Dallas designer Chad Dorsey of Chad Dorsey Design joins the 27 architects, interior designers and landscape designers from across the country that will reimagine 5828 Woodland Drive for the internationally recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House, coming to Dallas, TX, for the first time ever on September 25th, 2020. Chad Dorsey was selected to design the kitchen and prep kitchen (Space 11) of the spectacular home in Old Preston Hollow's Historic Woodland Estates neighborhood chosen for this year’s event.
When considering his design concept for the show house — a modern kitchen design with European elegance meets industrial edge aesthetic — Dorsey created concept owners (The Beauchene’s) whose name means “beautiful oak”. The Beauchene’s chic and sophisticated style can be found in the tailored, relaxed, and luxurious materials and detail of Dorsey’s rooms. Only the best will do for Dorsey’s concept couple. Originally from Monte Carlo, the Beauchene’s are avid entertainers, but don’t enjoy cooking. Perception within their circle of friends is the Beauchene’s host lavish dinner parties and pretend to participate. Meanwhile the cooks are hidden behind in their state-of-the-art prep kitchen, “out of sight,” making it all come together.
The materials, lighting and fittings of the main kitchen make a statement about the couple’s refined tastes and well-curated lifestyle. The focal point of the space is a cased opening using Cambria Stone inset with a Chinoiserie from artist James Mobley painted on Industry Glass over an antique mirror. Custom dark white oak cabinets with wood and brass fittings hardware from DLV provide the industrial edge and remind the Beauchene’s of being on their yacht in the Cote de Azur. Use of a brass tabletop with tubular steel base and custom Apparatus Studio Trapeze Fixture offers a pleasing contrast against the rustic Cantera Floor from Materials Marketing.
Behind the cased opening, a Prep Kitchen, Pantry and Work from Home space ensure all the day-to-day messy work is made out of the way. Here, the lacquered Millwork finished by renowned painter Louis Gloria is more traditional than the kitchen, evoking an English sensibility with a pale Puritan Gray from Benjamin Moore. The hardworking custom brass island features a custom butcher block at the end of the space to land and do work, homework, or enjoy as a nice spot for an espresso. Inspired by an English Sunroom, a faux skylight using an abstract black and white bird wallcovering on the ceiling from Trove creates the illusion of looking into the sky for added visual interest.
Dorsey creates refined interiors that balance tailored style with the spirit of modern living. Trained as an architect, his approach to every space is characterized by a fluid relationship to the architecture where proportion, light, and scale are as essential. He refers to his style and philosophy as relaxed luxury — the idea of living casually with things a person loves to touch and feel in a way that is approachable and not precious. Relaxed luxury is achieved with custom furnishings incorporating handcrafted details, meaningful objects and a true sense of the people who live there. Dorsey's eponymous studio is based in Dallas with an outpost in Los Angeles and offers a full-range of design services.
Vendors supporting Dorsey’s design concept for Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse Dallas include Apparatus Studio, Arteriors, D&W Ceramics (Prep Kitchen Wall Tile), DLV, D&W Ceramics (Prep Kitchen Wall Tile), Cambria Stone, James Mobley , Jiun Ho, Kohler, Luis Gloria Fine Paint, Materials Marketing, Monogram, Neovations, Pucci, Ryan Campbell Art Advisory, Stone Boutique, The Container Store, The Shade Store, Taylor’s by Jane, Trove, Urban Electric Co.
The 11,476 square feet home was built in 2003 and consists of five bedrooms and 5.3 baths. The Show House doubles as the nation’s leading design event of the year and Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s top fundraiser. Proceeds from the Dallas Show House will benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, New York, as well as local nonprofits Dwell with Dignity and The Crystal Charity Ball.
Dorsey is also serving as a design committee co-chair for The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas along with Steele Marcoux, Christopher Peacock and Jan Showers, as well as Vice-Chairs Jean Lui.
With current happenings surrounding COVID-19, The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas is taking proper precautions to protect designers and guests come show opening in September 2020. Health screenings will be conducted for all staff as well as increased cleaning and sanitation throughout the House. In addition, the Show House is taking steps to allow for social distancing, including limiting the number of attendees. Admission tickets will be sold for specific dates and times to ensure guest count meets city and state guidelines. All guests and employees of the house will be in masks and guests will be provided masks if they do not have their own.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas opening-night preview tickets for Wednesday, September 23, 6 to 9 pm, are for Benefactors, $1,000 to $10,000. Tickets for opening-night preview cocktail party Thursday, September 24, 6 to 9 pm, are $250 and $500; show house tickets (September 25 to October 25) $40, at kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.