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2009 Kips Bay Show House Designer: Kathy Abbott

I feel like I could say that every room in this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House is my favorite but I really did find something to love about all of them! One of the most sophisticated and elegant rooms this year is the library created by interior designer Kathy Abbott. On the surface, it's a gorgeous and serene room but after talking with Kathy I realized how much work went into creating a space that looks this perfect.

Her space began as three small rooms with two doors and an unsightly air duct that she was able to rework into one long room with a single entry. She covered the air duct with wonderful wood paneling and another problem area with built-in book shelves that look as through they have always been there!

As I've mentioned before, it's the stories behind the rooms that makes me appreciate them that much more and I really enjoyed chatting with Kathy about design and blogs! I can attest that she is as lovely and elegant as her room!

This room is a bit dark since it only has one small window so Kathy decided to work with what she had instead of trying to fight it. The custom Gracie wallpaper and Asian accents create a little jewel box that makes it look the perfect place to get away from the television and computer and curl up with a good book! Kathy knew she wanted a silhouette patterned paper since it has a bit of a younger feel and the gold tea leaf paper helps reflect what little light is in the room. I usually don't respond to traditional design but I think this room strikes a perfect balance of not being too masculine or feminine or too cluttered. In fact, I'd say it's pretty darn near perfect!


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