Designer Cindy Rinfret, who splits her time between Greenwich, CT and Palm Beach, recently worked with a client who inspired her travel-inspired design for Kips Bay.
The client was well-traveled and wound up in Palm Beach after spending years elsewhere. Palm Beach “is a place people end up. They don’t usually start here,” Rinfret explained to House Tipster during the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show Home unveiling event.
So, when Rinfret was assigned the living room for Kips Bay, she knew that adding eclectic, travel-inspired pieces was the way to go.
The final living room design infuses styles from around the world, including Morish, Anglo-Indian, Indian, and British influences. Although there’s a historical leaning to many of the pieces, the living room feels anything but stuffy and unapproachable. “I wanted it to be a party space and a real, true living room where living happens,” Rinfret old House Tipster.
Upon stepping into the room, it’s easy to see how accommodating the space is for a dinner party. The seating is plush and plentiful, and the decor is interesting and layered, including the Nicolette Mayer Moroccan wallcoverings and tree of life panels. Instead of being overwhelming, Rinfret created a space that people could discover over time, but that didn’t consume the senses all at once
The Currey and Company lighting, easily the room’s most signature show-stopping feature, is staggered to make the most of the 27 foot-high ceilings, while the Jansen 1970s vintage palm tree sculpture adds scale and helps balance the room’s expansive layout.
Detailing, including the hand-embroidered couture curtains by Holland & Sherry frame the room and add yet another facet for guests to discover.
Due to its comfort and invigorating design components, Cindy Rinfret’s living room isn’t just the first room you see when you walk into the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show Home; it’s also one of the most memorable.