Monday, April 28, 2008

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?


So, I am still at work, getting cross-eyed from my excel project...I cruise on over to one of my very favorite blogs, Habitually Chic, and she has a great post about her visit to the Kips Bay showhouse. I scroll through some photos and then I see this tribute to aggressive fruit.

Good grief.

Ah, the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. When I see rooms from this annual charity hoo-haw, I usually yawn and little and turn away. I mean... the rooms are usually really silly and kind of patrician. Blah.

Anyway, this treasure was designed by Ellen Ward Scarborough. I don't think all of her rooms are so cartoony, based on THIS. Why so cartoony here? What is the deal with the Kips thing anyway? Are they on some kind of HGTV/Vern Yip budget?

Anyhoo - - discuss. I have to get back to my project so I can wrap it up, head home, and down a bottle of Lillet.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's like a John Waters set.

Anonymous said...

Well if you enjoy films like "Attack of the pineapples from outer space" then this room might be for you.
Call me boring but to me a bedroom has to be calm and soothing, a place you can feel cozy and comfortable in, not scared!!

mrlfvl said...

Headboard courtesy of Edward Scissorhands, and carpet brought to you by Sesame Street and the letter Q.

Anonymous said...

My eyes! My eyes!

Suzy said...

It's a bit hideous really...

Kwana said...

It's bad movie scary. The slippery floor. Crazy bed. Can you imagine someone slipping something in your drink and you waking up locked in there? Nightmare!

Jessie said...

Sponge! Bob! Square! Pants!

pve design said...

Could it,
Would it,
Be it,
a tribute to Dr. Seuss?
Patricia

Anonymous said...

I think a kid would love it!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't picture any of the characters from "Gossip Girl" having a bedroom like this.

And yeah, that is my standard.

morrismore said...

From what I understand, this was NOT supposed to be a child's room. Did I miss a Candace Olsen show on HGTV? Somehow I'm reminded of the famous 1940s decorator Dorothy Draper. Dorothy Draper on acid.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Curiously, it has got more publicity than any other room in the house ... perhaps that was Ms Scarborough's intention? Crafty, veddy crafty ...

Anonymous said...

It looks like an ill-advised attempt to make a hospice room look "cozy."

*L said...

holy cripes that's fug.

jozette said...

oh. oh my.

(fanning face with hand.)

(pulling out tshirt collar to pretend vomit down shirt.)

Anonymous said...

SAT Question:

How does the "pineapple" theme relate to the "random letters and typographical symbols" theme?

perchance said...

As a veteran designer of many a showhouse, I can say the nutty rooms (good or bad) do get the most attention. One year, a "designer" did a MacKenzie-Childs faux-painted puppet show vomitous nightmare of a child's room. She won Best Room awards from fellow designers (!) and the public. The incredibly beautiful and tasteful rooms rarely get a nod.

Robin said...

"If we add the upholstered pineapple, maybe no one will notice the wall-to-wall alphabet soup..."

jonathan said...

re: the Lillet.
red or white?

Balsamfir said...

Its not the show it once was. I used to work around the corner from the real house in the late eighties early nineties. It was extravagant, and yes, stuffy, but there was incredible workmanship(I remember incredible trompe l'oeil work and acres of fabric) and the house itself was beautiful before anyone got their hands on it. Now its in a 50's apartment building with low ceilings and no moldings. This may be more like the way the rest of us live and so applicable, but the fantasy seems scaled back and stingy now.

magnaverde said...

Kips Bay jumped the shark when Mario left and they filled his slot with, well, pineapple rooms. I live in Chicago and it used to be worth a trip on Amtrak just to see the house, but that was a long time ago. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

"Mario"? The one who designs by feeding fabric into a Waring blender?

Anonymous said...

The expression "Jumped the shark" has jumped the shark.

coco+kelley said...

oh dear god. it's like a palm beach ode to carmen miranda. and what's with the alphabet littering the floor? it must be bad design week... did you see the crab table i posted on yesterday? seriously...

Marnie said...

I visited the show house yesterday and loved the stretch vinyl ceiling by Philip Gorrivan - so clever, effective and unusual - and I think I am the only one, but I liked the room by Ellen Ward Scarborough and Pariscope Design - it was fun, fresh, alive and it made me smile -

Anonymous said...

I think I would wake up at night screaming, thinking Sideshow Bob was coming to kill me.