Though she’s always been colorful, Boyd now had one more reason to turn up the color quotient. “My fabric line had just launched,” says Boyd. “It is a collection devoted to color! And what better opportunity to highlight color than a summer environment?”

Pearlescent accents around the fireplace maintain the beach theme. Texture is not lost on the white fireplace mantel, which complements the slipper chair from Duralee. A daydream-inspiring 1960s Murano chandelier hangs above the custom daybed.

Brilliant yellow is the main event here, accompanied by splashes of fuchsia and teal—all kept in check with white woodwork and a neutral rug. “I love the daybed,” says Boyd. “It anchors the space and is perfect for lounging après pool/sun!”

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Showhouse 2009
New York, New York

When Boyd first examined the empty white box she was assigned to at the Kips Bay showhouse, she decided to echo its lines with furniture in relatively simple shapes. Then, naturally for her, she injected vibrant colors to bring the room to life.

The spring-like palette of the room is illuminated by sunlight that pours through a door that leads out to the terrace. A modern wool rug in varied shades of green grounds a tailored sofa upholstered in textured pumice-colored fabric. Vintage tables—a coffee table with a stacked acrylic base and a chrome-and-stone footstool from the ’70s—introduce interesting shapes and provide a bit of shine.

“I found myself drawn to the room’s clean integrity,” says Boyd. “I chose to leave walls white as a foil for a symphony of electric colors that work together without being overwhelming.”

Twin slipper chairs in outrageous fuchsias coordinate with pillows tossed on the sofa. As a unifying element, saturated orange winds through the décor.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd

“I always reference classic furniture and historical styles,” says Boyd. “When I look back at people who have inspired me, they always have pieces and elements that stand on their own with good taste and good editing.”

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Showhouse Rooms by Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd

Seamlessly blending traditional design with youthful style

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Brilliant yellow is the main event here, accompanied by splashes of fuchsia and teal—all kept in check with white woodwork and a neutral rug. “I love the daybed,” says Boyd. “It anchors the space and is perfect for lounging après pool/sun!”

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