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?

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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!

Currently Coveting • Neons

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While my relatively fair complexion isn’t typically complimentary to large doses of neon, my week off treated me to a little glow, and the brightly colored hues have been on the top of my wish list lately! While I’m not going to make it a regular staple in my closet or home, I think a few well placed pops would be really fun!

Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans?

Nook of the Week • Corners are Underrated

Reading-Nook-Built-In-Bench-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHow utterly perfect is that little gingham shade? Give me a cup of coffee to compliment my morning blog reads, along with that perfectly cozy cashmere throw, and I’d be one happy camper! This glorious little nook designed by Windsor Smith sits right next to the fireplace in a LA kitchen. Smith states “…where someone can read while others eat or cook: It makes for more togetherness — and corners are underrated.” – I couldn’t agree more! Happy hump day!

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The Hamptons & an Unexpected Staycation

Amagansett-Beach-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{a day at the beach – sandals, hat, book, blanket, speaker}

 Tacos-at-La-Fondita-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{tacos at La Fondita}

Sunset-over-Amagansett-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{sunset over Amagansett}

IMG_5102{the new floorset at Serena & Lily}

kitchen-bookcase-styling-at-The-Bungalow-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{kitchen bookcase styling at The Bungalow}

ombre-hydrangea-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{pretty ombre hydrangea from my garden}

Bella's-4th-of-July-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{Bella’s ode to the 4th of July}

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{we found a new favorite waterfront spot for dinner & drinks}

Green-white-blue-tablesetting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ{took full advantage of dining alfresco – bamboo flatware, chairs, tablecloth, napkins, tumblers}

Apologies for the radio silence this past week, I hadn’t intended on taking such a long hiatus! I must admit, unplugging for a bit was just what I needed! I feel refreshed, inspired and ready to get started on a few new exciting projects! I headed out East last weekend for some much needed time with a few of my girlfriends. We lounged on the beach by day, enjoyed some spectacular sunsets, hit up some of our favorite restaurants and usually finished things off with a little nightcap at The Surf Lodge. Of course, in traditional girltime form, we made sure to support the local economy, hitting up all our favorite boutiques – Serena & Lily is never to be missed, I just adore their new floor set!   

Billy was supposed to arrive upon my friends departure on Wednesday. But with Hurricane Arthur’s path threatening to hit the East-coast, and with our own home so close to the water, we decided it was best I head back home. Like many of you fellow East-coasters, I was totally bummed the storm was ruining our 4th of July plans. Luckily the potential hurricane took it easy on us this time around, humbly resulting in only one day of rain! Seeing as both of us had already taken the time off work, we created a little staycation for ourselves – lounging by the pool, indulging in lots of alfresco dining, nightly walks on the beach to admire the fireworks and we found two new favorite spots for dinner and drinks. I must admit, I never really considered taking a staycation before this one unexpectedly happened upon us, but Billy and I both enjoyed it so much we plan on making an annual “trip” of it!

I hope you all had a fabulous week, I’m so looking forward to catching up!

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Get The Look • Tropical Pool House

Get-The-Look-Celerie-Kemble-Tropical-Pool-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignKaren Smidth Painting •  Carlisle Sofa in Washed Grain Sack, AdobePaper Mache Bird Lamp Tortoise Side Table Navy Jules Coffee TableSouth Sea Yellow Pillow Coral Pillow in Grain Sack, AdobeGreek Key Garden StoolSpruce Street Chair Slipcovered in Mist LinenHampstead Painted Sofa w/ Sunbrella Cushions in ButtercupDuncan Diamond Natural Rug

I mentioned a few weeks back how much I adore the beachy aesthetic of Celerie Kemble’s Dominican home, and the designer has struck yet again by way of this gorgeous pool house located in Lexington, KT. The sherbet-hued palette just screams tropical vaca to me – even if it’s only escaping to your own backyard!

The custom sofa and pillows could be easily duplicated with off-the-rack items – like this sofa and pillow – by simply having your tailor add white fabric tape just inside the borders! You could even have them add the fringed bottom, by going with this model!

Currently Inspired By • Ice Cream Parlor hues

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Isn’t it funny how one particular hue can inspire you? Right now ice cream parlor tones by way of dusty pinks and mint greens are really intriguing me! So much so, I spent 2+ hours last night in search of more inspiration, down the rabbit hole and along a windy road – otherwise known as Pinterest. Funny thing is, pastels aren’t typically my thing, as I usually gravitate towards more jewel-tone shades. Maybe it’s that the weather has finally warmed up and everyone seems to have a slight glow from a little dose of much needed Vitamin D, making the shades so complimentary?! I think that caftan may need to make way into my closet!

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