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Upper East Side Town House Gets Makeover For Annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser

Kips Bay Decorator Show House Is Open Through June 4

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you’re looking for a little home design inspiration, the 41st annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House is now open to the public.

The fully restored 7,000 square-foot house on the Upper East Side is part of a fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

As CBS 2’s Alex Denis reported Tuesday, 18 designers donated their time and transformed the home into a show house.

For a $35 ticket donation, you can tour all five floors.

The executive director of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, who was a member growing up, said he’s seen first hand how the fundraiser changes lives.

“An event like the Kips Bay Show House supports 12,000 children in the Bronx,” Daniel Quintero told Denis. “We feed about 1,000 children daily at the Boys & Girls Club.”

Before the renovations, the inside of the home resembled an unfinished construction project. Missing walls, floors and appliances were just some of the challenges designers faced.

Now, you’ll find everything from hardwood floors, textured wallpaper, floor-to-ceiling windows and an updated kitchen.

Although designers pulled out all the stops for this event, they said there are simple things you can do to achieve the high-price look for less.

The first step is to assess your space.

“If you only have 8-foot ceilings, which most of us — that’s a normal ceiling height — go with some really big objects,” designer Andrew Suvalsky told Denis. “I put up big moldings, I put up draperies behind the sofa that go from floor to ceiling.”

Don’t be afraid to paint living areas in a neutral color.

“Finding the perfect neutral background is offset well by a neutral palate,” designer Brooke Gomez said.

And designers said the bathroom is a great place to add some pop.

“In there, I went for really, really deep, lustrous paints that kind of feel like liquid. Like they’re almost wet. It makes you, again, want to touch them,” Suvalsky said.

If you don’t want to change your paint color, invest in inexpensive flatware to mix up your kitchen’s look.

“You can really try a variety of plates and things. That’s a place where you can be experimental,” designer Kristen McGinnis told Denis.

All the designers agreed on one piece of advice – don’t be afraid to make a change.

A majority of the items in the house are on loan from local designers and some of the items are for sale.

Designers will be on location to give tips as you tour the space.

The Show House is open to the public until June 4.

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