Recent Pursuits

Amagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-BeachAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-shellsAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-TractorAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Balsam Amagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-IaconoAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Farm-StandAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-BellaAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Jaws-CloudAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Cheese-plateAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Tail-Feather-JewleryAmagansett-weekend-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ-Beach-2The past few weekends have been filled with rainy skies and chilly temps, so when the forecast finally resembled August, Billy and I didn’t hesitate and headed out east for a nice long weekend. The majority of our time was spent swimming, searching for shells and soaking in the gorgeous weather. Saturday night we headed to one of my favorite restaurants on the island, Topping Rose House – and in true form, Mr. Colicchio did not disappoint!  

Sunday mornings out east are always spent with my dad, hitting up the local farmers markets for our Sunday feast! Our little princess Bella turned 10, so we stopped by Iacono to pick up a few chickens for our own dinner, and to provide Bella with a celebratory treat of chicken and rice (crazy, I know!). Billy and I also hit up new-to-us Montauk Brewing Company for a beer tasting – which we both highly recommend! My mom and I scoped out the Montauk Art Show, where I fell in love with this gorgeous creations of Tail Feathers jewelry line (the emerald and onyx bracelet can be found here!).

Hope you all have been enjoying the summer weather! xo

Images via my instagram (following along here!) and iPhone.

Get The Look • Easy Breezy

{click on the + symbols to take you directly to the product}

My job affords me the opportunity to dress pretty casually on most days, and in the summer this usually entails a breezy dress, or maxi skirt and simple tank. Since I hate being cold, I always have a light summer scarf and little denim jacket or vest with me (or in my car); which really comes in handy when walking into those overly air-conditioned stores and restaurants – why they insist on pumping their air conditioners into the low 60°’s is beyond me?!

Do you have a summer uniform of sorts?

Image via.

Design Crush • Darius Rucker’s Charleston Home

 Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ Darius-Rucker’s-Charleston-Home-designed-by-Angie-Hranowsky-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI feel like so many published rooms today look like tear outs from a Pottery Barn catalog. And while some their spreads are quite beautiful, they completely lack personality and substance. However, mixing different styles and periods of can be tricky, often coming across as disjointed and out of place. But when done right, it’s as if the interior design gods have placed their blessing over the space! 

Such is the case found in this gorgeous Charleston home belonging to Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, Darius Rucker, designed by famed Southern interior designer Angie Hranowskysay. I absolutely adore the expertly orchestrated mix of periods and styles of furniture, paired with the colorful palette of textured neutrals and warm purples (that seems to be becoming Hranowskysay’s signature). The white walls lend themselves as the perfect backdrop for the enviable collection of art the Rucker family has amassed, from the likes of Sally King Benedict, Kate Long Stevens and Molly B. Right - just to name a few!

Are you a fan of mixing different styles and periods of furniture in your home, or do you prefer to stick with one genre?

Restaurant Highlight • Pascal & Sabine

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Brunch-Menu-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThis past Sunday the weather was a little overcast here, so Billy and I decided to try out new-to-us restaurant, Pascal & Sabine, for brunch in downtown Asbury Park. We loved our meal so much, we headed back there last night for dinner, resulting in a second fabulous meal!

{For those of you unfamiliar with the area – Asbury Park was a world-renowned seaside destination for the first half of the 1900′s. It saw major architectural additions to its boardwalk in the 1920′s when famed Beaux Arts architect, Warren Whitney, was hired to design Paramount Theatre, Convention Hall, the Casino and Carousel Hall (a few of Whitney’s other accomplishments include the Grand Central Terminal and the Biltmore Hotel in NYC). Sadly, riots in the summer of 1970 all but demolished the city, leaving its streets neglected for over 30 years. Led by a burgeoning industry of local artists, Asbury Park has seen a complete resurgence in the past 10 years, resulting in a hip little city with a personality all its own. Fun new restaurants and shops seem to be popping up overnight, and since we live so close by, Billy and I see it as our “duty” to check them out on a regular basis and explore!}

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Lounge-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Espresso-Bar-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJBack to Pascal & Sabine… The restaurant takes its name from main characters in Albert Lamorisse’s signature short film, The Red Balloon; boasting a fresh take on the French brasserie, found in both its food and interiors. The front of house includes a French saloon style lounge, black lacquered grand piano and espresso bar fitted with a massive copper Elektra Belle Epoque.

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Dining-Room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Bar-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe second half is complete with cozy round leather banquets, a speakeasy-style bar lined with vintage brass table lamps topped off with red silk shades and gorgeous works by Paolo Ventura sprinkled throughout. The restaurant’s website states: “Pascal & Sabine embraces the flight of fancy and ephemeral nature of an inflated balloon, adding its own unique touch of playfulness within its doors.[...] Pascal & Sabine is a white string to hold onto, pulling you above the monotony of the world.” – how beautiful is that?!

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Brunch-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFor brunch we shared the Warm Goat Cheese Tart w/ tomato and caramelized onion for an app (whose flakey pastry and creamy filling I’m still dreaming about), and I opted for the Croque-Madame as my entree (sliced ciabatta was used in place of traditional white bread, adding a genius crunch factor the the cheesy/creamy dish). Billy chose one of the specials – Crepes stuffed with homemade crème fraîche and caramelized apples reduced in Calavdos, topped with crispy bacon (the rich Calvados put the dish right over the top).

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Dinner-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDinner included another Warm Goat Cheese Tart (it was that good), Coq au Vin for me (which is not an easy dish to make, and the sauce on theirs was utter perfection), Hamburger w/ swiss, gribiche sauce and frites for Billy and a Fresh Berry Tart w/ pastry cream, raspberry coulis and lemon sorbet for dessert (I was in heaven!). All seven dishes throughout both meals were well executed, with fresh ingredients and an attention to detail that was not overlooked!

Pascal-&-Sabine-Asbury-Park-NJ-Red-Baloon-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJInterestingly, Pascal & Sabine is owned by Smith Made - a collaboration between marketing agency Knockout and Watt Architects. Smith Made also runs three other Asbury Park restaurants including the hip family-style Neopolitan pizza joint that turns late-night dance club come 10:00 PM, Porta, which we’ve been to and love (many of our Friday night pizza creations are inspired by their menu #tgipf); along with the industrial gatropub Brickwall Tavern and vegan venue Goldies – both of which I’m now very eager to check out!

And as much as I adore little hole in wall mom & pop style restaurants, I absolutely loathe restaurants that mainly focus on looks and have a complete disregard for the food – which ultimately, is why you’re there. This was not the case at Pascal & Sabine, but instead a lovely example of when well thought out marketing, gorgeous custom typography, smart interiors and a well executed menu collide! I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area:

Pascal & Sabine
601 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
732.774.3395

Check out a full list of my favorite restaurants here. Images via my instagram, iPhone and here.

Top 5 • Coastal-Inspired Decor Motifs

As a designer, the notion “vacation is a state of mind” really fascinates me. I for one absolutely adore traveling, and would likely take off to a different local every other week if time and money afforded the opportunity. Seeing as said situation is unlikely, a couple years ago I decided to bring a few vacation-inspired elements into our home so that everyday felt like a little holiday! During the summer months, this includes coastal-inspired decor motifs. And it’s all in the details – from tropical destinations to weekend beach retreats, these five elements are what make up coastal-inspired rooms!

Summer Traditions • Picnics & Fireworks

{click on the + symbols to take you directly to the product}

One of the things I love most about living so close to the beach are the weekly firework shows during the summer months – it’s always a celebration! Billy and I usually pack up dinner in our picnic basket, and head down to the beach early to ensure prime real estate!

What are some of your favorite summer traditions?

Design Crush • Kara Rosenlund’s Perfect Imperfections

Kara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJKara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ rosenlund_00413Kara-Rosenlund-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFrom the perfectly unmade bed, to the lovely vignettes of collected vintage treasures, to the drool worthy food porn; the way in which photographer and stylist Kara Rosenlund visually tells a story is utterly impeccable! I tend to be a bit of a neat freak, always tidying up, making sure everything is in its “place”. But after spending the better half of last night sorting through Kara’s portfolio, it really made me appreciate how perfect subtle little imperfections can be!

Style Profile • The Summer Sweater

Free-People-Beach-Cable-Pullover-Summer-Sweater-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{knit pullover sweater}

Free-People-Slouchy-Sweater-Pullover-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{slouchy open-back sweater}

Cable-knit-Summer-Sweater-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{cable knit sweater}

Free-People-Shark-Cardigan-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{cardigan}

As much as I love playing around with different fashion trends, I tend to be a creature of habit, and when I find something I love I wear it constantly! I fell in love with the FP cardigan pictured above this past spring, and after dropping a few subtle hints (in the form of daily emails, ha!), Billy “surprised” me with it for my birthday. I wore it all Spring long, and it has since made it’s way into my summer wardrobe, being the perfect lightweight sweater for chilly nights by the beach or draped over a bikini. I’m quite sure it will accompany me into fall as well!

Are there any items in your closet you wear constantly?

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Little Apartment That Has Everything

Peter-Dunham-West-Hollywood-apartment-Fig-Leaf-fabric-buffet-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCustom-Peter-Dunham-Isfahan-fabric-Roman-shades-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-West-Hollywood-courtyard-apartment-living-room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-West-Hollywood-courtyard-apartment-living-room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-West-Hollywood-courtyard-apartment-living-room-tv-stand-doubles-as-bar-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-West-Hollywood-courtyard-apartment-living-room-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-Bukhara-fabric-walls-and-chair-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJPeter-Dunham-Bukhara-fabric-walls-West-Hollywood-courtyard-apartment-bedroom-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJApologies for going MIA this week! A handful of new e-decor projects and one new onsite design project kept me on my toes this week in the best way! The aspect I love most about interior design, is how each client’s personality truly effects and shines through in the outcome! Two people could come to me requesting the exact same type of space, but through getting to know them better and the little quirks that make their personality, those two rooms would never end up looking the same. Through getting to know my clients on such a personal level, I’ve been privileged to regard the majority of my them as good friends long after the job is completed! 

This 550 sq. ft. West Hollywood courtyard apartment, belonging to famed textile designer Peter Dunham, doesn’t quietly nod to the designer’s personality – it screams it! From the Bukara upholstered walls, to the infamous Fig leaf pattern eat-in buffet, to the tv stand playing double duty as a bar, to the light pink walls – that let’s be honest most men could not pull off; the tiny apartment holds a complete menagerie of wild and foreign textiles, art and objects that truly speaks to the designer’s tastes.

Dunham states in the HB article: “Unless you’re really rich, you don’t get to do exactly what you want in an enormous house” – a notion that is beyond wise! It’s actually more difficult to design a few sq. ft. of impeccably executed space - larger rooms encounter budget limitations must faster, and their size leaves a little bit more wiggle room for error! I’d personally take this tiny apartment over a palatial McMansion any day of the week!