Beyond Vassar

Living Colorfully

By Micah Buis '02

On four occasions New York City-based interior designer Eve Robinson ’86 (pictured right) has participated in the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House. Intended to help raise money to support a clubhouse in the South Bronx that offers after-school enrichment programs for underprivileged children, the house is also a space for designers to showcase—and stretch—their skills. “We are given six weeks to create and execute a design that would normally take many, many months,” says Robinson. “It is also a fabulous opportunity to design something that is new and different. I am my own client, and I am able to express myself creatively in a way that I am not always able to do in a regular project.”

“Living Color,” Robinson’s living room design for the 2007 show house (pictured below), has her trademark marriage of traditional elements with a modernist, bright aesthetic. This, she feels, helps create sophisticated yet comfortable and meaningful interiors. “This room is about living colorfully in the present,” says Robinson. “Historical references bring solidity and assurance, while modern elements rejuvenate the space and those who dwell there.”

Living Color
Living Color

Robinson works solely on residential design and has had her own design firm since 1990. Her work has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. To learn more about Robinson’s designs, visit