Houston designer Nina Magon channels ‘contessa’ model in pink Kips Bay bed room suite

Interior designer Nina Magon has reinterpreted a pink bedroom suite with sexy curves and European style. This was all for an imaginary countess whom the Houston entrepreneur had conjured up for inspiration.

Magon, who recently renamed her Contour Interior Design to a more identifiable Nina Magon Studio, created the “Camera da letto della Contessa” bedroom for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse Palm Beach in 2021.

Kips Bay has been running showhouse fundraisers in New York for years and branched out to Palm Beach, Florida four years ago. In October, the group held their first fundraiser in Dallas. Magon was the only Texan recruited to the Palm Beach event, which runs through May 9.

The Palm Beach Show House, a five bedroom, six bathroom Mediterranean villa was reinvented inside and out by 20 design teams.

“It’s a real honor to be asked to do Kips Bay. As a designer, this is one of those things that you always want to do, ”she said. “We were asked to do so in January, and in February we learned what space we would have. It’s a pretty quick turnaround and has definitely tested our limits. “

Where: 7417 S. Flagler, West Palm Beach

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. until May 9th

Tickets: As with other showhouses, Kips Bay organizers ask visitors to wear masks and social distance. To manage capacity, they sell tickets to specific 1.5 hour windows every day. $ 40; kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/palmbeach

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A fan of Italian style, Magon also drew on the work of Vogue photographer Horst P. Horst, who for decades captured the shapes of stylish women around the world.

On a Horst photo, she imagined a “blond-haired Italian Contessa” who “retired to her bedroom in her Italian villa in Palm Beach and longed for her lost love”.

Magon, whose company designs everything from elegant homes to restaurant interiors (51Fifteen at Sak’s), jewelry lounges (Zadok Jewelers), and hotel spas (Solaya Spa & Salon des Houstonian), took the opportunity to take part in the prestigious Kips Bay To participate in the event.

“I saw the Kips Bay Showhouse in 2020 and the rooms I saw were more traditional,” said Magon. “I wanted to take a fresh, new approach to design and also stay true to myself – I’m a modernist.”

When she discovered a pink flamingo, she knew what her color palette would be: pink.

The bedroom was small and simple, but Magon’s touch extends to every surface. She added paneling and moldings, all of which painted Benjamin Moore’s “Rosy Tan”, and papered the ceiling with a pattern she had designed for her collection with Wall and Deco, an Italian wallcovering maker.

In June, Magon will launch a lighting collection with Studio M Lighting, a division of Maxim Lighting, including the sculptural chandelier she designed for the bedroom in Kips Bay and a trio of pendants installed in his bathroom . (The lighting was made in pink for this suite only. It will be available in other colors in the new collection.)

And if all of that isn’t glamorous enough, Magon designed the bed with a wall-to-wall headboard and platform covered in Cosentino’s Taga Dekton and Fabricut upholstery.

A pink and white rug designed by Magon and manufactured by New Moon Rugs brings a little polka dot mood. The curtains of the Shade Store (with Fabricut fabric) are pure luxury.

In a cozy corner there is a Pacha Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin for GUBI and a white leather side table by Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara under a half-moon mirror. On an adjacent wall is the iconic Horst photo “Jean Patchett, swimsuit by Brigance” (1951).

It’s definitely fit for a Contessa.

diane.cowen@chron.com

J.Ok. Simmons and Nina Arianda to star in Being the Ricardos | Leisure

JK Simmons and Nina Arianda have joined the cast of ‘Being the Ricardos’.

The 66-year-old actor and 36-year-old actress were selected as William Frawley and Vivian Vance in Amazon’s new 1950s film about the sitcom “I Love Lucy”.

The duo will perform alongside Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, who are in final negotiations to play stars Lucille Ball and her real-life husband Desi Arnaz.

Simmon’s character Frawley played neighbor Fred Mertz on the show, while Arianda’s alter ego portrayed Vance Fred’s wife and Lucy’s best friend Ethel Mertz.

Aaron Sorkin writes and directs the film, which takes place during a week of production of ‘I Love Lucy’ – from a Monday table to Friday’s public movies – while Lucille and Desi face one crisis that could end their careers and another end their marriage.

Nicole’s casting as Lucille has split fans, with some speculating Debra Messing or Carole Cook would have been better suited for the role, but the star has vowed to do “their best” in the role.

The 53-year-old actress said, “I said, ‘Yeah, I’d like to try.’ In Aaron’s words and his direction and Javier … that’s a wonderful view, you know?

“But yikes, let’s go. Try it. Try my best – see if I can do it.”

“The Undoing” star revealed that she watched episodes of “I Love Lucy” in preparation for the movie.

Nicole stated, “I love Lucille now that I’ve looked up and dealt with her.

“She’s an amazing woman. I’m so happy that people are seeing what Aaron found out about her and how he interprets Desi and Lucy and how it is so rich. I didn’t know about it.”