This Kingston Home Features a One-of-a-Kind Design

Kingston Design Showhouse | Photos by Phil Mansfield

Led by interior designer Maryline Damour, the Kingston Design Showhouse transformed a Hudson Valley property into an unforgettable home.

The 2021 Kingston Design Showhouse proved yet again that the Hudson Valley is all about creativity. For the fourth year in a row, a multi-talented team of contractors, interior designers, artists, and makers led by Maryline Damour, founder of Kingston Design Connection and co-owner of interior design/construction firm Damour Drake, transformed a rundown 1300-sq-ft Victorian side-hall into a fully upgraded family-ready home. And thanks to an innovative partnership with the Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB), a local nonprofit that rescues and renovates distressed properties for its affordable housing initiative, the house was able to be overhauled in a faster than normal timeframe. Best of all, the home will be sold below market value to help maintain affordable housing in an area where long-term residents are starting to be priced out. Talk about a scenario in which everyone wins.


Maryline Damour and Melvin Jones Jr, Damour Drake

Kingston design showhouse

This second floor space vibes exactly as the design team intended when they dubbed it “Anywhere But Here.” It’s their answer to lockdown fatigue—a place of physical and emotional escape. All furnishings and art were chosen to evoke wanderlust, but not for any one specific place, says Maryline. “Think Caribbean, India, wherever you like.”

The sitting room has a high ceiling and looks out on the garden, so there was already an airy, outdoorsy thing happening. That feel paved the way for the wallpaper, Enfumé Acid by Flavor Paper. “I’ve never been a fan of pink or purple, let alone the two together until I saw this,” Maryline says. “It’s a good lesson in being open-minded when it comes to design.”

As for the rest of the room, the hand-forged Fleur Chandelier from Kings Haven comes in a variety of metals and a smooth or hammered finish echoes the lush flowers and greenery on the walls. To invite lounging, the pair pile pillows on a daybed they borrowed from their own office. The curtains are from Anthropologie a few years back. “I originally bought them for my house, but they were definitely meant for here,” says Maryline. Warm gray paint (Benjamin Moore 1534 Rodeo) on the ceiling, baseboards, and trim is a lovely, livable way to tie everything together.


Audrey Sterk, Audrey Sterk Design

Kingston design showhouse

This Kingston Home Features a One-of-a-Kind Design

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