Jim Dove designs a glamorous bar

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A custom-designed and internally-lit quartzite bar is the centerpiece of designer and Palm Beach resident Jim Dove's room at the latest Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach, which opens to the public Saturday.

Interior designer and Palm Beach resident Jim Dove provided a visual ode to the room at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach for the Monkey Bar — the old Elysee Hotel in Manhattan that was closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dove is the only Palm Beach resident whose work will be on display at the showroom, which opens Saturday at a historic home in the Old Northwood neighborhood of West Palm Beach.

Dove, who runs Jim Dove Design showrooms on the South Dixie Freeway in West Palm Beach and Short Hills, NJ, adapted the Monkey Bar’s primate theme when designing the rooms in the showrooms.

While New York’s Monkey Bar features a hand-painted monkey mural by cartoonist Charlie Wala, Dove’s rendition features “Deco Monkeys,” a hand-painted DeGournay wallpaper that was his inspiration.

Jim Dove stands in the showroom of the eponymous design studio at 3414 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.  Dove was one of 23 designers participating in the 2022 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach fundraiser in the Old Northwood community.

“In my designs, I like to use color, and I love DeGournay’s work,” says Dove. “I wanted to do something tropical with a touch of the tropics – people love animals. I wanted to do something that people would feel unique. Then I found this wallpaper and I started flying.”

Dove is one of 23 designers from across the country who transformed the rooms and grounds of the 1923 house on Spruce Avenue, known locally as “the mansion.”

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