Even if a house is a turnkey, it’s likely you’ll start daydreaming about home improvement plans before you sign the deed. Maybe the primary bedroom is begging for a fresh paint job. Perhaps the upstairs guest bath needs updating. Some of these projects you’ll do yourself, and some you’ll hire out.
But why take on a headache’s worth of projects when you could live in a home that’s been updated by the best designers in the country? Over the summer, New York City’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club transformed 9250 Meadowbrook Ln. in Old Preston Hollow for its annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House event. The organization invited 24 top interior designers and architects to each transform a space in the 12,470-square-foot home and opened it to the public to tour.
Now the home is on the market and can be yours. So long as you have $16 million.
The 2.3-acre property was already breathtaking when Kips Bay took over earlier this year. The private, gated home has towering double-height ceilings, beautiful arch motifs in the architecture, plenty of grounds, and a creek that crosses the entire property. The nonprofit, which donates a portion of tour proceeds to local charities, allowed the designers to do whatever they wanted.
Construction faced setbacks, including a stop-work order and fights with the local homeowners’ association, and Kips Bay cut its tour run from a month to just four days. But the results are stunning. Local landscape architect Harold Leidner, who originally did the home’s landscaping in the 1980s, once again transformed the outdoors. Renowned designer Christopher Peacock completely transfigured the kitchen.
After Kips Bay’s shortened run ended in late September and the designers cleared out their rooms’ staging, the homeowners brought in another designer to look at the home. They wanted to create continuity between all the spaces and “have everything all-in with a certain look to sell it,” listing agent Alex Perry says. The designer advised them on which details they should keep and “which should be neutralized in the house.”
Their goal, Perry says, was to create a home that would appeal to most prospective buyers. Many lighting fixtures were switched out, some architectural details were removed, and most of the flashier wallpapers and paint colors were covered with neutral grays and whites.
Not everything was removed, however. They kept Christopher Peacock’s kitchen suite virtually untouched. The breathtaking, maximalist spaces feature Cerused oak, Christopher Peacock hardware, Artistic Tile, and two islands. Dallas-based Jean Liu Design’s dramatic and inviting foyer, which was inspired by 2022 movie Everything Everywhere All at Once, has barely changed. While the chandelier was swapped, the sweeping entry features fluted wood paneling, floral wallpaper, and a nook.
Many of the bathrooms remained the same, too, says Perry, including Georgia-based Jessica Davis’ Texas-sunset inspired powder bath downstairs and the primary bathroom. (She’s from Atelier Davis.) Expertly renovated by Southern California-based Huma Sulaiman, the primary bath features fluted detailing on both the vanity and the marble wainscotting, airy arched architecture, and a Parisian flair. However, like the entry, the lighting has been switched out.
Other smaller details were preserved, too, like the Chad Dorsey-supplied fireplaces. The homeowners kept the primary en-suite’s custom Container Store his-and-her closet systems and the primary bedroom’s gorgeous organic-shaped molding, courtesy Los Angeles-based Natasha Baradaran. Some Dallas designs made the cut, too. In the laundry room, designed by new Dallasite Noel Pittman, the custom library ladder and brass Armac Martin cabinet door hardware also remain.
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