2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House: Timothy Whealon Room Tour

Timothy Whealon’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House “White Orchard Room” harkens back to the bedrooms of the great English Country House—reinterpreted with a fresh, edited, modern sensibility.

Learn more about how he incorporated his signature style into this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House below.


What was the source of inspiration for your room?

The inspiration was global with art deco, Swedish, English and Chinese influences, but the primary influence came from the great 1930’s houses on the North Shore of Long Island and Chicago.  We envisioned a room where Doris Duke could find respite from her travels.

What was the most used colour in your Kips Bay design?


Describe your personal style. Did your Kips Bay space embody your signature style, or was it a departure?

My signature style is airy, edited, and referenced.  Yes, my Kips Bay room embodied all of this.  However, the color palette was a little bit more feminine.


What’s your all-time favourite Farrow & Ball hue?

I love their gray hues — Cornforth White, Pavilion Gray, Lamp Room Gray and Elephant’s Breath…all make my knees go weak.

Describe your favourite trend at the Kips Bay Show House this year?

I am not one who follows trends – but I would say one of my favorite things to see was the individuality displayed in all of the different spaces.


What is the most challenging part of being part of a Show House?

The short timeline!

What is the most rewarding part of being part of a Show House?

Getting to share your work with the general public and the interaction with people who admire your work.


What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Head to the Nespresso machine.

What do you think one thing in every modern home needs?

Technology that is integrated and operates seamlessly. I love being able to operate music from my iPhone.

What is your favorite space to utilise wallpaper? 

I love wallpaper in closets, hallways, and the loo.


The Chromologist


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