sparkle with the art work, and smoky mirrors behind the shelves.

It's one of about a dozen rooms inside that East Side brownstone that's been redone by designers for the 41st Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

This year, 18 designers worked to create individual looks that may inspire others to do the same in their own homes.

The house is open for tours and the money raised goes to The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx.

"Primarily it's a safe haven for kids. We provide social events, we provide sporting events, we provide guidance in regards to all that encompasses the betterment of their life, in a pretty trying environment," said Curtis Missin, Sr., Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

That feels a long way from this luxurious space where even a roof terrace is decorated with a soaking tub and fish pond, living rooms have 20-foot ceilings, and every room looks different.

"I wanted black and white, lots of graphics, lots of forms and scales," said Sara Story, a designer.

Even the custom made couches are graphic.

Just about all the décor inside the house is for sale.

Decorators know the tours raise about a quarter of a million dollars for Kips Bay, and their hard work is also appreciated by so many people who will tour the space.

"In residential design you do something and the owners come in, but this you get to experience a lot of people talking about your work which is rewarding," Story said.

Tours are open to the public. Tickets are $35.

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