St. Charles at Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse

The art world is intrigued and enlightened by the Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse, an interactive auction that displays the best of interior and architectural design trends while simultaneously showcasing fine furniture and home accessories.

Illustration of St. Charles kitchen at the Sotheby’s designer show house by Joel Galang

The internationally acclaimed auction house tapped thirteen premier designers to construct a state-of-the-art home experience on their fifth floor. The idea behind the showhouse is to provide a backdrop worthy of Sotheby’s finest home furnishing items. The showhouse is an enlightening experience for art collectors who struggle with product placement. Too much art can often make you feel like you’re living in a museum. As a featured showhouse designer, we are using this opportunity to provide insight in creating a comfortable living space and work with the grain of great art and antiques.

At St. Charles, we are using the showhouse to convey one of our core messages- that art can and should be displayed in the kitchen.

We’ll be posting behind the scenes videos and more. Follow our blog for exclusive access into the making of  the first ever Sotheby’s Kitchen!

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Sotheby’s Designer Show House

The team at St. Charles is delighted to officially announce our dual participation in the 2015 Annual Sotheby’s Designer Show House!


Karen Williams  and Robert Schwartz of St. Charles of New York will be working alongside a powerhouse line-up of industry leaders to transform the fifth floor of Sotheby’s landmark Upper East Side location into a fully functioning living space. The show, spanning from the 11th to the 19th of April, will serve as an interactive auction of fine art, furniture, and home decor.

We are also thrilled to inform you that St. Charles styling division CURATED will be a featured participant of the show! Working directly with Sotheby’s silver and porcelain departments, Lindsey Schwartz of CURATED is the youngest participant involved in the show.

Another Project in Glossy Pages

Wanted to also share this coverage of our 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse kitchen in #Design Trade magazine with you. Fellow St Charles Principal Robert Schwartz and I love supporting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club through its Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Each time we try to design a kitchen better than the last…this marks the 4th year we have participated (other years include 2003, 2006 & 2009)! Thanks to #Design Trade for the feature.

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Final Day at Kips Bay

As the 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House comes to a close today, designers Karen Williams and Robert Schwartz can add another successful edition to their repertoire. In the coming weeks, they will be sharing fun stories and more snapshots from this year’s show house. Stay tuned and (if you haven’t already) be sure to see the space before it closes tonight at 8PM.

Karen Williams’ Blue Ribbon Color Palette Featured in Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine writes in its Winter 2011 issue about Karen Williams’ quiet and serene Blue Ribbon color palette, created for a 1,000-sq.-ft. showhouse kitchen. French blue and soft white cabinetry are set off with satin nickel hardware, all underlaid with elegant circles of glimmering glass tile.

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths Winter 2011 Blue Ribbon

Featured in Beautiful Kitchens & Baths magazine, this quiet palette of blue and white by Karen Williams is enlivened with a glass mosaic tile floor.

“For this large space, we wanted a delicate, slow-moving palette,” Williams said. “Your eye goes softly from one element to another, and it’s all tied together with white marble countertops with gray striations. The glass tile on the floor is unexpected and entertaining.”

Beautiful Kitchens & Baths Winter 2011 Blue Ribbon

A soft blue and white palette unites a large showhouse kitchen designed by Karen Williams.

Decorati Cites St. Charles of New York as a Showstopper

Decorati, the trendy interior design website, just selected a St. Charles of New York design for its blog entitled Look Up! 15 Showstopping Ceilings.

The website featured a dramatic ceiling treatment by Karen Williams and her partner Robert Schwartz for the 2003 Kips Bay Decorator Show House kitchen, proving that good design stands the test of time.You can check it out at or

decorati Kips Bay ceiling

Decorati cited the stunning hand-antiqued pressed tin ceiling in a St. Charles of New York Kips Bay Show House as one of its 15 Showstopping Ceilings.

Decorti commented, “An often-ignored area of the home left to fade into the obscurity of prosaic white paint, ceilings can present a unique opportunity for unexpected drama. From Sistine Chapel-esque murals to elaborate baroque panelling, out-of-the ordinary ceilings can add richness and interest to entire rooms.”

The designers at St. Charles of New York couldn’t agree more.  Here are a few more of their own show stoppers.

Kips Bay 2006 ceiling St. Charles of New York

For their 2006 Kips Bay Decorator Show House kitchen, Karen Williams and Robert Schwartz, St. Charles of New York, chose a glamorous antiqued brass ceiling treatment with rich coved molding. It was perfect for the Beaux Arts building.

Scarsdale ASID Show House ceiling

By adding elaborate medallions and luscious layers of molding, and then faux painting the ceiling, St. Charles of New York set a dramatic yet elegant note for the Scarsdale ASID Show House. St. Charles of New York regularly works with talented artisans to create special one-of-a-kind statements like this for its clients.